Senior Compensation Analyst

General Information

At the Port of Portland, we care about our community, and we care about the people we serve. Our mission is to build shared prosperity for the region through travel, trade and economic development.  The Port is one of five consolidated ports in the United States, we own and operate three airports, four marine terminals and five business parks. We have over seven hundred employees, both represented and non-represented in a wide variety of job classifications. Our Senior Compensation Analyst role is complex and has a high level of responsibility in the organization.

We are looking for a compensation expert to conduct job evaluations, make salary recommendations, assist with the Port’s incentive plan, manage the merit process, and provide consultation and training to managers, employees and HR staff.

The successful candidate will share the Port’s commitment to valuing differences among individuals, has a passion for being inclusive and advancing practices, strategies and behaviors that promote inclusion, equity and opportunity for all.

The Port offers a competitive benefits package, including retirement through the State of Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), and a collaborative and diverse work environment. In this position, you’ll have an opportunity to work a hybrid schedule typically working two days in office (at the PDX airport) each week with the remainder working remote. When you’re in the office, you’ll be in a modern, open building with an amazing view of Mt. Hood and inbound and outbound flights right outside our windows!

NOTE: The Port of Portland is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our employees and community. As part of this commitment, all Port employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a Port approved medical or religious exception and accommodation as a condition of employment. Request of a medical or religious exception, will require you to go through the Port exception and accommodation process. Candidates must provide proof of vaccination or have a Port approved exception and accommodation prior to beginning work at the Port.  

* This position is classified as FLSA exempt which means it is not eligible for overtime compensation for hours worked in excess of a 40-hour work week.

Summary of Essential Responsibilities

  • Maintain the overall relevance and integrity of the Port’s compensation program to foster employee confidence in the Port’s commitment to providing competitive pay opportunities; credibly and regularly convey details about the market, the Port’s compensation philosophy and other programmatic elements to stakeholders.
  • Routinely consult with HR staff and managers to discuss position changes, reorganization plans, temporary assignment opportunities, the creation of new positions, and other proposed changes; understand the overall context and potential implications associated with planned changes and be able to effectively articulate those.
  • Offer viable alternatives to desired changes, as necessary, that help address organizational needs without compromising the overall compensation system.
  • Continuously monitor market data to ensure Port positions are paying at market rates; utilize alternative sources of market data as appropriate when pricing/grading jobs; expertly assess and analyze positions and be able to explain differences and similarities that result in a position’s pricing in the market.
  • Consult with the Talent Acquisition team on new hire and internal recruitment offers, as needed.
  • Manage the annual merit and incentive pay processes for administrative (non-represented) employees.
  • Administer and utilize the Port’s compensation management tool to the fullest and ensure it meets the Port’s needs; recommend changes and enhancements as necessary.
  • Conduct survey participation and data collection for 20+ surveys, minor position description changes, and similar compensation duties.
  • Represent the Port and/or Human Resources, as needed, on external committees and internal project teams.

Minimum Requirements/Skills and Abilities

  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources, business or related field
  • Five years progressively responsible compensation experience directly related to the accountabilities of the position (required) or the equivalent combination of education and/or relevant experience
  • Experience with maintaining a compensation philosophy and delivering training and communication materials related to compensation program
  • Advanced knowledge of job analysis and documentation and market pricing
  • Understanding of Oregon pay equity law
  • Proficient with HR business practices and processes and that are related to HR functions
  • MS Excel for data management and manipulation, including experience creating pivot tables and v-lookups
  • Familiarity with variable pay and incentive plan design (preferred)
  • Familiarity with aviation and port industry jobs (preferred)
  • Experience with SaaS and HRIS systems, including’s CompAnalyst web-based market pricing system (preferred)
  • Experience working in a public sector environment and use of class specifications (preferred)
  • Experience working in or understanding of unionized positions (preferred)

Demonstrated skills: 

  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with all levels of an organization
  • Conduct thorough analyses, draw conclusions, and formulate recommendations
  • Explain complex and technical information to non-expert audiences
  • Good command of various systems with the expertise to use queries for report generation
  • Successfully partnering with IT systems and software to generate reports, administer and manage program components
  • Systematically prioritize work and respond to multiple requests to ensure timely delivery of services and/or renegotiate due dates when necessary
  • Strong writing and editing skills with the ability to document processes
  • Shows the utmost respect for others and is a proven team player

Ability to: 

  • Demonstrate the Ports commitment to valuing differences among individuals and passion for being inclusive
  • Maintain composure in the face of competing priorities and stay organized
  • Adapt communication style to deliver difficult messages in a receptive manner
  • Convey complex information in understandable ways to a variety of audiences
  • Educate a variety of individuals and groups on compensation-related work and outcomes
  • Ability to stand firm with job review results and analyses if/when disputed
  • Represent the Port on salary survey and/or other compensation committees
  • Learn details of Port positions and position history
  • Provide guidance and training to other HR staff involved in compensation work

Additional Information

  • Safety: The Port promotes safety as a guiding principle and practice in accomplishing work by complying with safety and health policies and procedures and consistently seeking improvements that support operational excellence.
  • Diversity and Inclusion: At the Port, we don’t just accept difference; we value and support it to create a culture of inclusiveness and fun. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • EEO/Affirmative Action Policy Statement: The Port of Portland is dedicated to maintaining and improving a work environment, which extends equal opportunity to all individuals, regardless of their race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability or sexual orientation. Employment decisions shall be made in such a manner as to further the principle of equal employment opportunity and to comply with state, federal and local laws. We affirm through this policy statement our continuing commitment to the principles of nondiscrimination and affirmative action.
  • Veterans Preference: Under Oregon law, qualified veterans may be eligible for veterans preference when applying for Port of Portland positions. If you are a veteran and would like to be considered for a veterans preference for this job, please provide the qualifying documents as instructed during the application process.
  • Background Checks and Drug Testing: The Port of Portland will conduct background checks and/or drug tests for positions where such tests are required by regulation and for other safety-sensitive positions.
  • ADA Accommodation: Accommodations will be considered for applicants or candidates with a qualifying disability that prevents them from participating in this process. Accommodations will be made where the Port can reasonably do so without imposing an undue hardship on the business or compromising the integrity of the recruitment process. An applicant with any disability who believes that they need an accommodation should contact Human Resources at 503.415.6000


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