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Assistant Payroll Manager

San Rafael, CA

Position: Payroll

Position: Assistant Payroll Manager

Pay rate: $ 41.42/HR

Duration: Approx. 3 to 6 months

Office location: San Rafael

Work Hours: 7:30am – 4:00 pm



The Assistant Payroll Manager serves in a strategic support role within a fast-paced, time-sensitive and results oriented Department.   The Assistant Payroll Manager facilitates the activities of the Payroll Department with subordinate staff to ensure accurate payroll processing.   This position demands a self-starter that performs at a high level under tight recurring deadlines.  Attention to detail, the ability to continuously learn from past results and adapt to the ever-changing federal, state & payroll framework are also key to the success of the position.  The Position also works in collaboration with the District’s Officers, Deputy General Managers, and department heads to support the District’s Payroll, Pension & Benefits operations & objectives. 

Key areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to; the effective use of complex, integrated electronic information technology applications as they relate to payroll; oversight of payroll processing functions and identification, maintenance, improvement and implementation of the payroll system and its internal controls.  Knowledge and compliance with federal, state, Memorandum of Understanding contracts, California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS) and other pension legislation is also a must; along with supporting and implementing the District’s policies and procedures. 


  •  Performs maintenance of an accurate, efficient Payroll system in compliance with federal (i.e. FLSA, FMLA), state, Memorandum of Understanding contracts, CalPERS and other pension legislation as it relates to the payroll module.
  • Programs and tests the payroll (IFAS, Kronos, etc.) system enhancements, upgrades, and changes and resolves any technical programs with the payroll system vendor ensuring data integrity is not compromised.
  • Provides configuration, data maintenance and security support for time and labor application. 
  • Serves as an “agent of change” in support of new efforts in tandem with HR, Information Systems Department and Accounting, including increasing efficiency and convenience.
  • Creates documentation/procedures and user job aids to assist in the training of department resources and communication of time and labor application and/or process changes. 
  • Manages user’s access and compliance to established time and attendance policies as it relates to time and labor application.
  • Takes ownership of functional issues by identifying underlying problems, analyzing potential solutions, and implementing system resolutions, including workarounds. Documents solutions.
  • Controls all interfaces uploads, downloads, compiles and arranges data from diverse and various internal and external sources or agencies.
  • Maintain the quality, efficiency and overall effectiveness of the payroll system functions and internal controls, to increase accuracy and decrease risk of fraud and errors.
  • Strong documentation skills; including the ability to document current systems & procedures and the rationale behind past solutions & decision points.
  • Oversee record retention compliance of standard payroll reports as required by Federal and State laws as well as the established District retention policy.
  • Assists with the supervision/training of payroll staff and ensures the goals and direction of the department support District’s goals and vision. This involves the participation of training, motivating and evaluating performance of payroll members.
  • Supports internal and/or external auditors in the performance of their work by producing schedules/documentation and answering questions involving District policies and procedures that will assist the auditors in the completion of their work.
  • Regular and reliable attendance and performance are required





  • Knowledge of Federal, State, local laws, collective bargaining agreements and deferred compensation plans.
  • Knowledge of laws, rules and regulations governing the preparation and processing of voluntary pre- and post-tax deductions, and involuntary deductions, calculation of employee taxes, tax reporting, record retention and payroll accounting.
  • Working knowledge of principles and practices related to system development, implementation and maintenance, and the ability to comprehend technical concepts, programming language, calculation codes, and system documentation.
  • Knowledge of automated time and attendance systems and automated payroll systems and reporting.
  • Proactive problem solver who is able to develop creative solutions and has a strong commitment to customer service.
  • Skill in writing business correspondence, reports, policies, and recommendations.
  • Must demonstrate exceptional attention to detail and accuracy. Confidentiality is also vital. 
  • Analyze systems and develop processes to ensure Payroll programs & procedures align with Board policy.
  • Ability to work independently and effectively under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Interpreting and consistently applying policies and procedures.
  • Ability to formulate and express ideas professionally, clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Adapt to constantly changing circumstances and priorities.
  • Demonstrate diplomacy with all employees, both intra-departmentally & inter-departmentally, in the course of work.
  • Bachelor's degree in Finance/Business required or additional qualifying experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis in lieu of formal education. 
  • A minimum of six years of in-house payroll processing and reporting requirements for federal, state and public agency pension authorities in organizations of 500+ employees.
  • A minimum two years of recent related supervisory and/or managerial level Payroll systems knowledge.
  • Experience with time and labor implementation & public sector payroll accounting, preferably with a transportation background is highly desirable.
  • CPP (Certified Payroll Professional) certification highly desirable; FPC (Fundamental Payroll Certification) strongly preferred.
  • Must possess and maintain a current, valid California driver’s license and satisfactory driving record. 




Gina Quesada
Sr. Recruiter

Gina joined Wollborg Michelson in 2019. She comes with over 20 years of Recruiting experience with both Staffing and Corporate Recruiting. She has helped employee’s at all levels in numerous markets. Gina gained an interest for the recruiting field when she accepted a Receptionist position with a staffing company in the Silicon Valley early in her career. She learned she had a knack for recruiting and was promoted several times until ultimately she became the Branch Manager. Gina offers a diverse background and has spent the bulk of her career in the Master Vendor office at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where she gained experience in government contracting.

Enjoying the challenge of making a perfect match and thriving on filling difficult positions are some of factors that Gina loves about recruiting. She finds it rewarding because she loves being able to make a difference in the success of both her candidates and her clients!

Gina is a Bay Area native. When she isn’t recruiting, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family. 

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