VetJobs - The Leading Military Job Board

Job Information

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Manager, Payroll in United States

Manager, Payroll

Job ID:



VA - Metro Bldg At Eisenhower

Full/Part Time:


Posting Open-Close








Job Description

General Hybrid Work Statement:

This opportunity is a hybrid opportunity allowing for flexibility between virtual and in-person work subject to the Authority’s telework policy.

Minimum Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, or a related field.

  • In lieu of a Bachelor's Degree, an Associate's degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, or a related field and two (2) years of experience in accounting including maintaining payroll records in a full cycle process and applying collective bargaining agreements, in addition to the below experience


  • Six (6) years of accounting experience, including maintaining payroll records in a full cycle process and applying collective bargaining agreements.

  • Two (2) years supervisory experience in the management of a payroll system with a larger

Minimum Certification/Licensure

  • N/A

Preferred Qualification

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, or a related field.

  • Certified Payroll Professional (CPP

Medical Group

Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position, if required. The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this position either with or without reasonable accommodations.

Mission Essential Designation

In accordance with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) this job has been identified as critical to mission essential functions. Incumbents in this role may be required to report to or continue to work in the event of authorized office closings or service suspensions due to severe weather, natural disaster, fire, operational emergencies or related events.

Job Summary

The Manager, Payroll is responsible for managing a professional and administrative staff in processing, maintaining, analyzing, and reporting payroll information. The incumbent is responsible for directing and coordinating all payroll activities, maintaining strong internal controls, and enhancing the payroll system processes.

Principal Job Duties

  • Manages and directs the payroll payment process, time, benefits, and leave systems, and filing and payment of all payroll tax obligations.

  • Ensures adequate internal controls are in place to provide reasonable assurances of accurate and timely payroll payments and related records and prudent payroll management practices.

  • Supervises subordinate staff including recommending application selection, disciplinary action, resolution of grievances, assigning duties, directing work, conducting performance evaluations, approving leave requests and time sheets, and ensuring appropriate training.

  • Monitors, establishes and maintains standards and procedures for providing payroll data for mandatory Federal Transportation Authority (FTA) for reporting to the National Transit Data Base (NTD). Provides necessary data for the timely filing of such reports and audit certification from independent auditors.

  • Responsible for managing activities and responses to audit issues for the Payroll Branch, both internal and external.

  • Manages and directs the effort to coordinate, prepare, and publish internal/external reports and replies to requests for payroll information received from Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) staff, WMATA management, the Board of Directors, jurisdictional staff, unions representing WMATA employees, taxing jurisdictions, local court systems, and other outside agencies

  • Recommends and reviews established goals for the payroll branch as well as provide input to general office goals and objectives.

Other Duties

  • Maintains and promotes awareness and accountability with safety policies and procedures while performing job functions. Promotes a positive safety culture and encourages reporting of safety concerns consistent with our Agency Safety Plan, other regulatory requirements within the Safety Management System and just culture principles.

The functions listed are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Nor is it intended to limit in any way the right of managers and supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

The Evaluation Criteria

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:

  • Skills and/or behavioral assessment

  • Personal interview

  • Verification of education and experience (including certifications and licenses)

  • Criminal Background Check (a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to employment)

  • Medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening (for safety sensitive positions)

  • Review of a current motor vehicle report


WMATA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law.

This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment. It is not intended to replace the official job description. Job descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.