A career at the Colorado Community College System’s administrative office comes with great perks. As you help the operations of our 13 colleges continuously improve, you will reap a rewarding experience with being a part of an enterprise which assists thousands of students to elevate their lives each year. We are confident – when you consider all the tangibles and intangibles – you will want to make the next, and final, stop of your career the Colorado Community College System.

You will admire the friendly culture of our system office and be inspired by our team environment and dedicated employees. Additionally, we offer:
  • Generous annual and sick leave benefits (15 hours of annual leave and 10 hours of sick leave accrued each month – based on fulltime status); our employees stay because of the work/life balance they are able to obtain here.
  • Attractive health, dental, vision, life, and flexible savings options; we will also help you build your retirement savings via our defined benefit or defined contribution plans.
  • An opportunity to become a lifelong-learner and enjoy considerable savings for the college education of your dependents through our tuition reimbursement program.
For a complete overview of our benefits, visit the benefits section of our website (https://internal.cccs.edu/human-resources/employee-benefits/).
Job Details
CCCS Payroll Director
APT (Administrative, Professional-Technical)
Human Resources
Cover Letter, Resume/Curriculum Vitae


  • Are you interested in joining an organization that works every day to improve the lives of others?
  • Are you looking to lead an amazing team in processing payroll for over 13,000 employees each year?

As the State of Colorado’s largest institution of higher education, the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) consists of 13 colleges and the system office located in 40 geographically dispersed locations across the State of Colorado. Each college and the system office initiate and submit bi-weekly, monthly, and special payrolls to the central payroll office who conducts final processing of the consolidated system payroll for approximately 13,000 employees. The CCCS Payroll Director reports to the CCCS Chief Human Resources Officer and is responsible for directing all aspects of the CCCS system payroll operations. While there is no direct oversight of the payroll personnel at the 13 CCCS colleges, the Payroll Director must monitor and coordinate the activities of all payroll staff across the system. The central payroll office operates with 3 additional payroll positions that report to the Payroll Director.

Position Summary:

The Payroll Director is responsible for leading the central payroll team and overseeing the CCCS system payroll, payroll accounting, payroll tax, and Banner payroll system under limited supervision. The position ensures that CCCS implements and sustains best practices in the execution of all facets of payroll responsibilities. As the most senior personnel in payroll, interfaces with federal and state agencies as appropriate and manages processes to perform external and internal audits related to payroll, making sure that the payroll function operates with the highest level of integrity and adheres to all applicable Federal, State and CCCS regulatory standards and fiscal rules. The Payroll Director ensures payroll functions at the highest level of efficiency and accuracy, through departmental structure, software deployment, workflows, automation, and system improvements.

The Payroll Director manages multiple tasks and priorities under continuous deadlines while maintaining a professional and calm demeanor when presented with stressful situations. This is a hands on director but also a highly collaborative position. The Payroll Director must maintain positive relationships and coordinate efforts with other departments such as human resources, finance and accounting, information technology, and legal as well as resolve payroll concerns with the colleges and CCCS employees in a customer friendly, efficient and timely manner.  


  • Deliver operational excellence for payroll including compliant, accurate, and timely payrolls.
  • Final responsibility for payroll administration, taxes, and garnishments.
  • Act as the principal point of contact for operational payroll issues, serving as liaison between Payroll and other departments.
  • Maintain and manage legal and regulatory compliance for payroll.
  • Manage and audit the comprehensive payroll process and set guidelines for all payroll processes.
  • Ensure up to date and accurate federal and state tax requirements and other reporting are met.
  • Serve as a principle contact with the Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) and ensure compliance with necessary reporting and payroll processing.
  • Resolve issues by providing root cause analysis and corrective action for all non-routine situations.
  • Maintain the Banner payroll information system to ensure consistency of setup and accuracy of data across the system.
  • Review and analyze payroll processes and procedures; identify and recommend system and procedural changes and payroll processor training to promote consistency and increase business efficiencies and reduce risk/loss.
  • Review and approve termination checks or other live checks, confirm accuracy, and confirm payments are in compliance with CCCS policies and procedures.
  • Build an inclusive work environment that encourages teamwork and collaboration. 
  • Partner with HR and in-house employment counsel to ensure all payroll processes are compliant with current employment laws.
  • Ensure appropriate internal controls and segregation of duties as they relate to payroll operations.
  • Complete ad hoc analysis and projects as needed.
  • Bachelor's degree or sufficient experience in payroll operations to substitute for the degree
  • Experience similar to that above which provided knowledge of large scale payroll operations, payroll taxes, and business processes as they related to payroll
  • Experience with payroll software
  • Ability to obtain Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) certificate
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Knowledge and use of systems and reporting tools including super-user abilities in Microsoft Excel
  • Effective communication skills, in-person, in email and over the telephone
  • High degree of confidentiality and trustworthiness
  • Attention to detail  
  • Planning and prioritization skills including strong project management
  • Knowledge of current Federal, State and local labor laws, tax requirements and payroll regulations
  • Ability to interpret new legislation impacting payroll
  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • Ability to lead others without direct oversight
  • Knowledge of Banner HR/Payroll system
  • Knowledge of internal controls and segregation of duties
  • Knowledge of pension plans and their interaction with payroll processing
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and adapt to change in a fast paced environment
  • Customer service skills
  • Knowledge of payroll processing in a higher education environment

Work Location/Travel Expectations:

  • This position is located at CCCS Administration Building, 9101 E. Lowry Blvd, Denver, CO 80230
  • Travel is rare for this position; on occasion there may be opportunities for in-state or out-of-state meetings/conferences.

CCCS recognizes the importance of a workforce that is reflective of our diverse student community which consists of 25.1% Hispanic, 6.3% Black/African American, 4.0% Asian/Pacific Islander, 0.9% American Indian/Alaskan Native, and 59.3% White. As such, we are interested in selecting the best candidate from a diverse applicant pool.

Note: This position will remain open until filled, with an interest in hiring a new CCCS Payroll Director in January.

$95,000 - $114,000

How to Apply:

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Applicant materials must be received by the close date and you will need to upload all of the requested documents, in order to ensure full consideration. 

Colorado Community College System
Human Resources 9101 E Lowry Blvd. Denver CO 80230-6011