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Human Resources Generalist/Payroll

at New Mexico School for the Deaf

Posted: 9/28/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 90
Keywords: human resources

Job Description


The Human Resources Generalist/Payroll is responsible for carrying out responsibilities across a broad range of HR-related functions to include, but not limited to, administration of human resources policies, programs and procedures, maintenance of confidential employee records, compliance, and maintenance of the HRIS system and to compile and prepare reports.

The Human Resources Generalist/Payroll will also assist with day-to-day payroll function including inputting payroll data, processing payroll, submitting payroll tax payments and preparing payroll tax information returns updating and maintaining employee benefit information in the payroll system all of which require a strong attention to detail.  

It is anticipated and expected that all functions of this position will be performed in a positive and receptive manner, while helping to advance the mission and vision of New Mexico School for the Deaf.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: (Other duties may be assigned)

  • Performs administrative support activities, including preparation of PANs and contracts, processing of new hires for background checks, I-9’s and W’4’s.
  • Creates and maintains HR files and updates the information in the HRIS System.
  • Maintain confidentiality of employees’ files and data, in both electronic and paper formats.
  • Maintain confidentiality of information obtained from conversations or by other means that relates to employees.
  • Coordinates employee required licensure through timely coordination with appropriate staff, tracking and maintaining appropriate records.
  • Processes and verifies personnel classifications.
  • Prepares documentation needed for new hires or effective changes in pay, status or benefits.
  • Assist with payroll process/time records, completes related reports, and distributes paychecks.
  • Assist with balancing of payroll runs.
  • Import and enter bi-weekly payroll data into payroll system.
  • Ensure employee deduction amounts are kept current.
  • Gather new hire payroll information from on-line hiring system.
  • Assist in annual audits.
  • Responsible for benefits administration to include adding, changing and deleting employee information.
  • Coordinates employee required licensure through timely coordination with appropriate staff, tracking and maintaining appropriate records.
  • Conducts research, gathers data and statistical reports and maintains statistical information.
  • Participate in the design and implementation and support of HR programs and activities.
  • Assist with onboarding and new orientation programs.
  • Assist with annual benefits enrollment.
  • Explains benefits to employees and processes changes as needed.
  • Ensures effective process for approvals required for changes in employee status and pay.
  • Point person for employment verification requests.
  • Maintains knowledge of NMSD’s policies and procedures, and state and federal labor laws applicable to assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Perform other HR duties and tasks as assigned.
  • Assists with special projects as required by the Director.


The Human Resources Generalist/Payroll must maintain the confidentiality of all NMSD personnel, business, sensitive electronic and proprietary information and must not discuss such matters outside of the organization.   The Human Resources Generalist/Payroll  has the obligation to protect the confidential information that he/she may create, access, or use as part of the job.

Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Adaptability/Flexibility- Adapts to change, is open to new ideas, takes on new responsibilities, handles pressure, and adjusts plans to meet changing needs.
  • Organization- Must be organized and detail-oriented.
  • Analytical- collects and aggregates data for program maintenance and improvement.
  • Continuous Learning- Seeks feedback to improve performance; pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continuously build knowledge and skills.
  • Job Knowledge- Competent in required job skills and knowledge; exhibits ability to learn and apply new skills; keeps abreast of current developments; requires minimal supervision; displays understanding of how job relates to others; uses resources effectively.
  • Use of Technology- Adapts to new technologies; troubleshoots technological problems; uses technology to increase productivity.
  • Problem Solving- Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works in group problem solving situations.
  • Cooperation- Establishes and maintains effective relations; exhibits tact and consideration; offers assistance and support to co-workers; works cooperatively in group situations; works actively to resolve conflicts.
  • Teamwork- Balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; gives and welcomes feedback; contributes to building a positive team spirit; supports everyone’s efforts to succeed.
  • Written Communication- Writes clearly and informatively; varies writing style to meet needs.
  • State and Federal IDEA Compliance- exhibits knowledge of and adherence to all legal requirements related to early intervention.
  • Diversity- Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; educates others on the value of diversity; builds a diverse workforce.
  • Ethics- Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and principles; upholds organization values.
  • Organizational Support- Follows policies and procedures; completes tasks correctly and on time; supports organization’s goals and values.
  • Personal Appearance- Dresses appropriately for position; keeps self well groomed.
  • Attendance/Punctuality- Is consistently at work and on time; ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent.
  • Dependability- Follows instructions, responds to management direction; takes responsibility for own actions.
  • Initiative- Seeks increased responsibilities; asks for and offers help when needed.
  • Quality- Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; looks for ways to improve and promote quality.
  • Safety and Security- Observes safety and security procedures; determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; reports potentially unsafe conditions.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and /or Experience: Bachelor’s Degree in finance or accounting preferred with at least five years of progressive payroll and benefits/HR experience or demonstrated success as a payroll and Human Resources professional.  Experience may substitute for a degree.  Knowledge and skill with automated financial applications, including personal computer and related software.

Language Skills: Ability to present to an audience.  Superior reading and writing skills are required for extensive documentation related to home visits and supervisory activities.  State and federal reports are integral to this position.

Sign Language: Sign language skills at hire are preferred. The applicant does not need to have sign language skills at hire but will be required to demonstrate progressive sign language acquisition and participate in sign language classes offered at NMSD.

Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have working knowledge of Microsoft Windows, Excel, as well as various software packages including Microsoft Office.   

Reasoning Ability: Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.  Ability to think independently, problem solve and work with the whole team. Ability and commitment to represent the Vision, Mission and Beliefs of NMSD as both a school and an agency.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is occasionally required to drive for long periods of time; stand; walk and sit. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and peripheral vision. 

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

Primary Location: Human Resources Department

Shift Type: Full-Time

Job Contact Information

Applications will be accepted beginning
Monday, August 19, 2019 12:00 AM
(Central Standard Time)