At Central Synagogue


Payroll/Accounts Payable Manager

Posted on January 15, 2019

Our Vision

Central Synagogue is a thriving reform congregation in midtown Manhattan, serving 2,500 families and the larger community. We work tirelessly toward a world in which Judaism is central to the lives of Jews everywhere and is a profound and positive force for humanity. We are relentless in our pursuit of that goal, constantly evolving to reach far beyond the walls of our synagogue to learn, worship, serve and continually redefine what it means to be Jewish today. For more information about our organization visit

Job Summary/Objective

The Payroll/Accounts Payable Manager reports to the Controller and is a member of the Finance team. He/she will take full ownership of all aspects of the payroll and accounts payable functions. The individual will develop processes and leverage technology to ensure we have strong and efficient processes. He/she will be a strong multi-tasker and independent problem-solver, have excellent communication and project-management skills, work well with others across the team and organization, and be extremely organized.

Key Responsibilities


  • Implement an improved payroll process including revamping the time sheet submission for hours worked and PTO time to increase efficiencies.
  • Update payroll records for new pay rates, new benefits and other payroll changes.
  • Manage and maintain checklist of all employee payments according to the policies of the organization and employee contracts.
  • Ensure compliance with applicable laws and payroll tax obligations.
  • Responsible for processing biweekly payroll for all employees including recording of payroll in the financial system.
  • Provide support for the annual salary budget process and the annual financial audit.
  • Develop regular process for FTE and headcount reporting.
  • Produce reports for Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting and workers comp audit.
  • Responsible for retirement plan processing including calculation of annual employer pension contributions.
  • Provide support for open enrollment process including working directly with benefit vendors.
  • Analyze salary expense variances as requested.

Accounts payable:

  • Manage all vendor responsibilities.
  • Identify opportunities for bulk purchasing and less frequent disbursements to vendors to decrease volume.
  • Responsible for processing biweekly accounts payable including a review of financial account coding to ensure proper matching with budget.
  • Enforce requirements for multiple bids.
  • Prepare ongoing vendor analysis.

Core Competencies

  1. Strong background in payroll, accounts payable and benefits
  2. Experience using payroll systems and accounting software (Paychex, MIP and Intacct preferred)
  3. Highly motivated, able to multi-task and work independently
  4. Enthusiastic about technology and has the drive to bring improvements to processes
  5. Strong organization skills and able to meet deadlines
  6. Good oral and written communication skills
  7. Use of judgement to handle confidential and time sensitive matters


  1. Bachelor’s degree in Accounting
  2. 5-7 years Payroll and Accounts Payable experience
  3. Proficient in Excel and familiar with Microsoft Outlook and Word or equivalent
  4. Ability to learn and effectively utilize payroll system (Paychex)


Full-time, FLSA classification (exempt and not eligible for OT).

Monday through Thursday 9:00am-5:30pm, Friday 9:00 – 4:30pm, or equivalent.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job and may change at any time.

Application Process

  • To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter addressed to Judy Zipkowitz, and three references to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
  • Please reference “Payroll and Accounts Payable Manager” in the subject line of your email. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Central Synagogue, a 503(c) religious organization, employs 80 full-time and 30+ part time staff positions in more than a dozen departments, including our Religious School; Nursery School and Early Childhood Center; clergy study; membership, finance, communications, technology, development, maintenance, events, and administrative support teams. Our staff, which we consider "a team," is committed to excellence in our work. Central offers generous benefits and paid time off to its employees. We invite you to review our current openings and apply here. Central Synagogue is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

X Central Synagogue will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, age, sexual orientation, sex, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship, military status, marital status, physical and mental disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. It is the policy of the Congregation that certain positions must be filled by persons of the Jewish faith as a bona fide occupational qualification. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment. All employees, regardless of position, are expected to maintain and contribute to this policy.