Payroll Practitioner III
Harris Health is a nationally recognized health system comprising three teaching hospitals and an extensive network of ambulatory care centers serving the people of Harris County, Texas, since 1966. Staffed by the faculty, fellows and residents from two nationally ranked medical schools, Baylor College of Medicine and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), Harris Health is the first healthcare system in Houston to receive the prestigious National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) designation for its network of patient-centered medical homes.
Each year, Harris Health provides more than 1.8 million total outpatient visits through its more than 40 ambulatory care facilities. Additionally, Harris Health sees more than 177,000 emergency visits at its Level 1 and Level 3 trauma centers and 35,000 hospital admissions through its three hospitals: Ben Taub, LBJ and Quentin Mease.
Established by voter referendum to enhance the level of charity care available in the community, Harris Health System has often received national recognition for serving those in need and for its achievements in operational excellence, such as being named to the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Most Wired Hospitals lists by the American Hospital Association’s Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.
Additionally, Harris Health System is pleased that each of its three hospitals — Ben Taub, Lyndon B. Johnson and Quentin Mease — achieved Pathway to Excellence™ designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Skills / Requirements
Position reports directly to the Payroll Manager but will work closely with Payroll Practitioner IV and other staff as the business needs demand. A material contributor on System-wide projects (i.e., system upgrades, conversions, new implementations, etc.).
Focus is more specialized on Payroll related activities and projects. May work with other departmental stakeholders on frequently recurring topics. Primary function is paycycle processing. Must be able to navigate multiple data imports and exports from numerous stakeholders. Able to interpret and enter standardized involuntary wage withholding orders in accordance with federal and Texas state laws: Federal Levies, Multiple Child/Spousal Supports Orders, Student Loans, Bankruptcies, State Levies, and/or Garnishments. Communication with third-party providers as business needs demand to ensure records and documents related to payroll are current and accurate.
Provides first-touch resolution on customer inquiries to minimize escalations and reduce lag delays in processing efforts. Creates transparency for those involved in resolution efforts. Review and compute intermediate to complex hours and wages calculations.
The successful candidate must possess knowledge of payroll systems and have the ability to work independently or in a team environment. Proof and submit redlines for recommended improvements to payroll work processes to ensure well documented business processes exist.
Assist Payroll Senior Accountant with reconciling payroll tax liabilities and verifying Payroll transactional data to General Ledger and Accounts Payable is as expected. Must be able to review and compute intermediate to complex hours and wages calculations. Perform research and analysis to correct errors and troubleshoot process/system failures within span of control.
Responsible for ensuring pay is accurate and compliant with organizational policies, and Federal and State Labor Laws. The Payroll team manages high volume, fast-paced processes in a team-oriented environment with continuously expanding responsibilities.
Unafraid to fail, learn and adapt as needed to find better ways to achieve the mission of Harris Health.
Degree: Bachelor's Degree in Business, Accounting, Finance or related field
Licensure and Certification:
a. American Payroll Association - Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC), preferred
b. American Payroll Association - Certified Payroll Professional (CPP), preferred
Work Experience: Three (3+) Years Work Experience, Able to demonstrate progressive growth. Compile and analyze transactional data to detect or correct errors.
Ability to perform calculations and data entry.
Paycycle processing - Ability to perform Fair Labor Standards Act look-back calculations, High Volume Processing and Data entry, Processing of Involuntary Wage Withholding Orders (Levies, Liens, Bankruptcies, Child Supports, etc.)
Imaging and Indexing as well as keying from computer screen via imaging system a strong plus(preferred)
PeopleSoft Payroll experience a strong plus (current releases), preferred
Kronos Dimensions experience a strong plus (current releases), preferred
Working knowledge of employment taxation a strong plus, preferred
Healthcare experience a plus
Communication Skills: Public Speaking, Verbal Communication, Writing/Correspondence, Writing/Reports
Proficiencies: MS Excel, MS Outlook, MS Word, PC, Personal Computer, and Typing - 40+ wpm
Knowledge/Skills/Attributes: Analytical Abilities, Mathematics, Research, Statistical
Work Schedule: Flexible, Eligible for Telecommute
Equipment Operated: Standard office equipment including multi-function printers, scanners, copiers, calculators.