HR Specialist, Systems & Data

HR Specialist, Systems & Data

San Francisco, CA | Remote

Job Overview

Descripts HR Specialist will play a pivotal role in elevating our HR function to new heights. This position will ensure our operations are streamlined, our decision-making is driven by accurate and relevant data, and we have robust HR systems and processes that enhance employee experience. By maintaining and optimizing our HR systems, updating and analyzing critical people data, and assisting with important backend HR tasks, the HR Specialist will ensure that our team remains agile, informed, and ready to support our growing organization.

Your contributions in this role will be key in building a foundation that scales with our team, maintaining our culture of curiosity, and driving operational excellence across the HR team and Descript as a whole.


  • Run Semi-Annual Compensation Review Cycles:Take charge of our semi-annual compensation review process by owning all data collection, analysis, presentation, and mapping, to ensure competitive and equitable pay practices.
  • Build Team Data and Reporting Functions:Ensure our data and reporting capabilities continue to scale with the company for actionable insights and informed decision-making.
  • Maintain and Optimize HR Systems:Lead the administration and optimization of BambooHR, TriNet, Assemble, Human Interest, Carta, and other HR systems to support our growing needs as a team and company.
  • Facilitate Immigration Processes:Work with our employees and immigration attorneys to streamline immigration-related activities, ensuring timely compliance and support for our diverse workforce.
  • Partner with our Finance Team:Work closely with our finance department on compensation, budgeting, and ensuring financial and HR alignment.
  • Support HR Programming:Assist with the platform and data administration for all relevant people programming initiatives, driving employee engagement, satisfaction, and retention.
  • Employee Onboarding and Offboarding:Own backend onboarding and offboarding processes to ensure a seamless transition for employees entering or leaving the company.
  • Manage Company Perks and Benefits:Oversee, enhance, and educate employees around our perks and benefits offerings, ensuring they remain accessible, competitive, and aligned with our employees’ needs.
  • Adapt to Scaling Startup Needs:Be prepared to take on a wide array of tasks and challenges as they arise in the fast-paced environment of a scaling startup, demonstrating flexibility and a can-do attitude.


  • This role can be based remotely but must work 9-6 PT.
  • 4-6 years of experience in HR or People Operations, ideally in a small to midsize, growth startup environment
  • Proven experience in building data and reporting structures from the ground up
  • Experience as a BambooHR and TriNet administrator, and familiarity with other HR systems like Assemble, Human Interest, and Carta
  • Demonstrated ability to autonomously collect, analyze, communicate, and gain alignment on compensation data and bands
  • Heightened attention to detail with a proactive focus on data cleanliness, system optimization, and process improvement
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Possess a growth mindset with a readiness to take initiative and an excitement to learn new things quickly. No task is too big or too small
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, and the ability to think outside the box
  • A deep understanding of employment law and compliance throughout the U.S.

Nice to Haves

  • Advanced project management skills, with a track record of successfully leading and implementing cross-functional HR and People projects
  • Experience with facilitating immigration processes for multiple countries
  • A deep understanding of employment law and compliance throughout Canada

The base salary range for this role is $122,213 – $190,620. Final offer amounts will carefully consider multiple factors, including prior experience, expertise, and location, and they may vary from the amount above.

About Descript

Descript is building a simple, intuitive, fully-powered editing tool for video and audio an editing tool built for the age of AI. We are a team of 140 with aproven CEOand the backing of some of the world’s greatest investors (OpenAI,Andreessen Horowitz,Redpoint Ventures,Spark Capital).

Descript is the special company that’s in possession of both product market fit and the raw materials (passionate user community, great product, large market) for growth, but is still early enough that each new employee has a measurable influence on the direction of the company.

Benefits include a generous healthcare package, catered lunches, and flexible vacation time. We currently have offices in San Francisco and Montreal, and are open to folks working remotely between PT and ET time zones. Whether you love WFH or cant wait to get back to being in person, we’re interested in offering an environment that works for you.

Descript is an equal opportunity workplacewe are dedicated to equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, or Veteran status. We believe in actively building a team rich in diverse backgrounds, experiences, and opinions to better allow our employees, products, and community to thrive.