Payroll Specialist 

Service Operations Department

Department: Accounting & Finance
Location: Golden, CO

FOCUS Mission Statement: To know Christ Jesus, and fulfill his Great Commission.

Position Summary

The role of the Payroll Specialist is to assist with all functions of the Payroll department, with an emphasis on processing payroll in a timely and accurate manner.  The Payroll Specialist will ensure the accuracy in processing payroll transactions in accordance with the policies and procedures of FOCUS and able to work independently. He/she will also contribute to the month-end close process and annual audit.  Additionally, the Payroll Specialist will provide support to departments within FOCUS regarding payroll issues, and proactively communicate with department supervisors to ensure confidential data is processed timely, consistently and accurately.  Finally, the Payroll Specialist will be called upon to perform ad hoc research and projects.

Position Responsibilities

The payroll specialist position duties – performed per established procedures – will include but are not limited to the following:

  • Process 2 monthly payroll runs for approximately 800 employees.
  • Reconcile gross pay, deductions and retirement match.
  • Reconcile benefits between payroll system and carriers. Research any discrepancies.
  • Possess working knowledge of the interdependencies between the payroll processing system and the impact on financial reporting.
  • Contribute to month-end process, reconcile payroll accounts including liability accounts, payroll audits, validations, including journal entries and accruals.
  • Perform payroll management duties in addition to support for payroll manager.
  • Able to respond resourcefully and constructively to new requests, priorities and challenges.
  • Resolves and closes all help desk tickets in a timely manner.
  • Actively participates in the annual audit.
  • Actively participates in special projects as necessary.
  • Assists with implementation and maintenance of internal controls and procedures.
  • Assist accounting with the reconciliation of bank account in regards to payroll transactions.

Position Requirements


  • Accounting degreed and/or equivalent industry experience
  • CPP Designation is a plus
  • Minimum 2 years’ payroll experience
  • Decision-making skills
  • Confidentiality 

Experience & Skills

  • Strong computer skills
  • Advanced Excel skills (VLOOKUP, pivot tables, etc.)
  • Proficient in data entry
  • Ceridian (Dayforce) a plus
  • Possess strong organizational skills, effective and proactive problem-solving skills, and an ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Consistent attention to detail – able to maintain accuracy when performing detail-oriented and repetitive processes.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills

Schedule & Environment

Standard professional work week: Monday through Friday, with increased hours when necessary (month-end close, end-of-year, annual audit, etc.).