Human Resources Specialist

Chicago, Illinois, USA Human Resources Full-time
Cision Ltd is a leading global provider of innovative earned media software and services to public relations and marketing communications professionals. Cision’s Communications Cloud platform allows users to identify key influencers, craft and distribute strategic content, and measure meaningful impact of PR and Communications Teams’ campaigns. Cision has over 4,500 employees with offices in 23 countries throughout the Americas, EMEA, and APAC. For more information about our products and services, visit and follow us on Twitter @Cision.
Cision employs the brightest, most passionate people in the tech industry. We’d love for you to join that group! We invest in our people through training and professional development and we empower them to grow their careers - because the most important measure of our success is yours.

The HR Specialist performs human resources-related duties at the professional level and may carry out responsibilities in some or all of the following functional areas: benefits administration, employee relations, HRIS, training, performance management, on-boarding, policy implementation, recruitment/employment, affirmative action and employment law compliance. This position will also support the Human Resources Department by assisting with the administration of various HR programs, maintaining employee records, and leading projects & programs to positive business results. The successful individual will feel comfortable working independently and confident in their decision-making abilities while having the ability to work collaboratively with the other members of the HR team. 

Essential Functions:

  • Maintains knowledge of HR areas such as HR policies & procedures, HR Technology, Benefits, Talent Management, etc., to assist with inquiries and questions 
  • Handles Tier 1 HR questions, issues and/or requests from employees or other parties (e.g., employment verification), referring complex and/or sensitive matters to appropriate HR team member 
  • Maintains employee records and retrieval of electronic documents to upload into the HR system 
  • Conducts or assists with record audits and mandatory reports, which may include I-9 audits, EEO-1 filings, compliance audits and other data related audits 
  • Partners with HR Coordinator to manage Onboarding, enter New Hires, Terminations, Other Changes and review data transactions to ensure data integrity within the HR system 
  • Partners closely with the HR Technology team to ensure optimal use of the HR system in line with business requirements, assisting with special projects, reporting, and data transactions 
  • Maintains documentation of role responsibilities for process review, improvement and back-up purposes 
  • Maintains knowledge and compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations  
  • Other duties as assigned to support the organization 

  • Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university, and, minimum 2 - 3 years of experience, or, equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Strong communication skills, including listening, written, & verbal 
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office suite, Internet, and HR Systems 
  • Intermediate Excel skills a plus 
  • Ability to build relationships and partner with multiple HR team members 
  • Strong time management skills, juggling multiple priorities and ensuring deadlines are met 
  • Excellent decision making & critical thinking skills 
  • Attention to detail 
  • Knowledge of state & federal laws and HR best practices 
  • Ability to work with confidential information
  • SHRM-CP and/or PHR preferred but not required
Cision is committed to building an environment where all employees are set up to thrive and reach their full potential. We believe diversity, equity and inclusion is vital to driving our culture, sparking innovation and achieving long-term success. Cision is proud to have joined more than 600 companies in signing the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ pledge, the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace.
Cision is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, seeking to create a welcoming and diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or other protected statuses.
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