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Legal Recruiting Specialist

Job ID: 6543

Updated: May 3, 2022

Location: New York, NY, United States

Category: Legal Recruiting & Development

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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.

Essential Job Functions

POSITION OVERVIEW

The New York office is seeking a Legal Recruiting Specialist as part of the Firmwide Legal Recruiting and Development Department.  The Legal Recruiting Specialist will provide strategic support to the Non-Lateral (Campus) recruiting efforts of the New York office.

This position requires a high level of collaboration with attorneys and staff and the ability to work independently.  This position requires the exercise of independent judgment.

The ideal candidate will be highly organized, possess excellent proofing and communication (oral and written) skills; the ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment; a very strong attention to detail; and a professional demeanor.  Additionally, the ideal candidate will possess strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships among lawyers and staff to achieve results.

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

  • Collaborate with LRD, hiring partners and Recruiting Committee to develop, implement and manage recruiting strategies and programs
  • Oversee the non-lateral hiring process (including 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, Clerks), including managing on-campus interviews, job fairs and resume collections
  • Supervise law student outreach including panels, receptions, mentoring programs, sponsorships, etc.
  • Implement all aspects of the Summer Associate Program, including planning and attending summer associate events, managing work assignments and the review process.
  • Source candidates and review candidate materials
  • Ensure the regular maintenance of, and contribution to, attorney applicant databases for purposes of applicant tracking
  • Develop, prepare and analyze relevant reports, projections, and statistical data as needed
  • Collaborate with other Kirkland offices and departments to identify efficiencies and best practices
  • Supervision of department coordinators and assistants
  • Work closely with Legal Recruiting & Development team to assist with ad hoc projects as needed

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

5 years of experience, preferably in law firm or other professional services environment. The candidate must also demonstrate strong leadership, problem-solving, and strategic planning skills, and the ability to work across all levels of management with various personality types; build relationships, be proactive, stay organized, and multitask in a fast-paced, pressured environment. A Bachelor’s degree is required, along with superior verbal and written communication skills.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and expertise regarding attorney recruitment activities;
  • Strong leadership and teamwork skills;
  • Strong problem-solving skills;
  • Strong planning and organizational skills;
  • Ability to design short-term and long-term goals, with clear criteria to measure success and return on investment;
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines;
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills;
  • A proactive approach and the ability to work "hands-on";
  • High degree of comfort interacting with attorneys at all levels;
  • Strong presentation skills combined with confidence and poise;
  • Proficiency in the use of office software, including Microsoft Office. Experience with ViDesktop preferred.

How to Apply

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Closing Statement

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