Humboldt County Office of Education: Payroll & Accounting Analyst

Notice: In July 2022 HCOE classified job descriptions were re-classified. We are working to get the classifications changed on individual job descriptions. A PDF mapping these changes can be found here. For questions please contact the HCOE Personnel Office at (707) 445-7039.

HCOE Job Description

Payroll & Accounting Analyst


Under the direction of the Accounting Supervisor performs payroll processing and accounting analysis for county office, school districts and charter schools; provides technical assistance in finance, accounting, and other business matters to school districts and County Office of Education staff; performs audits of records and expenditures in compliance with California Education Code, GAAP, Federal and State laws and regulations.


  • Coordinates, processes, and approves the payroll for HCOE, school districts, and charter schools; identifies discrepancies, makes adjustments and resolves problems.
  • Ensures payroll compliance with retirement rules, state and federal regulations, education and labor code, policies, and procedures related to district payroll reporting and processing.
  • Provides technical assistance and training to the school district, charter school, and County Business Office on payroll and accounting.
  • Participates in the creation and update of operating, instruction, and procedures manuals.
  • Establishes procedures for and ensures timely and accurate payments of payroll taxes and government reporting.
  • Confers with County office, school district, and charter school staff on payroll processing, systems, and procedures.
  • Analyzes and reconciles payroll and financial transactions and records.
  • Approves and transmits payroll direct deposits, ACH /county, and payroll taxes online.
  • Analyzes collective bargaining agreements for proper allocation of pay and leave allowances.
  • Reconciles and prepares tax forms
  • Participates in in-service training workshops
  • Establishes and maintains accounting and payroll records per regulations; maintains databases and data files.
  • Serves as a backup for Countywide retirement processing and other accounting functions as necessary.
  • Establishes and maintains TSA vendor list for all school districts and county offices. Ensure compliance of districts and vendors with 403b and 457b state and federal laws and regulations.
  • Serves as a resource to district and county office personnel regarding payroll, tax, and retirement-related matters.
  • Prepares and balances various payroll reports to ensure proper reporting for quarterly state and federal statutory taxes. Prepares and balances quarterly and annual tax returns, including W-2s and W-2Cs.
  • Assists in preparation and compliance with Affordable Care Act reporting.
  • Prepares and balances all necessary payroll and labor reports as required for submission to various state and federal government agencies, as necessary.
  • Investigates, analyzes and responds to notices and reports from various regulatory, tax, and pensioning agencies regarding account discrepancies. Performs complex research to correct discrepancies.
  • Identifies, reviews, and processes all payroll levies and garnishments for all districts. Assists in the identification and processing of all non-payroll levies and garnishments.
  • Corresponds with government, legal agencies, and employees regarding garnishment orders.
  • Works collaboratively with various regulatory, tax, and retirement agencies, school districts, and employees to analyze and clarify information and procedures.
  • Performs related duties as required.


Education and Experience

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college or university in accounting, business management or related field or the equivalent in related additional experience and education beyond high school; demonstration of not less than four years of increasingly responsible experience in school business functions and operations or comparable experience in accounting or financial record keeping.

Knowledge of:

  • Payroll processing, accounting, and administration.
  • Applicable federal, state, and local codes, laws, and regulations.
  • Applications of computers, software, and data processing to accounting and payroll.
  • Accounting principles and procedures.
  • STRS and PERS regulations.
  • Payroll standards and policies.
  • Bargaining agreements.
  • Oral and written communication.
  • Department operations and policies.
  • Principles and practices of training and providing work direction.
  • Applicable sections of the California Education Code and other federal and state laws, rules, and regulations related to accounting, credentialing, payroll, employee benefits, personnel, retirement, and taxation.
  • Financial report preparation and statistical record-keeping techniques.
  • Tax withholding, voluntary deductions, garnishments, and supplemental insurance.
  • Operation of a computer and assigned software.
  • Type and 10-key at an acceptable rate of speed.

Ability to:

  • Perform highly responsible and technical accounting, audit, and fiscal record management and reporting functions.
  • Analyze financial data detect and correct errors.
  • Make recommendations regarding improved procedures, including training programs and technologies.
  • Audit the work prepared by other school personnel.
  • Follow written and oral instructions.
  • Perform complex projects independently and professionally.
  • Meet schedules and timelines.
  • Present complex technical information to individuals, small and large groups effectively and with desired learning results.
  • Professionally represent the office to other schools, businesses and agencies as necessary.
  • Adjust to changing work demands, including, but not limited to changes in procedures, technologies and fluctuations in workflow.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing and one-on-one in large group settings.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships.
  • Lead the work of assigned department personnel.
  • Work with computerized accounting and data storage and retrieval systems
  • Communicate effectively with and offer technical assistance in fiscal areas to district and other management personnel.

Additional Requirements

Individuals who serve as the Payroll and Accounting Analyst provide services in the office, as well as in various sites throughout the county, sometimes serving multiple sites in a single workday. Public speaking skills, group problem solving and leadership ability, the ability to communicate effectively in writing and the capacity to maintain personal demeanor during periods of peak workflow and perform efficiently within restricted time frames are critical factors for success in this position.

Range 54 (ended 6/30/2022)
Range 18 (effective 7/1/2022)
Personnel Commission Approved: 6/29/2022

Personnel Director

Jenny Bowen
Director of Personnel Services

Administration Office

Natalie Carrigan
Administrative Assistant - Superintendent

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Communications Center Manager/Public Information Officer