City of Burien
  • Burien, WA, USA
  • $71,342 to $86,717 DOE
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Excellent Benefit Package, PERS Retirement Plan, 401a Social Security Replacement Fund, 12 Holidays and much more.


We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced payroll and benefits administrator to join our team. The first review of applicants will be Monday, May 17, 2021. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply early. The position is open until filled.

General Position Summary

The incumbent will perform a wide variety of increasingly responsible professional-level financial and accounting activities.

Essential Functions

  • Supports and models the identified vision, values and behaviors of the organization.
  • Maintains and updates the computerized payroll system:
    • Configures payroll software to meet City requirements, such as creating new pay codes, deductions, and accruals, updating data tables, setting deduction limits.
    • Develops specifications for automated system features, exercising system expertise and knowledge; verifies functionality of applications, forms, processes, and reports; researches, tests, and evaluates payroll system errors, upgrades, and implementations.
  • Processes semi-monthly payroll which includes but is not limited to inputting timesheets; generating and reconciling monthly payroll reports; preparing and submitting withholding payments and benefit payments; preparing and submitting quarterly and annual tax reports, including W-2's, and generating paychecks.
  • Coordinates benefit enrollments, terminations, and changes with Human Resources; administers changes with third-party providers and in the City's software system.
  • Reviews billings, payroll or other transactions for completeness and compliance with established policies and procedures, and proper authorization; resolves problems before preparing for data entry.
  • Stays current on new payroll guidelines and implements new requirements by the prescribed deadline.
  • Archives payroll records in accordance with the Washington State Archives Record Retention Schedule.
  • Provides information and assistance to employees, as authorized; responds to requests for information, and attempts to resolve them by researching files and records within the scope of authority; refers matters requiring policy interpretation to Human Resources for resolution.
  • Generates a variety of special and recurring reports which compile hours worked, overtime, benefits, accruals, and leave tracking; researches and analyzes data for special reports, surveys, and budgeting process; traces transactions to locate and resolve discrepancies.
  • Performs financial planning and analysis projects.
  • Assists in preparation of the Annual Financial Report and Biennial Budget, including preparation of the salary and benefit schedules.
  • Conducts research and analysis.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Secondary Functions

  • Serves as backup for the Accountant position.
  • Assists with review and posting of cash receipts.
  • Serves on and participates in various employee committees.

Education and/or Experience

A minimum of three years of increasingly responsible experience in full-cycle payroll administration at a professional level affording a familiarity with complex integrated payroll/accounting systems, or a combination of experience and training that provides the candidate with the knowledge and skills to perform the job.

A bachelor's degree in business administration, accounting or related field is preferred.

Certification as a Payroll Professional (CPP) from the American Payroll Association is preferred.

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