The Enterprise Audio/Visual architect is responsible for the facilitation, analysis, design, documentation and communication tasks related to the integration of Audio Visual/Telephony technologies in the workplace in support of business strategies and processes. They will be designing the Audio/Visual/infrastructure and setting the direction for those platforms that supports Kirkland’s day to day operations. Provides subject-matter-expertise for current and future planning, technical architectures, models and standards. Working closely with the other members of the architecture team to ensure a cohesive enterprise technology strategy and direction. The position reports to the Director of Enterprise Architecture.
The Audio/Visual Architect establishes and maintains enterprise level architecture through the stages of planning, design and execution of all new AV buildouts. They are responsible for setting our strategic direction and future roadmap in the AV space
Works closely with multiple internal teams and third-party vendors to plan, design and execute projects for audio/visual upgrades/buildouts for all Kirkland conference spaces, training rooms and collaboration workspaces globally.
Provides expert consultation to inform strategic technology and system decisions as well as tactical decisions related to projects.
Listening, drawing out key concepts and articulating advanced technical and non-technical concepts with ease (both written and oral formats) to customers, peers and management at several levels and across the organization with minimal oversight.
Proceeds from concept, to design, to leading the implementation of complex, medium to large scale projects.
Ability to solicit input from internal and external sources, including the ability to investigate and incorporate best practices from other corporations, experience and sound judgment.
Ensures that programs and projects are designed to support and implement company goals and strategic objectives.
Does "whatever it takes" to support the tactical and strategic goals of the team and in the Firm.
Education, Work Experience, Skills
BS in Engineering, Information Technology, or equivalent work experience.
7+ years general technology experience, Law firm experience a plus
4+ years high level Audio Visual infrastructure design
Knowledge of video conferencing end points, Cisco SX/Room series, Polycom HDX/RealPresence, Microsoft Surface Hubs
Knowledge of video conferencing protocols, communications and standards, H.323, SIP, E.164, required.
Knowledge of Microsoft Skype and integration with AV systems.
Knowledge of cloud conferencing system, Zoom, BlueJeans
Proven experience in audiovisual operations, processes and procedures.
Experience with building and maintaining high-availability (>99%) environments
Project Management experience and working on buildouts/with construction teams
Sound & Lighting Design Experience
Infrastructure Operations Experience
Audiovisual production and meeting planning experience a plus.
Previous manager or supervisor experience a plus.
Excellent analytical and organizational skills and attention to detail
Excellent communication (verbal and written) skills in preparing reports, presentations and documentation.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and troubleshoot problems with speed and efficiency is required.
Ability to travel (domestically and internationally) as necessary
Certificates, Licensures, Registrations
InfoComm Certified Technology Specialist certification a plus.
Audiovisual vendor certifications (e.g., Cisco, Crestron, etc.) a plus.
“This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets.”
Internal Number: 5030
About Kirkland & Ellis LLP
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.