Payroll & Human Resources Specialist

Barry County, MI (pop. 60,540) County Seat: Hastings. Barry County offers a unique rural quality of life, with convenient access to the major urban areas of southwestern and central Michigan including Grand Rapids, Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, and Lansing. Family-friendly communities and a vibrant selection of businesses and amenities, surrounded by the serenity and beauty of all that nature has to offer makes Barry County a perfect place for residents and visitors to enjoy the splendor of Michigan.

The County is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners. The Commissioners are elected to 2-year terms from districts that are roughly equal in population. The Board appoints a County Administrator who oversees the day-to-day operations of the County. The Payroll & Human Resources Specialist is appointed by the County Administrator and reports to the Deputy County Administrator.

The Payroll and Human Resources Specialist performs all duties related to payroll and taxes, filing related records, and handling reporting and compliance functions. The Specialist is also responsible for all personnel and benefit enrollment changes and related tasks. This position assists the human resource team with the employment and recruiting process which includes developing and placing job postings, scheduling pre-employment physicals, assisting with onboarding of new employees, and ensuring that onboarding procedures are followed by all parties including supervisors.

The County has 187 full-time and 90 part-time employees. County employees are represented by the Barry County Courthouse Employees Association, Governmental Employees Labor Council Corrections Division, Police Officers Labor Council Deputy Sheriff Unit, Fraternal Order of Police Corrections Supervisors Division, Command Officers Association of Michigan Command Officers Unit, and Governmental Employees Labor Council Telecommunicator Division. Payroll is distributed bi-weekly.

The Payroll and Human Resources Specialist position has a high level of independent responsibility and is entrusted with confidential and time sensitive documents/procedures. On behalf of the County, the position is responsible for maintaining compliance with Federal and State regulations. The Specialist is also trusted by the administration and individual employees to document, update, and maintain records related to payroll, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), health insurance, life insurance, Flex Spending Accounts, worker’s compensation claims, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) claims, retiree health insurance, and prepare necessary journal entries.

Required Education and Experience:
• Associates degree in related field. Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or related field is preferred.
• 1 to 3 years’ work experience in payroll and human resources.
• Prefer PHR and/or SHRM-CP Certification, and MIOSHA Level One Certificate

Desirable Competencies, Knowledge and Skills:
• Knowledge of local government, with a preference for County government, personnel policies, and collective bargaining agreements
• Demonstrated experience with State and Federal regulations relating to human resources and payroll policies
• Ability to effectively utilize payroll/financial software
• Knowledge of principles and practices of basic accounting
• Demonstrated ability to effectively process employee claims and manage employee benefits programs
• Experience with modern office procedures, methods, and computer equipment
• Possess a high attention to detail, prioritization, and problem solving
• Possess interpersonal skills necessary to develop and maintain effective and appropriate working relationships

Salary range is $47,333 to $56,689 DOQ/E. The County has approved pay scales through 2025, including for this position. Barry County offers its full-time employees a generous benefit package including medical insurance and MERS hybrid retirement plan.

Apply via email to Michael Brown, County Administrator, mbrown@barrycounty.org with resume, cover letter, contact information, and three (3) professional references. Barry County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity, equity and inclusion and seeks candidates who represent a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. Questions regarding the position may be directed to the attention of Michael Brown, County Administrator, mbrown@barrycounty.org.

Candidates will be reviewed upon receipt of application, with preliminary reviews to be completed by February 24, 2022. The position will remain open until filled.

References for this document:
https://www.barrycounty.org/

Required Education and Experience:
• Associates degree in related field. Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or related field is preferred.
• 1 to 3 years’ work experience in payroll and human resources.
• Prefer PHR and/or SHRM-CP Certification, and MIOSHA Level One Certificate

Desirable Competencies, Knowledge and Skills:
• Knowledge of local government, with a preference for County government, personnel policies, and collective bargaining agreements
• Demonstrated experience with State and Federal regulations relating to human resources and payroll policies
• Ability to effectively utilize payroll/financial software
• Knowledge of principles and practices of basic accounting
• Demonstrated ability to effectively process employee claims and manage employee benefits programs
• Experience with modern office procedures, methods, and computer equipment
• Possess a high attention to detail, prioritization, and problem solving
• Possess interpersonal skills necessary to develop and maintain effective and appropriate working relationships