Marketing Communications Ranking Specialist

MarketingAll Practice AreasPittsburgh, PA

Job Description

At K&L Gates, we are looking for smart, imaginative and hard-working people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and ideas to join us.  Perhaps our search for talented visionaries and your search for important and impactful work lead to the same place.

We are seeking a Marketing Communications Rankings Specialist to join the Pittsburgh office. The marketing communications ranking specialist is a firmwide role responsible for establishing best practices and executing the production of submissions to legal directories and rankings with the goal to enhance the firm’s profile. Candidates must be self-starters who possess the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Excellent communication skills and a commitment to providing the highest quality client service are strongly preferred.

Director of marketing services, director of practice development, associate director of communications, business development managers and specialists, content marketing managers, and lawyers.

• Assist in the development of written submissions for Chambers USA, Legal 500 U.S., U.S. News/Best Lawyers, and other directories.
• Work closely with the content manager and business development lead to develop a narrative story to tie together the threads of each practice area submission.
• Ensure submissions are aligned with the business strategy of each practice.
• Research, with input from business development, PR colleagues, and lawyers, information about specific practice group matters and lawyer achievements.
• Work with business development colleagues and lawyers to collect client referrals.
• Manage an editorial calendar of ranking directories, surveys, and awards due dates and requirements.
• Release internal communications to business development and lawyers to alert the team of various pending submission deadlines.
• Communicate effectively with lawyers and business development on the process and status of submissions.
• Establish a database to maintain best practices and requirements for each directory.
• Create ‘Rules of the Road’ write-ups to help stakeholders create compelling submissions so that firm rankings improve.
• Responsible for managing the firm’s profile and digital presence for all rankings directories.
• Develop relationships with editors, writers, researchers, and publishers of rankings directories and serve as a liaison and advocate for the firm.
• Manage/Maintain the Global Rankings Resource Center that identifies the firm’s directory rankings and other accolades.
• Responsible for keeping rankings and recognitions information up to date on marketing collateral, in the proposal generator system, and on the website.
• Work with the PR team to ensure that press announcements are authored to communicate notable firm rankings.
• Work with content marketing managers to establish social media campaigns to publicize firm rankings.

• Bachelor’s degree in English, Communications, Marketing, Journalism or other related field with 2 3 years’ work experience.
• Strong, effective, creative written communicator.
• Proven track record working with executives, editors, writers and researchers at publications.
• Strong organizational and project management skills, and attention to detail.
• The ability to multi task and work under pressure with changing deadlines.
• Proficient with MS Office software products, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.

• Communicate and interact effectively with employees and/or other clients
• Frequently work at a fast pace with unscheduled interruptions
• This job operates in an office setting and is largely sedentary, requiring the routine use of a computer and other standard office equipment. 
• The ability to open file cabinets, lift files, bend, and stand on a stool may also be required. 


K&L Gates is a fully integrated global law firm with approximately 2,000 lawyers across five continents. We have experienced dramatic growth in the past decade and now rank among the largest U.S. based law firms in the world.  We take pride in constantly striving for innovation, imagination and an entrepreneurial spirit. We come up with big ideas and then roll up our sleeves to get the job done, guiding our clients through their most complex issues in a variety of industry sectors and across multiple regions of the world.

The industry recognition the firm has garnered in the past five years emanates from the foundation of a global community aligned on behalf of our clients. The people at K&L Gates are committed to working together to create a legacy for each other, the firm, our clients, and the communities in which we serve. We thrive in an inclusive and socially conscious environment that embraces diversity and takes a holistic approach to the career evolution of all our professionals.

To learn what makes us different from other law firms, including our collaborative approach, entrepreneurial spirit, and our commitment to diversity, check out our video, “Grow Your Career at K&L Gates.”

If you agree that we are different from other law firms - and the right place for you to grow your career - please apply for this position.  For more information or to view other job opportunities, please click here to go back to our careers page.

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We offer a dynamic work environment and excellent benefits.


The Firm is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the Firm that employment decisions shall be based on merit, qualifications and competence. Employment practices shall not be influenced or affected by virtue of a person’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, military status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. This policy governs all aspects of employment including, without limitation, recruiting, hiring, compensation, benefits, promotion, assignment and dismissal. In addition, it is the Firm’s policy to provide an environment that is free of unlawful harassment of any kind including, without limitation, that which is sexual, racial, age-related, disability-related or ethnic background-related.