Director, Payroll

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Nov 21, 2020
Dec 03, 2020
Full Time
Director, Payroll - Human Resources & Payroll

The George Mason University Human Resources & Payroll department is looking for an enthusiastic and energetic person for a Director of Payroll. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.

Responsibilities: * Ensures proper preparation and timely processing of payroll in compliance with federal and state laws; * Evaluates and improves payroll processes; Maintains payroll guidelines by writing and updating policies and procedures; * Ensures payroll accounts are balanced by resolving payroll discrepancies; * Maintains data integrity of payroll information; * Oversees quarterly and end of year tax filing processes; * Prepares reports by compiling summaries of earnings, taxes, deductions, leave, disability, and nontaxable wages; * Develops and oversees fiscal controls to ensure accuracy, timely reconciliation, and prompt payment of payroll deductions and benefits; * Serves as the point of contact for Internal, State and Federal HR & Payroll audits; * Determines payroll liabilities by approving the calculation of employee federal and state income and social security taxes, and employer's social security, unemployment, and workers compensation payments; * Complies with federal, state, and local legal requirements by studying existing and new legislation; enforcing adherence to requirements; advising management on needed actions; * Communicates appropriately with customers regarding payroll compliance and best practices; * Manages payroll team of 7 employees; * Works with International Tax Office and Provost Office as it relates to international legislation, non-resident alien tax treaties and expat issues; * Works closely with Fiscal Services on Payroll related issues.

Required Qualifications: * Master's degree in accounting, finance, or a related field, and/or a Bachelor's degree with a minimum of equivalent six (6) years of leadership experience in payroll for a large, complex organization with multi-state and international footprint; * Expertise in navigating through complex employee pay (especially academic pay), payroll processes, and technical issues; * Extensive knowledge of international, federal, state and local tax regulations, and demonstrated experience developing and implementing payroll processes in compliance with payroll standards, legal compliance and best practices; * Experience working with quarterly and year end filings such as VEC, 941, 1042s and W2s; * Experience dealing with the calculation of fringe rate and retiree imputed income; * Deep understanding of interfaces and account reconciliations; * Demonstrated experience in successfully partnering with multiple stakeholder groups from diverse backgrounds and building consensus in a large, rapidly growing organization; * Strong business acumen to understand key business drivers, organization communications and data, organizational and unit performance measures, as well as, understand the impact and implications of decisions on leadership objectives; * Experience successfully completing audits from the federal and state level; * Experience processing executive pay; * Excellent analytical, oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications: * Certified Payroll Professional certification (or CPS); * Experience in higher education or a public setting; * Banner, ADP, time collection systems experience desirable.

"For full consideration, applicants must apply at ; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information."

"Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!

George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

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