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Payroll Technician II

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Work type: Staff
Location: San Diego
Categories: Unit 7 - CSUEU - Clerical and Administrative Support Services, Probationary, Full Time, Human Resources, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Position Summary

Under the general direction of the Payroll Services Manager, the incumbent will independently initiate, process, research, analyze and resolve moderate payroll issues for the full range of payroll/personnel transactions for all categories of CSU employees within both systems of PeopleSoft and PIMS the State Controller’s Office payroll systems.

This position is considered a journey-level classification in the series. Work is accomplished with a greater degree of independence and a thorough knowledge of all types of payroll/personnel transactions for all employee categories. Work assignments require the application of payroll/personnel regulations and precedent decisions to individual situations that are not clearly covered by policies, procedures, programs, guidelines, and applicable state and federal laws, educational codes, and collective bargaining agreements.

This is a full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits eligible, permanent/probationary position. This position is designated non-exempt under FLSA and is eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.

The individual hired into this role will work on campus at SDSU in San Diego.

Department Summary

The Center for Human Resources celebrates diverse backgrounds and perspectives. We understand representation is essential to our success, which is why we strive to recruit and retain highly skilled, compassionate leaders. By prioritizing listening and learning, engaging in critical conversations, and thoughtfully considering the needs of our different populations, we are creating a culture of belonging. We aim to offer opportunities for advancement and foster an inclusive environment so all are valued and empowered to thrive. 

The Center for Human Resources at San Diego State University provides exemplary and customer-focused human resources services in support of the University and enhancing the campus environment to support faculty and staff.  They provide core human resources to the University’s workforce of over 6,400 faculty, staff, and student employees. These services include Talent Acquisition, Classification and Compensation, Staff Professional Development, Benefits Administration, Payroll and Workforce Administration, and Labor and Employee Relations.

Payroll Services is responsible for administering all aspects of personnel and payroll data which resides within the Personnel Information Management System (managed by the State Controller's Office, the pay agent for the California State University system) and PeopleSoft, the university’s human resources information system. In addition, Payroll Services is continually researching new business processes and procedures to ensure that SDSU is current with the most applicable technology available to our campus.

Our mission is the accurate and timely processing of payroll for faculty, staff, and student employees while providing excellent customer service and maintaining data integrity within our payroll and personnel systems.

For more information regarding the Center for Human Resources, click here.

Experience: Equivalent to two years of payroll and personnel experience, which has provided the required knowledge and abilities.

Education: Any equivalent combination of education and experience, which provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Key Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Experience in a diverse higher education or public agency setting
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google G Suite
  • Knowledge of or the ability to quickly acquire: policies, procedures, programs, guidelines and applicable state and federal laws, educational codes, and collective bargaining agreements
  • Excellent judgment and analytical skills
  • Ability to gather, analyze and act upon relevant information in a timely manner
  • Ability to share responsibility and ownership for team goals and results
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

Compensation and Benefits

Starting salary upon appointment is not expected to exceed $4,078 per month. 

Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department’s fiscal resources.

San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here.

CSU Classification Salary Range: $3,505 - $6,005 per month.

Diversity and Community at SDSU

At SDSU, our diversity gives us power and benefits every single member of our community. 

Through our commitment to equity and inclusion, we encourage all members of our community to purposefully learn from one another through open and respectful dialogue and responsible engagement.  For more information, click here.

Principles of Community

At San Diego State University, we are a community of diverse individuals who have and represent many perspectives, beliefs and identities. This diversity lends our community strength, and we commit to creating and sustaining an inclusive and intellectually vibrant environment that benefits all members of our university. 

SDSU’s Principles of Community is an aspirational statement that is intended to evolve over time. The statement reflects the ideals we are encouraged to uphold in our interactions with one another. 

Supplemental Information

Review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will be ongoing. The position will remain open until filled. The position will remain open until filled.

CSU Vaccine Policy: The California State University has established a policy requiring faculty, staff, and students accessing campus facilities to be immunized against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. To access the SDSU campus, you must be fully up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations, including a booster if you are eligible for one, or request a medical, religious, or off campus exemption, as applicable. 

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. 

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act. 

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily and is required for employment. SDSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current SDSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.

SDSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer that considers all qualified candidates for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered military and veteran status, or any other protected characteristic or status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who request an accommodation by contacting Casie Martinez at

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