Job Description

Payroll Manager

School Name
100 - School Support Center
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Min Salary
USD $75,000.00/Yr.
Max Salary
USD $100,000.00/Yr.

Job Description

Payroll Manager 

Scottsdale, AZ


Cadence Education is one of the premier early childhood educators in the United States, operating over 270 private preschools and elementary schools across 30 states. With over 29 years in business, we have developed an unparalleled expertise in preparing students to thrive in the next step of their childhood.


Our overall mission is to provide parents with peace of mind by giving children an exceptional education every fun-filled day in a place as nurturing as home. This mission can only be accomplished through a team of passionate childcare professionals who combine their talents to provide an unparalleled level of care and compassion for children and their families. Our research-based curriculum and home-based environments are anything but a “daycare” – we are the evolution of early education.


Our schools are staffed with individuals who are talented, fun, and genuinely enthusiastic about child development and learning. We encourage collaboration and cherish open-communication in each school and with our corporate office.  We work hard to create an outstanding work-life balance by supporting leaders and staff members every step of the way. For additional information about Cadence, please visit


Benefits of Working at Cadence Education:

  • Competitive compensation
  • 50% childcare tuition discount
  • Educational and professional development
  • Comprehensive benefit package for all full-time employees, including:
    • Paid time off that increases with seniority
    • Medical, dental, vision options available
    • Additional life, disability, and retirement plans
    • Tuition reimbursement
    • Company-paid life insurance
    • Paid holidays

SAFETY FIRST: The health and safety of every person in our schools is our primary concern and we are taking every precaution to prevent potential exposure or spread of COVID-19 within our schools. We are actively partnering with local health departments and closely following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.




Company Overview


Under the direction of the Corporate Controller, the Payroll Manager directs all aspects of the payroll process, including timecard management and payroll submission, for over 6,000 employees across 25+ states. This role will manage a team of payroll processors and be responsible for administration of the payroll system, garnishments, off-cycle payroll runs, and the bi-weekly payroll process. This position will also be assisting in the implementation and transition of a new payroll system.





Oversight and thorough understanding of the payroll process including acting as coverage in the absence of payroll staff members.


Responsible for managing, mentoring, coaching, and developing payroll staff to meet current position requirements as well as future growth.


Answers questions about wages, deductions, attendance, and time records. Ensure resolution of any payroll billing issues.


Oversight of garnishments, payroll reimbursements, manual checks, bonus accruals, unclaimed property, and other tasks performed by the payroll team.


Prepare reports in the payroll system, including summaries of earnings, payroll reconciliation, variance analysis, and reports required for upload into the accounting system.


Keep current on regulations and requirements for all states impacting the payroll process.


Identify potential areas of risk or vulnerabilities and develop specific, actionable solutions. Review and monitor internal resolution items and follow up as appropriate. Leverage technology and processes to gain efficiencies.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be interpreted as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of employees assigned to this job.





Assists with other department functions as assigned.




Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Must have the ability to supervise and coordinate the work of subordinate personnel in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.
  • Must have experience managing payroll for more than 5,000 employees
  • Must be approachable, people oriented, and a good listener.
  • Must be a change agent able to develop, implement and maintain policies and processes.
  • Requires the ability to be a creative, independent thinker.
  • Must exhibit a high degree of professionalism, customer service, and enthusiasm, combined with the ability to build relationships with business and key stakeholders.
  • Must possess solid analytical and problem-solving skills along with the ability to utilize the appropriate management techniques to plan, organize, control and coordinate activities.
  • Knowledge of payroll tax withholdings, filings, tax compliance, and generally accepted accounting practices/procedures associated with payroll issues in a multi-state entity.
  • Requires the ability to read, write and speak effectively in English.

Education or equivalency:

  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting or related field; or an equivalent combination of training and progressively responsible experience that will result in the required specialized knowledge and abilities to perform the assigned work.


  • Must have a minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible payroll experience, including the processing payroll, creating system efficiencies, preparing payroll reports and reconciliations.
  • Requires prior supervisory/management experience

Specialized training:

  • Prefer knowledge of UKG payroll system.


  • None.

Application Instructions

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