HR/Payroll Specialist

Yakima Health District   Yakima, WA   Full-time     Accounting
Posted on September 2, 2022

Salary: Annual Salary - $61,088 - $79,707 + Benefits

The Yakima Heath District offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes
medical, vision, dental, and life insurance (Public Employee Benefits Board);
participation in Washington State retirement system (DRS); and a generous annual,
holiday, and sick leave program

Purpose of the Position:
This employee serves as the primary human resources contact for the District’s 40+
employees. In addition to human resources, this employee assists staff and
management with payroll issues and purchasing. This position works under the direction
of the Finance Director, serves as a key member of the finance team, and works closely
with the Chief Operating Officer.  

Essential Job Functions:
• Enter payroll information for the District’s 40+ employees using the Workday
system, maintain all use of time including individual employee leave balances,
anniversary dates, and progression in the salary step progression;
• Ensure payroll practices comply with payroll regulations, the District’s three
collective bargaining agreements, and the County’s payroll operations;
• Troubleshoot any problems or errors that occur specific to deductions re: PEBB,
Department of Retirement Systems, Deferred Compensation, and VEBA;
• Assist employees in navigating benefits websites to retrieve pertinent information
about medical/dental/vision insurance via PEBB, DRS, FMLA, PFMLA, long term
disability, Labor and Industries, and other employment related benefits;
• Maintain employee personnel, medical and worker’s compensation files;
• Adhere to the strictest of confidentiality practices specific to payroll and human
resources activities to ensure employees have confidence in personal
information remaining confidential;
• Refer to a wide range of official, legal, highly technical and complex forms,
including collective bargaining agreements (union contracts) when working to
resolve an exceptional or complex payroll/HR issue;
• Facilitate the on-boarding of new employees and the separation of employees
retiring or separating from employment;
• Coordinate applicant interview and selection processes, as needed, under the
direction of the Chief Operating Officer;
• Maintain records and written documents specific to applicant screening and
• Assist the Finance Director and Accounting Technician in processing accounts
payable/receivable, and provide oversight of releasing accounting documents
when needed;
• Represent the Yakima Health District when interacting with benefits partners,
governmental partners, or other professional entities;
• Work closely with the Chief Operating Officer in maintaining and publishing
personnel policies;
• Work closely with the Chief Operating Officer in identifying and organizing
training for the staff and management team;
• Research and support best practices or programs under the direction of the Chief
Operating Officer;
• Respond to a variety of inquires via email, phone, and in-person contacts;
research the appropriate response, identify internal and external resources and
contact information, and work to deliver exceptional customer service to those
that interact with the Health District;
• Perform related duties in accounting, payroll, and human resources of a
comparable level and type as assigned;
• Assist in managing purchasing for the whole agency;
• Perform related duties of comparable level and type as assigned
The itemized list of job tasks and essential functions as identified above is not all
Knowledge and Abilities
• A bachelor’s degree in accounting, business management, or human resources;
• Two (2) years of progressively responsible experience specific to payroll,
accounting or human resource management;
• Experience may substitute for education on a one (1) year experience for one (1)
year of education;
• Ability to learn applicable payroll and HR policies and procedures including laws
and regulations;
• Ability to work with a wide range of public and confidential documents while
adhering to the regulations of the Public Records Act, HIPPA, and other
applicable laws and regulations;
• Must be proficient in the use of Microsoft Suites software including Outlook,
Excel, and PowerPoint (or Adobe), ability to work with Workday or other similar
financial management systems as necessary;
• Must be able to work with complex and sometimes medical related information
and documents, make decisions in a timely manner, and work with limited
• Establish and maintain effective, courteous and respectful interpersonal
relationships with internal and external colleagues, partners, clients, and the
general public, and effectively manage the occasional difficult or disruptive
• Ability to communicate effectively with a very diverse workforce and community
as a whole; and
• Ability to speak, read, write English is required
Working Conditions/Physical Conditions:
• Work in an office setting, sit at a desk for extended periods of time, and work with
detailed information as viewed on a computer screen;
• Must be able to obtain a valid Washington State driver’s license within 30 days of
employment and possess auto insurance, or to be able to demonstrate the ability
to travel to county offices and on occasion to regional meetings or training;
• The successful candidate will be required to complete a thorough background
investigation including a review of the individual’s criminal history and a credit
• Must prove or be able to obtain immunity to measles, mumps, rubella and
varicella diseases within thirty (30) days of employment;
• Must be current with pertussis immunization within thirty (30) days of
• Must provide documentation of the results of a tuberculosis test (i.e., tuberculin
test or interferon gamma release assay) administered within the previous ninety
(90) days.
This position closes September 18, 2022. Resumes and cover letters are to be sent to To review the entire job description, please visit the
Yakima Health District website.
The Yakima Health District is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer
that embraces diversity.
This is a drug and tobacco free workplace.