Director of Payroll

Location Cincinnati, OH 45207
Date Posted January 06, 2023
Job ID 9478
Employment Type Direct Hire


Scion Staffing has been engaged to conduct a search for the new Director of Payroll for our client, a long-standing and respected educational institution in Cincinnati, OH. This is an exciting full-time hybrid opportunity for a detail-oriented leader with a passion for higher education.

As the Director of Payroll, you will be responsible for the timely and accurate processing of all the payroll and related tax functions, while ensuring compliance with external regulations, internal controls, and internal policies and procedures. This leadership position reports to the Controller and supervises an overall department with 2 to 3 people.    



  • Supervise, hire, evaluate, and train staff.
  • Organize work within the department to ensure timely and accurate completion with the appropriate level of review.
  • Ensure new pay rates, new jobs, job changes, various withholding deductions, IRS annual limits, etc. are completed in conjunction with other departments including Human Resources.
  • Responsible for all payroll tax reporting and payment on a weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, and yearly basis including overseeing relationships and work completed by a third-party vendor.
  • Supervise payment of payroll withholding payments (child support, garnishments, retirement, etc.).
  • File various tax, unemployment, and worker’s compensation reports as required or needed.
  • Review, keep up to date and communicate on relevant tax and employment law changes and updates.
  • Provide payroll information and answer questions as needed for 990 and 990-T reporting, external auditors, and other special requests or projects.
  • Responsible for recommending and implementing changes, implementing technology or controls to improve departmental efficiency and performance, and departmental goal setting.
  • Serves in conjunction with HR as data custodian for Banner HR (ERP system).
  • Responsible for ensuring risk mitigation by requiring the payroll team to stay up-to-date on all payroll procedure documentation (checklists, policies, procedures, file specifications, workflows, etc.).



  • 10+ years of payroll experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years of prior experience leading a payroll department.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Payroll Certification preferred.
  • Must have high attention to detail skills but balanced appropriately to address risk while ensuring deadlines are met. 
  • Ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects at the same time.
  • Excellent customer service skills, a collaborative problem solver, and someone who has patience working in a rewarding and unique non-corporate fast-paced environment.
  • Someone who is organized, timely, reliable, and extremely confidential.
  • A champion of technology and process improvement.
  • Must be experienced working in a paperless environment.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and electronic communication skills.
  • Highly proficient in ERP and ancillary systems and related interfaces including prior experience working directly with IT and outside software providers.  Prior experience implementing a payroll system is a plus.
  • Must have strong excel skills and the ability to work with large amounts of data.  Prior report writing experience is preferred.



This exciting career opportunity allows you to work with a brilliant and thriving team and includes a competitive base salary with a comprehensive benefits package that includes Health, Dental, Vision, Life, and Disability Insurance, 401K, and more!



For immediate consideration, submit your cover letter and resume (formatted in MS Word) via:




Scion Staffing is a national award-winning staffing firm! Since 2006, we have had the pleasure of successfully placing thousands of talented professionals with amazing career opportunities. Through our innovative team building and recruiting solutions, we bridge the gap in executive leadership searches, direct hire recruiting, interim leadership placement and temporary professional staffing. Our track record and recruitment process has made us one of the top recruitment firms in the nation.


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