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Payroll Technician

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

Job Summary

The incumbent’s primary focus is processing payroll for faculty and staff in assigned areas of responsibility within the University. Payroll for faculty and staff requires adherence to multiple, strict deadlines each month. These areas of responsibility require a thorough knowledge of all aspects of pay and leave for all represented as well as unrepresented employees. The incumbent must maintain strong analysis skills to provide customer service to employees that can be represented by any one of ten collective bargaining agreements.

Department Summary

Our payroll department is responsible for processing payroll actions and manage leave accounting for faculty and staff of the University.

Key Qualifications

  • General knowledge and skills in the field of payroll with a foundational knowledge of relevant principles, practices, and methods. Ability to learn, interpret, and apply a wide variety of policies and procedures relating to payroll and leave accounting. Knowledge of basic methods and procedures for research and statistical analysis and the ability to apply them. Ability to analyze data and make accurate projections using business mathematics and basic statistical techniques. Ability to tactfully and clearly explain a wide variety of complex procedures and policies to individuals who have minimal knowledge of pay and personnel related processes and procedures.

Education and Experience

  • Equivalent to two years of payroll and personnel experience demonstrating a thorough knowledge of general office methods, practices and procedures. Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Salary and Benefits

Anticipated Hiring Range: $52,500 - $63,000 Per Year

Classification Range: $42,060 - $72,060 Per Year

Cal Poly offers a best-in-class benefits program, including health, dental and vision insurance, retirement participation in the Public Employees' Retirement System, and educational benefits for eligible employees. See our benefits website for additional information. 

Cal Poly

Cal Poly is a nationally-ranked public university located in San Luis Obispo, California, and known for its Learn by Doing philosophy. Each year more than 20,000 top-tier students come to San Luis Obispo to put knowledge into action, taking their learning outside the classroom as they prepare for careers in engineering, agriculture, science, business, humanities and the built environment. Cal Poly’s hands-on philosophy, small class sizes and close student-faculty mentorships result in graduates ready from day one to impact their communities, California and the world. For more information, visit

Diversity Statement

At Cal Poly, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.

Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. Cal Poly is an equal opportunity employer. 

Supplemental Information

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive.

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.

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo is not a sponsoring agency for staff positions (i.e. H-1B visas).

Positions are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days.

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