Talent &  Workforce Development

Talent & Workforce Development

What does talent development have to do with economic development?

Talent is increasingly being recognized as a driver of economic development because of its contribution to business recruiting, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Our goal is to develop a holistic approach to prepare and attract highly skilled workers, retain talent across industries, and connect candidates to economic opportunities through powerful partnerships. We have developed a suite of talent solutions that meet the needs of leaders, employers, service providers, and job candidates.
Our talent solutions focus on:
  • Opportunity Youth
  • Adult Job Candidates
  • Financial & Asset Building Strategies
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Employer Engagement


NOLABA works with a cohort of strategic partners to drive impact and outcomes for the people of New Orleans through programmatic partnerships, data sharing, professional development, and resource support.

Our major priorities relative to Talent & Workforce Development include:


DevOps and Software Delivery Engineer | Spot2Nite

Looking for a full-time Software Delivery Engineer with 5+ years experience to deploy and maintain infrastructure and services for their software platform; work with dev teams to design and implement system architecture changes; review and implement release process between Product Owners and Developers; monitor the health and performance of production services, and address emergent issues. Must have experience with AWS or another major cloud provider's offering; Kubernetes service; and Terraform and Ansible. Send your resume or any inquiries to careers@spot2nite.com.

Quality Assurance Analyst | Spot2Nite

Looking for a full-time Quality Assurance Analyst with 2+ years of experience to create test plans; document test cases; record test progress and results; identify, isolate, and track bugs throughout testing; identify any potential problems that users might encounter; review user interfaces for consistency and functionality; communicate between business and dev teams regarding product launches/bug fixes, and document customer reported issues. Send your resume or any inquiries to careers@spot2nite.com.

Software Developer | Spot2Nite

Looking for a full-time Software Developer with 2 – 4 years’ experience that will work to design, develop, test, and deploy solutions for their software. This position is expected to write automated tests for code and experience with Elixir or Ruby on Rails is preferred. Email any inquiries or send your resume and Github/Stackoverflow Portfolio to careers@spot2nite.com.

Administrative Program Coordinator (Office of Advancement - Reunions) | Tulane University

The Administrative Coordinator is an administrative support position that assists the supervisor in a variety of office support and/or secretarial tasks including but not limited to calendar coordination/scheduling of meetings; event coordination; travel arrangement preparation; meeting preparation; budget management/processing of financial transactions; data entry; preparation of correspondence, communications, agendas, and documents; taking notes; supply ordering; copying, filing, and organizing of hard copies and electronic files, tracking of metrics; answering phones and greeting clients.
To apply for either of these positions, please send resumes to acryer@nolaba.org.

Driver – Shuttle/Transportation | Tulane University

The Shuttles & Transportation Driver will provide safe and efficient transportation for all Shuttles & Transportation operations including fixed shuttle lines, Gold Zone operation, service-learning operations, and chartered transportation for university departments and organizations.

Program Director | Ellis Marsalis Center for Music

The Ellis Marsalis Center for Music is seeking an experienced, dynamic, and creative Program Director to oversee the delivery of the Center’s strategic programs for children, teens, and adults. The Program Director – a proven self-motivated self-starter – will develop and implement the Center’s diverse programming; create and steward internal systems and structures; and monitor, evaluate, and report on the success of the Center’s programming. 

The Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, the centerpiece of Musicians' Village, is a 17,000 square foot facility that serves as a performance, education, and community venue. The Center includes a 170-seat performance hall, recording studios and teaching facilities for individual and group instruction, and a gathering place for the community.

Apply online: www.indeed.com

Director of Diversity & Inclusion Programs & Initiatives | LSU Health Sciences Center – New Orleans

Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion, the Director of Diversity and Inclusion Programs and Initiatives will oversee diversity and inclusion efforts that focus on providing strategies to enhance campus climate and the student experience. The Director will also be responsible for the promotion of student success initiatives through the coordination of efforts focused on prospective and current student-focused outreach, enrichment, recruitment, transition, academic and psychosocial support, campus dialogue, leadership development, and mentoring Researches, designs, and engages a comprehensive set of programs, strategies, and initiatives that advance a culture of inclusion for LSUHSC-NO faculty, staff, and students.

Louisiana State University School of Medicine - New Orleans educates medical students, residents, and other learners in an environment that nurtures intellectual curiosity, and that reflects the diversity of its community. 

Apply online: www.indeed.com

Executive Assistant to the President/CEO & Director of Supportive Services | Volunteers of America SELA

Executive Assistant to the President/CEO

Reporting directly to the President/CEO, the Assistant provides executive support in a one-on-one working relationship. The Assistant serves as the primary point of contact for internal and external constituencies on all matters pertaining to the Office of the President/CEO. The Assistant also serves as a liaison to the board of directors and senior management teams, organizes and coordinates executive outreach and external relations efforts, and oversees special projects.

Director of Supportive Services

Reporting directly to the President/CEO, the Assistant provides executive support in a one-on-one working relationship. The Assistant serves as the primary point of contact for internal and external constituencies on all matters pertaining to the Office of the President/CEO. The Assistant also serves as a liaison to the board of directors and senior management teams, organizes and coordinates executive outreach and external relations efforts, and oversees special projects. 

Apply at: www.voasela.org/job-openings

Director of Social Services | The Salvation Army, New Orleans

The Director of Social Services plans, directs, coordinates, supervises, and monitors the administration of all social service programs within the department, including but not limited to crisis intervention counseling, transitional living accommodations, emergency services as well as financial, food, clothing, and furniture assistance; supervises all department staff and ensure work complies with established policies and procedures; develops, implements, and enhances programs to effectively meet the needs of the community; administers the department budget and secures funding for programs; writes grants proposals and ensures program operations are in compliance with contract agreements; serves as a leader in the community by performing public speaking and promoting program services.

Apply at: salvationarmyalm.org/nola

Production Supervisor | Big Easy Bucha

The Production Supervisor will report to the Director of Operations and will be responsible for the supervision of a team of associates working the production line and sanitation of the facility. Will coordinate day-to-day activities of the associates to ensure that operations run according to established production specifications and schedule.

Big Easy Bucha makes drinks designed for daily wellness. Our probiotic products are packed with fruits, flowers, and functional ingredients. What started as a small, family-owned company has blossomed to become the South’s leading beverage innovation hub.

For more information or to apply, email Angela Shiloh Cryer at acryer@nolaba.org.

3 Available Positions I Total Community Action (TCA)

Medical Credentialing Specialist
This position is responsible for all aspects of the credentialing, re-credentialing, and privileging processes for all providers who provide patient care at CrescentCare. 

Medical Assistant
The Medical Assistant in the Prevention Department at CresentCare will work with the Prevention Team. Much of the responsibility with this opportunity is collecting samples, including – blood, urine, rectal & oral swab, etc., in clinical and non-clinical settings. 

Prevention Navigator II
The qualified incumbent will navigate clients in HIV, Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), and other prevention projects through the patient linkage and accessing services process, with an emphasis on serving key populations. Much of this opportunity will be working with other departments and agencies, including medical providers, to actively link and navigate clients to services. TCA’s mission is to reduce poverty in our community through collaboration with other agencies by providing human services, experiences, and opportunities that move persons from poverty to self-sufficiency.

For more information or to apply, visit www.tca-nola.org.
If you are a job seeker or an employer, please email our team for more information.



504ward is a collaborative initiative designed to attract and retain young professional talent in New Orleans. As part of NOLABA’s efforts to provide employers with top talent, 504ward is New Orleans’s largest network of up-and-coming young professionals. 

The initiative offers a suite of programs and communications, in partnership with private sector leaders and employers, that provide opportunities for career advancement, professional development, and social engagement for young professionals. 

Over the past 10 years, 504ward has directly engaged more than 23,000 young professionals, featured more than 3,000 quality jobs, and partnered with more than 200 employers to date. 

To learn more or sign up for the 504ward weekly email, CLICK HERE.

Youth Demonstration Project

The Youth Demonstration Project (YDP) prepares and connects young people between the ages of 16 and 24 with quality employment opportunities in high-demand, high-wage, and high-growth industries. These opportunity youth (OY), which include approximately 7,000 in our local area, are disconnected from employment and/or post-secondary opportunities.

 In New Orleans, 61% of jobs in the region require some college or higher. Yet only 54% of our workforce ages 25 and older have the skills/credentials needed to compete for those jobs. In an effort to address this gap, it is imperative that young people transition from high school with the requisite skills to compete for available employment. NOLABA supports the system-level transformation of youth-focused workforce development to better meet their needs by providing them with training providers and access to critical support tools. 

This project has supported over 100 young people to date and over the next two years, the overall goal is to connect 225 youth to quality career pathways by specifically supporting OY training providers and it also serves to build the capacity of opportunity youth (OY) serving organizations, so that processes can be scaled to the larger network of providers.


At NOLABA, our team works with local businesses and business owners each and every day, so we know first-hand the critical importance of Talent and Workforce Development. Gallo Mechanical was one of those businesses, who, like us, wanted to put their people first, so together, we found a real and meaningful way to do that.

Our talent solutions team worked alongside Gallo’s leadership every step of the way to develop and launch the pilot BOOST program with a unique and immensely-beneficial curriculum as a way for Gallo to thank their rising star employees and let them know how much the company cares about their growth and advancement.Most of these people, like so many New Orleanians, had never received any real leadership training, which represents a hugely untapped resource for economic growth in our city.

The BOOST program can be customized to provide all industries, backgrounds,and skill levels with critical, specific job training and skills needed to not only help participants further their careers, but grow and develop in their personal lives as well.

Aspen Workforce Leadership Academy

In December 2018, the New Orleans Business Alliance partnered with the Aspen Institute to offer a Workforce Leadership Academy. Over 12 months, the Academy will develop a network of leaders who are able to lead their own programs or organizations and who can work collaboratively to build effective workforce systems.

Workforce Leadership Academies create and support peer-learning communities of workforce leaders from nonprofit organizations, business associations, community colleges and universities, union-based training efforts, and public agencies. Academy participants work with leading practitioners from around the country, learn about practical planning tools, and are offered the rare opportunity to imagine and develop effective workforce strategies that strengthen local workforce systems. 

Fellows are selected in a competitive application process and are typically senior-level managers with authority to implement program changes. Academy graduates are part of the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunity Fellows Network.

Meet the 2019 Workforce Leadership Academy Fellows here.

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  • I realized I didn’t get a quiet moment to truly say how appreciative I, (and I believe) many others are. All too often I go to these professional development events and I don’t feel as if I leave with practical tools that will influence my work and ultimately support me in changing people’s lives.”

— Melissa Sawyer, YEP

  • Quentin Messer, Victoria Adams Phipps, Louis David and Monique Robinson - among others on this terrific and highly qualified team with whom we’ve worked at NOLABA - they are the conductors, composers, arrangers, and instrument makers who are orchestrating economic opportunity for people in New Orleans. They most assuredly have my vote for Economic Development Organization of the Year.”

— John Fraboni, Operation Spark
  • Adjusting to Stay at Home was very difficult for many businesses, including ours, but with the support and assistance from NOLABA, we have been able to achieve our goals during these stressful times. NOLABA has a unique and rare ability to achieve both massive goals and cover every small need thrown their way. The details matter to them – every question gets an answer, every concern gets attention, and they always respond faster than you would expect.”

— Kate Heffernan, Testronic

  • Every company, every group, every business could and should be benefiting from this. It’s a no-brainer really. This is such a small investment in people, that will pay countless dividends in the long-run. If every CEO and business owner in New Orleans felt the same way, just imagine what our city could look like 10 years from now.”

— Maria Pote, Director of Special Projects Gallo Mechanical

Talent & Workforce

Partners & Resources


3400 Tulane Avenue
2nd Floor
New Orleans, LA 70118


1424 S. Jefferson Davis Parkway
New Orleans, LA 70125


464 S. Carrollton Avenue, Suite 210
New Orleans, LA 70119


3400 Tulane Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70119

Youth Empowerment Project

1600 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70113

NOLA Youth Works

JOB1 Youth Career Center
New Orleans, LA 70119

Operation Spark

514 Franklin Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70117

United Way of Southeast Louisiana

2515 Canal St.
New Orleans, LA 70119

Big Easy Bucha

4040 Euphrosine St.
New Orleans, LA 70125


935 Gravier St, #1300
New Orleans, LA 70112

Tulane University

6823 St Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70118


1514 Jefferson Hwy.
New Orleans, LA 70121

Conrad Hilton Foundation

Louisiana Career Explorer


Financial Health Network

THE NEW ORLEANS BUSINESS ALLIANCE is here to help you navigate the business environment with ease. All of our services are free of charge, so let’s have a conversation today.

Angela Shiloh Cryer

Director, Talent Partnerships
1250 Poydras St., Suite 2150
New Orleans, LA 70113
info@nolaba.org | 504.934.4500