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Director of Payroll

Fashion Institute of Technology
New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Oct 27, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Accounting & Finance
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), part of the State University of New York and an internationally renowned college of art, design, business and technology with a strong emphasis on liberal arts, invites applications for a Director of Payroll .

Job Description:

Reports to the Associate Vice President of Finance. The Director of Payroll is responsible for providing and designing short- and long-term strategic payroll leadership for approximately 3,000 employees. This position will foster relationships with senior internal stakeholders by establishing and maintaining exceptional business relationships and working collaboratively. The Director will be responsible for the coaching, mentoring, and leadership of the payroll staff that provide day-to-day payroll support.

  • Provide leadership and direction in the utilization, accuracy, and effectiveness of Payroll Operations
  • Develop and manage effective service level goals
  • Ensure collaborative working relationships with Human Resources and Finance
  • Ensure compliance with all policies and procedures
  • Coach, mentor and provide leadership development to team members to optimize operational excellence
  • Oversee the cross training of payroll staff and maintain an active teamwork environment
  • Manage payroll vendor relationships, including research, selection, partnership, and management
  • Oversee the process of contractually mandated salary increases
  • Partner with internal and external compliance resources to provide audit and oversight of the team's activities and processes
  • Oversee the year-end processes
  • Schedule, audit, and review procedures to ensure the accuracy, and integrity of payroll data
  • Oversee systems related to testing and maintenance compliance
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of Federal, State and City guidelines related to payroll
  • Maintain knowledge of all payroll processing and modifications
  • Maintain knowledge of legal requirements and government reporting regulations affecting payroll such as tax filings
  • Build partnerships and solicit feedback from internal and external business partners to define and develop successful, accessible processes and practices.
  • Provide leadership for problem resolution to facilitate improvements and improved working relationships
  • Recommend, develop, and implement payroll principles that enhance effectiveness through the organization
  • Assist clients in obtaining information for payroll; respond to, research, resolve client questions and problems
  • Assist in projects as assigned by the Associate VP of Finance
  • Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree required
  • 10 Years and more in the HR/Payroll field required
  • Supervisory experience in a HR/Payroll field required
  • Strong Payroll/HR administration experience
  • Excellent computer skills (i.e. Microsoft/Word, Excel/vlookup, pivot tables)
  • Experience with HRIS/Payroll systems
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills
  • Strong customer service  skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
  • Knowledge of payroll policies and procedures
  • Exercise a high level of professional discretion and confidentiality

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters preferred.
  • Experience with Banner system preferred. 
  • Payroll/Finance/HR Experience in Higher Education field preferred



Read Comprehend- Constant; Perform Calculations- Frequent; Communicate Orally- Frequent; Reason & Analyze- Frequent; Write- Constant




Sit-Frequent; Stand-Frequent; Bend- Occasional; Walk- Occasional; Climb- N/A; Pull- Occasional; Push- Occasional; Lift

Additional Information:

Work Schedule subject to change based on needs of the department.

This is an in-person position. 

Application Instructions:

In order to be considered for the position, you must submit the following documents online:

* Resume
* Cover letter 
*  A list of three (3) professional references with telephone numbers and email addresses

Please note successful completion of a background check is required for appointment to this position once an offer has been made.


Please note that due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to contact each applicant individually regarding his or her application status.

FIT is firmly committed to creating an environment that will attract and retain people of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds. By providing a learning and working environment that encourages, utilizes, respects, and appreciates the full expression of every individual's ability, the FIT community fosters its mission and grows because of its rich, pluralistic experience. FIT is committed to prohibiting discrimination, whether based on race, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, religion, ethnic background, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military service status, genetic information, pregnancy, familial status, citizenship status (except as required to comply with law), or any other criterion prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local laws. FIT is committed to providing equal opportunity in employment, including the opportunity for upward mobility for all qualified individuals.  Applications from minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged.  Inquiries regarding FIT's non-discrimination policies may be directed to the Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator, 212 217.3360,


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