Director of HR
Houma Lafayette, LA Human Resources
Job Type

Primary Purpose

The Director of Human Resources is responsible for providing strategic leadership and partners with business leaders to accelerate business goals and build a value-driven culture of excellence. This position provides oversight and supervision of talent acquisition, employee relations, onboarding, compensation/benefits, training, HR systems/processes, and other Human Resource activities. Regularly consults with leadership on culture, workforce programs, and implementation of long-term strategic initiatives to recruit, motivate and retain talent for Gulf Island. The position reports to the CHRO.

 Essential Functions 

  • Provides vision, leadership, planning, and project coordination for developing a cost-effective Human Resources department while facilitating efficient operations to meet the organizations’ current and future business needs.
  • Ensures continuity and successful delivery of available services to all employees throughout the organization.
  • Collaborates with senior leadership to understand the organization’s goals and strategy related to staffing, recruiting, and retention.
  • Plans, leads, develops, coordinates, and implements policies, processes, training, initiatives, and surveys to support the organization’s human resource compliance and strategy needs.
  • Administers and oversees the administration of Human Resource programs including, but not limited to, compensation, benefits, and leave management; disciplinary matters; disputes and investigations; performance and talent management; productivity, recognition, and morale; occupational health and safety; and training and development.
  • Identifies staffing and recruiting needs; develops and executes best practices for hiring, retaining, and talent management.
  • Conducts research and analysis of organizational and market trends, including reviewing human capital reports and metrics from the organization’s human resource information system (HRIS) or talent management system.
  • Monitors and ensures the organization’s compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations; recommends best practices; reviews and modifies policies and practices to maintain compliance.
  • Recruits, interviews, hires and trains new staff within the department. 
  • Oversees and balances the daily workflow of the department.
  • Partners with the Health, Safety, and Environmental (HSE) team with ongoing employee matters and practices.
  • Provides constructive and timely feedback and performance evaluations. 
  • Handles discipline and termination of employees by company policy. 
  • Facilitates professional development, training, and certification activities for the Human Resources team.
  • Maintains knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management, and employment law; applies this knowledge to communicate changes in policies, practices, and resources to leadership.
  • Performs other duties as required.

 Physical Requirements 

  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift 15 pounds at times.

Job Requirements 

  • Must be able to travel up to 20%.
  • Must be able to pass pre-employment physical and drug screen
  • Must be able to pass a background check
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Bi-lingual in Spanish and English is preferred.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong supervisory and leadership skills.

Desirable Experience and Education

• Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or related field required; Master’s degree preferred.

• At least 10 years of human resource management experience in a director role is preferred.

• SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP is highly preferred.

Gulf Island will not sponsor applications for work visas. Additionally, applicants for employment with Gulf Island must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Accordingly, Gulf Island will not consider applications from candidates who require the company to sponsor a work visa and who are not currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. 


Gulf island is not accepting unsolicited candidates from search firms for posted employment opportunities. Please no phone calls or emails. All resumes submitted by search firms to Gulf Island employees via email, the internet, or any other form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for the position will be deemed the sole property of Gulf Island. No recruiting placement fee will be paid in the event Gulf Island hires the candidate due to the referral or through other means.