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Job #: F754
Posted Date: September 12, 2017
Closes On: Open Until Filled
Job Title: Payroll Administrator
Status: Regular Full Time
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Laboratory/Department: Finance
The Finance department provides a broad range of financial and accounting services to both faculty and administration.
Position Description:

This position is responsible for processing both the bi-weekly and semi-monthly payroll cycles. This includes balancing all earnings and deduction totals. Inspecting automated system output such as payroll registers and reports and determining and correcting out-of-balance conditions. Supervision is received from the Payroll Manager, who reviews work for attainment of objectives and adherence to policy; however, the employee is expected to exercise considerable initiative and judgment in planning and carrying out assignments. Works closely with all levels of the Salk community. Ensures confidentiality of information and sensitive documents by following operational procedures and exercising sound judgment.



  • Associate’s degree in accounting, finance, or business related field or equivalent combination of education and related experience.


  • Minimum of two years payroll processing experience with an in-house payroll system.


  • Minimum of six months general accounting experience.
Special Requirements:
  • Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
  • Must be able to work overtime as needed and occasionally work a flexible schedule based on workload and deadlines. Peak times include payroll deadlines, month-end and year-end close and audits.
  • Must be willing to work at a location away from the main campus and travel to and from campus as needed.
  • Successful completion of the Institute’s background investigation.
Physical Requirements:

This position requires constant seeing, adjusting focus, touching/feeling, handling, reading and working inside.