Essex Junction, VT, US
Apr 06, 2021
Are you looking for an opportunity to join a flexible, community-oriented organization?

Essex Westford School District is seeking a motivated Senior Payroll Specialist to join our team of accounting and finance professionals!

The Senior Payroll Specialist will apply an advanced level of skill to coordinate and complete regularly occurring employee payroll including required federal, state, local, and district reporting. This role will also serve as a primary liaison within the district for payroll-related functions.

The Senior Payroll Specialist prepares and processes the District's payroll operations for approximately 1,400 hourly and salaried employees for each bi-weekly pay period. This role enters and maintains compensation information in the District's payroll system; processes, calculates, and posts a variety of payroll actions including wage garnishments, retroactive payments, payroll liability claims, overtime hours, payment for leave, and other related data in order to calculate and produce accurate pay for our staff. The Senior Payroll Specialist completes accurate and timely federal, local and state tax filings and related required payments. Additionally, this role serves as a liaison with financial institutions, auditors, schools, and other District departments and offices regarding payroll-related issues. The Senior Payroll Specialist plays an important role in continuous process improvement and innovation, ensuring exemplary customer service is provided to EWSD staff and partners.

EWSD is seeking candidates with previous payroll or accounting experience, including working knowledge of federal and VT state statutes, policies, and procedures. Strong technical skills are necessary along with the ability to successfully utilize technology to continually improve the payroll process.

Additionally, we are seeking candidates with the following skills and qualifications:
  • 5 years relevant payroll experience preferred but not required. Financial background with a combination of strong math and analytical skills may be considered in lieu of payroll experience.
  • Knowledge of federal and state payroll-related laws, statutes, and procedures to include FLSA, payroll tax, and wage reduction programs strongly preferred
  • Exceptional accuracy and attention to detail required
  • Ability to keep accurate records and prepare routine financial reports
  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing and create positive working relationships with internal and external partners
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills are required, experience with Google Suite preferred
For a complete list of additional qualifications and duties, please Click Here for a copy of the job description.

EWSD offers competitive pay and benefits including medical, dental, and life insurance, as well as generous paid time off! Candidates with a current home office may be eligible to work a combination of remote and on-site.

EWSD's vision is: "Growing hearts and minds, for a better today and tomorrow: every day, every way, every one." Our district is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive environment. Successful candidates must be committed to working effectively with diverse community populations and will be expected to strengthen such capacity if hired. If you are committed to the primary purpose of the position but do not meet all qualifications listed above, you are still encouraged to apply.

For consideration, please apply electronically through

Position Type: Full-time
Positions Available: 1
Welcome to Essex Westford School District!
In 2017 three vibrant communities unified to provide enhanced and expanded educational options for all students, with the idea that we are better together. In the Essex Westford School District, we are designing opportunities that meet the unique needs of all our learners. As one of the largest school districts in the state of Vermont, approximately 4,500 students from preschool through 12th grade walk through our doors each day, eager to take advantage of the resources provided by our supportive communities. Every student is supported by highly qualified and caring educational leaders, educators, and staff who strive to make our schools a place where everyone belongs, feels safe, and is respected. Learning happens here ... students are challenged by a rigorous, well-balanced, proficiency-based curriculum and supported by our dedicated teachers and staff, who believe in and are passionate about what they do. Our staff are more than just employees, they are our neighbors as well. Nearly 50% of our staff live in one of the three communities that they support.

Job Requirements EWSD conducts thorough screenings of all applicants being recommended for hire, which may include contacting references not listed on your SchoolSpring application. Selected individuals shall also be subject to a VT Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) check (if driving is applicable), criminal records background checks, and child and adult abuse registry checks. Any offer of employment shall be contingent upon acceptable results of these checks at the sole discretion of the Superintendent or his/her designee. Click here here for additional background check information.
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience preferred
  • Associate degree preferred
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

  • Application Instructions Please answer the following questions:
    Application Questions This employer has requested that all applicants answer the following questions. It is highly recommended that you type any essays in a word processing program, save them, and then paste them on the proceeding job application page. 1. Where did you hear about this position?
    Brief Response (Answer limited to 200 characters, including spaces)
    2. When would you be available to begin?
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    3. Do we have your permission to contact all references, employers, educational institutions, and other individuals who may have knowledge of your employment and/or other pertinent information regarding your candidacy for this position?
    4. Please review the job description and answer the following question (a link to the job description has been provided in the posting): Are you able to complete the requirements of the job with or without accommodation?
    5. Are you an active candidate for another position in the Essex Westford School District?
    6. Are you under contract or do you have a letter of intent from another school district or supervisory union that would conflict with this posted position?
    Multiple Choice / Single Answer
    - Yes
    - No
    7. Are you currently employed with EWSD?
    Multiple Choice / Single Answer
    - Yes
    - No
    - No, but I am a former EWSD employee
    8. Our District vision is, "Growing hearts and minds for a better today and tomorrow - every day, every way, every one" What does this vision mean to you, and how would you support the vision if you were hired for this position?
    Short Essay (Answer limited to 600 characters, including spaces)
    9. What have you enjoyed the most in your previous payroll or accounting and finance roles?
    Short Essay (Answer limited to 600 characters, including spaces)
    Contact Information Heather Bushey, Director of Accounting and Finance
    51 Park Street
    Essex Junction, Vermont 05452
    Phone: (802)857-7020

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