Executive Assistant

Kirkland and Ellis - Chicago, IL

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

The Executive Assistant will provide administrative support to the Chicago Senior Director of Administration. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: supporting the Chicago Senior Director of Administration with the budget process, preparation and reporting on financial metrics and tracking vendor payments; provide complex calendar management, conferences and preparing travel arrangements and expense reimbursement. Plan and coordinate events, including luncheons and various senior management meetings. Prepare internal and external communication and proactively anticipate needs of the Senior Director of Administration.

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

Complex meeting scheduling, email and calendar management
Anticipate needs to ensure projects and deadlines are met
Prepare office wide communications related to office closures, emergency preparedness and general announcements, etc.
Perform preparation and analysis of monthly, quarterly and annual budget results
Able to prioritize assignments to meet deadlines and multi-task
Exercise good judgment in a variety of situations
Respect for confidentiality and discretion to properly handle sensitive information
Provide project support through meeting scheduling, research and note taking
Attend key meetings and capture comprehensive notes/actions for reporting
Create agendas, itineraries, and other support materials
Develop positive and effective working relationships with the executive team and other colleagues
Build an effective internal and external network
OTHER FUNCTIONS This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary.

Any other functions/duties as assigned by management
Qualifications & Requirements

Work Experience, Skills

An Executive Assistant professional with 2-5 years of experience in a law firm environment. Qualifications include excellent communication skills, both written and verbal; strong administrative, planning and organizational skills; and ability to collaborate and work well within a team environment. Overtime and travel as required.


Proficient in Microsoft Office and advanced Excel skills
Education, Certificates, Licensures, Registrations

Bachelor’s degree is preferred
Tools and Equipment


This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as laptops, smartphones and photocopiers.

How to Apply

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Equal Employment Opportunity

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