Payroll Benefit Acct Mgr

University of Colorado System Administration
Denver, CO

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Department Description:

The Office of University Controller (OUC) is responsible for managing the university’s system of record – the Financial System – and its interfaces with purchasing, payables, human resources, and other subsystems, including the Cognos Reporting System. It works closely with the campus controllers, the state controller, and the state auditor’s office to ensure that fiscal practices comply with external and internal rules and regulations and generally accepted accounting principles. The OUC communicates fiscal policies and procedures to the university community through its news blog, website, and training programs, and provides direct assistance to faculty, staff, and other individuals through the Finance & Procurement Help Desk. The office also administers a Continuing Professional Education program and the CU Innovation & Efficiency (CU I&E) employee recognition program.

Position Description:

The Payroll Benefit Accounting Manager is responsible for the administration of Payroll Benefit accounting functions which involves over 35,000 University employees and a large number of retirees, monitoring of appropriate financial controls to support and sustain these functions and implementation of related policies and best-practice procedures. The nature and responsibilities of this position require extensive coordination and collaboration with the CU System Administration Office of Employee Services and with campus-based financial and human resources personnel.

The Payroll-Benefit Accounting Manager works in the CU System Administration Office of University Controller (OUC) and supervises the Payroll Benefit Accounting team as well as student workers.

The Payroll-Benefit Accounting Manager reports to the Director of Tax and Payroll Benefit Accounting and is exempt from the State of Colorado Classified System.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to: 

  • Oversees Payroll Benefit accounting activities which includes:
    • ADP payroll tax processing
    • overpayment collections
    • cash receipt processing, garnishments, retiree, and active receipt reconciliation
    • retirement plan reconciliation and funding
    • workers compensation
    • other reporting, and general ledger account reconciliations
  • Manages the Payroll Benefit Accounting team which includes:
    • exercising direct responsibility for management of unit personnel
    • review of external reports and payroll tax returns
    • review of general ledger activity
    • preparation of payroll footnotes for the annual financial report
    • assembly of data for Other Postemployment Benefits (OPEB) and the University’s Alternate Medicare Plan actuarial valuations
  • Ensures timely and accurate payment of commitments funded through the payroll deduction process
  • Analyzes subsystems, business processes, and employee training programs to improve internal controls, safeguard University assets, ensure accurate financial reporting, automate processes as much as possible to increase productivity and reduce occurrences of human error.
  • Supports the financial oversight process by identifying and responding to reporting needs, revising procedures, and ensuring that new program accounting/reporting structures meet designated requirements
  • Serves as the primary contact for internal and external auditors as they review the accounting procedures of the Payroll Benefit process
Who we are:

System Administration, which also houses the Office of the President, is located in the uptown neighborhood of Denver with a few smaller offices located on the campuses.  However, this position has the ability to work a hybrid schedule.  Many of our departments support the educational and research missions of the four University of Colorado campuses, but System Administration is not considered a campus. We provide diverse opportunities for professional development, innovation, and collaboration with talented staff and faculty.  Learn more about CU System Administration.

The University of Colorado has been proactive in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can visit our COVID-19 webpage for more information.

What we offer:

Salary: The salary range has been established at $75,000-$85,000.

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Benefits: The University of Colorado offers an excellent benefits package including:

  • Medical: Multiple plan options
  • Dental: Multiple plan options
  • Additional Insurance: Disability, Life, Vision and Wellness
  • Retirement 401(a) Plan: Employer contributes 10% of your gross pay
  • Paid Time Off: Accruals over the year
    • Vacation Days: 22
    • Sick Days: 15
    • Holiday Days: 10
  • Tuition Benefit: System employees have the benefit on all campuses 
  • ECO Pass: RTD Bus and light rail service
  • Additional Perks & Programs: Click here to access a few more Perks and Programs
Click here to access our Total Compensation Calculator to see what your total rewards could be at CU. This position is a University Staff position.

Additional taxable fringe benefits may be available.

More information on benefits programs, including eligibility, is available at

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)

To be successful in this position, candidates will need the following:

  • Knowledge of accounting methodologies, principles, and best practices
  • Oral, written, and listening communication skills, including the ability to accurately interpret what others are saying and convey messages, information, concepts, and details clearly
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills, including the ability to examine and summarize data and trends in order to work out issues and produce results
  • Evaluative and objective critical thinking skills, including the ability to identify problems, questions and assumptions, establish significance, and understand logical connections between ideas
  • Personnel management skills, including the ability to plan and direct employees, processes, and projects as well as manage conflict, reward good behavior, and establish and maintain accountability
  • Leadership skills, including the ability to effectively manage various personalities and persuade others to take particular courses of action
  • Interpersonal skills, including the ability to facilitate interaction, communication, and teamwork between others
  • Ability to effectively summarize and present information to a variety of constituents
  • Ability to work under pressure, manage multiple concurrent and competing tasks and responsibilities, and adapt to changing priorities while maintaining personal effectiveness
  • Ability to deliver a high level of commitment to customer service

Minimum Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education in accounting, finance, or related field
  • Five (5) years of experience in accounting
  • One (1) year of team lead or supervisory experience (may be substituted by formal training) which may include managing personnel, developing/mentoring direct reports, and completing performance reviews to ensure continuous improvement, high-performance and employee retention
Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education in Accounting
  • Seven (7) years of Accounting experience, as indicated above
  • Two (2) years’ experience in a supervisory or managerial role, as indicated above
  • Professional experience in public higher education, or at a complex, not-for-profit organization
  • Experience with PeopleSoft enterprise software 
  • Project management experience

Job Category: Finance and Accounting
Primary Location: Denver
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Sep 29, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing


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