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11 Apr 2022


Denver Public Schools – Posted by Denver Public Schools Denver, Colorado, United States

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Traditional 240 work days

FTE: 1.0

Salary Range: $21.96/HR – $23.86/HR


Essential Functions and Objectives:


Supports operations through practical application of knowledge, use of proven techniques, and adherence to procedures. Primary focus on execution of assigned tasks in a specific area of responsibility, with a technical emphasis; such as; equipment, machinery, or scientific/chemical. 


Perform as a senior level technician in auditing, verification, and processing of district-wide payroll, and monitoring compliance with district policy and related laws governing payroll.


– Performs hands-on tasks applying proven industry standards and techniques, while adherence to policies, procedures, or guidelines in the area of responsibility. Installs, tests, analyzes, troubleshoots, repairs, maintains, related equipment in order to support short-term operations and minimize downtime.

– Performs data entry and verification, keeps accurate files/records, creates detailed reports, using various existing systems for accurate, timely, and compliant records.

– Receives, understands, and disseminates information in subject matter to appropriate stakeholders. Diagnoses problems and aids in resolving technical issues and escalates appropriately to ensure a positive experience.

– Contributes to identifying process inefficiencies and proposes solutions, identifies opportunities through external research on trends in resources, programs, and services and internal research with stakeholders, and supports improvement efforts in order to support long-term operations and minimize downtime. 

– Audit, verify and input payroll data received from schools; ensuring proper backup and authorization for payroll transactions and proper payment for all work years.

– Review, document and report personnel changes (i.e. new hires, terminations, change of assignments) and make adjustments to employee’s pay as required and in compliance with district policy and related laws.

– Document and report discrepancies, negligence, theft, fraud and falsification of records to a member of management independent of the perceived malefaction.

– Review, update and process employee information, and payroll related information (adjustments, wages, deductions) and other information to detect and reconcile payroll discrepancies, and obtain proper authorization.

– Receive notification of employee deaths, calculate tax liability, and process necessary payroll transactions.

– Collect and organize payroll information, reviewing and correcting discrepancies, and preparing related required paperwork.

– Ensure proper taxing for all employees, including retirees and students.

– Research and communicate payroll information to employees, schools, and departments, by phone and in person, as authorized.

– Complete employee verification forms.

– Comply with all security protocols, and secure necessary approvals prior to the release or distribution of any information.

– Provide technical direction and guidance to subordinate payroll level technicians.

– Update and maintain knowledge of technical, legislative, and professional trends and developments, which impact payroll operations.

– Process garnishments, tax levies, child support orders, manual checks and voids.

– Perform other duties as requested.


Knowledge, Experience & Other Qualifications:

– Three (3) or more years of progressively responsible experience, in payroll administration and processing, preferably within a large school district or public sector employer.

– Computer skills/experience and proficiency with various proprietary payroll and HRIS systems, preferably LAWSON. 

-Technical knowledge and experience with a variety of computer applications (spreadsheets, word-processing, graphics, and automated on-line accounting systems). 

The ability to take responsibility for one’s own performance.

– Effective communication skills.

– Effectively handle multiple demands and competing deadlines.

– Strong attention to detail.

– High degree of integrity in handling confidential information.

– Ability to work in a multi-ethnic and multicultural environment with district and school leaders, faculty, staff and students.

– Work collaboratively with others on a team.

– Aptitude for variety and changing expectations and fast-paced environment – Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles as promulgated by the Governmental Accounting Standard Board, preferably within a large school district or public sector employer, is desired, preferred.

– Advanced knowledge of basic payroll laws, garnishment requirements, laws governing deceased payments, pre-tax vs. post-tax deductions and laws governing those deductions, and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), preferred.

– Ability to work under pressure, exercise good judgment and make sound decisions in stressful situations, preferred.

– Ability to work in a team-oriented environment, preferred.

– Ability to work effectively with staff and the public, preferred.

– Ability to receive, coordinate and assign various job related tasks simultaneously, preferred.

– Ability to communicate clearly in both written and oral formats, preferred. 

– Ability to demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills preferred.


Education Requirements:


– High school Diploma or equivalent, required.

– Associate’s Degree in Accounting or equivalent preferred. 

– Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) or Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) designation is desired but not required.




Additional Information:

Work Year Calendars (including accrued time off):

– Benefits (including DPS contributions):

– Compensation Structures:

– Employee must live and work with a permanent home address in Colorado while working for Denver Public Schools.  


About Denver Public Schools:


Denver Public Schools is committed to meeting the educational needs of every student with great schools in every neighborhood. Our goal is to provide every child in Denver with rigorous, enriching educational opportunities from preschool through high school graduation.  DPS is comprised of nearly 200 schools including traditional, magnet, charter and alternative pathways schools, with an enrollment of more than 90,000 students.  


DPS has become the fastest-growing school district in the country in terms of enrollment and the fastest-growing large school district in the state in terms of student academic growth.  Learn more at  


Denver Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors.

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