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Director of HR

Chicago

We are looking for an ambitious, talented Director of HR who aspires to become a VP within two to three years and who truly understands how creating a people-focused organization is the key to success for a fast-growing business like ours.

Reporting directly to our COO -- with extensive interaction with our CEO, President and other members of our senior leadership team -- you will help to refine and perfect our HR function, including how we recruit for new talent, set people-first policies, and provide world-class benefits. We pride ourselves on being an innovative workplace that isn’t afraid to think outside of the box. We’re looking for a future leader who is excited to take us to the next level.

This is the perfect opportunity for a recruiting or HR professional with seven to ten years of experience, with both talent management and business acumen -- especially those who prefer not to work in a large bureaucracy where your impact is not highly correlated to your talent and potential.

If you want to work in an entrepreneurial, employee-adoring environment where you can truly make a difference and in a job that requires near-zero travel and is centrally located in Chicago's loop, then this is absolutely a career opportunity and career path that you'll want to learn more about.

Responsibilities

Initially, your job will include some recruiting and generalist HR activities: checking in with team members, hiring for our digital and branding teams, onboarding new folks on those teams, introducing them to our benefits and making sure that our HR function supports our strong cultural values of learning, collaboration and high performance in the marketplace. You will have a staff member reporting directly to you.

This position will also own compensation policy across all departments: corporate, public relations, creative and digital. We need someone with great business acumen and negotiation skills who can help us set and stay true to our compensation guidelines. This includes doing industry research, understanding profitability and negotiating with prospective employees. For this function you will work closely with our Director of Finance and the hiring Vice Presidents.

Your role will quickly expand to include additional responsibilities around enhancing the organization's HR function and helping us add new office locations and functions, all while building out a team of experienced HR professionals under your leadership.

Opportunities to Advance

After showing the world that your talents lived up to their billing and demonstrating that you can help us to make progress on this very important work, you will be on track to become a Vice President (or an equivalent senior leadership position within the firm). At that stage, you will also be entitled to participate in various programs we have designed to reward and retain our senior leadership team.

Requirements

Those who apply for this position should first confirm that they have the following requirements:

  • 7+ years of experience in HR or recruiting, ideally in an agency or professional services firm.
  • A solid understanding of business operations and success drivers for a professional services firm.
  • Experience recruiting difficult to fill positions in a tight job market in addition to experience negotiating job offers and salary increases.
  • Experience collaborating with senior leadership on hiring needs/plans and advice on interview processes and market alignment.
  • Exceptional problem solving and reasoning skills, as well as an entrepreneurial mindset.
  • Excellent organizational ability and keen attention to detail.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship development skills.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information.
  • Experience managing other HR professionals.
  • Zenefits, Greenhouse, Paylocity experience a plus.
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. PHR certification preferred.

A Simple and Highly Confidential Application Process

Here’s how it works. Apply online using the button below. If we like your resume and cover letter, we’ll ask you to come in for an initial interview.

If there seems to be a fit, for you and for us, we'll give you a short case study to read through. You'll then come back for the second round of interviews, we'll talk through your approach to the case study, and we'll finalize next steps from there.

Easy enough, right? For the right person, this can be an amazing opportunity, so we encourage you to start the process as soon as you can, and we hope to meet you soon.

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