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Payroll Specialist (Short Term Temporary - Hourly)

Kern Community College District
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Mar 19, 2024

Payroll Specialist (Short Term Temporary - Hourly)

Kern Community College District

Salary: $27.46 Hourly

Job Type:

Job Number: FY21-22-00704

Location: Bakersfield, CA


Basic Function

Under the direction of the Vice Chancellor, Human Resources, the Payroll Specialist performs a variety of complex technical tasks in the processing of employee payrolls at the District Office.


The Payroll Specialist classification serves as a lead to other Payroll Technicians and performs the full range of payroll accounting, reporting, enters payroll information for assigned parts of the overall payroll for a College or the District Office.

Representative Duties

Prepare and process classified, academic and management (confidential) payrolls; provide guidance to other payroll personnel in the preparation of payroll input documents; respond to inquiries regarding technical procedures and use of Banner H/R.

Establish schedule for transmitting direct deposit payments for wages to the bank; coordinate the distribution of payroll warrants; reconcile direct deposit account; and analyze account deposits and debits.

Assemble, tabulate, extend, balance and post District payrolls and related data; examine payroll transactions for accuracy and completeness including rate of pay, category of payments and account numbers; evaluate discrepancies in payments or records and perform adjustments as required; post, monitor and audit vacation and sick leave usage.

Monitor and adjust employee annual wage statements for overpayments, third party sick pay, and workers' compensation payments.

Maintain and update individual payroll records; audit files for mandatory payroll documents; earned benefits, voluntary deductions and long-term disability benefits records. Notify colleges to remedy delinquent records.

Prepare, submit and monitor the required retirement reports; compute payment schedule and coding.

Audit, compile, calculate and process payments in support of voluntary deductions to various private agencies including insurance companies, tax sheltered annuity carriers; serve as a resource for information regarding these activities.

Research and respond to questions regarding District payroll policies and procedures; prepare responses to court or arbitration-ordered payroll data.

Deposit federal and state withholding taxes for employee wages for each payroll processed by the District.

Prepare and submit quarterly and annual payroll reports and statements to appropriate governmental agencies as required.

Coordinate the processing of W-2 statements; annually balance W-2 figures.

Provide authorized payroll information to public agencies, loan offices and insurance companies; verify earnings for employees as requested.

Operate a variety of office equipment including a copier, calculator, fax machine and a computer.

Research and verify financial and credit balance reports.

Assist in the annual preparation and presentation of formal and informal workshops on payroll-related matters.

Perform related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

A.A. Degree and five years of increasingly responsible experience in payroll or maintenance of financial accounting records.

Knowledge and Abilities

Methods, practices and terminology used in payroll and bookkeeping
Applicable Federal, State and local laws, rules and regulations.
Rules, regulations and procedures of the Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) and California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS).
Principles and procedures of statistical record-keeping and reporting.
Basic Math.
Oral and written communications skills.
Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
Operation of office equipment including a computer.
Research methods and report preparation techniques.

Perform complex payroll and record-keeping procedures.
Research and prepare a variety of payroll related reports.
Perform mathematical calculations quickly and accurately.
Operate a variety of office equipment including a computer.
Maintain accurate and complete records.
Prepare, submit and monitor reports to CalSTRS and CalPERS.
Interpret and apply laws, rules and regulations related to payroll procedures.
Respond to request and inquiries from District employees, government agencies and the public.
Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS:First Review of Applications: Complete application packets will be accepted until the closing date. The College reserves the right to extend time limits or re-initiate the recruitment/selection process at any point.

Completed application packet must include:
  • Completed Online Application for Employment form
  • Current resume
  • Copy of legible transcripts, if applicable
  • List of five (5) professional references - Listed on application form

It is the applicant's responsibility to redact (or remove) any personal information from all documents prior to uploading. This includes Social Security Numbers, Date of Birth, and any photos of the applicant.

Foreign Degree: Applicants with foreign degrees from colleges or universities outside of the United States must have their coursework evaluated by a professional association that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, INC. (ACEI). A copy of the evaluation must be submitted with your on-line application.

Applicants who require reasonable accommodation to participate in the selection process should contact Human Resources to make the necessary arrangements.
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Note: The District is strongly committed to achieving staff diversity and the principles of equal employment opportunity. The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of national origin, religion, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race or ethnicity, color, medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, or because he/she is perceived to have one or more of the foregoing characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law, in any of its policies, procedures or practices._ Discrimination Free Work Environment
The District does not provide sponsorship for authorization to work in the United States. Work authorization should be established at the time of application submission.

All applicants must apply online at Emails will not be accepted.


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