Payroll Accountant

Denver, CO
Jul 13, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Summary

This position provides technical and accounting support for Accounting Services by managing semimonthly and monthly payroll processes in the Banner subsystem, reconciling payroll liability accounts, managing the annuity accounts, and maintaining accurate and complete records of payroll documents while complying with all federal, state and local payroll tax regulations and fiscal rules of the State and University. This position is also responsible for front-line customer service, policy and procedure manual development, problem resolution, and forms and procedure revision to maintain efficient and accurate processing of payroll transactions. Perform other duties as assigned.

Metropolitan State University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer.

Posting Number

Position Title
Payroll Accountant

Position Number
E 764

Salary for Announcement

The salary range is $41,614 – $48,557. The final salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Employee Category

Accounting Services

EClass Code
Full Time Administrators


This position is responsible for:
Performs the full process of semimonthly and/ or monthly payrolls, related benefits and deductions, including the calculation of overtime, vacation payouts, leave without pay, and review employee’s contracts, PAFs, and any salary activities.

Ensures accuracy of preliminary and final payroll reports, spreadsheets including overlapping hours, related to electronic “Web time” entry process.

Provides excellent customer service by responding to inquiries regarding payroll procedures (e.g. wage levies and garnishments, contributions, direct deposits, etc.) for the purpose of providing necessary information for making decisions, assisting employees, taking appropriate action and/or complying with established fiscal guidelines.

Reconciles payrolls after closing and notifies accounting department when payrolls are ready to post in the Finance system. Balances and reconciles payroll liability accounts.

Prepares payroll reports and statements of employees’ benefits including medical, dental, and life insurance coverages. Processes payments of retirement plan, annuity accounts, garnishments, tax levies and other deductions.

Performs adjustments on employees’ payrolls to ensure correct records and information for year end.
Processes manual checks/direct deposits when needed. Researches, prepares information on over/underpayments for employees and fixes discrepancies. Contacts employees and performs adjustments and/or submits documentation for collections.
Collaborates with HR, Info Tech personnel and other Payroll and accounting staff, analyzes new processes as they pertain to payroll to ensure payroll actions coordinate with the Banner System and other departments. Works with IT to develop sub processes as needed for new requirements that arise due to regulatory changes or data documentation changes.
Supports writing and implementing procedures and policies for the Payroll department and assists with cross-training all Payroll personnel. Develops and documents new procedures when necessary.
Redistributes payroll transfers upon other departments’ request.
Assists auditors for the purpose of providing supporting documentation and/or information on internal processes.

Required Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree in Accounting or other related field or the equivalent combination of education and experience (please note that one year of education is equal to two years of experience).

Experience providing customer service.

Preferred Qualifications

Payroll experience.
1 year of Banner Finance and HR or equivalent system, experience.
Knowledge of State Fiscal Rules and Procedures
Knowledge of Payroll Tax Processes, and Higher Education Accounting Standards.
Experience performing duties associated with salary activities that include identifying benefits and deductions; or calculation of overtime, vacation payouts, leave without pay.
Experience creating payroll reports or statements.
Experience providing training or cross training activities.

Posting date

Closing date

Closing Instructions
Close on Closing Date

Special Instructions to Applicants

IMPORTANT: In order to be considered as an applicant you must apply via the online application system,

References refers to a list of three professional references and their contact information.

Official transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire.

This posting will close at midnight MST on the closing date.


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