IMPAQ International, LLC

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Accounting/ Payroll Manager

Accounting/ Payroll Manager

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IMPAQ International, a growing and dynamic social science research firm, provides high-quality research and impact evaluation services, policy analysis, survey research, technology solutions, organizational development, technical assistance and consulting services to U.S. and international government agencies, foundations, and the private sector. 


IMPAQ’s mission is to bring together exceptional people to develop innovative and rigorous approaches to evaluate the real-world impact of social policies and programs. IMPAQ offers six locations: our Corporate Headquarters in Columbia, Maryland, rated one of America’s Best Small Cities; Downtown Washington, D.C., Bethesda, MD, Boston, Massachusetts, Seattle, Washington and a Bay Area office in Oakland, California. IMPAQ has a diverse and collegial work environment and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer (M/F/Disability/Veterans).


IMPAQ is seeking a full-time Payroll Manager to provide effective and efficient leadership for day-to-day corporate payroll and accounting operations. The Payroll Manager will work closely with the Controller and Payroll Specialist to manage payroll.  Contribute and assist with other ongoing accounting functions as necessary.


  • Oversees all payroll functions and corresponding internal controls.
  • Provides expert payroll administration service, including day-to-day functional or payroll support to achieve accurate payroll results.
  • Maintains and tracks Tax and Filing notices outsourced to payroll vendor.
  • Ensures timely and accurate processing for semi-monthly multi-state payrolls covering 1,000+ employees (with multiple FEINs).
  • Reconciles payroll related accounts (monthly and quarterly).
  • Assists with maintaining payroll files (i.e. Payroll reports).
  • Handles and resolves escalated payroll questions, discrepancies and issues.
  • Manages the department execution of all payroll-related processes (e.g., garnishments, year-end updates, banking, taxes, etc.)
  • Serves as back up for payroll processing as necessary.
  • Conducts routine audits (401k, etc.) and assesses payroll processing and tax reporting information to ensure compliance with proper employment practices.
  • Implements policies and procedures, and defines areas for payroll process improvements.
  • Provides guidance on payroll processes and provides feedback to the payroll team and senior management regarding improvements to payroll processes.
  • Participates in or leads payroll conversions.
  • Oversees reporting and reconciliation of federal, state and local payroll taxes.
  • Maintains employee confidence and protects operations by keeping personnel data confidential.
  • Ensures compliance with all applicable government regulations, laws and requirements.
  • Coordinates specific work tasks with other personnel within the department, as well as with other departments, in order to ensure the smooth and efficient flow of information.
  • Leads the payroll function in Mergers & Acquisitions.
  • Additional duties and responsibilities may apply.


Education, Knowledge, and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or related field required.
  • Six plus (6+) years of experience with at least two (2) years of management experience in a payroll function for a government contractor with 1,000+ employees.
  • Experience managing Deltek T&E or other electronic timesheet systems.
  • Experience with Timesheet administration.
  • Certified Payroll Professional designation is highly desirable.
  • Advanced Excel proficiency required.
  • Experience with multi-state payrolls and multiple FEINs within a Company.
  • Previous experience implementing a new payroll system preferred.
  • Strong knowledge of local, state, and federal payroll tax laws.
  • Vendor tax compliance and reporting knowledge is a plus.

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