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HR Generalist

| Chicago
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At Ascent, we exist to make compliance easier, more accurate and lower cost for companies and increase the effectiveness of how the market institutes and designs regulations in the process.

As the HR Generalist, you’ll be responsible for bringing this vision to life by spearheading all of Ascent’s core HR, including administrative, compliance-based, and strategic projects, and will report directly to the CEO in this position.

The Objectives You’re Here to Meet

  • Recruiting: Manage the recruiting process end-to-end, from sourcing qualified candidates from a diverse pool and scheduling interviews to managing the offer letter process and supporting onboarding.
  • Culture & Inclusion: Coordinate and drive initiatives alongside management to build an inclusive, welcoming, and productive culture.
  • Administration: Spearhead all things HR processes, including benefits and compensation analysis, health and safety, employee self-service, and record-keeping.
  • Organizational Development: Manage the day-to-day implementation of all strategic initiatives related to organizational development, including feedback and communication, performance management, compensation, and employee relations.
  • Training and Talent Development: Enhance and own all onboarding and benefits orientation programs, while also supporting leadership in developing and launching new learning and development and professional growth-oriented education programs.

How You’ll Meet Those Objectives

  • Own and implement the full recruitment process across Ascent for exempt, non-exempt, and contract positions.
  • Source, track, and recommend candidates for open positions across levels and business lines.
  • Manage both the interviewer and candidate experiences through communications strategies, scheduling, and detailed record-keeping.
  • Create offer letters, onboarding and orientation guides, and documentation processes around new hires.
  • Own and lead all onboarding and benefits orientation trainings and serve as the primary point of contact during the onboarding process.
  • Manage all Ascent people operations systems and platforms on a day-to-day basis, including tools used for performance management, payroll and benefits, feedback and communication, and employee relations.
  • Support the leadership team in launching and maintaining company-wide inclusion, education, engagement, and appreciation initiatives.
  • Track people-related company metrics, including KPIs for recruiting, retention, diversity, inclusion, and employee satisfaction
  • Oversee the implementation of the Employee Handbook and Code of Conduct, including managing guidelines around communication, working hours, health, and safety.

What We’re Looking For

  • Experience managing human resources administration functions.
  • Expertise in orchestrating an inclusive hiring process
  • Exceptional organization skills and a true passion for details and process – you’re the kind of person that thinks any problem can be solved with a list.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills that will wow candidates and make employees feel understood.
  • An active interest in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in growing companies.
  • Comfort working in fast-moving, high performance, and quickly growing organizations where priorities and responsibilities change regularly.
  • A passion for celebration, bringing joy to others, and not just having a good time, but being the person behind it.

How We’ll Invest in You

  • Medical, dental, vision, mental health insurance – with premiums fully paid by Ascent
  • The hardware and software you need to be effective
  • Professional development stipend
  • Office in Prudential Plaza with an amazing view of the park/lake and pedway access
  • Private, dedicated room space for New Mothers
  • The opportunity to work with smart people on challenging problems!

More About Ascent

Ascent helps its customers follow laws and regulations. We are a new type of company, a “RegTech” organization that combines a SaaS platform with intelligent content to provide customized tools and targeted advice for our customers. We’re using modern techniques like machine learning and predictive analytics to stay on the cutting edge of our industry.

The Ascent platform makes it easy for compliance officers in regulated industries to see exactly what is expected of their companies, then track and report on the steps they’re taking to stay compliant. The efficient intelligence we provide helps our customers fulfill the spirit (and letter) of their obligations in a way that lets them breathe easy and focus on creating value for their own customers through their core business.

We’re a team of compliance officers, lawyers, data scientists, and technologists united by the goal of helping our customers know their business so well that they not only comply with their obligations, but anticipate their future exposure. We combine decades of experience for actionable insights that are built into the platform. We believe a diversity of opinions and perspectives creates a stronger team and product, and we are committed to an equal opportunity hiring process.

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Our office is convenient to all loop trains and many buses, and the Pedway! We have a great selection of healthy lunch options nearby.

An Insider's view of Ascent RegTech

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Ascent values collaboration between teams. Our open office layout facilitates impromptu brainstorming sessions, and bi-monthly update meetings help everyone stay informed of active projects. We believe that each department can benefit from the exchange of domain knowledge with another, and strive to create an environment where feedback is welcomed.


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What makes someone successful on your team?

A successful Ascent dev team member is comfortable solving business and technical problems and isn't afraid to bring up new ideas, no matter how outside the box these may be. He/she also values work-life balance for everyone. This person keeps our company values in mind, has a strong sense of integrity, and prioritizes doing the right thing.


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How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Our job as a leadership team is to provide context, not solutions. The people working directly on a project are in the best position to make decisions, so we hire smart people and then trust them. We're here to support our teams and to make sure efforts are aligned across the company.



What are Ascent RegTech Perks + Benefits

Ascent RegTech Benefits Overview

Everyone brings a unique set of skills and talents, and we want to take advantage of everything you have to offer. We also want to make sure you get as much out of this opportunity as you put in, and we’ll give you the support you need for Ascent to be a transformational period of growth in your career.
Our team enjoys a number of benefits and perks, including:

— Competitive compensation
— 401(k)
— Medical, dental, vision, mental health insurance - with premiums fully paid by Ascent
— Your choice of hardware and software
— Flexible work schedule
— Professional development stipend
— Top floor office in Prudential Plaza with an amazing view of the park/lake and Pedway access
— The opportunity to work with smart people on challenging problems!

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Multiple plan options with Blue Cross Blue Shield, as well an HSA (Heath Savings Account).
Onsite Gym
There is an on-site gym in Prudential Plaza which is free to employees.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Ascent offers a completely flexible scheduling and work from home policy.
Remote Work Program
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Ascent offers a generous professional development stipend per year.

Additional Perks + Benefits

We want to create an environment where people can do their best work. That means supporting our employees in their careers, in their health, and in their lives. We're always looking for (stage-appropriate/responsible) ways to concretely demonstrate these values. For example, we pay 100% of our employees' health premiums!

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