Payroll Specialist

Saddleback College

Mission Viejo, CA

ID: 7204380 (Ref.No. REQ11853)
Posted: January 3, 2024

Job Description


Payroll Specialist

Job Category:


Job Opening Date:

January 03, 2024

Job Closing Date:

January 31, 2024


District Services

Work Location:

Mission Viejo, CA



Pay Grade, for more information click on this link:

Pay Rate Type:


Work Days:

Monday - Friday

Work Hours:

8:00am - 5:00pm (Schedule and Shift are subject to change in accordance with the department needs.)

Hours Per Week:


Percentage of Employment:


Months of Employment:

12 months


Starting at $5,663 per month

Required Documents:

Resume and Cover Letter

Job Description:

C.S.E.A. Classified Bargaining Unit Salary Range 127

Application materials must be received by 11:59 PM on January 30, 2024 

Required Documents: Resume & Cover Letter

Applications missing the required documents will not be considered.

Under general supervision from supervisory or management staff, performs the full range of technical tasks supporting the preparation, processing and auditing of District payroll; applies current federal and state regulations as well as county and District policies in the preparation of payroll; and provides specific payroll information to faculty, staff and students.

Employees within this class are distinguished from the Senior Payroll Specialist in that the latter serves as a lead supervisor over lower level payroll processing staff. Employees at the Payroll Specialist level are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit. Positions in this class series may be filled by advancement from lower level accounting classifications, or when filled from the outside, require prior experience. 

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

1.    Audit and prepare payroll information and time reporting documentation; process and balance all adjustments and deductions; ensure accuracy and completeness of time sheets, data records and adjustment sheets; distribute, hold or cancel checks as necessary.
2.    Perform on-line computer terminal transactions to input, update and maintain employee payroll records, reports and files; research, calculate and process retroactive, manual or special salary payments.
3.    Collect and maintain absences reported from various departments; reconcile absence reports with monthly timesheets; analyze absences for compliance with policies and contact departments to resolve discrepancies.
4.    Execute a variety of complex computations involving gross pay, retirement, taxes, vacation, sick leave and other leave balances, voluntary deductions, and worker’s compensation payments.
5.    Calculate estimated salary advances based upon anticipated deductions, tax changes, salary modifications, terminations or other adjustments; maintain computerized payroll system with appropriate estimated salary amounts.
6.    Complete retirement enrollment forms for all PERS eligible employees; monitor retirement information and status reports; make adjustments regarding STRS eligible employees in conjunction with Orange County Department of Education Retirement Office.
7.    Respond to and research questions received from employees, outside agencies, District departments and other sources regarding payroll processing; assist management, department payroll coordinators, and other district staff in understanding payroll reporting documents, and time reporting procedures.
8.    Establish and maintain deadlines in accordance with Orange County Department of Education’s payroll processing policies and procedures; ensure coordination and reconciliation of payroll information with Office of Human Resources staff, payroll coordinators, and Information Systems and Services.
9.    Interpret policies and procedures from bargaining unit contracts, State Education Codes, Orange County Department of Education, retirement agencies, and the Office of Human Resources; respond to requests for information and assistance from employees, management, outside agencies and the public.
10.    Prepare and maintain accurate and up-to-date reports and records on assigned activities; ensure compliance with various federal, state and District policies, rules and regulations.
11.    Perform general clerical work; type a variety of letters, documents and requisitions; answer questions in person and over the phone.
12.    Perform related duties as required.

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:
Pertinent federal, state, county and District laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures.
Principles, practices and methods of accounting, auditing and financial record keeping.
School district payroll systems and procedures.
Public retirement systems as they apply to payroll processing.
Computer applications and software used in payroll processing.
Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
Ability to:
Learn various software packages for implementation and application.
Perform difficult payroll work requiring independent judgment and initiative.
Interpret and apply federal, state and District policies, procedures, laws and regulations.
Maintain an accurate database for payroll reporting, related deductions and employee benefits.
Respond to inquiries and requests for information related to payroll and employee benefits.
Exercise good judgment and maintain confidentiality regarding critical and sensitive information, records, and reports.
Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.
Understand and follow oral and written communications.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by specialized training in payroll, accounting, bookkeeping or a related field.

Two years of responsible payroll and/or accounting experience. 

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.


Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting. At least minimal environmental controls to assure health and comfort.


Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.


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Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.


Interviews may be held in-person (following all necessary precautions) or in a virtual format. Employees must reside in California while employed with the South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD), even during remote work. Thank you for your continued interest in working at the SOCCCD.

The SOCCCD is committed to protecting the health and wellbeing of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the communities it serves. More information can be found on our District website by visiting


The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Public Law 99-603, requires that employers obtain documentation from every new employee which authorizes that individual to accept employment in this country. SOCCCD will not sponsor any visa applications.


A California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) retiree may not accept employment until after the first 180 days of retirement. Anyone retired from CalPERS accepting permanent employment with this District will be required to reinstate as an active CalPERS member. Please contact CalPERS for additional information regarding your retirement status.

Any active vested member of California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS), who accepts employment with the District to perform service that requires membership in CalPERS, is eligible to elect to continue retirement system coverage under CalSTRS


If you require special accommodations in the application and/or selection process, please notify District Human Resources at least two (2) business days prior to the Job Close Date/Initial Screening Date, by either calling (949) 582-4850 or sending an e-mail to


Report to work on a regular and consistent basis, as scheduled, to assigned job.


Information regarding campus crime and safety awareness can be found at or Paper copies are available in the District Human Resources office upon request.


The South Orange County Community College District is committed to creating an academic and work environment that fosters diversity, equity and inclusion and equal opportunity for all, and ensures that students, faculty, management and staff of all backgrounds feel welcome, included, supported, and safe. Our culture of belonging, openness, and inclusion, makes our district a unique and special place for individuals of all backgrounds.

Our District and our colleges are looking for equity and inclusion-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to the understanding of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present within our community. When you join our District, you can expect to be part of an exciting, thriving, equity-focused, and inclusive community that approaches higher education with the lens of social justice and collaboration among students, faculty, staff, administration, and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position with our District, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our District’s mission and goals for EEO, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.


Important: You must complete your application for a posting by 11:59 p.m., Pacific Standard Time, by the deadline, along with any required documents, in order to be considered for the position.

Applicants must complete all fields/sections on the application. Do not type "See Resume" or leave any fields blank. Applicants must enter their work experience, education, etc. on the District application. Applications reflecting "See Resume" will be considered incomplete and will not be considered for recruitment.

At the South Orange County Community College District, our goal as an academic community is to sustain a working environment that fosters and celebrates diversity, promotes and rewards excellence, and is welcoming to all. An exemplary academic community promotes an inclusive environment that best prepares our faculty, staff, and students to live, work, and contribute in a global society. The Plan reflects the District's commitment to equal employment opportunity and outlines the active steps that ensure nondiscriminatory practices.