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Payroll Accountant

Salary Range:

Close Date: Open Until Filled

Annual Salary Range:
Accountant II: $56,525 to $87,614
Associate Accountant: $62,319 to $96,594

First Review of Applications: May 6, 2022
Expected Start Date: May/June 2022



The Payroll Accountant will be a reliable individual who is detail-oriented and organized, demonstrates initiative, and has the flexibility to meet changing priorities and workload demands. Excellent communication and customer service skills, and the ability to utilize sound judgment when working with vendors, other agencies, and employees are essential to this position. The Payroll Accountant will perform complex administrative duties and will be responsible for preparing and processing bi-weekly payroll, auditing payroll reports, processing tax forms, performing data entry, preparing account reconciliations, setting up voluntary deductions, and resolving payroll issues accounting functions, statistical analyses, and interpretation of information in the preparation and evaluation of fiscal records, transactions, statements, reports, and systems and procedures, particularly those related to payroll functions.

The Payroll Accountant is an integral member of the Payroll team that supports a staff group of approximately 400 employees. This position ensures the timely and accurate processing of bi-weekly payroll for the agency.


Overview of the Finance Department

SANDAG has great pride in being a fiscally responsible public agency and has implemented rigorous accounting processes and financial reporting procedures to monitor expenses, encumbrances, grant funds, and project budgets, and accurately document various types of financial transactions. The Finance Department has a role in supporting all agency programs. The Accounting team is highly regarded for their ability to maintain an exceptional level of accuracy and for providing outstanding customer service.


Job Responsibilities

▪ Monitor and process a variety of payroll transactions using the Ceridian/Dayforce Payroll system; process time and attendance of employees, overtime, paid time off, and leaves of absence; record entries to the payroll system; calculate accruals and verify totals; prepare manual, supplemental, and payout checks as needed.
▪ Review, reconcile, and process special payroll transactions such as retroactive pay adjustments, garnishments, voluntary deductions, retirement deductions, income tax withholding requirements, and payroll-related invoices.
▪ Prepare accurate processing of online deferred compensation, retirement, and flexible spending account reports; prepare and process management reports, spreadsheets, and summaries on a regular basis including salary history and labor distribution reports using automated accounting software or Excel.
▪ Reconcile payroll account balances such as payroll clearing, deferred compensation, and other payroll related general ledger accounts; prepare payroll-related journal entries; ensure proper documentation for all withholdings and deductions; process payments.
▪ Review and audit personnel and payroll records to verify names, rates of pay, addresses, tax information, deductions, benefit information, and occupations of newly hired employees.
▪ Research payroll inquiries from employees; follow up and respond to inquiries regarding payroll processes; provide guidance and training for new employees entering time and attendance into an automate payroll system; assist new employees as needed on timecard procedures.
▪ Perform work in a manner that results in a complete and evident audit trail; maintain accurate payroll, perform appropriate adjustments, balancing and reconciling; prepare comprehensive and accurate documentation of transactions and adjustments; maintain complete files and records and ensure that all documentation is filed appropriately.
▪ Manage the Payroll function in the preparation of agency records for annual financial and compliance audits and for audits conducted by various governmental agencies.
▪ Monitor and preserve the ongoing maintenance of systems; participate in the development and implementation of new procedures related to payroll systems/operations.
▪ Compile, research and prepare detailed payroll records, reports, and statements, including reports for the Board of Directors, in compliance with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations; assist in the development of worksheets and footnotes for inclusion in financial statements.
▪ Coordinate payroll-related transactions with agency departments, divisions, and external agencies.


Experience and Qualifications

Education, training, and experience which would demonstrate application of the knowledge and skills listed above such as a
• A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, with major course work in finance, accounting, or a related field. A combination of education and recent work experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
▪ A minimum of one to three years of increasingly responsible, recent payroll experience.
▪ Demonstrated experience performing payroll duties for a mid-sized organization including processing payroll, auditing payroll reports, processing tax forms, and setting up voluntary deductions; experience using software for the processing of payroll including data entry, analysis, and report generation and generally accepted accounting principles. Experience with defined benefit plans, specifically, California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) is desirable.
▪ Demonstrated knowledge of the principles and techniques involved in payroll administration and payroll related accounting practices; awareness of state and federal laws related to payroll practices, record keeping, retirement funds, and garnishments.
▪ Ability to organize and prepare clear, concise, and accurate payroll statements, reports, and written materials; ability to research, reconcile, compile, and analyze data and draw logical conclusions as well as produce summary reports and spreadsheets from compiled data.
▪ Prepare, file and record management to include hard copy and electronic file records maintenance; ability to keep accurate payroll records with complete, auditable, files and records.
▪ Demonstrated data-entry experience using payroll software applications.
▪ Knowledge of audit principles and practices; experience coordinating payroll audits and various types of financial audits.
▪ Excellent and effective time management and organizational skills and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks in order to ensure timely processing; ability to exercise good judgment, confidentiality, and work independently.
▪ Ability to perform complex mathematical computations rapidly and accurately; ability to review financial data for accuracy.
▪ Ability to build and maintain and implement payroll procedures and controls consistent with legal requirements and professional standards.
▪ Capacity to establish, maintain, and foster excellent customer service and cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
▪ A working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite (particularly Word, Excel, and Access), experience with Cerdian/Dayforce, ONESolution and Quickbooks Enterprise Edition.



Our benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance as well as employee assistance, wellness, and work/life balance programs. Retirement and financial security benefits are provided through a pension plan and contribution to the SANDAG deferred compensation program. SANDAG offers flexible work schedules and employees are provided with paid time off and paid holidays.


How to Apply

Interested candidates may apply for this position by completing a SANDAG Employment Application. SANDAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Employment Application can be downloaded from the SANDAG website or by contacting or calling (619) 699-1900. See our Careers / How to Apply webpage for additional information.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), SANDAG will accommodate persons who require assistance in order to apply for a position at SANDAG. Applicants requiring an accommodation due to a disability during any stage of the recruitment and selection process, including requesting this document and related application materials in an alternative format, should make their needs known by contacting Human Resources at, (619) 699-1900, (619) 699-1904 (TTY), or fax (619) 699-6905.


Further Information

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, applicants hired by SANDAG must show acceptable proof of identity and evidence of authorization to work in the United States.

The selected candidate can anticipate a driving record check upon hire, and approximately annually thereafter. The results of the check may determine whether the selected candidate will be permitted to drive for SANDAG business.

Criminal background checks shall be conducted by an independent third-party vendor and in accordance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and California Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies Act (CCRAA).

SANDAG requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID 19 within 45 days of hire; the COVID-19 vaccine booster also is required within 30 days from the date of hire, or 30 days after becoming eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine booster, whichever is sooner; reasonable accommodation requests will be considered.

SANDAG employees are expected to work in-person in our San Diego office.


Contact Us

401 B Street, Suite 800, San Diego, CA 92101-4231
(619) 699-1900 | TTY/TDD: (888) 722-4889


SANDAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer