Payroll Manager

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
09 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
07 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

Colorado State University is a large land-grant research institution employing over 10,000 full and part-time faculty, exempt and non-exempt professionals, classified staff and student employees. The University’s Human Resources Department is led by the Director of Human Resources and has responsibility for wide-ranging activities including, but not limited to: all employee benefits; payroll; compensation; Human Resources service center; recruitment, employment selection and classification for State Classified personnel as well as general oversight of the State Personnel System within the University; employee relations; personnel policy development and interpretation; employee records and personnel action processing; and the human resource management information system (HRIS). We are a department that values collegiality. Ongoing and positive interactions among Human Resources staff and with faculty, staff, and students who contribute to our department’s supportive and open culture of inquiry, as well as our commitment to collaboration and professional development.

Position Summary

This position manages the University’s Payroll Unit. The University’s payroll is complex as a result of the unique nature of academic pay practices with 9 and 12 month appointments, variable length summer appointments, supplemental payments, multi-state and international job sites, etc. Additionally, the University payroll system must accommodate multiple categories of employees such as faculty, employees covered by the State Personnel System and administrative professional staff exempt from that system, graduate assistants, post doctoral fellows and student and non-student temporary hourly employees, with differing benefits associated with each. The main areas of job responsibilities include, payroll processing ($500M annually), benefit plan deductions, regulatory compliance, W-2s (20,000 annually), tax balancing, garnishments, levies, liens, SSN verification, Oracle testing and feedback, TimeClock Plus integration, Employee Self-Service updates, internal/external audit liaison, effort certification reporting, FSA, TSA and other duties as assigned.

Required Job Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Public Administration, or directly related field with a concentration or minor in Accounting or a bachelor’s degree in any discipline with an additional 2 years of professional payroll /accounting experience.
  • A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible professional and technical payroll experience, preferably in an academic institution with 1,000+ employees in multi-state locations, which included supervision of payroll or accounting staff.
  • Candidates will be required to demonstrate: in-depth knowledge of payroll related regulations and processes; the ability to work with a variety of software packages and large complex database systems; superior interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; and problem solving ability.

Preferred Job Qualifications

A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) designation.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Regulatory and Tax Compliance Duty/Responsibility

Ensures all tax and regulatory payroll processes are completed timely and accurately with all governing federal or state agencies including:

  • State and federal withholding
  • Multi-state tax withholding requirements
  • IRC limits on tax deferred contributions to mandatory pension plans under 401(a) and voluntary saving plans such as those under sections 403(b), 401(k) and 457(b)
  • Tax and treaty requirements for foreign nationals
  • Liens, levies and garnishments
  • Housing, moving and auto allowances

Functions as the liaison to BFS, HR and campus committees for projects and policies that are payroll related

  • Time Clock Plus
  • Policy Update/Creation
  • Payroll Operating Manual
  • Retroactive Oracle Actions

Percentage Of Time 40 Job Duty Category Payroll Processing and Balancing Duty/Responsibility

  • Ensuring that all payroll accounts (pay and deductions elements, etc.) are completely and accurately reconciled between the University payroll system and the University’s accounting system in a timely manner.
  • Resolving payroll related problems or issues as appropriate and in accordance with standard accounting principles, University procedures and State and Federal rules and regulations. Develop or revise processes as necessary.
  • Ensure the payroll balances are reconciled to Kuali, as appropriate, and that journal entries are made timely and accurately.
  • Serving as the Human Resource Service Department liaison with state and internal/external auditors on all matters related to the payroll function.
  • Identify and resolve payroll computer system processing issues and remedy the cause with HRIS/IT.
  • Possess the ability to identify and fix payroll errors and/or processes quickly, using a focused and methodical resolution approach.

Percentage Of Time 30 Job Duty Category Supervision Duty/Responsibility

  • Supervise a staff of 7 in the processing of the monthly salaried and bi-weekly hourly payrolls including, but not limited to, ensuring that all pay actions are properly approved; all deduction elements are accurate; all payments to federal and state agencies and vendors are made timely manner; and that all payroll related entries to the University’s accounting system are accurate and timely.
  • Provide mentoring and coaching through a participative team-oriented learning environment to ensure high productivity and well understood payroll principles.
  • Perform performance reviews with input from the Payroll-Team Lead.

Percentage Of Time 20 Job Duty Category Audit Liasion Duty/Responsibility

  • Serving as the Human Resource Service Department liaison with state and internal auditors on all matters related to the payroll function.

Percentage Of Time 10

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter which addresses how professional experiences align with the duties, and required and preferred qualifications, a current resume, and the names, email addresses and telephone numbers of three (3) professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. If you have questions, please contact Kathy Greiner,

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

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EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.