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Payroll and Benefits Specialist 

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About the Organization


Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois is a non-profit organization with 11 stores, seven donation centers, a logistics center and an online auction site. In addition, we operate two employment service centers and a home for veterans experiencing homelessness. The money raised by the sale of donations goes to fund our free programs. Our programs include: helping people find employment, assisting our veterans with job services and resource referral, serving youth around the area with several different programs, and operating a 15-bed home for veterans. Goodwill has been serving Central Illinois since 1934.


Goodwill employees are more than just a team. They are a close-knit group of people which enjoy fostering friendship and support. Goodwill employees work together knowing that, as a non-profit, their job means someone is getting the assistance they need. It's working with a purpose.



The Payroll and Benefits Specialist works with the Finance and Human Resources team members to accurately process bi-weekly payroll for all Goodwill employees and maintain all needed payroll records/reports. The Specialist also provides support to ensure all benefit programs offered by the organization are managed effectively and efficiently.



  • Coordinate New Employee Data, Employee Change Data, Deductions, and Employee Termination Data in Payroll/HR/Benefits system with HR.
  • Process bi-weekly payroll: Review hours for completeness and accuracy in electronic timekeeping system and upload electronic time data to payroll; maintain Paid Time Off balances; check printing and direct deposit processing; pay post-payroll liabilities including Federal and State Payroll Taxes, 401(k) contributions, Child Support, Garnishments, etc.
  • Assist with year-end closing, W-2 processing, and 401(k) census.
  • Handle monthly payroll reconciliation
  • Enter data into databases and spreadsheets
  • Handle direct deposit requests and data
  • Process paper checks for distribution as needed
  • Acquire all necessary signatures to distribute payroll
  • Audit employee time and labor data submitted by various offices and interact with supervisors as required to verify data and resolve discrepancies
  • Establish and ensure accuracy of federal, state, and local taxes, social security contributions, employee benefit contributions, fringe benefits, garnishments and other deductions of employee paychecks
  • Analyze and respond to inquiries from employees regarding paycheck amounts, deductions, leave accruals, direct deposit, and other concerns
  • Pull various payroll reports from HRIS system
  • Perform Verifications of Employment as needed
  • Make adjustments in pay for raises, bonuses, etc.


Benefits Administration

  • Advise employees, answer questions, and enroll staff in benefit programs
  • Process various paperwork, especially regarding disability, FMLA absences, and employee life status changes
  • Perform quality checks of benefits-related data
  • Process and track leaves of absence and paid-time-off paperwork
  • Conduct employee-benefit meetings to inform employees of the emerging benefits and make adjustments to the existing ones
  • Assist with open enrollment processes
  • Cooperate with the Finance and HR teams to ensure administrative compliance with regulatory requirements
  • Audit benefit enrollment reports for accuracy
  • Process and manage Workers Compensation claims
  • Monitor and manage unemployment claims
  • Assist with other duties as assigned
Position Requirements
  • A minimum of an Associate’s degree or comparable experience in a payroll role
  • A minimum of two years benefits administration experience desirable
  • Familiarity with the state and federal payroll and tax rules and regulations
  • Experience working with payroll and human resource information systems
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and payroll platforms such as ADP, Paylocity, etc. as well as direct involvement with a payroll vendor/platform change is helpful
  • Strong work ethic and ability to treat sensitive information in a professional manner
Location Peoria, IL (Goodwill Commons)  
Category Accounting/Finance  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Shift -not applicable-  

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