Payroll Manager

Employer:Iowa State University

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Job Description
Iowa State University and the Office of Payroll, Benefits & Tax is seeking candidates for a Payroll Manager. We are seeking an energetic and motivated professional interested in a dynamic and fast-paced environment. This position will lead and direct all payroll critical activities involved in processing the University’s multi-state payroll; to ensure that all payroll payments are made in an accurate and timely manner; to develop and maintain checks and balances and segregation of duties; and to use discretionary judgement and experience to plan and accomplish divisional and institutional goals.

Primary duties include managing payroll staff by providing appropriate training, education, and career development opportunities. This position will be responsible for developing and maintaining a high level understanding of domestic and international payroll laws as well as wage levy and garnishment regulations. This position will work collaboratively with internal tax professionals to ensure accurate and timely payment of all state and federal tax withholding and preparation of payroll tax returns. This position will also develop and maintain strong relationships with university departments and external peer groups. This leader will play a critical role in building out the payroll function for the University within the Workday platform and will be responsible for ensuring the payroll configuration adheres to all University, state and federal regulations.

The successful candidate will have in-depth knowledge of payroll operations and the ability to communicate and work effectively with a variety of individuals with a high level of professionalism. Must have tact, effective listening and speaking skills, along with the ability to articulate the needs of the university to other team members. Must have strong organizational skills, including the ability to manage and meet strict deadlines efficiently.

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

If you have questions about the application process please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll-Free at 1-877-477-7485. Iowa State University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should email or call (515) 294-4800 or Toll-Free: (877) 477-7485. TTY users are welcome to use the Iowa Relay Service number by dialing 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2942.

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All postings close at 12:01 AM on the date listed. That said, the posting will no longer be available to apply to after 11:59 PM the day prior.

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