Pay and Benefits Advisor

St. Lawrence Parks Commission

If you possess a talent for navigating the complexities of payroll, benefits, and pension administration and are adept at overseeing projects with finesse, the St. Lawrence Parks Commission (an Agency of the Government of Ontario) invites you to join our dynamic team.

In this multifaceted role, you will cultivate relationships with key entities such as Ontario Shared Service, Canadian Revenue Agency, and other Ministries, engaging in discussions that shape our approach to pay and benefits. Your responsibilities extend to developing proactive processes and services, independently handling non-routine payment matters, and providing consultative advice to colleagues across all staff levels.

*Salary: $1,187.72 – $1,458.36

What can I expect to do in this role?

You will:

  • Leads the administration of payroll and benefits throughout the payroll life cycle from employee induction to termination/retirement, including the reconciliation of gross pay, employee benefits, group insurance premiums and net pay expense accounts.
  • Maintains ongoing liaison with Ontario Shared Service, Canadian Revenue Agency, Employment Insurance Program, Insurance carriers, Ontario Pension Board, Ontario Pension TRUST and other Ministries to discuss pay and benefits transactions/issues.
  • Develops and delivers proactive processes and services such as new hire documentation, employee benefits changes, retirement information packages and severance pay calculations to potential employees who are eligible.
  • Independently processes payroll, benefits and pension changes and handles all non-routine payment matters including grievance settlement awards and matters involving sensitive issues (e.g. garnishments, over / under payments, surplus / severance payments, etc.).
  • Provides consultative advice to St. Lawrence Parks Commission (SLPC) HR colleagues, managers and employees on pay, pension and benefits provisions for all levels of staff.
  • Plans and leads the process and delivery of pay, benefits and pension administration to ensure directives, standards, and business commitments are fully met.
  • Exercises authority and higher security level to overwrite incorrect data in Ontario Public Service Worker Information Management (WIN) software.
  • Provides payroll information for annual financial audit including and severance / vacation liability forecasts and provides payroll documents, explanations and authorities to Auditor on request.
  • Provides input to Director, Corporate Services and Manager, Human Resource on department improvements related to operational efficiency and effectiveness in payroll and benefits administration, including methods and procedures to track and implement transactions.
  • Provides salary/benefit costing analysis to Senior Financial Analyst, which is fundamental to the SLPC annual corporate budget and business plan process.
  • Leads special automation / technology projects in payroll, benefits and pensions such as implementation of new corporate systems and tools ensuring integration with SLPC processes such as automated time and attendance system.
  • Ensures proper business records are maintained in accordance with standard business process and quality assurance standards.
  • Represents the SLPC’s interests as Payroll and Benefits lead at forums with the Ministry functional specialists (payroll, benefits, pension, etc.) to resolve complex issues and with regard to implementation of WIN system upgrades and procedure changes, new collective agreement provisions, programs, systems and tools where no precedent exists.
  • Embody the SLPC’s equity, diversity and inclusion principles while interacting with staff and guests.

How do I qualify?

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:

  • General knowledge of human resources theory related to payroll, benefits and pensions and related process and systems. Knowledge of Ontario Public Service Collective Agreements, salary and benefits administration policies is an asset;
  • General knowledge of financial accounting, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) that govern SLPC as a revenue retaining agency (Schedule-1); relevant aspects of federal and provincial legislation (e.g. Income Tax Act, Employment Insurance Act, Public Service of Ontario Act, Employment Standards Act, FIPPA) to ensure compliance in leading the administration of pay and benefits for SLPC;
  • Experience with HR information management systems (i.e Sage-HRMS / Insperity Time & Attendance) and databases to access and analyze data.

INTERPERSONAL & COMMUNICATION SKILLS:

  • Strong communication skills to provide detailed explanations on issues to the Director, Senior Leadership Team, supervisors, pay and benefits and HR colleagues;
  • Responds with discretion, tact and courtesy in dealing with clients in the resolution of payroll issues and to deal with other issues with employees, Ministry or third party needs;
  • Provide guidance to fellow pay and benefits staff in navigating challenging conversations and resolving complex issues with finesse.

PLANNING, PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND COORDINATION SKILLS:

  • Project management skills to lead payroll, benefits and pension projects successfully, including creating schedules, organizing information, distributing tasks between self and pay and benefits clerk;
  • As project manager, leads and implements all payroll automation projects related to time and attendance and employee pay and benefits;
  • As lead in pay and benefits function, position is responsible to coordinate many activities and processes and ensure timely responses to multiple competing, often complex priorities.

ANALYTICAL SKILLS:

  • Analyze, assess and independently determine appropriate actions related to payroll, pension and benefits issues, errors;
  • Review information for data quality and integrity, trends and patterns;
  • Create and or review payroll reports for accuracy and validity;
  • Determine applicable legislation/policy related to unique or individual payroll scenarios.

LEADERSHIP SKILLS:

  • Provides technical guidance and expertise to pay and benefits clerk on duties of the position;
  • As payroll lead and subject matter expert, provides information and feedback to the management team and staff on inquiries.

WHY WORK FOR THE ST. LAWRENCE PARKS COMMISSION?

  • Belong to one of the largest employers in Ontario, the Ontario Public Service, and open the door to a diverse range of career opportunities throughout the province
  • Supportive team environment
  • Staff discounts
  • Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
  • Excellent pension and benefit plans

The St. Lawrence Parks Commission

The St. Lawrence Parks Commission is committed to employment equity. We welcome applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions. The St. Lawrence Parks Commission is also committed to an inclusive, barrier-free selection process. We will make appropriate accommodations throughout the recruitment and selection process for applicants with disabilities. To obtain a copy of this posting in an alternative format or to request any accommodation please contact us directly through Human Resources at 1-800-437-2233, ext. 1401. Information received relating to accommodation requests will be addressed confidentially.

To apply for this job please visit www.gojobs.gov.on.ca.