Accountant II – Payroll

Santa Clara County Housing Authority
November 10, 2023
San Jose, CA
Job Type


An exciting opportunity is now open.

Accountant II - Payroll

Opening Date: November 8, 2023

Closing Date: Open until filled*

$84,908 - $113,784 DOQ

*Initial screening of applications: December 4, 2023

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply immediately for consideration. Applications received by the initial screening date will have priority.

The Santa Clara County Housing Authority (SCCHA) is the county's largest provider of affordable housing, helping make rental housing safe and affordable for approximately 20,000 low-income households.

How You Will Make an Impact:

The Santa Clara County Housing Authority (SCCHA) is seeking an experienced Accountant II - Payroll who possesses an in-depth understanding of an HRIS system (ADP preferred), full-cycle payroll processing and reporting that includes an understanding of benefits rules and regulations and the ability to interpret, administer, and explain federal, state, and local payroll taxes and deduction rules independently with a good understanding of accounting and account reconciliation concepts and methodologies.

The incumbent must possess excellent communication skills, leadership skills, detail oriented, learning attitude, team player, and have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment under pressure.

What Our Team Is Looking For:

Any equivalent combination of education and/or experience likely to provide the required core competencies may be considered. A typical combination that is qualifying may include:

  • A bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, or a related field; and
  • Four (4) years of responsible accounting and payroll experience.
  • Governmental entity payroll experience is desired.

Licenses and Certifications:
Certified Payroll Specialist licensure preferred.

Our Ideal Candidate:

The successful candidate will join a dynamic team of professionals and will possess the following skills:

  • Detail Oriented - processes full-cycle bi-weekly payroll;prepares and submits bi-weekly/monthly/quarterly payroll information reporting and ensures benefit contributions payments are processed timely and accurately.
  • Self-motivator - ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines consistently.
  • Exceptional Communicator - interprets, applies, and explains all payroll-related inquiries while working closely with Human Resources and payroll software system representatives; presents analysis and information to management in a concise and clear manner to support agency decision-making.
  • Customer Service Oriented- assists employees and departments with payroll and timecard inquiries and resolves concerns within a timely manner.
  • Leadership - leads HRIS upgrade, new system implementation, and process improvement projects pertaining to payroll functions.

For a detailed description of the position's essential functions, please click HERE.


If you are interested in pursuing this exciting career opportunity, please attach and submit the following required items with your application:

  • A completed Santa Clara County Housing Authority online application including supplemental responses.
  • A detailed resume that highlights your related skills and experience is required.

Candidates must complete the Santa Clara County Housing Authority application form for this position and submit online. Please note that incomplete applications will not be accepted.


Applicants are required to complete the Supplemental Questionnaire. This will be used throughout the process to assist in determining each applicant's qualifications for the position.

The information contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

The Santa Clara County Housing Authority is an Equal Opportunity and does not discriminate against qualified employees or applicants because of race, color, religion, medical, physical or mental disability, or any other basis protected by law. Qualified individuals with a disability will receive reasonable accommodation, as required by the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), and federal laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504, during any phase of the selection process, providing such request is made to Human Resources at least five working days in advance. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation. Under federal law, all employees must provide documents that authorize the right to work in the United States.

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