POSITION:  Senior Business Development Coordinator

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.

Essential Job Functions

Kirkland & Ellis is seeking a coordinator to support the marketing and business development efforts of the San Francisco and Palo Alto (Bay Area) offices. The Senior Coordinator will report to the Bay Area Business Development (BD) Manager in San Francisco. The Senior Coordinator will also communicate and collaborate daily with nearly 100 diverse problem-solvers and advisers dedicated to the broader business development, marketing and communications efforts of the Firm. Our international business development team provides seamless service to our attorneys with a focus on quality, innovation and responsiveness. We are looking for a self-starter with good judgement and a background in professional services marketing and business development.

In this role, the Senior Coordinator will help provide attorneys with support across all areas of marketing and business development, including event planning, pitches and proposals, contact relationship management, branding, business/relationship intelligence, and internal communications. Specific responsibilities include assisting with events, new business pitch preparation, marketing collateral development and maintenance, experience database data entry/management, general research and award submissions and directory nominations. The Senior Coordinator will also be responsible for administrative tasks associated with the business development function, such as processing check requests and related administrative tasks.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

    • Assist with event planning and execution for client-facing events, industry conferences and charitable sponsorships, speaking engagements and other event activities related to the promotion of the Bay Area practices.
    • Help produce client-facing pitch materials, responses to RFPs and presentations, including proofreading, formatting, editing, printing, binding and delivery. Must have strong PowerPoint skills. Candidates must take a PowerPoint test.
    • Maintain marketing collateral, including practice descriptions, brochures, PowerPoint templates, case summaries, accolade summaries and attorney biographies.
    • Assist with general online and database research.
    • Assist with survey responses and award submissions.
    • Monitor data in the Firm’s marketing contact relationship management (CRM) database, including the review and creation of mailing lists used for direct mail campaigns.

Qualifications & Requirements
Education, Work Experience, Skills

Strong organization and communication skills with the ability to interact professionally with high-level attorneys, staff, clients and guests of the Firm are essential. The coordinator will be able to work independently to make intelligent, informed decisions. Kirkland demands quality work from every employee (often in high-pressure and deadline-driven scenarios). The coordinator will be required to multitask and prioritize effectively. A history of taking initiative is essential to success in this position.

The Senior Coordinator must have solid project management skills, business acumen and an ability to understand marketplace trends. The Senior Coordinator will be required to handle ambiguity, influence others and find ways to move initiatives forward to meet critical deadlines and produce results.

The position requires meticulous writing and proofing skills, and as well as an aptitude for learning new software. A Bachelor’s degree is preferred and an ideal candidate will have 3-4 years’ experience in a similar role in a law firm/professional services environment.

Technologies/Software

    • Microsoft Office Suite, including SharePoint. PowerPoint and Excel experts are highly desired.
    • CRM/Database Software (e.g., InterAction, Salesforce, ContentPilot, etc.)
    •  Working knowledge of Chrome River, Adobe Photoshop and other programs is a plus.

Work Environment

This position operates in a corporate office environment. A professional appearance and demeanor is required. Evening and weekend work may be required.

Equal Employment Opportunity

All employment decisions, including the recruiting, hiring, placement, training availability, promotion, compensation, evaluation, disciplinary actions, and termination of employment (if necessary) are made without regard to the employee’s race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy or childbirth, personal appearance, family responsibilities, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity, political affiliation, source of income, place of residence, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, marital status, military veteran status, unfavorable discharge from military service, physical or mental disability, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Closing Statement

The www.kirkland.com job postings and recruiting mailbox are for candidates only. If you are a recruiter, search firm or employment agency, and do not have a signed contract with Kirkland & Ellis LLP ("K&E") and have not been asked specifically to submit candidates, you will not be compensated in any way for your referral of a candidate even if K&E hires the candidate. Direct contact with K&E employees in an attempt to present candidates is inappropriate and will be a factor in determining any future professional relationship with the Firm.

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Posted: 03/01/19

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