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Requisition ID:  7952

Director, Payroll and Tax

Job Summary

  This position can be filled at either the M4 or M5 level.  At the M4 level, the Assistant Director, Payroll and Tax provides leadership and management of Payroll Services within the HR Department of Purdue University.  Payroll Services provides personnel appointment processing, timekeeping, payroll processing and accounting, employment verification and payroll tax services to the entire Purdue system.  Recommend, implement, monitor and manage payroll tax policies, procedures and internal controls for the University.  Maintain integrity of the payroll and supporting ledgers.  Through personal role modeling, assure department provides excellent support and customer service to constituents.  Act as a resource to management for questions related to payroll and payroll taxes.  

At the M5 level, the Director, Payroll and Tax owns the strategic and operational direction of the Payroll Services department within the HR division of Purdue University.  This position is responsible for advancing the University's time and pay strategy, including developing, implementing and monitoring quality standards and customer service expectations, as well as oversight of continuous improvement initiatives.  This role will be responsible for generating new ideas, leading, and persuading others to reach consensus to drive alignment across different areas.  This includes oversight of personnel appointment processing, timekeeping, payroll processing and accounting, employment verification and payroll tax services for the entire Purdue University system. 



  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Management, Human Resources, Taxation or a related field
  • Six or more years of work experience in office administration, payroll, tax, or human resources.
  • Knowledge of payroll processes from appointment, time and effort, calculation, disbursement, garnishment, overpayment and accounting
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, motivate and develop staff
  • Demonstrated ability to clearly and timely communicate, verbally and in writing, with courtesy, sensitivity and respect as appropriate for the needs of different people and different situations
  • Demonstrated ability to identify the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization and perceive organizational and political realities and act accordingly
  • Demonstrated self-starter (proactive) attitude, openness to change and new information, ability to adapt rapidly to new information, changing conditions or unexpected obstacles and ability to inspire and foster team commitment, spirit, pride and trust while leveraging diversity


  • Master's Degree in Human Resources, Accounting, Finance, Management or related field
  • Work experience in higher education or an equivalently complex organization


  • Purdue will not sponsor work authorization for this position
  • A background check is required for employment in this position
  • FLSA:  Non-Exempt (Not Eligible for Overtime)
  • Retirement:  Defined Contributions Immediately
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.