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Position: Accountant - Payroll

Grade Department Position type: Position Number
31 3BB – Department not found Full-time S00081

Position Summary:

Provides accounting support to the Payroll Office.  The primary duties include preparing and processing payroll, preparing payroll statements and other reports, including W2s; establishing, reconciling, and correcting employee payroll information; providing department heads, deans, or directors with all requested payroll information.  

Essential Functions, Major Duties, and/or Accountabilities:
  • Prepares and processes semi-monthly payroll.
  • Creates accurate payroll/management reports for university department as needed.
  • Reviews and corrects department entered payroll information.   
  • Processes and enters new hire paperwork, including corrections and changes to employee payroll information.    
  • Reconciles payroll information to the human resources system.
  • Processes payroll redistributions and other journal entries as needed.
  • Accountable for accurate, timely reporting.  
  • Responsible for processing and reviewing donations, stipends, and other employee withholdings.
  • Assists with W2 and other payroll form preparation and distribution.
  • Provides payroll training to department payroll coordinators.
  • Monitors and updates payroll website and other duties as described.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
  •  N/A

Special Requirements of the Position:
  •   N/A


Graduation from an accredited institution with a master's degree in business, accounting, or finance; or a bachelor’s degree in one of the stated majors with two years of experience related to the summary of duties; or any combination of education and experience totaling six years related to the summary of duties. 

  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and procedures, internal controls, federal tax regulations, fund accounting, and office methods.
  • Skill in data processing and knowledge of PC computer systems and software, including spreadsheets, word processing, accounting software, graphics presentation, and Windows operating systems.
  • Ability to review, analyze, and prepare accurate financial reports.
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.
  • Effective problem solving, decision-making, human relations skills. 
  • Skill in supervising and training others.


This position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to the position.
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