Writers Guild of America, West

Writers Guild of America, West

Payroll Staff Accountant

Based in Los Angeles, CA
(currently hybrid)


The Finance Department of the Writers Guild of America West, is currently seeking qualified applicants for the position of Payroll Staff Accountant. This position is a full time, non-exempt (hourly) position with excellent comprehensive benefits package. Compensation is commensurate with experience.

The WGAW is an activist union representing thousands of writers of feature films and episodic content. Throughout its history, the WGAW has successfully secured creative rights, fair compensation, and premium benefits for its members, and recently reformed talent agency business practices to better align with the interests of writers. One way the WGAW builds power among writers is by providing them with the resources they need to understand, navigate, and confront challenges in the entertainment industry. In a landscape of corporate consolidation and technological change, an informed and organized membership has never been more important.

Under the direct supervision of the Controller, the Payroll Staff Accountant is responsible for administering all aspects of payroll, provides management support for day to day accounting functions, financial reporting and analysis.

The WGAW is based on a hybrid schedule of 3 days in-office and 2 days remote. Vaccination and booster against COVID-19 is required of all employees unless they qualify for a lawful exemption.


  1. Prepare and process bi-weekly payroll in an accurate and timely manner
  2. Maintain all payroll related records and deductions
  3. Prepare and process vouchers recording all payroll entries
  4. Reconcile payroll data to ensure accurate payments, reporting, and records
  5. Manage and update Kronos Workforce Ready timekeeping system
  6. Serve as the main contact with external auditors for the year end 401(k) audit and annual workers compensation audit
  7. Calculate and process workers compensation, medical/pension, life insurance, dependent coverage vouchers for remittance
  8. Maintain member record updates in Epicor database and reissue outstanding member payment checks
  9. Perform other accounting functions (AP, AR & General Ledger) as assigned


  1. Must have a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, or other business related major
  2. Must have three to five year experience as a staff accountant or equivalent
  3. Complete and in depth understanding of payroll systems and processes, Kronos preferred
  4. Must possess excellent skills in verbal and written communication, time management and organization
  5. Must be tech savvy and have advanced skills working with Excel and experience using accounting and database programs, Epicor preferred
  6. Must be very accurate and have excellent analytical and mathematical skills
  7. Ability to work in a complex and rapidly changing environment

Interested applicants should email cover letter and résumé to the Human Resources Department of the Writers Guild at: recruitment@wga.org.

For more information on the WGAW, please visit: www.wga.org.

Salary Range: $60,000 – $70,000

WGAW is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage qualified people with diverse backgrounds to apply.

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