Human Resources Specialist (New Orleans, LA)


$3,904.00 - $7,658.00 Monthly


New Orleans, LA

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Port of New Orleans Port Commission

Opening Date


Closing Date

1/23/2024 11:59 PM Central

The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) is a modern multimodal gateway for global commerce and an in-demand cruise port. Our competitive edge comes from our ability to deliver seamless, integrated logistics solutions between river, rail and road.

Reporting to the Human Resources Supervisor, the Human Resources Specialist (HR Specialist) is responsible for the successful execution of personnel actions, entries, and customer service in accordance with Louisiana State Civil Service and Port NOLA policy. The HR Specialist works collaboratively with Human Resources team members, directors, and other stakeholders to ensure company policies and procedures align with applicable laws and regulations.
This position is responsible for aligning business objectives with employees and directors in designated business departments within Port NOLA. The position formulates partnerships across the HR function to deliver value-added service to management and employees that reflects the mission, vision, and values of Port NOLA.

Port NOLA offers competitive benefits that prioritize safety, health and wellness for our employees.  Employees have access to the following benefits:
*   Medical / Dental / Vision Insurance
*   Health Savings Account (HSA)
*   Medical and/or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
*   Life Insurance options
*   Long Term Disability Plan
*   State of Louisiana LASERS state pension program
*   Deferred Compensation Plan (457 plan) with employer match
*   Paid Louisiana State Holidays; and paid Annual and Sick Leave
*   Wellness Center located in Port Administration Building
*   Ship Shape Wellness Program


Selected Core Competencies:

  • Championing Continuous Improvement: The ability to systematically drive or promote continuous improvement.
  • Communicating Effectively: The ability to relay information correctly and appropriately to connect people and ideas.
  • Thinking Critically: The ability to generate ideas, manipulate ideas, and make unconventional connections to develop original approaches.

Selected Preferred Competencies: 

  • Accepting Direction: The ability to accept and follow directions from those higher in the chain of command.
  • Acting with Ethics and Integrity: The ability to be consistent, honest, and a trustworthy steward of State resources.
  • Demonstrating Accountability: The ability to accept ownership for your actions, behaviors, performance, and decisions.
  • Demonstrating Business Acumen: The ability to understand how the organization operates to achieve its objectives.
  • Demonstrating Initiative: The ability to assess information and take action independently to help the organization achieve its goals.
  • Displaying Professionalism: The ability to recognize how your actions impact the perceptions of both you and your organization.
  • Following Policies and Procedures: The ability to comply with policies and procedures of the organization as well as State Civil Service rules, and all applicable federal and state laws.

To learn more about the SCS Competency Model, click here.

To apply for this vacancy, click the "Apply" link above and complete the electronic application, which can be used for this vacancy as well as future job opportunities. Applicants are responsible for checking the status of their application to determine where they are in the recruitment process.  Further status message information is located under the information section of the Current Job Opportunities page.

*Resumes WILL NOT be accepted in lieu of completed education and experience sections on your application. Applications may be rejected if incomplete.*

For further information about this vacancy contact:
Yolanda Brisbon
Port of New Orleans / Human Resources Analyst C
P.O. Box 60046
New Orleans, LA 70160




A baccalaureate degree plus three years of professional level human resources experience.
a. Six years of full-time work experience in any field may be substituted for the required baccalaureate degree.

Candidates without a baccalaureate degree may combine work experience and college credit to substitute for the baccalaureate degree as follows:

A maximum of 120 semester hours may be combined with experience to substitute for the baccalaureate degree.

30 to 59 semester hours credit will substitute for one year of experience towards the baccalaureate degree.
60 to 89 semester hours credit will substitute for two years of experience towards the baccalaureate degree.
90 to 119 semester hours credit will substitute for three years of experience towards the baccalaureate degree.
120 or more semester hours credit will substitute for four years of experience towards the baccalaureate degree.

College credit earned without obtaining a baccalaureate degree may be substituted for a maximum of four years full-time work experience towards the baccalaureate degree. Candidates with 120 or more semester hours of credit, but without a degree, must also have at least two years of full-time work experience tosubstitute for the baccalaureate degree.

b. A Master's in Business Administration, Public Administration, Human Resources/Personnel, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, or Organizational Behavior will substitute for one year of the required experience. (The college transcript must indicate the major as business administration, public administration, human resources/personnel, etc. Master's degrees in fields such as marketing, economics, etc. are not acceptable.)
c. Possession of a Juris Doctorate will substitute for one year of the required experience.
Advanced degrees with less than a Ph.D. will substitute for a maximum of one year of the required experience.
d. A Ph.D. in Business Administration, Public Administration, Human Resources/Personnel, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, or Organizational Behavior will substitute for two years of the required experience.
All advanced degrees will substitute for a maximum of two years of the required experience.
e. Certification by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR), a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), a Certified Professional (CP) or a Senior Certified Professional (SCP) will substitute for a maximum of one year of the required experience.
In order to receive credit, your certification must be current (i.e., issued within the last three years). If you have been certified and your certification expires, you must apply for and be re-certified before you can get credit again. Information regarding certification may be obtained from the Human Resource Certification Institute, 1800 Duke Street, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314. Phone: 866-898-4724 or Fax: 703-535-6474.
Human resources experience is that experience gained in an office whose sole responsibility is the administration of a comprehensive personnel program including many if
not all of the following programs: recruitment, selection and placement; training; equal employment opportunity; disciplinary and grievance proceedings; classification and wage; payroll; and employee relations OR experience gained in an office whose sole responsibility is the administration of one aspect of a comprehensive personnel program, such as training, payroll, or equal employment opportunity.

Any college hours or degree must be from an accredited college or university.


Job Concepts

To perform specialized tasks in the maintenance of human resources functions.LEVEL OF WORK:
Direct from a Human Resources Supervisor, Human Resources Manager, or higher level administrative official.SUPERVISION EXERCISED:
May supervise one lower level Human Resources Analyst.LOCATION OF WORK:
May be used by all state agencies.JOB DISTINCTIONS:
Differs from Human Resources Analyst C by the presence of serving as a technical specialist over assigned programs.

Differs from Human Resources Supervisor by the absence of direct supervision of two or more subordinates, one of which must be a professional Human Resources position.

Examples of Work

(35%)  Recruitment & Staffing

  • Coordinates recruiting, selection, and placement activities for the agency.
  • Collaborates with managers to understand business operations and staffing needs to determine optimal staffing solutions to complex allocations problems.
  • Interprets Civil Service rules and regulations and departmental policies and procedures regarding personnel actions for assigned divisions, employees, and applicants.
  • Ensures position descriptions are maintained and updated every five years; partners with the managers to help draft position descriptions as needed.
  • Posts vacancies in accordance with Civil Service rules, guidelines, and timelines.
  • Conducts employee onboarding and off boarding processes.

(35%)  Health Benefits & Retirement Administration

  • Participates in the overall development and implementation of the agency’s health/benefits strategy.
  • Coordinates benefits program involving counseling employees and resolving problems.
  • Assists current, new, and prospective Port NOLA employees on the current benefits associated with Port NOLA; enrolls employees in all applicable benefit programs including, but not limited to retirement, medical, dental,  and life insurance programs.
  • Participates in annual open enrollment process through implementation, employee communication and enrollment tracking, and customer service.
  • Participates in quarterly benefit utilization meetings, providing input from employees and prospective applicants on richness of benefit offerings.

(15%)  Customer Service & Process Improvement

  • Ensures the HR office is a welcoming environment for all visitors and callers by addressing questions or concerns in a prompt, professional manner.
  • Develops employee processes or programs that drive engagement; provides opportunities for employees to build skills and knowledge base through workshops, clinics, and online learning tools.
  • Provides day-to-day performance management guidance to line management (e.g., coaching, counseling, career development, disciplinary actions).
  • Collaborates with cross-functional teams (i.e., Information Technology, Payroll, Risk Management, etc.) to implement changes that helps drive efficiency, improves communication, and provides employee clarity.
  • Assists in the development of ADP metrics and dashboards to track process performance.

(10%)  Employee Leave Administration

  • Works with Human Resources Analyst to stay informed of leaves, including Family Medical Leaves within assigned divisions.
  • Serves as the point of contact for assigned divisions, able to address managers’ questions about employees’ FMLA status.

 (5%)   Other Duties as Assigned

  • Performs other duties as required.


State of Louisiana
For agency contact information, please refer to
the supplemental information above.
Louisiana State Civil Service, Louisiana, 70802
(866) 783-5462

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