Payroll Accounting Technician (Part-Time) / 18 hrs per week / Non-Exempt, Represented

Closing Date

Open Until Filled

Salary Range

$27.29 – $29.23 per hour plus exc. benefit/retirement package

New hires generally start between step 1-3, $27.29 to $29.23 per hour. Placement within the range is based on qualifications and professional experience.

This position is Part Time – 18 hours per week.


The Payroll Technician is primarily responsible for providing exceptional customer service to diverse populations and stakeholders in the completion of accounting support functions while specializing in payroll.


The Payroll Technician is capable of performing all Accounting Technician duties but will be primarily responsible for those outlined below. The duties of staff in this position may vary in an effort to balance workloads, maximize individual strengths, and provide opportunity for personal and department growth and effectiveness. The essential job functions are not to be considered a detailed description of every duty allocated to this classification but rather an illustration of the more typical functions.

  1. Provide exceptional customer service to diverse populations and stakeholders includingprompt response and follow through.
  2. Interpret and apply HUD regulations, and BWCHA policies and procedures in accordance withapplicable federal, state, and local laws.
  3. Prepare and maintain payroll for all staff. This includes the coordination, review and filing of allpayroll documents.
  4. Prepare payroll-related reports, including the preparation and submission of monthly,quarterly, and yearly reports.
  5. Train employees on payroll software, serves as lead in software updates in the department.
  6. Assist with salary budget preparation and on-going administration.
  7. Oversee, review, and assist employees with their benefits package and enrollment.
  8. Reconciles all bank statements for the Housing Authorities.
  9. Completes unclaimed property submission.
  10. Maintains log for shredded documents.
  11. Maintains fuel credit card lists.
  12. Updates vehicle mileage log for employee use of company vehicles.
  13. Checks, processes, and distributes mail daily in Finance department.

Other Job Functions

  • Provides coverage in maintaining daily cash management, including bank deposits,maintaining petty cash fund, and reporting as needed.
  • Provide accounts receivable coverage as needed.
  • Support co-workers and provide staff training and mentorship as applicable.
  • Participate in work groups to identify opportunities for improvement and efficiency.
  • Contribute to the development of procedures and forms.
  • Participate is special projects and other duties as assigned.
  • Cooperatively coordinates work activities with other BWCHA departments.


This position functions primarily in an office environment. Incumbents must be able to effectively utilize computers and related software, computer printers, adding machine, photocopier, scanner, and telephone system.

QUALIFICATIONS (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

  • Ability to acquire a clear understanding of BWCHA’s programs, policies, procedures, andterminology.
  • Ability to interpret and comply with established accounting policies and procedures.
  • Communicates effectively and cooperatively with diverse populations and demographics, aswell as persons with limited written and verbal English skills.
  • Maintains a courteous, compassionate, and tactful demeanor with clients and coworkers.
  • Contributes to a positive, productive, and collaborative team environment.
  • Balances workload and priorities effectively with frequent interruptions.
  • Knowledge of established manual and automated accounting systems.
  • Ability to solve routine technical accounting problems.
  • Knowledge of basic English composition, spelling, punctuation, and mathematics.
  • Maintains dependable, punctual attendance.

Education & Experience

  • Associates Degree with emphasis in accounting and general business curriculum.
  • Minimum of two years experience in Payroll processing
  • Experience in Paylocity preferred•accounting experience which may include accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, general ledger, and quarterly reports preferred.

Licenses or Certificates

  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License (within 30 days of employment) and an acceptabledriving record (according to BHA standards).



This position requires the incumbent to be able to effectively move about the office environment. May require lifting up to 40 pounds and travel outside office environment as outlined.


The incumbent must be capable of working closely and cooperatively with employees throughout the organization. The incumbent must be capable of analyzing and resolving routine accounting problems and be capable of balancing multiple tasks simultaneously.

The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the workload. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.


  • Wage Range: $27.29 – $29.23 per hour (18 hours per week) plus exc. benefit/retirement package
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Washington State Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS)
  • 11 Holidays and 2 Personal Holidays
  • Generous Vacation and Sick Leave Accruals
  • Employer Contribution to VEBA Account




Applications reviewed on receipt – it is in your best interest to submit your application as soon as possible. Submit your resume, cover letter and completed application.

Download forms below.



FAX:   360-676-7747

MAIL:   P.O. BOX 9701, BELLINGHAM, WA 98227


The Bellingham & Whatcom County Housing Authorities is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the human resources office at (360) 715-7330. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 1-800-833-6388.

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