County Payroll Manager

County Of Sonoma   Santa Rosa, CA   Full-time     Accounting
Posted on January 14, 2022
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Are you an experienced Payroll Manager? 
Join the County of Sonoma as the County Payroll Manager! 

Starting salary up to $64.80/hour* ($135,245 year) plus a cash allowance of approximately $600/month*

The County Payroll Manager oversees the accurate and timely processing of payroll for the County's approximately 4500 active employees and is responsible for the direct supervision of a few management level staff, as well as the overall management of a team of eleven.  As the County Payroll Manager, you will also oversee compliance of all applicable federal and state taxation and labor laws related to the payment of wages. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Collaborating with other Agency partners to ensure correct interpretation, application and implementation of policies and compensation
  • Advising County departmental staff on application of multiple Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) and one Salary Resolution, which guide salary and benefits of County employees
  • Working collaboratively with Human Resources partners in the creation, explanation, and implementation of salary and benefits
  • Managing and preparing major financial reports, budgets, and accounting operations

The next County Payroll Manager will bring a passion for implementing process and system improvements to better serve the County and its employees. The ideal candidate will also possess:

  • Expertise with Microsoft Office applications (with a focus on Microsoft Excel) 
  • Significant experience with and in-depth knowledge of payroll software's, including direct experience with High Line ePersonality and Kronos timekeeping systems used by the County 
  • Experience managing complex budgets, accounting processes, and financial reports
  • Ability to build strong working relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders
  • Experience with wage and hour laws related to governmental agencies
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to collaborate with the public, governing bodies, and multiple local, State, and Federal agencies
  • Ability to organize and prioritize tasks short-term and long-term projects while balancing competing and challenging priorities
  • Experience leading and managing staff including hiring, training, goal-setting, and employee development
  • A Certified Public Accounting (CPA), Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) or Certified Payroll Professional (CPP), is highly desired but not required

The Department

The Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector's (ACTTC) office provides a broad range of quality accounting, financial reporting, auditing, collection, financing, and investing services to County Departments, agencies, districts, and the public. Their mission is to provide reliable and relevant financial services in an efficient, ethical, and effective manner to the citizens of Sonoma County while promoting fiscal responsibility and accountability. The Office is comprised of nine divisions, which are overseen by an executive management team that includes the Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector and three Assistant Auditor-Controllers. The ACTTC is staffed by 108 full-time employees and has an annual budget of approximately $167 million. 

What We Offer

When you join the County of Sonoma, you become part of a challenging and rewarding work environment where you gain the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better your community. Through experience and the support of management, Accountants gain the skills and abilities needed to advance their career. You can also look forward to excellent benefits* including:

  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $1700 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the County of Sonoma Salary Resolution (SalRes)
The ACTTC office is currently recruiting to fill a County Payroll Manager position. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. Qualified County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment. The Civil Service Title for this position is Accounting Manager, Auditor Controller. 

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Any combination of training and education which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, either possession of a college degree in accounting, finance or business administration, with at least 21 semester units or 28 quarter units of Accounting, including Principles of Accounting, Intermediate Accounting, Advanced Accounting, Governmental Accounting, Cost Accounting, Auditing and Business Law or possession of a Certified Public Accountant Certificate would provide such opportunity. 

Experience: Any combination of work experience which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, four years of increasingly responsible professional level experience in governmental accounting, with at least one year at a supervisory level, would provide such opportunity.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Thorough knowledge of:  the principles, theories, practices and procedures used in governmental accounting, auditing, cost and budget systems; the laws, ordinances and regulations influencing County and District fiscal operations. 
Considerable knowledge of:
  modern management theories and practices. 
Working knowledge of:  electronic data processing equipment and use of accounting methods and procedures associated with the use of such equipment. 
Ability to:  interpret complex laws, mandates and regulations and apply them to a variety of accounting and audit systems; plan, organize, direct and manage the work of the Department's Accounting Division or Department/Entity Accounting Division; analyze data and draw logical conclusions; evaluate, develop and install complex accounting systems and procedures; establish and maintain cooperative work relationships with Departmental staff, other County staff, staff of other governmental agencies and the general public; prepare comprehensive, clear and concise accounting, statistical, cost and administrative reports; present accounting and fiscal programs to a variety of groups and individuals.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.