Career Opportunities

Job Title: Human Resources Supervisor - Payroll
Company: Energy Northwest
Richland, WA
Salary Range:
$118,581.00 - $177,871.00 Annually


This position is responsible for specialized Human Resource functions, such as Compensation, Benefits, HRIS, Staffing, Payroll, Labor Relations or Employee Relations. This position utilizes administrative and technical expertise in support of Human Resources strategies and objectives. This position is supervised by a Human Resources Supervisor or Human Resources Manager, and may have a HR discipline lead for specialized functions or projects.


In cooperation with department’s leadership team, develop department strategies, programs and business plans to include objectives, goals and actions in alignment with organizational strategies. Consult with various members of management, including senior management, and present/communicate recommendations and plans as appropriate.

Design, coordinate, and participate in the activities for assigned areas of responsibility in support of departmental and organizational objectives and in cooperation with other department staff. This includes prioritization, coordination, and monitoring of work with sensitivity to customer needs and effective issues resolution.

Supervise and manage performance of assigned staff. This includes developing clear expectations; coordinating appropriate training; providing accurate, timely, and constructive feedback; coaching and counseling for improved performance; establishing development plans to promote continual growth and learning; providing recognition for high levels of performance; and completing performance appraisals.

Provide leadership and oversight to the payroll team and perform payroll analyst work at a high proficiency. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: federal, state, and local tax withholdings, payroll reporting, W-2 administration, unemployment insurance, benefits premiums and arrears calculations, FLSA calculations and compliance, time approvals and rules enforcement. Ensures compliance and exemplary customer service.

Responsible for ERP/HRIS system oversight within payroll, time tracking and absence purview. Ensure payroll team successfully completes system updates and upgrades, pulls timely and accurate reports, and offers user support to workforce.

Provide support for effective coordination with other teammates regarding compensation and benefits programs administration. Programs include, but are not limited to:

COMP: Wage and salary programs (base pay, merits, GWIs), short and long-term incentives, executive compensation, relocations, inducements, stipends, special pays, awards, etc.

BENEFITS: Medical, dental, vision, life, disability, FSA, FMLA, VEBA (HRA), 401(k), 457, PERS (pension), tuition reimbursement, etc.

Consult with department leadership on payroll changes, challenges, and recommendations. Complete special projects as assigned and provide backup to department leadership. Support organizational efforts such as ERO and outage.

Prepare, review, revise, and update assigned policies and procedures to ensure continual compliance with regulatory requirements and support of current business needs. Ensure desktop procedures are completed and current for all assigned areas. Coordinate and oversee respective payroll training courses. Maintain current knowledge of regulatory requirements and trends in the HR and payroll sector via memberships, readings, research, networking, and seminar/conference attendance.


Requires a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Human Resources, Accounting, Finance, or Social Science from an accredited college or university and six years of professional level HR, Finance or Payroll experience;

OR a high school diploma or GED and ten years of professional level HR, Finance or Payroll experience.

Functional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: payroll, accounting, finance, compensation, benefits, HRIS/HRMS.


Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Human Resources, Accounting, Finance, or Social Science.

Supervisory experience. Prior Energy Northwest leadership experience is preferred.

Payroll certification through the American Payroll Association (CPP, FPC).

Experience in multiple functional areas (e.g. payroll, benefits, compensation, HRIS).


Salary: $118,581 minimum to $148,226 midpoint, $177,871 career excellence

Typically, selected candidates are hired at a salary rate between the minimum and midpoint of the range, based on applicable experience and qualifications, market rate, internal equity, and budgetary allowances.


Energy Northwest (EN) offers a highly competitive and substantial benefits package which allows employees (and their families) to enroll in medical, dental, vision, and basic life insurance. Other voluntary benefits include flexible spending accounts, tuition reimbursement, supplemental life insurances, credit monitoring, and identity theft insurance. EN offers three retirement programs to qualifying employees including a matching 401(k) deferred compensation plan, the Washington State Pension Plan (PERS), and a 457(b) savings plan. Employees will also accrue 160 hours of personal time per year and nine paid holidays throughout the calendar year.


Other available compensation includes our annual bonus program (“At-Risk Compensation” program), inducements, relocation, and various monetary recognition programs, when approved.


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate due to race, color, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, national origin, veteran status or on the basis of disability.

How to Apply:
Posting Date: 01/10/2023
Closing Date: open until filled

Job Title: Human Resources Director
Company:  City of Kennewick
Location: Kennewick City Hall, WA
Salary: $103,848.00 - $145,392.00 Annually


The City of Kennewick will provide excellent public service and ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community and one another through the empowerment of each employee.  We value integrity, inclusiveness, stewardship and communication.   We are accountable to our community for innovative and collaborative efforts that anticipate needs, leverage resources, and deliver solutions.


We expect our employees to ensure compliance with all applicable safety practices and policies, including those established by OSHA/DOSH regulations and by the City’s Accident Prevention Plan.  This includes but is not limited to actively identifying and correcting potential hazards that may affect employee and public safety, including those identified by co-workers; leading by example to promote a positive culture of workplace safety through everyday action; and emphasizing safe completion of work throughout all aspects of developing and carrying out work plans.


Under administrative direction, the Human Resources Director directly oversees the City’s Human Resources Division to support all City departments and all personnel.  Primary areas of responsibility include recruitment and onboarding, classification systems, compensation and benefits administration, employee performance management, labor management, and occupational safety and health.

Examples of Work Performed (Illustrative Only)


The following list reflects the essential job duties and responsibilities of this classification. The incumbent will perform many other related duties as assigned.                                                                                                                         
  • Plans, organizes, and leads day-to-day activities of the Human Resources Division to closely align with organizational goals, industry best practices, and state and federal employment laws. 
  • Manages and supports City-wide recruitment, selection, and onboarding efforts; supports City-wide professional development and succession planning efforts as requested.
  • Advises the City’s Civil Service Commission; oversees public safety entry-level recruitment and promotional testing consistent with Civil Service Commission direction.
  • Studies relevant labor markets and makes recommendations to change employee classifications, compensation, and benefits; executes approved changes. 
  • Assists in administering the City’s benefits programs, including health insurance, retirement and deferred compensation plans, paid time off, leave entitlements, wellness, etc.; oversees annual open enrollment.
  • Makes recommendations to ensure City policies and practices are consistently and fairly administered; conducts or facilitates employment-related investigations; works with supervisors to help draft corrective action and discipline to support City-wide consistent application. 
  • Assists in developing and carrying out the City's strategy related to collective bargaining and labor relations and serves as a member on the City's negotiating team.
  • Works closely with Department leadership to administer terms of existing collective bargaining agreements across five labor groups, providing confidential advice and support to supervisors when needed; consults with internal staff and external consultants to manage labor grievances, mediation, and arbitration.
  • Develops and recommends a Human Resources Division budget; monitors and controls expenses to ensure financial responsibility.
  • Promotes employee health and wellness by overseeing the City’s accident prevention plan and the City’s workers’ compensation and wellness programs.
  • Serves as the City’s equal employment opportunity program manager.

Employment Standards


This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in human resources or a closely related field and seven or more years of progressively responsible experience in human resources administration, including three or more years of experience supervising human resources staff, or any combination of education and experience to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties identified above.
The City will give strong preference to candidates with a master’s degree in human resources or juris doctor degree with specialization in employment law.  The City will give preference to candidates with SHRM-SCP or HRCI-SPHR certification.

Additionally, incumbents must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Must pass a criminal background investigation.
  • Must maintain a valid driver’s license.
  • Must maintain a level of mental and physical fitness required to perform the essential functions of this classification.

Supplemental Requirements


To perform the essential functions of the classification, incumbents must be able to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Must demonstrate broad knowledge of practices and principles related to human resources administration, including recruitment and onboarding, classification systems, compensation and benefits administration, employee performance management, and labor management.
  • Must demonstrate broad knowledge of federal and state employment laws related to public sector employers.
  • Must demonstrate high level of interpersonal skills and the ability to handle sensitive and confidential situations and documentation.
  • Must demonstrate ability to read, understand, interpret, and explain complex policies, procedures, rules, regulations, and legal requirements to a diverse audience.
  • Must demonstrate ability to speak and present information publically and facilitate small, medium, and large group meetings and training opportunities.
  • Must demonstrate ability to collect, compile, and analyze statistical data and present informative reports and metrics.
  • Must demonstrate excellent attention to detail.
  • Must maintain regular attendance and punctuality.

The Human Resources Director must regularly speak and listen; must meet standard vision requirements; must regularly sit, stand, and walk; must demonstrate acceptable manual dexterity and fine motor skills; must regularly lift files, open file cabinets, and bend as necessary; and must occasionally lift office products or supplies weighing up to 30 pounds.

The Human Resources Director will initially work full-time, Monday through Friday, and may be eligible for an alternative work schedule with every other Friday off work.  Evening and weekend work, and out-of-town travel will occasionally be required.  This classification is exempt from overtime under the FLSA.

How to Apply:
Posting Date: 12/22/2022
Closing Date: 1/10/2023

Job Title: Human Resources Generalist
Company: City of Richland
Richland, WA (City Hall)
Salary Range:
Salary: $70,304 - $84,364 annual (DOQ)


Performs intermediate skilled administrative support work to multiple levels of management and employees in one or more key functional areas of Human Resources, and related work as apparent or assigned. Work is performed under the general direction of the Human Resources Director ("supervisor").

Click here for complete job description, including essential functions, competencies, and working conditions.


All employees are expected to model and foster the City of Richland's core values in the performance of their duties and their interactions while representing the City. The values of TeamworkIntegrity, and Excellence promote and maintain a high level of morale and productivity, and are the tie that binds all City employees together, across all functions.


Valid driver's license.

Associates/Technical degree with coursework in human resources management, business administration, public administration, employment law, general studies or related field and three (3) years of experience in human resources administration, or equivalent combination of education and experience. 


  • Bachelor's degree in human resources management or related field.
  • Five (5) or more years of experience in human resources with at least three (3) years in a generalist or specialist role.
  • SHRM-SCP, SHRM-CP, SPHR or PHR certification.
  • Prior human resources experience within the public sector.
  • Prior benefits administration experience.
  • Prior employee and labor relations experience, preferably in a union environment with multiple collective bargaining agreements.
  • Prior experience conducting fact-findings/investigations and drafting disciplinary documents.
  • Prior experience administering leave management programs (FMLA, ADA, Workers' Comp, etc.)


  • Excellent open access (preferred provider) medical plan with substantial City-paid contribution
  • City-paid dental and vision plans
  • City-paid Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance (equals two times the employee's annual salary)
  • City-paid Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Participation in the State of Washington's Retirement Plan (PERS)
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • 10 Paid Holidays
  • 4% City-match deferred compensation with ICMA-RC 457 and 401(a) plan options
  • Supervisors or Exempt Level = additional 1% City-paid into the 401(a) Plan
  • Extended Sick Leave (ESL)
  • Section 125 - Flexible Benefits Plan (Medical/Dependent Care)
  • City Paid and Employee Paid Retirement Health Savings Plan
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Annual Performance Assessment System

This position is posted open until filled, however any qualified applicants who apply by December 19, 2022 will be given first consideration.

Selection will be based on overall qualifications, skills testing (if applicable) and a panel interview. Final candidate selected will be required to complete a comprehensive background/reference check.

How to Apply:

Company Contact: Human Resources, 509-942-7392
Posting Date: 12/7/2022, Open Until Filled.

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