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Director, Payroll - Human Resources & Payroll

at George Mason University

Posted: 2/12/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 151662

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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 Masons academic and culturally inclusive environment.



  • 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 employers 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:

  • Masters degree in accounting, finance, or a related field, and/or a Bachelors 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. 


Special Instructions to Applicants: 

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA365z at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.


George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.