Payroll Accountant

  • Denver, CO
  • *National Jewish Health - Main Campus
  • Finance
  • Full Time - Day Shift
  • Professional
  • Req #: 15525
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Position Summary

The Payroll Accountant will process all payroll functions ensuring pay is processed timely, accurately and in compliance with all regulatory agencies.  Recommends improvements to the Payroll Manager regarding regular accounting tasks and related internal controls and creatively develops new ways to accomplish operational objectives in a more effective and efficient manner.  


Essential Duties    

  1. Processes all payroll functions to ensure timely and accurate posting including but not limited to pay-cycles, garnishments, tax payments, levies, child support, retro merit increases, salary adjustments.  
  2. Responsible for creating, reviewing, and submitting journal entries.
  3. Completes audits.  Where necessary, schedules and conducts follow-up audits, to ensure recommendations are implemented.
  4. Establishes accounting policies and procedures, insures compliance with a variety of professional practice and regulatory standards, including pay standards, GAAP, IRS, etc.
  5. Analyzes internal controls regarding payroll, within programs, systems, and processes; evaluates the impact of internal control weaknesses; and makes strategic recommendations for cost effective improvements to reduce significant business risks within reasonable risk tolerances.  
  6. Understands the institution’s operations and systems including, but not limited to:  Accounts Payable, Budget, Human Resources, General Accounting, and Treasury.
  7. Maintains employee confidentiality and any other confidential information obtained while performing job duties.  Ensures compliance with appropriate regulations and legal agency requirements.

Other Duties  





  1. Accountability:  Accepts full responsibility for self and contribution as a team member; displays honesty and truthfulness; confronts problems quickly; displays a strong commitment to organizational success and inspires others to commit to goals; demonstrates a commitment to National Jewish Health.
  2. Attention to Detail:  Accomplishing tasks by considering all areas involved, no matter how small; showing concern for all aspects of the job; accurately checking processes and tasks; being watchful over a period of time. Setting high standards of performance for self and others; assuming responsibility and accountability for successfully completing assignments or tasks; self-imposing standards of excellence rather than having standards imposed.
  3. Building Trust:  Interacting with others in a way that gives them confidence in one’s intentions and those of the organization.
  4. Decision Making:  Identifying and understanding issues, problems, and opportunities; comparing data from different sources to draw conclusions; using effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions; taking action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences.
  5. Initiative:  Taking prompt action to accomplish objectives; taking action to achieve goals beyond what is required; being proactive.
  6. Managing Work and Time/Project Management:  Effectively managing one’s time and resources to ensure that work is completed efficiently. Effectively manages project(s) by appropriately focusing attention on the critical few priorities; effectively creates and executes against project timelines based on priorities, resource availability, and other project requirements (i.e., budget); effectively evaluates planned approaches, determines feasibility, and makes adjustments when needed.
  7. Problem Solving:  Uses issue identification, data relation and comparison, pattern recognition and information gathering to create analyses and make recommendations.

Supervisory or Managerial Responsibility






Core Values


  1. Be available to work as scheduled and report to work on time.
  2. Be willing to accept supervision and work well with others.
  3. Be well groomed, appropriately for your role and wear ID Badge visibly.
  4. Be in compliance with all departmental and institutional policies, the Employee Handbook, Code of Conduct and completes NetLearning by due date annually.
  5. Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the institution.
  6. Adheres to safe working practices and at all times follows all institutional and departmental safety policies and procedures. 
  7. Wears appropriate PPE as outlined by the infection control policies and procedures.
  8. Demonstrates compliance with all state, federal and all other regulatory agency requirements.

Minimum Qualifications

Education:Bachelor’s degree in Accounting required.
Work Experience:A minimum of 3 years progressive accounting experience is required, including at least 2 years of payroll experience.  
Special Training, Certification or Licensure:None


Salary Range: $25.00 - $30.00


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