Associate Consultant - HR

Ascend People LLC

About the organization

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.


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. Your work will center on:

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, 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.

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.

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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.

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.

Equity and inclusion experience, skills, and values: You understand how race and other identities intersect in HR practices and within client organizations. 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.

Excellent communication skills: You're a clear, precise, and compassionate communicator who shares context and seeks to understand others' perspectives.

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$70,000 - $90,000

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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