Payroll and Benefits Lead


Competition Number: LAA-22-57

Job Type: Full Time Permanent

Location: Edmonton, AB

Posting: External

Competition Ends: October 31, 2022

Who We Are

As a publicly funded, non-profit organization, Legal Aid Alberta provides affordable legal services in family law, domestic violence, child welfare, immigration, and youth and adult criminal defense. We are Alberta-wide, with 300 staff and 1,200 private practice lawyers helping people overcome their legal challenges in more than 75 communities across the province.

Who You Are

Working at Legal Aid Alberta means you care about people and empathize with their situation. You have excellent communication skills especially in tough situations. You are a numbers person and understand the critical role of Payroll in the organization. You are computer-savvy and more organized than anyone you know. Fast-paced work environments give you a rush and you’re always up for a challenge. You love learning new things, solving problems, and can adapt to change quickly. You care deeply about the success of our team and our organization.

Job Description

Reporting to the Director, People and Culture, some of the key responsibilities include:

  • Provide guidance and direction to the Payroll & Benefits Administrator.
  • Oversee/verify and process payroll on a semi-monthly basis for salaried and hourly employees across LAA.
  • Administer and reconcile all employee benefits.
  • Administration of the employee life cycle for pay and benefits, including commencement, changes, leaves, and end-of-service processing.
  • Provide timely responses to management and staff regarding payroll and benefit inquiries.
  • Monitor changes and updates to payroll-related legislation, including the Collective Agreement, to ensure compliance and accuracy in the administration of LAA payroll.
  • Lead the annual group benefit renewal process.
  • Provide interpretation of policies and Collective Agreement related to pay and benefits and ensure full compliance.
  • Provide advice, support and training to managers and employees on all matters related to pay and benefits and payroll system.
  • Calculate and remit employees’ arrears and garnishee of wages.
  • Produce any required or requested payroll reports.
  • Ensure employee payroll and benefit records are kept up to date.
  • Lead the preparation and reconciliation of year-end reporting, including the printing and reconciling of T4’s.
  • Provide full payroll backup support to the Payroll & Benefits Administrator as required.
  • Provide support/assistance to the Human Resources department as required by participating in HR projects and initiatives.
  • Provide required support to Finance related to Payroll (General Ledger accounts, Payroll payables, audits).


Education and Experience:

  • Minimum of five (5) years’ experience administering end to end payroll, preferably in a unionized environment.
  • Experience administering a comprehensive benefits program.
  • Payroll Compliance Practitioner Certification.
  • Experience with an HRIS/HCM system.
  • Completion of or currently working toward Certified Payroll Manager certificate is an asset.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Proficient in MS Word and Excel.
  • Strong understanding and knowledge of payroll regulations and employment legislation.
  • Knowledge of core Human Resource processes and policies.
  • Understanding of Basic Accounting.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Works well under pressure –deadlines are non-negotiable.
  • Research and analytical skills.

What We Offer

Perks of working with us

  • Competitive wage
  • Work from home opportunities
  • 7 % RRSP employer contribution
  • Health and dental benefits
  • Health and wellness accounts
  • Paid holiday closure
  • Employee assistance program

How To Apply

Please apply by clicking this ‘Apply Now‘ button. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


  • Successful candidate will be required to provide an acceptable criminal record check.

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