Comstock Companies

  • HR Specialist

    Job Locations US-VA-Reston
    Posted Date 1 month ago(4/21/2018 10:33 AM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Human Resources
  • Overview

    The HR Specialist is responsible for HR system administration, including Payroll (~20%) and benefits administration (~20%) for approximately 85 employees.  In addition, the HR Specialist will oversee recruiting and onboarding (~60) for our quickly growing Company. The HR Specialist collaborates with various departments to support the organization, acting as the primary contact and expert for payroll, benefits, and recruitment, and effectively communicates policies, processes and requirements to employees.  This position reports to the Senior Vice President of Human Resources and is based in Reston, VA.    


    • Execute full recruiting cycle including researching and evaluating candidates, pre-screening applicants, interviewing, managing selection, offer, negotiation and closing of candidates, conducting background investigations/reference checks, and onboarding
    • Prepare/process semi-monthly, multi-state payroll and related processes including garnishments
    • Ensure the accurate and timely data entry and processing of benefit enrollments/changes, transfers, promotions, leaves of absences and terminations
    • Administer time off program and review timesheets for accuracy, completeness and in compliance with standards. Identify discrepancies and follow up on any concerns
    • Process accurate and timely payroll reporting (e.g., W-2s)
    • Administer health and welfare program and retirement plan. Audit/submit benefit billings to ensure all enrollments are reflected accurately and processed in a timely manner
    • Prepare metric reports and ensure data accuracy in HRM system
    • Assist in the development and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure proper reporting and compliance with regulations relating to HRIS/payroll, benefits and recruitment/onboarding operations and controls
    • Assist with preparing communications and delivering resources and training to employees, providing excellent customer service and resolving complex issues in a timely manner (escalating to management, as needed)
    • Perform additional job duties as assigned


    • Bachelors’ degree in HR, accounting, business administration or related field
    • Certification in Benefits/payroll Administration or PHR/SHRM-CP preferred
    • Strong working knowledge of federal, state and local employment laws, payroll/benefits administration, and recruiting best practices
    • A minimum of 5 years of demonstrated multi-state benefits, payroll and recruiting experience is required
    • A minimum of 8 years of the aforementioned experience is required in lieu of a Bachelors’ degree
    • Proficient with Microsoft Office, especially Excel (comfortable with vlookups and pivot tables)
    • Proficient in ADP Workforce Now preferred
    • High organizational, time management and customer service skills
    • Proactive approach to problem-solving
    • Strong systems acumen, data integrity and outstanding attention to detail
    • Ability to maintain a positive and professional image through effective written and verbal communication, collaboration and interpersonal skills
    • Ability to manage to critical deadlines and multiple priorities  and follow through in a timely manner
    • Demonstrated ability to handle confidential information
    • High proficiency in MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) 
    • Solid work ethic and a professional, proactive and positive approach to work
    • Work well independently and in a team. Self-starter, but not hesitant to ask for direction as needed


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