Payroll Specialist

Job Title: Payroll Specialist
Reports to: Human Resources Director
Salary: $42,000-$52,000 generous benefits package
Location: Madison or Milwaukee, WI
Start date: ASAP
Application Deadline: 01/03/2021 (Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Deadlines may be shortened or extended as necessary. There is no guarantee this posting will remain open until the deadline or be closed on the deadline. This is a suggested timeframe based on organization needs.)

About the Democratic Party of Wisconsin: The DPW is nationally recognized as one of the country’s highest-performing and most pivotal political organizations. In the 2021-22 election cycle, DPW will drive a massive program to re-elect Governor Tony Evers, defeat Ron Johnson in order to ensure a Democratic US Senate majority, elect candidates up and down the ballot in spring and fall elections alike, and advocate on policy issues. DPW’s work is grounded in inclusion, respect, and empowerment across race, gender, other dimensions of identity, and the rural/suburban/urban divide. Our work continues year-round, collaborating with partners to build a movement that delivers meaningful change for all Wisconsinites. We seek outstanding applicants who share our values and vision to join the team, help win elections, and build a future where everyone can thrive.

The Opportunity: As a Payroll Specialist, you will be responsible for maintaining our system for administration of all DPW payroll processes. You will assist the HR team with overseeing payroll to ensure that we are always in compliance with local, state, and federal laws.
Job Responsibilities:

  • Maintain system for administration of hourly, union, non-union, and salaried payroll
  • Oversee payroll to ensure compliance with local, state and federal law
  • Process payroll in accordance with organization deadlines
  • Professionally and cordially respond to employee inquiries regarding payroll, employee verifications, and deductions
  • Maintain accurate record retention of employee deductions including those related to benefits, garnishments, paid time off, bonuses, and accommodations
  • Provide excellent communication amongst the Operations team to ensure challenges are addressed as quickly as possible
  • Other tasks as needed.

Qualifications (Required):

  • Growth Mindset – Ability to take and implement feedback.
  • Relentlessly Goal-Oriented – Enjoys working toward and achieving ambitious goals. Keeps calm in stressful situations. Has the capacity and willingness to work long hours during peak season, rolling up their sleeves and getting the work done.
  • Cultural Competency – Able to build authentic relationships across lines of difference, such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, ability, gender identity, citizenship status, or other identities. Understands how to take an inclusive lens into all aspects of work.
  • Payroll Experience – Administered payroll for an organization and has a strong knowledge of all applicable laws and regulations in relation to payroll
  • Effective Communication – Speaks clearly on behalf of the organization and advocates for/with staff members. Communicates well with others, including sharing context and asking questions to understand others’ perspectives. Communicates deadlines with appropriate urgency and strong follow through for reporting accountability and removing roadblocks for team efficiency. Takes pride in providing clear, helpful information.
  • Team Player – Follows through on commitments and gets back to people in a timely manner. Able to put people at ease, especially when there are lines of difference. Listens closely to understand needs or concerns and takes steps based on that input. Adapts to the evolving needs of the organization and the department.
  • Efficiency at a High Volume – Has, or can create, a system for keeping tasks from slipping through the cracks. Able to juggle competing demands and prioritize without sacrificing quality. Plans backwards to make deadlines. Asks for help when needed.

Qualifications (Preferred):

  • Experience with Rippling or other payroll processing software
  • Experience with QuickBooks Online or other accounting software
  • Experience with Google Suites

Benefits: Great benefits including; excellent health care ($1/month), dental ($1/month), vision ($1/month), life insurance (free), short term and long-term disability (free), free Better Help virtual therapy, free Calm premium subscription, monthly cell phone stipend, 10 days paid vacation, retirement plan with 3% employer match, 3 floating holidays, 9 paid holidays, plus more!

Equity and Inclusion: The Democratic Party of Wisconsin has a vision for a deeply inclusive  and diverse party organization, membership, and electorate. In order to be successful at the  Democratic Party of Wisconsin candidates must have the cultural competence to successfully  work with a diverse array of constituency groups. We especially strongly encourage applicants  with close ties to Black, Indigenous, AAPI, Latinx, Muslim, non-English-speaking, disability,  and LGBTQ communities. The Democratic Party of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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