Job Summary/Basic Function: Position Summary: The Director of Payroll will lead the University's Payroll operations including: ensuring the complete, compliant, accurate and timely execution of pay cycles, remittance and reconciliation of tax liabilities and other withholdings, collection of time and attendance data, preparation and issuance of tax filings and W-2's, and reconciliation of payroll-related data in the University's Banner general ledger and data warehouse. Ensure periodic state or federal reporting is compliant. Monitor and review operational and service metrics to identify and implement process improvements. Serve as Payroll subject matter expert for University's service enhancement initiatives and ensure escalated cases are resolved in a timely, courteous manner.
In addition to oversight of all Payroll services, this position is specifically responsible for the selection, training and management of a team of Payroll Specialists, ensuring the in-house payroll system provides accurate, timely pay to employees, in compliance with federal and state laws, and regulations; proper tax treatment; accounting and disposition of withholdings such as taxes, deductions for benefits, charitable contributions, retirement contributions and other savings. Develops, maintains and continuously improves procedures and processes concerning all aspects of payroll and attains best practices regarding payroll administration. Acts as both a strategic and tactical manager overseeing the entire payroll cycle.
Minimum Qualifications: Qualifications: Required Education: Bachelors Degree or equivalent experience.
Experience: - A minimum of 6-8 years of successful experience managing all aspects of payroll administration in a complex organization with multiple payrolls; higher education experience highly desirable. - Strong team management skills as well as strong leadership capability and ability to effectively translate plans into tangible, achievable goals. - Prior successful experience and knowledge of principles of payroll processing, accounting, and related financial management practices. - Demonstrated technological competence with an appreciation and skill to apply technology in departmental operations. - Excellent verbal, written and presentation communication skills. - Ability to anticipate and effectively handle change; demonstrate willingness to try new skills and challenging tasks; and is flexible in changing conditions. - Ability to work inter-departmentally with and interact well with leaders in both Human Resources and Budget, as well as to coordinate and communicate effectively with campus departments on a routine basis with a customer service mindset.
Preferred Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications: Experience: - Professional Payroll certification preferred.
Security Sensitive Statement: This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code 51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.
Lamar University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Lamar University not to discriminate on the basis of non-relevant criteria including, but not limited to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status in its educational programs, activities, admissions or employment practices.
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Home to more than 14,000 students, Lamar University is one of the fastest growing universities in Texas and is a member of The Texas State University System. LU offers more than 100 programs of study leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The 270-acre campus in Beaumont is about 90 miles east of Houston and about 25 miles west of Louisiana