Senior Financial Analyst, Payroll - West Valley-Mission Community College District in Santa Clara California

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West Valley-Mission Community College District

Santa Clara, California

United States

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Detailed Job Description

The Payroll Department is seeking a talented individual to fill the position of Senior Financial Analyst.

Comprised of two colleges, West Valley College and Mission College, we are located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Our staff and faculty are among the most qualified in the state and our students appreciate our two colleges for our friendly staff and supportive atmosphere.

Under direction of the Payroll Supervisor, prepare, process and audit payroll records and reports, develops and controls all tasks necessary to accomplish the organization’s payroll processing objectives.

Applicants who possess the knowledge, skills, and life experiences to address the cultural and educational needs of a culturally diverse student population are encouraged to apply.


100% of full time, 37.5 hours per week, 12 months per year, with anticipated start date of May 3, 2016. Schedule may change to include some evening or weekend hours, as needed. This position is a member of the West Valley-Mission Classified Employees Association (WVMCEA), Office, Technical & Business Services Employee Unit.

Work Location: West Valley-Mission Community College District, located on the West Valley College campus, Saratoga, CA.

We have begun a district-wide classification study of all regular, non-faculty staff positions. A classification study is a process of studying, analyzing, and describing the nature and level of work performed by employees. This classification study will ultimately produce uniform job descriptions for every employee.

The classification study will also include a compensation study that will provide information on what other employers pay employees who are performing similar duties. The District will use this information to ensure that our employees are adequately compensated.

The classification study started in November 2014 and is expected to take approximately 12-18 months to complete. As a result of this study, it is possible for the job description and/or compensation to change in this position opening.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination equivalent to:
1. Education – Four year degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in accounting, finance, business administration or closely related field;


2. Experience – Three years of increasingly responsible payroll, budget or accounting experience in a large public sector organization;


3. Demonstrated ability to effectively work with persons of diverse socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds.

Desired Qualifications

  • 5+ years public agency payroll experience is desired.
  • Experience with, or knowledge of, Banner or other enterprise software system.
  • Experience working with CalSTRS and CalPERS retirement benefits is desired.
  • Ability to analyze complex data.
  • Ability to multi-task, excellent time management skills and accept changing priorities.
  • Detailed-oriented and organized.
  • Team player with excellent customer service and communication skills.
  • Ability to calmly work under pressure.

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty of the position satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions required for the position.

  • Prepare a variety of payroll-related reports; ensure proper accounts are charged for payroll expense.
  • Provides support/expertise to the payroll staff.
  • Audit all payroll functions, including, CalSTRS and CalPERS retirement contribution calculations.
  • Serve as department liaison on enterprise payroll software and provide training to department staff; keep informed on payroll system updates and communicate system issues immediately to management; use troubleshoot techniques when system issues occur and advise payroll staff/users how to best utilize the system.
  • Provides high level customer service to internal and external customers and assists the Payroll Supervisor in communicating pertinent information about payroll’s policies & procedures.
  • Assist the Director with capital budgeting and analysis, variance analysis and financial modeling; analyze, summarize and interpret payroll, general ledger, human resources and other financial and statistical data for management.
  • Analyze new and proposed legislation, contract documents, State budget information and projections to determine current and potential impact on the District.
  • Prepare and process a variety of technical documents, claims for reimbursement, expense transfers and related materials; calculates quarterly and annual payroll reports.
  • Prepare periodic budget reports including narrative discussions of significant budget issues and analysis and interpretation of financial data.
  • Develop and enhance information systems and procedures to facilitate budget development and administration processes; design and modify spreadsheet and database reports and formats; access mainframe computer and import or transfer data as needed; confer with Information Systems personnel regarding special and ad hoc reports.
  • Review current status of assigned budgets and programs to ensure continued financial viability and compliance with applicable statutes and regulations, including the approval and implementation of budget adjustments to restricted projects and the preparation and/or review of required reports to external agencies.
  • Participate in year–end fiscal closing activities.
  • Train and provide work direction to assigned personnel.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Community College public agency payroll.
  • Applicable District, County, State and federal laws, regulations and reporting
    requirements affecting community colleges.
  • Knowledge of federal and state payroll tax liabilities.
  • Prepare/process/transmit federal, state and local tax funding files and reports.
  • Modern office equipment, methods and procedures including use and application of mainframe and personal computers and associated software.
  • Principles and practices of training and work direction.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Technical aspects of field of specialty.

Ability to:

  • Plan, organize and coordinate assigned District–level payroll functions.
  • Ability to multi-task, excellent time management skills and accept changing priorities.
  • Detailed-oriented and organized.
  • Team player with excellent customer service, oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely employee payroll issues such as: hourly wages, regular and over-time hours worked, discovery of under/over payments, employee earnings and deductions, tax and deduction laws that apply directly to payroll, CalSTRS/CalPERS and Teamsters retirement benefits.
  • Ability to calmly work under pressure.
  • Provide payroll development and administration expertise and direction to others.
  • Use Banner payroll, QSS and related software to prepare and process all payroll activities, generate clear and concise reports, review, analyze, reconcile and interpret complex data and maintain records.
  • Develop and present recommendations and solutions to all payroll issues.
  • Work confidentially with discretion.
  • Work independently with little or no direction.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
  • Read, interpret, apply and explain rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Train and provide work direction to others.
  • Meet schedules and timelines.
  • Work with QSS (Quintessential School Systems).

Salary and Benefits

  • Anticipated Hiring Range: $5,512–$6,026 monthly (WVMCEA Salary Schedule, Range 71, Steps A-C).
  • Employer-contributed medical, dental and vision for employee, spouse, and/or dependents.
  • Employer-paid long term disability for employee.
  • Voluntary life insurance.
  • 13 paid holidays, plus 1 floating holiday annually; paid non-workdays between Christmas and New Year.
  • 10 days vacation leave accrued annually; rate increases step-wise up to maximum 22 days vacation leave accrued annually.
  • 12 days sick leave accrued annually.
  • Personal necessity leave and personal business leave.
  • Educational growth incentive program from $40 to $200 monthly.
  • $500 longevity award annually after 10 years of service and $1,000 longevity award annually after 15 years of service.
  • CalPERS retirement.
  • Position is union affiliated with required dues.
West Valley-Mission Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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  • Senior Financial Analyst, Payroll
  • 2 Silicon Valley locations
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Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: See Job Description
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Analyst / Staff
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:2 - Year Institution / Technical
Application Requirements: CV/Resume