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Payroll & Accounting Specialist

at The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod

Posted: 6/19/2019
Job Reference #: *8D26C93736E234EC

Job Description

Requisition Number

Post Date

Payroll & Accounting Specialist

Lutheran Church Extension Fund

Job Grade

St. Louis


Full Time


Organization Profile

The primary mission of the LCEF is to provide financial resources and related services for ministry, witness, and outreach of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod. In so doing it shall raise funds primarily through the issuance of notes and other debt instruments. Its assets shall be used exclusively for the following: To provide financing and services for the acquisition of sites; the construction of facilities; the purchase of buildings and equipment; operating expenses; professional church worker education; the residential housing needs of professional church workers; and other purposes approved by its governing board consistent with the ministry and mission of the Synod under policies approved by the Board of Directors of Synod.

Reporting Relationship

Payroll & Accounting Specialist reports to the Manager, Payroll & General Accounting.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities

  • Prepares and processes semi-monthly payroll including all related reporting and analysis.
  • Prepares journal entries relating to payroll expense, employee deductions, charges from ADP, tax liabilities, and mortgage & savings deposits to the LCMS.
  • Prepares reconciliation of liability accounts related to employee benefits; analyzes and corrects all discrepancies.
  • Reviews expense reimbursement vouchers for compliance with LCEF policies.
  • Reviews payroll activity for employee time reporting relating to overtime and absences.
  • Prepares annual incentive compensation payment for eligible employees.
  • Processes employee withholdings and related check request vouchers for benefits, levies, child support orders, creditor garnishments and any other court appointed garnishment.
  • Manages record retention and electronic storage of all payroll related reports and documentation.
  • Manages retention of source documents including month-end reporting documentation, accounts payable vouchers, cash receipt vouchers, journal vouchers, and cancelled checks for subsequent imaging.
  • Data entry of accounts payable vouchers, journal vouchers, cash receipt documentation, invoice support, and credit memorandums.
  • Prepares various document types for imaging. Verifies imaged documentation for accuracy prior to destroying the original documentation.
  • Maintains manual of desk procedures to reflect current procedures.
  • Provides significant back-up assistance for all areas of the accounting department.
  • Complies with revisions made from time to time, after mutual consultation, in this position description.


Education and Experience

  • Two years payroll preparation and processing experience.
  • Two years experience preparing account reconciliations and related journal vouchers.
  • Coursework towards an Associate’s Degree in Accounting, preferred.
  • Active member of a Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod congregation, preferred.

Competencies (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

  • Basic understanding of computerized accounting and payroll systems.
  • High proficiency with computer keyboards, especially numeric keypad speed.
  • Basic skills with Microsoft Office software, especially Excel.
  • Highly organized, dependable, and detail conscious.
  • Ability to exercise discretion in confidential matters.
  • Self-starter; capable of sustaining high levels of output.

Supervisory Responsibility