Payroll Coordinator | Lyric Opera of Chicago

Submitted by ttuckett on Tue, 10/02/2018 - 10:42am

Reportsto: Payroll Director

Status: Full-time, Non-Exempt

Lyric Opera of Chicago exists to provide a broad, deep and relevant cultural service to the Chicago region and the nation, and to advance the development of the art form of opera.

Lyric Opera is looking to hire a Payroll Coordinator to join our Finance department. The Payroll Coordinator is an entry-level position responsible for assisting with maintaining payroll-related accounts and is responsible for assisting with the reconciliation, analysis and accuracy of all payroll accounts across Lyric’s diverse and complex workforce.


  • Proactively support the Payroll team in executing all pay processes across Lyric and the Ryan Opera Center.
  • Support the payroll team in analyzing time records and process payrolls in accordance with the provisions of complex labor contracts
  • With assistance from the Payroll Associates and Director, ensure full-cycle payroll integrity, owning accuracy from data input to service provider transmission to proofing output to delivering pay stubs to staff.
  • Demonstrate strong customer service in responding to employee inquiries regarding pay checks.  Work with appropriate internal department supervisors and/or external software service vendors to resolve issues and correct discrepancies in pay checks and related payroll systems/records.
  • Partner with HR colleagues to implement and advocate sound payroll practices and procedures.
  • Provide written or oral verification of employment and pay-related matters in response to a variety of third-party information requests.
  • Support year-end W-2 tie-outs and distribution of W-2s.
  • Provide back-up support to other Finance Office staff, as needed, including coverage for others on the payroll team.
  • Respond to employee inquiries regarding paychecks. 
  • Support the Payroll Director with audits and analysis reports.
  • Review and post Payroll GL entries into Navision and create financial statement.


  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in business administration. Prior payroll and/or accounting experience or coursework preferred but not required.
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft suite of products, particularly Excel.
  • Experience with Payroll/HRIS systems (ADP Workforce Now and e-Time preferred) and accounting systems preferred but not required.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving and organizational skills, attention to detail, and strong math aptitude.
  • Outstanding communication skills with the ability to provide customer service to internal and external contacts, including handling confidential information.
  • Ability to work and think independently, a motivated self-starter who also works well in a larger team.


  • Ability to occasionally work evenings, weekends or holidays to process payroll, attend functions or performances.
  • Sitting for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to operate a computer keyboard, mouse, and to handle other office equipment.


Interested applicants should send their resume and cover letter to denoting position of interest.

Contact Information
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Payroll Coordinator | Lyric Opera of Chicago | Chicago Artists Resource


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