POSITION:  Business Development Specialist

COMPANY: Kirkland & Ellis LLP

LOCATION:  San Francisco, CA

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.


The San Francisco office is seeking a Business Development Specialist.  This position supports the Bay Area, and as necessary, the West Coast Business Development Department.  The Business Development Specialist will report directly to the Business Development Manager for the Bay Area and will have a dotted line report to the West Coast Director of Business Development. The Business Development Specialist will be primarily responsible for executing initiatives included in the development plans for Kirkland’s San Francisco and Palo Alto offices.    

The individual will also handle any other special projects assigned by the West Coast Director of Business Development, which may include one or more of the following: legal directory submissions, responses to RFPs and business pitches, market research, practice area descriptions and attorney biography maintenance, CRM content maintenance, industry/client trend tracking, and general business development support. 

Tasks include, but are not limited to, assistance with:  
  • Business pitches and presentations
  • Seminar, event and speaking engagements
  • Communication collateral development
  • Surveys and Directories
  • Matter tracking
  • Research 
  • General department support
  • CRM expertise to further a wide range of Business Development objectives
Candidate may also be called upon to assist with various other marketing initiatives that intersect with other functional areas within the marketing context.

Qualification Requirements: 

Successful candidates will have had previous law firm or other professional services experience.  Solid knowledge of corporate, litigation and intellectual property practices desired.  Specific knowledge of M&A, private equity and fund formation considered a plus.

The ideal candidate will possess strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships with lawyers and staff to achieve results. The candidate must also work effectively as part of a growing Firmwide Business Development team. The candidate will be responsible for having a solid command of a number of different technology applications to produce a high-end and professional work product, including the Microsoft Office Suite, SharePoint, and InterAction (or similar CRM). There will be a strong emphasis on PowerPoint and Excel. Strong project management and sound judgment skills are also necessary. The candidate will possess outstanding proofreading 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.

  • Bachelor Degree preferred.
  • 5+ years business development and marketing experience gained within professional services
  • Strong skills in MS Office software with expertise in Microsoft SharePoint, Excel and PowerPoint preferred.  
  • Strong interpersonal skills and excellent communication skills necessary to maintain effective relationships with internal and external partners.
  • Excellent client service orientation and listening skills, be comfortable interacting with Firm leadership and key department personnel, and possess diplomacy, enthusiasm and a strong work ethic.
  • Able to thrive in a fast-paced environment, with strong skills in written/verbal communication, organizational ability, project management and prioritization.
  • Ability to thrive in an electronic environment and utilize technology to deliver information.
  • Prior InterAction or other CRM knowledge highly preferable.
  • Graphics experience or background considered a plus.
The candidate must possess strong business judgment, discretion and confidentiality at all times.

To Apply:
To be fully considered for this position, please apply online:

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Posted: 09/26/18

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