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Travel, Meetings & Events Specialist (Bay Area & Salt Lake City)

Job ID: 6402

Updated: Mar 21, 2022

Location: San Francisco, CA, United States

Category: Administrative Management


About Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a preeminent, full-service law firm with offices around the world and a staff as diverse as the practice areas we support. Our clients range from Fortune 100 companies to medium and small corporations, financial institutions, and private equity firms.  Known for our commitment to excellence, Kirkland strives to provide superior service to our clients as well as our fellow employees. From Information Technology to Human Resources, Paralegal Services to Business Development, Kirkland offers non-attorney professionals challenging careers in a variety of functional areas. Whether starting or growing your career, Kirkland can offer a performance-driven culture filled with bright and innovative teams of co-workers. #LI-Hybrid

Essential Job Functions


The Specialist’s primary focus will be planning and executing internal and external events, on-site, off-site, and virtual, including seminars, dinners, receptions, retreats and conferences primarily for Kirkland’s Bay Area and Salt Lake offices. However, the Specialist is part of the larger Firmwide Travel, Meetings & Events team and will be leveraged to lend support for Firmwide events as needed.  This position requires the ability to work independently, and to follow-up with staff and attorneys as needed.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary.)

  • Manage successful organization and delivery of innovative meetings and events through effective project management, including collaboration with partners and other internal stakeholders as it relates to meeting content, planning, and logistics.
  • Assist with site selection, request for proposal development, and contract negotiations.
  • Coordination of pre and post event registration process.  This includes organizing tracking and sharing event RSVP lists and updating post event attendee lists.  Working with CVENT where applicable to manage online event registration websites and email communications.
  • Coordination of meeting and event logistics, including food and beverage, audio visual, technology, transportation, and other related requirements. 
  • Assist in preparation and final production of an/all event specific materials including nametags and event giveaways, etc.
  • Coordinate budget preparation and management, including preparation of cost estimates, managing meeting related expenses, and post event analysis and reporting.
  • Serve in an onsite event production capacity for an/all needs related to onsite support including registration table staffing, coordination with on-site AV vendors, etc.
  • Coordinate post production event recaps including the generation of final attendance numbers, cost summaries and other post event data and reports.
  • Coordinate invoice processing and budget reconciliation.

Qualifications & Requirements


  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in event planning and a Bachelor’s Degree.
  • CMP (Certified Meeting Planner) or CSEP (Certified Special Events Professional) designation is preferred.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills are required. Capable of working under pressure with a positive attitude and calm demeanor.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, strong verbal and written communication skills. Strong attention to detail is required.
  • Outstanding project management skill, including the ability to manage multiple projects and competing deadlines is required. Experienced with negotiating contracts, reducing potential liability and costs, and implementing contractual terms.
  • Involvement with the hotel, hospitality, and travel industries through various associations, including the knowledge of meeting management, hotel operations, and travel programs.


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  • This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets.

How to Apply

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Equal Employment Opportunity

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