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General Counsel 

EOE StatementAscentis is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

As General Counsel at Ascentis you will provide in-house legal counsel on employment related matters, which may include, but are not limited to, human resources issues, wage and hour law, worker’s compensation, unemployment and other state agency claims, employee compensation and benefits, hiring and terminations, employment agreements and policy related issues, FMLA matters, and employment related litigation. Centered around our Cultural Norms, you will work collaboratively across the organization to positively contribute to Ascentis’ success.

Cultural Norms:

What are the general responsibilities of the position?

  • Draft, review and negotiate customer contracts including software agreements, cloud-based agreements, services agreements, RFPs, consulting agreements and other technology related agreements
  • Provide legal support and guidance to the organization on a broad range of commercial, corporate and other transactional matters as required
  • Collaborate with internal clients at all levels to effectively minimize legal risk to the business while supporting and assisting in the achievement of the company’s business and strategic objectives
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the company’s business and business practices; engage in a participative and proactive style of legal practice in order to best serve internal clients
  • Work in collaboration with outside counsel
  • Ensure compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies
  • Identify and assess legal risks and opportunities within the employment area and advise accordingly
Position Requirements

What are we looking for in a candidate?

  • Minimum 5 years of legal experience required
  • Minimum 5 years of employment law experience - employee relations, hiring and terminations, discrimination, employment agreements and policy related issues, FMLA matters, and employment related litigation required
  • Juris Doctor degree required
  • Admission to the Bar of at least one state (preferably MN)
  • Experience drafting and negotiating sophisticated contracts, particularly with regard to commercial sales required
  • Prior experience with wage and hour law, worker’s compensation, unemployment and other state agency claims, and employee compensation and benefits
  • Prior experience in the areas of cloud technology agreements, data privacy and information security; ideally with the cybersecurity industry (e.g., digital certificate and PKI or similar industries)
  • Experience working with software agreements, including licensing, SaaS, hosting and managed services agreements
  • Experience with government RFP’s
  • Desire and ability to work in a fast-paced and highly challenging environment for a successful, growing company with very high expectations
  • Ability to work with cross-functional teams, take leadership role in driving solutions, and work under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Efficiently manage a large volume and variety of transactions in a global environment
  • Excellent business judgment with the ability to make decisions and give advice that demonstrates an understanding of overall business objectives
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Prior in house and/or channel experience is a plus
  • Knowledge of privacy and information security regulations a plus
  • Ability to travel 10% required
Location Minneapolis  
About the Organization The Ascentis mission is to create innovative products that are easy to use for the often under-served mid-market that cover the full Human Capital Management (HCM) suite. This full suite approach combined with an amazing team equals success!

We at Ascentis firmly believe that a product is only as good as the people behind it. Whether it's platform development, technology maintenance, client support, product management, sales or operations, all of our employees see the direct impact of their work. As a leader and one of the fastest growing 'Software as a Service' (SaaS) companies in the Human Capital Management space, Ascentis focuses on hiring talented and motivated people from diverse backgrounds. If you want to channel your ambition and drive for success, you belong with Ascentis!

Ascentis has grown tremendously over the last 3 years. Recently, we announced a majority recapitalization by global growth equity investor Summit Partners. Summit invests across growth sectors of the global economy and has invested in more than 440 companies in technology, healthcare, life sciences and other growth industries. These companies have completed more than 140 public equity offerings. So, needless to say, we are all extremely excited with where we are headed!


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