Director of Attorney Engagement (Bay Area & Salt Lake City)

Website Kirkland & Ellis, LLP

As a member of the Firmwide (FW) Legal Recruiting and Development Department (LRD), the Director, Attorney Engagement will be responsible for supporting the vision set by Firm leadership for the attorney engagement function across orientations, morale/ retention initiatives and diversity & inclusion efforts at all levels. The Director will assist with the oversight and coordination of process, programming, leadership, and overall function of the attorney engagement group in Bay Area.

Supporting the attorney life-cycle, the Director, Attorney Engagement must have demonstrated experience across several talent functions, including employee engagement, diversity, inclusion and attorney workflow integration, onboarding and other morale and retention initiatives.

This entails a hands-on and independent approach across to programming including a complex scope of scheduling assignments and needs, balancing workloads and making the most of available resources, while taking into consideration skills required.


  • Driving the implementation of new attorney engagement initiatives across the Firm including all local diversity and inclusion efforts
  • Organizing and managing morale and retention events with the Associates Committee and various internal partners
  • Promoting and monitoring the sharing of resources efficient across client matters
  • Helping integrate new hires into teams and help them acclimate to the Kirkland open assignment system
  • Partnering across the Firm to develop a robust internal mentoring program
  • Functioning as a local programming lead for the Colleagues For Life Alumni Program
  • Working to facilitate local diversity and inclusion initiatives in collaboration with Firmwide Diversity & Inclusion team
  • Developing and implementing new Attorney Engagement processes including orientations at all levels
  • Developing and implementing a standard of excellence around attorney morale and retention
  • Driving and supporting a cohesive engagement strategy across the Firm and working to further develop a world-class, recognizable morale/ retention “brand” both internally and externally
  • Implementing lateral integration program to effectively integrate and appropriately support new lateral attorneys in partnership with local LRD teams
  • Ensuring established guidelines and best practices are followed and identifies efficiencies
  • Guiding and managing local attorney engagement budget and workflow
  • Providing insight and guidance regarding best in class talent operations, technologies, and tools to support efficiency in deliverables and innovative approaches to work
  • Defining a measurement strategy to effectively communicate and manage the value of morale/ retention events

Qualifications & Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master/MBA preferred; Minimum of 7-10 years of relevant work experience in similar setting, law firm or professional services strongly preferred
  • Candidates must have strong interpersonal and communication skills, project management, analytical skills, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Skilled in getting things done and overcoming obstacles to reach the goal
  • The ability to work effectively with all levels of management, and across all Kirkland departments and offices, is required
  • Knowledge of NALP and industry practices and standards
  • Proven strong leadership skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent judgment
  • Creative and innovative
  • Responsible and responsive
  • Team oriented
  • Committed to attorney attraction, retention and development as well as keeping abreast of market trends and new programs
  • Demonstrated high level of project management skills
  • High level of confidentiality
  • Proven ability to work with senior level professionals and Partners
  • Documenting medium to large scale projects with minimal supervision; will be involved in developing/delivering presentations


  • This job operates in a professional office environment
  • This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets