Human Resources (HR) Generalist

| United States | Remote
Employer Provided Salary: 65,000-85,000 Annually
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Human Resources Generalist 

Who We Are

8th Light is a global employee-owned software consultancy, whose mission, vision and values reflect our dedication to quality, our emphasis on continual learning, and our belief that we can be a beacon for how tech companies should look and act. We are a high performing, collaborative and diverse workplace where those who value high performance, learning, mentoring and teaching, and making a positive impact, can contribute and thrive.

To be able to deliver on our business and people strategies, we must deliver a quality sustainable service to our clients, while attracting, retaining and engaging amazing talent. We embody a human-centered approach, an attitude of adaptability in a constantly changing world, and a commitment to providing our colleagues with an engaging work environment. Thus we seek out ambitious projects that provide challenging work and we invest in our employees’ career growth. Across the organization we are a team of thinkers and doers ready to take on most challenges and make a positive impact on our clients, colleagues and our communities.

If being a hands-on individual contributor and having an impact in this type of collaborative, participatory, values-driven environment resonates with you, we'd love to talk.

The Role

The HR Generalist role will report directly to the Senior Global Manager of Human Resources. You will be responsible for implementing an overall employee experience that allows 8th Lights to thrive from day one! This critical role is integral to our People Strategy; you’ll be connecting with employees around the globe, providing world-class service and support.

As the HR Generalist, you will be a key player in shaping an exceptional employee experience. You will manage policies and procedures, oversee various types of leaves and HR workflows, and handle onboarding and offboarding. You'll also ensure our HR systems and documentation are always up-to-date. Beyond the day-to-day, you'll actively support ongoing HR initiatives in the areas of employee engagement, talent management, and employee relations. You'll also play a crucial role in fostering a strong sense of community and connection among our team members. We’re committed to invest the time and resources necessary to attract, retain and grow diverse talent.
8th Light is a remote-first company.  This role will be based in the US; there is a strong preference for the Chicagoland Area (Chicago, IL). 

Who you are

In support of our culture and in alignment with our People Strategy, we are seeking a full-time Human Resources Generalist to support the HR function for all our global employees. To do so effectively:

  • You have 3 - 7 years of experience in human resources with a broad set of skills in managing various workflows across the employee lifecycle, from onboarding to offboarding and various processes in-between such as leave management. You will have experience in managing and maintaining HR information systems/tools, administering policies and procedures, employment law, and supporting employee relations. You’ll have strong experience administering benefits and compensation programs. 
  • You’re proficient and comfortable navigating US labor law, with experience of multiple states, and capable of acting as a subject matter expert in this area.
  • You're proficient in using technology to analyze data and derive insights to inform people operations processes and offerings. You’re confident in utilizing Google Sheets and have the ability to segment and filter data, perform V-lookups, index matches, and create pivot tables.
  • You have excellent relationship building skills, trusty-worthy and focused on cultivating relationships with exceptional customer service to internal and external stakeholders. 
  • You’re a proactive problem solver with a goal oriented approach. You have supported and/or championed team Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) or Objective Key Results (OKRs).
  • You have experience successfully cultivating an exceptional employee experience, along with a proven record of actively supporting DEI&B affinity groups and initiatives with an empathetic approach.
  • Must be comfortable and have experience working in a dynamic, quick-moving environment. You are comfortable being resourceful, raising issues quickly while placing a high value on moving forward together, creating allies and strategic partners.
  • Able to operate with a high level of business acumen including timely and confidential communication with diligence and understanding of urgent matters.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Experience within the tech industry is strongly desirable. 
  • International experience is a plus. A proactive attitude and openness to learning about global practices will also be key to success in this role. 
  • Certification as an HR Professional is strongly encouraged.

 What you’ll do:

  • Act as the primary point of contact for employee inquiries, delivering exceptional customer service. Escalate complex or high-risk queries to the appropriate channels for resolution.
  • Act as an internal consultant, serving as a subject matter expert that can provide guidance on how to manage US processes and policies in keeping with US labor laws and regulations. 
  • Conduct HR reporting where data is analyzed and insights are derived as it relates to people operations.
  • Collaborate to enhance internal HR documentation and streamline processes, ensuring clarity, efficiency, and compliance throughout the organization.
  • Manage the seamless administration of HR processes for all employees worldwide, ensuring a smooth journey from onboarding to offboarding and everything in between.
  • Manage the administration of various types of leave, ensuring compliance and staying ahead of all related matters while providing a supportive service for employees.
  • Manage employee change management tasks, including leave management, relocations, promotions, talent review processes, and compensation or talent changes.
  • Manages low risk employee relations cases, seeking to achieve a mutually beneficial outcome where each employee feels respected, heard, seen, and safe. You’ll support
    employee relation cases outside of this scope by note-taking and acting as a witness. 
  • Partner with the Finance department to ensure accurate and timely payroll processing by delivering necessary updates and information.
  • Manage the platform we use to administer equipment, coordinate repairs and retrieve equipment. 
  • Maintain system hygiene across various HR tools, ensuring data accuracy, integrity, compliance with relevant regulations, and accurate permission scope.
  • Implement and enforce measures to safeguard sensitive HR information and maintain data confidentiality.
  • Oversee the creation, organization, and maintenance of employee records and workflows, ensuring processes are conducted as automated as possible with the highest degree of accuracy and completeness.
  • Own benefits administration, including open enrollment, managing the end-to-end administration of benefits, ensuring accuracy and timely service.   
  • Support various HR projects such as in the area of employee engagement and talent management. Partnering with key stakeholders to deliver a timely effective and efficient service. 
  • Submit local, state, and federal reports in a complete and timely manner in order to ensure compliance. 
  • Take a proactive approach in identifying potential compliance risks and addressing them preemptively while monitoring changes in labor laws and promptly implement updates as required i.e. labor law posters, internal information/documentation, etc.

Join Us

We recognize that creating a truly diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization is an ongoing journey, and we’re excited to share our journey with you. We have a proud tradition of hiring talented colleagues with unusual career experiences. We're more interested in your experiences, results, and impact than brand names, degrees, or keywords that may appear on your resume. We appreciate your time in completing a few application questions to help us get to know you better.

8th Light is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, or Veteran status.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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An Insider's view of 8th Light, Inc.

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Whether it’s regularly evaluating our workload to ensure it’s achievable, encouraging stress-relieving activities like offering mindfulness meditation sessions during Town Hall meetings, or respecting an individual’s boundaries for working hours and vacation time.

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How has your career grown since starting at the company?

When I shifted careers to software crafting at 8th Light I was given the opportunity to build something tangible. I completed the six-month apprenticeship that gave me the basic skill set to become an effective consultant. Since then I've been exposed to multiple technologies and experiences that have catalyzed my development and consulting skills.


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What are 8th Light, Inc. Perks + Benefits

8th Light, Inc. Benefits Overview

8th Light has a comprehensive benefits and total compensation package that is flexible and customizable as per your family/life/personal circumstances. We are supportive of family friendly flexibility, which includes perks and offerings such as an extensive parental leave program which covers (4 paid months time off). Our benefits and perks also reenforce our values of Humanity, Education and Ownership — with options to purchase stock, Learning and Development stipends with paid time allocated to growth and continuous learning, additionally a popular donation matching program.

Volunteer in local community
8th Light offers a company day of service. Team members elect to participate in support of various charities, foundations and non-profits regionally and locally, such as Code First Girls, Code Platoon
Partners with nonprofits
We partner with Code Bootcamps to provide opportunities to career changers and self taught software developers to deepen their knowledge base and gain experience through our world class Apprenticeship
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Pair programming
Flexible work schedule
Remote work program
8th Light is 100% Remote. There are office spaces open for voluntary employee use. With state of the art issued office technology, not limited to MacOS Notebooks and 4K monitors for the home office.
Documented equal pay policy
Highly diverse management team
Women in executive level positions, including the Co-CEO. women and POCs on the 8th Light executive board and throughout the company.
Mandated unconscious bias training
Led by the Director of Training and Development, unconscious bias training is a quintessential component of the 8th Light Interview Process.
Diversity employee resource groups
There are internal networking communities including but not limited to a Persons of Color Channel and Woman Forums.
Hiring practices that promote diversity
We partner with various diverse talent communities, broaden our scope of where we post, source and evaluate candidates. We prepare candidates for success with details on every step of the process.
Health Insurance + Wellness
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Through opt-in enrollment, our plans offer Heath Care, Dependent, and Commuter Reimbursement.
Disability insurance
8th Light offers company-paid both short-term and long-term disability benefits.
Dental insurance
The Dental plan offered provides comprehensive dental coverage with low, predictable costs. 100% of coverage for preventative services, including x-rays. Child orthodontia coverage available as well.
Vision insurance
100% coverage for eye exams and lenses after $35 dollar copay-- with a $130 allowance for frames per year. 20% discount offered on balance for frames at participating providers.
Health insurance
8th Light offers four unique options for comprehensive medical coverage to support you and your family. In addition to MD Live, a service offering included in all BCBS plans at 8th Light.
Life insurance
Employer paid coverage of up to $50,000 with the option to increase coverage at a low-expense.
Pet insurance
Pet's veterinary services are covered with 90% reimbursement. Open to all ages. Includes spay/neuter, hereditary, Rx therapeutic diets, dental and more. Provided at low cost through Nationwide.
Wellness programs
Annual budget for personal wellness to be used on: massages, gym/fitness memberships, equipment and more.
Team workouts
We have mindful hours and have organized company wide virtual yoga to begin weekly townhalls. We continue to seek further opportunities here.
Mental health benefits
In addition to comprehensive mental health coverage through medical plans, 8th Light offers EAP services at no cost to employees. Unlimited telephone consultations, and up to 3 in-person sessions/ yr.
Financial & Retirement
401(K) matching
Eligible 60 days following employment. 8th Light will match 100% up to the first 4% employees contribute.
Company equity
Over 40% of organization are employee owners. Employees will have the option to purchase shares of the organization. Employee owners will receive quarterly payouts based on organization's performance.
Charitable contribution matching
8th Light will match up to $250 per calendar year for each employee’s contributions to a charitable organization.
Child Care & Parental Leave
Generous parental leave
Available immediately upon employment. 8th Light covers 12 weeks of leave at 100% of salary.
Family medical leave
Vacation + Time Off
Generous PTO
Four weeks of paid time off with incremental increases based on tenure of employment. PTO can be used for vacation, personal, and sick time at the employees discretion.
Paid volunteer time
8 Hours per year.
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Can be used in addition to PTO.
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Company-sponsored outings
Some meals provided
Company-sponsored happy hours
Pet friendly
Fitness stipend
Employees are reimbursed $100 per year for health and wellness expenses.
Home-office stipend for remote employees
New hires receive a $200 stipend for home office furniture. In addition to a state of the art work device (Apple Notebook) and 4K monitors, accessories, and more-- through partnership with FirstBase.
Professional Development
Job training & conferences
There is an annual $1,500 learning and development budget given each crafters, there are opportunities for educational expenses as well as conferences paid through 8th Light's partnership.
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Employees are assigned mentors at the start of employment to guide them throughout their career journey and assist them in getting acclimated into the culture at 8th Light!
Continuing education stipend
All employees are awarded an annual $1,500 stipend for learning and development expenses. This can be used on: classes, software subscriptions, conference travel, etc.
Continuing education available during work hours
Based upon role, employees are given time allotments to focus on non-project based learning.
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

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