Job Details

San Mateo County Community College District
  • Position Number: 2272115
  • Location: San Mateo, CA
  • Position Type: Human Resources

Payroll Manager

San Mateo County Community College District

Posting Number: 20141081S
Department: Payroll DIST (DEPT)
Location: District Office
Position Number: 1C0388
Percentage of Full Time: 100%
FLSA: Exempt (does not accrue overtime)
Months per Year: 12
If other, please specify:
Salary Range:
Min Salary: $122,688 (annual)
Max Salary: $155,388 (annual)
Position Type: Administrative/Supervisory Positions

Who We Are:
The San Mateo County Community College District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. As outlined in the Districts Strategic Plan, success, equity, and social justice for our students are longstanding goals. The Districts Students First Strategic Plan is focused on Student Success, Equity and Social Justice. We provide students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders. When you join our team at San Mateo County Community College District, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners.

The College and the District:
The San Mateo County Community College District is home to Caada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College. All three of our colleges are designated as Hispanic Serving Institutions enrolling approximately 33,000 students each academic year. San Mateo County Community College District has a diverse student population that is a reflection of the communities that it serves. Detailed information about the student population, including data related to student success, can be found on the San Mateo County Community College Districts Educational Services & Planning website.

Who We Want:
We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners who are also committed to closing equity gaps. The San Mateo County Community District seeks employees who value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals.

The Position:
Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, the Payroll Manager performs professional supervisory work involved with managing and directing computerized payroll production for the District. The Payroll Manager develops, implements, and monitors procedures to ensure integrity of the payroll systems and to comply with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and guidelines. Public contact is extensive and involves staff at various levels within the organization, local government agencies, and other outside entities for the purpose of exchanging technical accounting procedural and policy information. A high degree of independent judgment and creativity are required to analyze data and develop resolutions for a variety of minor and major problems that occur. The consequences of errors in judgment can be costly in employee time, public relations, and/or institutional funding; however, administrative controls limit the risk of serious consequences in loss of revenue. A Payroll Manager supervises the work of accounting paraprofessional, clerical, and other staff as assigned.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The duties below are representative of the duties of the classification and are not intended to cover all of the duties performed by the incumbent(s) of any particular position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this classification.

1. Directs and manages all payroll processes and related obligations of the District Payroll Department in compliance with labor agreements, legal requirements, and relevant District policy and procedures

2. Oversees the preparation of monthly payrolls for District employees and any retroactive pay adjustments

3. Reviews payroll control reports and approves payroll transmissions

4. Hires, trains, supervises, and evaluates assigned staff and provides feedback, training, and developmental support as needed

5. Establishes and monitors timelines and prioritizes work

6. Supervises the maintenance of District payroll records and reports as required by federal, state, local, and District policy, including meeting STRS and PERS requirements

7. Compiles information and calculations for W-2 reporting

8. Sorts and distributes W-2 forms at year-end and answers questions regarding accessing electronic W-2 forms

9. Oversees W-2 corrections and the preparation of W-2c and W-3c documents

10. Monitors and audits the accuracy and integrity of all payrolls, benefit health cost premiums, mandated benefit costs and balances the general ledger

11. Provides technical direction to support staff conducting various payroll activities

12. Investigates and resolves complex or unusual payroll problems, which may require specialized research or analysis

13. Oversees quarterly and year-end balancing and auditing processes

14. Ensures payment of payroll taxes, withheld wages, and preparation of federal and state tax returns

15. Works closely with the Information Technology Services (ITS) Department to identify and resolve system issues and to implement and maintain system applications, which ensure that payroll and time reporting meet STRS, PERS, local, federal, and state laws, collective bargaining agreements, and District policies and procedures

16. Maximizes technology functionality to ensure Banner (Ellucian) system is fully optimized

17. Recommends payroll system enhancements/modifications to comply with laws, regulations, tax requirements, reporting procedures, accounting policies, labor union agreements, and organizational needs

18. Confers with Human Resources, ITS staff, and external agencies, including auditors, state retirement agencies, health benefit agencies, consultants, and federal and state agencies

19. Enters and retrieves data and prepares reports, correspondence, and other written materials using various computer software, such as email, word processing, spreadsheets, and databases

20. Ensures timely report transmittals and payment to PERS and STRS retirement systems regarding employee resignations, retirements, and agency requirements

21. Develops, recommends, and revises payroll policies and procedures in accordance with laws, regulations, and policies

22. Reviews and makes recommendations concerning proposed legislation and policy issues

23. Analyzes proposed legislation affecting payroll issues to ensure District payroll procedures are in compliance

24. Attends and participates in various meetings and serves on committees

25. Acts as a liaison to District staff and outside agencies on payroll related issues

26. Develops, implements, and administers a variety of special projects

27. Performs related duties as required or assigned

Minimum Qualifications:
A combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelors degree from an accredited institution in accounting, business administration, finance or a closely related field

Two years successful professional level work experience of increasing responsibility that has included payroll, fund accounting, financial analysis and reporting and project budgeting, planning, and design

Experience in the coordination of workloads with people at various levels within an organization

Skill in complex data research, analysis and reporting

Skill in the use of spreadsheets and a variety of computer software to compose and prepare data analysis, reports, summaries, correspondence and other materials

Demonstrated skills in written and oral communication, including public speaking and persuasive communication

Skill in directing the work of others

Possession of a California Drivers License (or the ability to obtain one) and the ability to drive a motor vehicle to off-campus locations

Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff

Physical Requirements:
This classification requires sitting for various lengths of time; the ability to type, use phone, occasionally lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects of light to moderate weight; work at a computer, including viewing a monitor for various lengths of time, repetitive use of keyboard, mouse or other control device, dexterity of hands and fingers to operate keyboard; and ability to operate a motor vehicle and drive to off campus locations in order to perform the essential functions.

Equivalence to Minimum Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
1. Knowledge of generally accepted accounting and auditing principles, practices and procedures, and fund accounting

2. Knowledge of regulations, policies, and standards governing payroll and benefit processes

3. Knowledge of federal, state, and location reporting requirements related to payroll processes, including FLSA, California Education Code, STRS, PERS, and other programs and laws relating to payroll records and benefit programs

4. Skill in the development and use of a variety of spreadsheet and other software instruments to conduct financial analysis, develop, format and prepare data for a variety of reports

5. Skill in planning, organizing, and coordinating the work of payroll and support staff, technical resources, and other staff from various constituencies and levels within the organization

6. Skill in training, directing, supervising, and evaluating the work of others

7. Skill in oral and written communication, including public and persuasive speaking

8. Ability to effectively manage and oversee complex payroll processes

9. Ability to communicate effectively with people from diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds

10. Ability to plan and coordinate work in a deadline-driven environment

11. Ability to maintain confidentiality and to handle sensitive information discretely

Preferred Qualifications:

Benefits include paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. The District pays all or a portion of monthly medical plan premiums (depending on the coverage) and pays all of the monthly dental and vision plan premiums for employees and eligible dependents. Additional paid benefits include life insurance, salary continuance insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program. Classified employees participate in the Public Employees Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California. Optional tax-deferred 403(b) and 457 retirement plans are also available.

Open Date: 11/03/2021
First Review Date: 11/24/2021
Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions Summary:
Required Application Materials
All applicants are required to submit:

1. A completed online District application form (go to to complete the application and to apply for this position).

2. A resume that details all relevant education, training, and other work experience.

3. A cover letter of no more than 3 pages that addresses the applicants cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff as well as the applicants qualifications as they relate to the requirements, knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in this announcement.

Candidates for interview will be selected from among those who most closely meet the requirements and knowledge, skills and abilities. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. As part of the interview process, candidates may be asked to demonstrate job-related knowledge and skills.

For questions related to this posting, please contact:

SMCCCD Office of Human Resources
3401 CSM Drive, San Mateo, CA 94402
Tel.: (650) 574-6555
Fax:(650) 574-6574
Web Page:

Conditions of Employment:
Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:

1. Submit official transcripts (applies to all faculty or educational administrative positions)

2. Submit verifications of prior employment

3. Satisfactory references

4. Successfully being cleared for employment through the background checking process
In addition to background checks, the District may review publicly available information about a candidate on the Internet. If a candidate is aware of incorrect or inaccurate information that is available on the Internet, the candidate is welcome to address such an issue with the Office of Human Resources.

5. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States

6. Approval of your employment by the SMCCCD Board of Trustees

7. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis exam for initial employment.

8. Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment). Please note that the California Education Code requires, in part, that community college districts shall not employ or retain in employment persons in public school service who have been convicted of certain felonies, a misdemeanor drug charge (including alcohol offenses) or misdemeanor moral turpitude (sexual offense) crime. However, consideration may be given to those whose drug convictions occurred more than five years ago. A conviction for other crimes may not necessarily disqualify you from the job for which you may be applying.

EEO Statement:
The San Mateo County Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ individuals who represent the rich diversity of cultures, language groups, and abilities of its surrounding communities.

Applicants who have disabilities may request that special accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process. Accommodation requests and a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act applicant procedures can be made by completing our: Applicant Reasonable Accommodation Request Form

Annual Security Report:
San Mateo County Community College Districts (SMCCCD) 2021 Annual Security Report (ASR), required by the Clery Act, includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by SMCCCD; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from SMCCCD. Our 2021 Annual Security Report also outlines various campus safety and security policies, such as those concerning crime reporting, prevention and response to sexual and gender violence, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and other matters. The 2021 Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. The 2021 Annual Security Report is now available. You can also obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety at the District Office or any of the three Campuses (650) 738-7000. The report includes information about criminal activity on our campuses, emergency procedures and resources.

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