Job Location:
Covenant Living Communities and Services- Skokie, IL

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The Payroll Director manages and oversees the national, multi-state payroll procedures, compliance, and operational execution of the payroll process. Administer regular payments to employees and manage the teams involved in the preparation of payroll. Responsible for vendor management, tax and reporting compliance, and operational execution. This role also leads other compliance programs, such as Unemployment.

Lead payroll and time & attendance operations to provide accurate and efficient payroll services to our employees, playing a key role in payroll modernization to standardize, streamline, consolidate and automate our payroll processes.

Partner closely with various collaborators (finance, compensation and benefits, HR, legal, IT) to ensure payroll is processed securely and in compliance with local laws and regulations.

Lead vendor relationships for services /outsourcing, holding vendors

accountable for results.

Keep up to date on tax and labor laws compliance requirements and ensure compliance across the function including working closely with the security team to drive confidence that data is secured in transit and at rest.

Ensure accuracy of financial information; compliance with organization policies and procedures.  Responsible for both internal and external payroll reporting and reporting compliance.

Providing technical subject matter expertise by engaging with the key client stakeholders to understand business requirements, identify setup requirements and manage the successful implementation of vendor systems and services.

Lead, coach, and inspire the teams. Ensure that the teams are engaged in their work and supported in their professional development.

Measure and supervise the effectiveness of payroll services.

Leads operation of other compliance programs, such as Unemployment.  This includes vendor management, claims management, reporting, taxation, new site set up, and invoicing / cost management.


Required Degree:   Bachelors Degree in HR or Related field


  • Payroll related training or certificates preferred

  • Workday related certificates preferred


  • Minimum 7 years payroll experience.

  • Experience being a partner with 3rd party vendors and agreeing on contracts with vendors.

  • Experience with reporting, including report writing preferred.

  • Previous experience in HR or a share service model is preferred.

  • Multi-state and national experience required.

  • Must have experience with Workday.


  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills; ability to combine attention to detail with big picture perspective.

  • Ability to influence and collaborate at all levels of the organization including senior executives; able to comfortably speak to business line managers and establish communication cadence.

  • Understanding of cross functional concepts and impacts (security, reporting)

  • Ability to research, quickly learn, and analyze information, make recommendations, document and present information

  • Ability to work with limited direction or supervision, take initiative, plan and carry out responsibilities, organizing own schedule and duties in order to complete responsibilities

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and utilize sound judgment

  • Skilled in accurate, timely documentation

  • Skilled in written and verbal English communication

  • Ability to run projects on time and meet deadlines

  • Attention to detail and highly organized, with ability to prioritize and implement on time

  • Ability to work as part of a broader team and engage effectively with colleagues and stakeholders

  • Highly skilled in problem solving, root cause analysis, and implementation of solutions

  • Highly skilled in in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams

  • The majority of time is spent in an office setting.  The position requires occasional handling of lightweight materials and physical ability to use the telephone, computer and keyboard, printer and other office equipment.

For full time employees, we offer a generous benefits package that includes:

  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Employer paid group term life and disability
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) & six paid holidays
  • 403(b) with a 3% employer match
  • Fitness center use at most facilities.
  • Various voluntary benefits:
    • Life, AD&D
    • Tuition assistance and scholarships
    • Employee assistance program
    • Legal services, home/auto insurance, discount purchasing program
    • Pet Insurance

For more information about Covenant Living and CovenantCare at Home, please visit www.covliving.org or www.covenantcareathome.org.

Covenant Living and CovenantCare at Home are equal opportunity employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, disability, marital status, pregnancy, protected veteran status, protected genetic information, or any other characteristics protected by local laws, regulations, or ordinances.