Cowichan Valley Regional District

Payroll Assistant

Job Locations CA-BC-Duncan
Competition Number
Closing Date
Regular Full Time
Corporate Services
Human Resources
Location : Name
Head Office

General Information

Majestic mountains, the rugged West Coast Trail, serene lakes, and one of the world’s tallest free-standing timber rail trestles all lie in the picturesque Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD). Located on Vancouver Island, the CVRD provides a wide range of local government services to a population of 80,000 within its 4 distinct municipalities and 9 electoral areas. Just 50 km north of Victoria and 30 km south of Nanaimo, the Cowichan Valley offers a warm climate and numerous parks, recreational, cultural, and social opportunities.

Are you a dynamic and progressive payroll professional with a keen interest in serving your local community in a human resources capacity? We are seeking an enthusiastic individual to join the CVRD in the key exempt role of Payroll Assistant.

Reporting to the Manager, Human Resources Division, the Payroll Assistant provides confidential payroll and generalist human resources support of a moderately complex and diversified nature. Judgment, discretion, and consistency in applying the appropriate legislation, collective agreement provisions, and/or policies are required daily, as is adhering to strict deadlines. The Payroll Assistant’s primary responsibility is to support the CVRD’s payroll function, including production of the bi-weekly payroll, and secondarily, to support general human resources activities.


As our ideal candidate, you are knowledgeable about the methods, principles, and practices governing employee pay, benefits, and entitlements, as well as basic human resources principles, legislation, regulations, and employment standards. You understand collective agreement provisions and interpretations and the associated labour relations issues, and can apply all of this knowledge to payroll matters.  You have excellent attention to detail, great mathematic ability, good judgement and decision-making skills, and you can think analytically while troubleshooting. You are trustworthy, can work confidentially, and can build solid working relationships. You work well with both computers and people, and have exceptional time management, communication, and customer service skills. Last but not least, you also possess the following qualifications:

  • Diploma or degree in Business Administration or a related discipline
  • A minimum of three (3) years of related, practical payroll and general human resources experience, preferably in a local government environment or public employer setting
  • Experience with Vadim, specifically the payroll function, is an asset
  • Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) designation – completed or in progress
  • Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation is an asset
  • An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience may be considered

Please click here to view the full job description and qualifications for this position. 

Hours of Work

This position works 35 hours per week (Monday – Friday, 8:30-4:30) and is eligible for the CVRD’s Flex Time Program. This position is also eligible for Work From Home consideration.


The CVRD offers a competitive salary for this exempt position starting at $73,621.59 commensurate with experience plus a comprehensive benefits package including extended health / dental / insurance, pension, and paid vacation.

Application Instructions

If you are ready to take on this challenging and rewarding career, please submit your cover letter and resume in confidence by the date indicated.


Testing may be required during the interview process. Testing will be based on the knowledge, skills, abilities and qualifications outlined in the job description.


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