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Payroll Manager

Colorado State University

Fort Collins, Colorado 80523
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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.

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.

This position requires well-thought out problem solving related to the payroll system computer set-up, configurations, and reporting to ensure all federal, state and other applicable regulations and legal compliance requirements are satisfied. The Payroll Manager works collaboratively with HRIS and the University Tax Advisor.

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

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59 pm (MT) on October 2, 2017. To apply and view the full position announcement, visit Interested applicants must submit a cover letter which addresses how professional experiences align with the duties, and minimum 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,

CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer. Colorado State University conducts background checks on all final candidates.


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.

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