Payroll Specialist (4722C), BEARS Service Region 3119 - 3119
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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: December 4, 2019
Berkeley Regional Services (BRS) is comprised of six (6) Regions which provide services to specific 'groupings/clusters' of schools, colleges, and organized research units (5 academic, 1 all other). This regional approach to providing administrative services is intended to improve service quality by re-establishing personal connections and to develop more local expertise.
Berkeley Educators & Administrators Regional Services (BEARS) - is part of Berkeley Regional Services, within the division of Vice Chancellor for Administration - provides reliable, high-quality administrative support to the Chancellor's, EVCP, Vice Chancellors', administrative, auxiliary, and other units that support academic excellence at UC Berkeley. Not only is BEARS the largest service region, it supports the largest variety of personnel positions in realizing UC Berkeley's mission of teaching, research, and public service.
Partners with key clients in the BEARS Service Region, including campus academic and business leaders, to best support their particular department/unit HR needs; including:
Support assigned resources in managing the unit relationship, developing unit specific profiles and knowledge base materials.
Provide strategic HR consultation across BEARS and with specific client units, education, and support to client management to resolve the most complex and sensitive issues concerning staff and the organization.
Interpret Labor Relations agreements and provide strategic and tactical consultative guidance for up to 16+ different and complex bargaining units across the BEARS Region.
Conduct complex employee and management investigations, prepare written reports and recommend action following investigations.
Use various systems and reports to ensure timely, accurate payroll and personnel process for employees, including: time reporting input, adjustments, accruals, researching and resolving errors, interpreting policies and contracts, ensuring compliance with personnel and payroll policies and procedures.
Transfer expenses (recharges) between various funding sources.
Investigate and develop solutions to problems in various HR and payroll systems.
Applies timekeeping and/ or payroll concepts to perform complex analysis regarding pay processing adjustment, including retroactive pay and overpayments for employees in multiple bargaining units and unrepresented.
Performs payroll and leave audits to ensure accurate pay, avoiding overpayment issues and adherence to University policies, Bargaining Unit Agreements and employment laws.
Coordinate and ensure accurate timely processes for mass transactions (i.e. hires, separations, etc.): organize meetings and trainings, develop new documents and procedures as necessary.
Maintain detailed knowledge of University infrastructure, policies and procedures, and collective bargaining agreements.
Create, proofread, edit, update, and ensure timely distribution of: various documents, correspondence, operational calendar, manuals, etc.
Ensure above materials are in proper business formats, accurate, grammatically correct, and handled confidentially, as required.
Prepare, format, and analyze reports and data compiled from various systems.
Utilize information to monitor and identify trends for: employee pay actions, data and pay corrections, etc.
Prepare, maintain, track, process, reconcile and correct errors in a timely manner for recharges to other campus entities, transaction documents, financial reports (as requested), spreadsheets, etc. following appropriate University/departmental guidelines.
Follow up and resolve any problems related to the above.
Customer Relations and Communication:
Greet, direct, and provide information in a professional manner via phone, in person, and online in BRS ticketing system to employees, managers, campus units, and others regarding:
general payroll information, specific payroll inquiries from employees, managers or other entities, etc.
Respond to inquiries in a timely manner and confidentially maintains all information.
Participate in staff meetings and represents unit in departmental planning committees and with campus entities.
Communicate with supervisor and payroll leads on workload, ability to meet deadlines, system functionality, etc.
Recommend and implement procedural changes for internal payroll operations manual.
Develop and implement a document (both electronic and hard copy) control system in an effort to keep sensitive business and payroll records and files up-to-date with the most relevant and current information (as required by policy or statute of limitations).
Organize, label/code, update and maintain departmental filing by pulling out-of-date information and redundancies.
Works in safe and responsible manner while not putting self or others at risk. This includes complying with applicable policies and regulations; using personal safety gear; observing warning signs; learning about potential hazards; and reporting unsafe conditions.
Demonstrated relevant payroll experience in a fast-paced setting.
Excellent mathematical abilities.
Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
Knowledge and experience coordinating, troubleshooting and responding to customer service requests.
Skill to contribute as a team player in a respectful and professional environment.
Ability to communicate clearly, accurately, and effectively, both verbally and in writing, with a diverse group, including staff, co-workers, campus partners, etc.
Demonstrated writing skill, using correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation to compose and edit documents effectively.
Demonstrated knowledge of proper business formats and ability to prepare professional documents.
Ability to research special projects as assigned and produces and organizes reports to summarize findings, communicating the information clearly and effectively.
Intermediate knowledge of PC applications and software (MS OfficeWord, Excel, PowerPoint; G-Suite, Gmail, Google Doc, Google Sheet, Google Calendar, etc; SmartSheet, etc.).
Must demonstrate ability to learn University systems.
Demonstrated skill to create presentations and appropriate business documents using said software.
Knowledge and experience gained in two or more progressive years of professional administrative, project, and fiscal experience in a professional office environment.
Detail oriented, accurate, and able to handle competing deadlines and multiple tasks with frequent interruptions.
Demonstrated initiative and ability to organize and maintain records.
Strong organizational skills, ability to establish priorities and work independently and as part of a team.
Demonstrated record keeping and file management skills to organize, accurately document, and retrieve data in a variety of formats (Hard Copy, Electronic, etc.).
Demonstrated experience in establishing priorities, following plans and completing goals/objectives in a timely manner.
Ability to exercise integrity and discretion in all matters and to protect confidential information.
Ability to demonstrate and encourage the values of collegiality, and respect among supervisors and peers.
Ability to directly resolve problems through informal consultations and discussions at the lowest level possible.
Ability to understand, interpret, and apply University rules, regulations, and policies
Ability to make independent decisions in solving issues while adhering to the University of California and Berkeley campus policies.
Prior experience with UCPath, Human Resource Management System (HRMS), On-line Payroll Time Reporting System (OPTRS), Kronos, and ServiceNow.
Knowledge of University of California personnel and payroll policies and procedures.
Knowledge of Union Contracts.
Basic understanding or knowledge of the University environment, its mission, and operational needs.
Experience in a professional office environment in a college and/or university setting.
Salary & Benefits
This position is a non-exempt, bi-weekly paid position. Hourly pay for this role is commensurate with experience within the range of $24.17 - $28.34, Steps 1.0 - 8.0.
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This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
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