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Branding & Creative Specialist

Job ID: 6658

Updated: Jun 23, 2022

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Business Development


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

We are looking for a Branding & Creative Specialist to join our small but mighty in-house design team, directly reporting to the Firmwide Director of Branding & Creative. The mid- to senior-level designer will support the Firm’s Business Development efforts through collaboration on global branding, marketing and communications initiatives for both internal and external audiences with a focus on quality, creativity and responsiveness.


The ideal candidate will be an adept and proactive team player with strong graphic design, production and problem solving skills to create engaging marketing materials that align with Kirkland’s corporate aesthetic, from concept to completion. The designer should understand how the Firm’s brand strategy plays into the global marketing ecosystem and emerging design/marketing trends.

Specific Job Duties:

  1. Create engaging marketing materials including event collateral, videos, social media posts, website content, sponsorship ads, brochures, presentations and other media in collaboration with various cross-functional teams within the Firm. Will be a key partner with the Investment Funds Group.
  2. Know our brand guidelines inside and out —be a key brand evangelist
  3. Help maintain the Firm’s global templates and guidelines
  4. Help manage the digital asset management library and licensing
  5. Coordinate on special requests with the Document Services team

Qualifications & Requirements

While the list below encompasses our preferred qualifications, we encourage our design team to have a passion for learning new skills and to take advantage of Firm-sponsored professional development opportunities.

Education, Work Experience, Skills:

  • A B.A. or B.F.A. in graphic design or related field, with coursework/experience in marketing/communications a plus
  • 5-7 years of agency or in-house experience
  • Excellent client service orientation with strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Thorough understanding of composition, balance, typography and color theory and the ability to explain these concepts to stakeholders
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines while juggling multiple projects
  • Strict attention to detail — proofreading skills required
  • Must include link to portfolio in resume/application


    • Required: Highly proficient in Adobe CC (specifically Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator) and not shy about translating designs into PowerPoint for our general users
  • Experience with audio and video editing (After Effects, Premiere Pro), and digital asset management preferred
    • Experience working in an email marketing platform preferred
  • Familiarity with HTML/CSS and responsive design preferred
    • Working knowledge of appropriate image quality, resolution and color mode according to intended project usage preferred

Work Environment: 

This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets. Candidate should be comfortable in a Windows environment and working with Microsoft Office.

How to Apply

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