Payroll Manager

Lake Forest, Illinois
Jul 19, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Lake Forest College Business Office seeks applications for a full-time Payroll Manager. The Payroll Manager will serve a key role at the College and must be able to balance working effectively in a team environment. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing many day to day operations of payroll, and will be expected to produce timely and accurate data with care. The Payroll Manager will interact effectively within our culturally diverse environment while performing duties tactfully and fairly.

Job responsibilities

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: adhering to and maintaining compliance with the employee handbooks related to pay and benefits; handling employee information and  compensation with care, sensitivity and integrity; providing oversight and production of the payroll processes - weekly and monthly; corroborating many payroll documents; determining the taxability treatment of certain benefits; maintaining proper general ledger accounting for payroll, benefit and tax; managing a small staff; maintaining compliance with various payroll, tax laws and regulations; managing the student payroll; having a strong sense of internal controls as they relate to payroll; providing continuous improvement of office staff.


Minimum qualifications include:

  • A bachelor’s degree with at least 5 years of strong payroll processing experience
  • Thorough knowledge of payroll, payroll tax and compliance
  • Excellent computer and analytical skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • A strong commitment to details and be to multi-task and meet many deadlines
  • Experience with various tax form processes (quarterly and annually)

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with payroll in an higher education environment
  • Experience with Jenzabar software (payroll)
  • Experience with writing and understanding database queries

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit cover letter and resume to:

Human Resources

Lake Forest College

555 N Sheridan Rd

Lake Forest, Il 60045

Electronic applications are preferred. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a successful candidate is found. About Lake Forest College:

A highly selective liberal arts college located on Chicago’s North Shore, Lake Forest College enrolls approximately 1,600 students from over 40 states and 70 countries. The College’s student body is culturally diverse, with approximately 40% of our students identifying as domestic students of color or international students. We also have a visible, active, and vibrant LGBT student population. Lake Forest College embraces diversity and encourages applications from women, members of historically underrepresented groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.For more information about Lake Forest College, visit

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