Our Associate Consultant - HR will support consulting engagements that tackle the full spectrum of our clients' HR needs including supporting the design and delivery of effective and values-based people-centered processes and practices under the guidance of a project lead.


Who We Are
Ascend People specializes in transforming the HR landscape for nonprofits. We bring a radically different approach by embedding our clients’ core values into every HR function, from recruitment to separation. Our suite of services, including tailored HR effectiveness solutions, outsourced recruitment, and comprehensive compensation strategies is designed to transform our clients’ HR practices into a powerful foundation for organizational success and social change.
As a Black-led woman-owned firm, Ascend People brings a unique lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion to our nonprofit HR solutions. Our leadership is deeply attuned to the nuances of cultural competence, understanding firsthand the importance of building truly inclusive workplaces where every voice is valued and heard. This perspective allows us to design HR strategies and practices that not only elevate people but also actively dismantle systemic barriers, fostering an environment of genuine belonging and empowerment. Our commitment to equity and justice is not just a part of our work—it's the foundation, ensuring that our clients benefit from HR solutions that are as inclusive as they are innovative.

What You’ll Do
You will support consulting engagements that tackle the full spectrum of our clients’ HR needs including supporting the design and delivery of effective and values-based people-centered processes and practices under the guidance of a project lead. Specifically, your work will center on:

  • Work with and support the CEO and other project leads to deliver services, training, and consulting to clients including drafting materials (e.g., HR policies, process guides, proposals, communication templates, presentations, etc.) and may lead key tasks.
  • Proactively seek knowledge of client organizations by researching background information and speaking with CEO or project leads about project scope and goals.
  • Capture and synthesize critical data and information, translating into action steps that incorporate an equity and inclusion lens.
  • Seek guidance and feedback from CEO or project leads regarding work products, client needs, and internal deliverables.
  • Adhere to all established project processes, procedures and guidelines regarding our client engagements. Communicate with CEO or project leads regarding resource needs and supports as needed.
  • Adhere to defined work plans while maintaining all established timelines and deliverable deadlines.
  • Assist in developing effective internal and external presentations and skillfully help to facilitate client and internal team meetings.
  • Meet internal and external deadlines by efficiently managing time, prioritizing tasks and utilizing available resources.
  • Accurately document client communications and share information with the CEO or project lead.

Who You Are & Keys to Success
To be successful in this job, you possess these five qualities:

  • Experience executing work within or related to multiple areas of HR: You've rolled up your sleeves and gotten hands-on experience in several HR areas. Whether it's recruitment, employee relations, compensation, or performance management, you understand how these different facets interconnect. You're excited to bring your well-rounded HR knowledge to support our clients' diverse needs.
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving ability: You're a strategic thinker who can quickly grasp complex issues and spot patterns. You come up with creative, yet practical and fair solutions. When faced with challenges, you're resourceful and solve problems with minimal guidance. You're not afraid to ask for help, anticipate issues, and course-correct when needed.
  • Equity and inclusion experience, skills, and values: You understand how race and other identities intersect in HR practices and within client organizations. You reflect on your own and others’ identities with self-awareness and emotional intelligence. You are passionate about serving clients who advance racial equity, immigrant rights, and reproductive justice, among other progressive movements.
  • Highly organized, motivated, and detail-oriented: You efficiently handle a high volume of work using organizational systems to stay on top of tasks. You juggle competing demands, prioritize well, and plan ahead to meet deadlines. With a keen eye for detail, you catch and fix errors others might miss. You own your work, adapt when needed, and maintain high standards even when things get hectic. Always ready to learn, you proactively adapt to new tools.
  • Excellent communication skills: You're a clear, precise, and compassionate communicator who shares context and seeks to understand others' perspectives. You can learn and incorporate our firm's "voice" while maintaining accuracy and attention to detail.

Direct experience working nonprofits, especially values-driven or progressive nonprofits, is highly preferred.
What Else You Should Know
We are an equal opportunity employer, and we make a particular effort to recruit people of color to apply for open positions.
This position is full-time and is a remote role that is ideally based in the eastern or central standard time zones. The role requires seldom travel (less than 2 times per year). The salary for this position ranges from $70,000-$90,000, with an exact salary depending on experience. New hires rarely start at the top of the range. We also offer competitive benefits such as a health expense reimbursement account, a 401(k) plan with employer contribution, and generous time off.

$70,000 – $90,000 per year

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