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Job ID: 128593

HR Staff Specialist
LSU AgCenter

Date Posted Sep. 5, 2019
Title HR Staff Specialist
University LSU AgCenter
Baton Rouge, LA, United States
Department Human Resource Management
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Human Resources

HR Staff Specialist
(Human Resource Management)

Work Location: The LSU Agricultural Center is a statewide organization with offices in every parish of Louisiana. The administrative headquarters, including the Human Resource Management Office, are located in Baton Rouge.

About the LSU Agricultural Center: The LSU AgCenter, is one of nine campuses within the broader LSU enterprise (LSU System). The LSU AgCenter includes the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, which conducts agricultural-based research, and the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service, which extends the knowledge derived from research to the people of the state. The AgCenter is headquartered in Baton Rouge and has 12 "on campus" academic departments and five regions which are made up of 17 branch research stations and an extension office in each parish. For more information, visit the AgCenter’s web site at Administratively aligned with the AgCenter is the LSU A&M campus’s College of Agriculture which oversees the teaching function. Many AgCenter faculty hold joint appointments with the College of Agriculture so coordination is important.

Position Description: The Human Resource Staff Specialist serves as the primary resource for new employees on employment matters. The incumbent of this position manages the human resources onboarding process for new hires ensuring that they complete necessary paperwork, receive timely benefits enrollment information, and are entered into the Workday system. This position is also responsible for coordinating, hosting, and presenting information at the AgCenter employee orientation and benefits information sessions. Ensures that new hires are informed of and enrolled in the correct benefits programs such as leave, retirement, insurance, and any other options available for their position. Assists current employees with benefits maintenance issues such as adding or deleting dependents or enrollment in miscellaneous benefits programs. Processes hire actions for certain classes of temporary employees of the AgCenter, including those working on J visas ensuring that proper tax and retirement considerations are afforded in each situation. Completes projects and research on matters related to regular job duties, as assigned. Maintains working knowledge of relevant employment laws, regulations, and programs in order to ensure that information shared with employees is accurate and complete.

Qualification Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a field related to the duties of the position and 2+ years of experience in Human Resources or closely related field. Experience in working with various key stakeholders. Must be able to research information and analyze data to arrive at valid conclusions, recommendations and action plans. Strong mathematical and analytical capabilities required. Excellent interpersonal skills to work with employees at all levels: exempt and non-exempt and at all locations, statewide. Superior oral and written communication skills with prior experience delivering information to broad and diverse audiences. Preferred: Benefit experience; higher education experience; advanced degree.

Salary and Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options. Benefits offered include retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances (dental, life, long-term disability, accident, vision, long-term care, etc.), Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan (saves tax dollars on some child care and medical expenses), university holidays (14 per year, typically includes a week off at Christmas), generous annual (vacation) and sick leave benefits, Employee Assistance Program, and possible educational leave and tuition exemption for coursework at campuses of the LSU System. Specific benefits depend on job category, percent effort and length of employment.

Application Deadline: September 30, 2019 or until a suitable candidate is identified.

Application Procedure: Apply online at (or in Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter with resume including a statement of professional interest and goals, university transcripts, and three letters of reference. Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials will not be accepted, except that in lieu of attaching the reference letters online, they may be sent directly to:

Ashley Gautreaux, Director
Human Resource Management
LSU AgCenter
103 J.N. Efferson Hall
Baton Rouge, La. 70803
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