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Associate Recruiter, APS



People & HR
United States
Posted on Saturday, February 3, 2024
Position Summary

Ascend is seeking an Associate Recruiter (“Recruiter”) to support internal sourcing and hiring across all functional areas as we continue to grow a world class team. The Recruiter will also map / source Chief Growth Officer candidates to support our expanding network of partner firms and ensure they are optimized for rapid growth. Employing storytelling, analytical rigor, and problem-solving skills, this individual will devise and implement Talent strategies to identify, engage, and close A players while providing red carpet candidate experiences. The winning candidate will embody our values and demonstrate superior intellectual curiosity, ensuring Ascend and its partner firms attract A players to accelerate revenue, profitability, and operational excellence across all areas of the business.

Key Responsibilities

Source & Evaluate High-Quality Talent

  • Drive strategies and processes to ensure we are continuously building a robust pipeline of A players supporting bespoke roles touching all facets of the Ascend business
  • Craft effective, automated, and multi-channel outreach strategies (email, LinkedIn, etc.) while leveraging a diverse array of relevant job posting platforms to drive inbound interest
  • Leverage the A Method for Hiring, demonstrating intellectually curious interview skills and thoroughly prepared candidate reports that lead to effective top of funnel selection
  • Employ strategic acumen, and utmost integrity, to achieve offer acceptance rates targeting >90%
  • Cultivate long-term relationships with high-performing talent, building a bench of potential hires for future needs

Reporting & Talent Analytics

  • Leverage Ascend’s ATS (Greenhouse) as a single source of truth for all recruiting efforts, tracking stage-by-stage throughput via clear pipeline reports
  • Track leading indicators to understand if a search is on / off track to be closed on schedule; anticipate and identify challenges and proactively solve them
  • Leverage pipeline data to make ad hoc and / or systematic strategic improvements to Ascend’s recruiting practices

DEI & Candidate Experience

  • Employ creative sourcing strategies that ensure pipelines are robust without excluding underrepresented groups (URG) or applying bias
  • Ensure jobs are posted on an array of relevant DEI- and community-focused websites
  • Identify potential partnerships with URG alliances nationally
  • Provide high touch, red carpet experiences to all candidates, providing timely updates and feedback using radical candor: clear is kind!
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the Ascend business to engage thoughtfully with prospective candidates and go beyond the job description

Relationship Management

  • Act as a true consulting partner to the leadership team, hiring managers, and your peers – proactively raise issues, be solution-oriented, and make strategic suggestions backed by data
  • Drive alignment across stakeholders to ensure hiring goals are reached on time and on budget
  • Communicate urgency when needed to guarantee Ascend wins in the talent marketplace


  • Bachelor’s degree demonstrating superior academic performance from an accredited college or university
  • 1-4 years of Talent Acquisition experience as a recruiter or sourcer; experience with a retained search firm is preferred
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to identify opportunities and make data-driven decisions
  • Strong desire to win and relentless intellectual curiosity
  • Strong organizational, critical thinking, and communication skills

About Ascend

Ascend empowers entrepreneurial CPAs to reach their goals with an innovative growth model that brings their firms into the new age. Backed by private equity from people-focused Alpine Investors, Ascend is building a modern platform for regional accounting firms that enables them to stay independent while accessing the resources of a large CPA firm to help them grow. Ascend provides access to growth capital, robust talent acquisition, best-of-breed technology, a catalytic leadership system, shared back-office services, and modernized equity incentives so that firms can surmount today’s industry challenges and reach their full potential. Founded in January 2023, the company attained revenues sufficient to qualify it as a Top 100 U.S. accounting firm within six months of operation.

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About Alpine Investors

Alpine Investors is a people-driven private equity firm that is committed to building great companies by working with, learning from, and developing exceptional people. Alpine prides itself on fostering cultures where people value empowerment, diversity, fairness, integrity, and intellectual honesty. Founded in 2001, Alpine specializes in investments in companies in the software and services industries. Alpine has over $15 billion in AUM and has offices in San Francisco, New York, and Salt Lake City.

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At Ascend, we provide a fair and equal employment opportunity for all candidates regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, marital status, disability, or any other legally protected characteristic. Ascend hires and promotes individuals solely based on qualifications for the position to be filled and business needs.