The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

Arlington, Virginia, United States

Payroll Specialist

Posted over 1 month ago · Full time · $69,093.00 - $100,187.00 Annually

Job Description

As the Payroll Specialist, you will perform the full cycle of payroll duties in support of payroll operations for the Airports Authority.

This is a full performance level position.

Serves in the Payroll Department (Department) of the Office of Finance (Office) at the Headquarters Office.

Performs full cycle of payroll duties in support of the Payroll Program Manager and in conjunction with the Payroll Technician. Serves as back-up for payroll processing and time tracking; reconciling tax liabilities and general ledger accounts; and assisting with monthly and quarterly reporting and other requests for information. Performs related functions.


Serves as back-up to the Payroll Program Manager for payroll processing and time tracking. May run a full payroll process from start to finish; reviews Workday action items for issuance of the bi-weekly payroll.

Reviews bi-weekly Workday time tracking reports for completeness and conformance with established Airports Authority policies and procedures. Contacts employees and supervisors for clarification of items, as needed, and resolves issues.

Assists with the reconciliation of the quarterly and year-end tax liabilities to payroll and the general ledger as provided by third party bureau.

Assists with the reconciliation of the payroll and general ledger accounts; researches and corrects discrepancies as needed.

Works with the Accounting and Budget Departments to identify and correct mapping issues.

Works with Payroll Technician to confirm all data entry is accurate. 

Works with Payroll Technician to complete internal and external payroll related inquiries.

Prepares and reviews bi-weekly monthly/quarterly payroll reports.

Performs other duties as assigned.


Three years of progressively responsible experience in payroll administration including processing/administering a payroll of greater than 500 employees.

Full performance knowledge of payroll processing and administration.

Knowledge of general accounting principles including tax reporting regulations, budgeting, and general ledger accounts.

Ability to reconcile payroll and general ledger accounts.

Ability to perform detailed analyses of data and information, prepare payroll and accounting reports, and make recommendations. 

Sensitivity to and protection of personal and confidential employee information.

Strong attention to detail.

Skill in written and oral communication.

Ability to use computer hardware and modern office suite software, with an emphasis in Excel and an automated payroll system.


Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) designation from the American Payroll Association. 

A bachelor’s degree in any field.


A high school diploma or a Certificate of General Educational Development (GED).


A state driver’s license in good standing.


Work is typically in progress and upon completion for quality, quantity, timeliness, adherence to guidelines, teamwork, customer service, and other factors.


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