Position Title:Payroll & Benefits Specialist
Date Posted: December 14, 2017
Job Location: Madison
Company Name: Morgridge Institute for Research
Contact: Jill Walder
330 North Orchard Street
Madison, WI 53715
(608) 316-4493
Description: The Organization
As an independent research organization, the Morgridge Institute for Research explores uncharted scientific territory to discover tomorrow’s cures. In affiliation with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, we support researchers who take a fearless approach to advancing human health in emerging fields such as regenerative biology, metabolism, virology and medical engineering. Through public programming, we work to inspire scientific curiosity in everyday life.
The Opportunity
Reporting to the Director of Human Resources and supporting a payroll for approximately 180 employees, the Payroll and Benefits Specialist is responsible for handling all payroll activities for the organization and for managing the benefit programs for the Morgridge Institute for Research, including implementing changes and communicating information to employees.  The person in this role serves as the primary point of contact for payroll and benefits questions from employees, and as the liaison between the Morgridge Institute and our payroll/benefits providers.   Main responsibilities include completing payroll processing, including preparing the monthly payroll and preparing payroll journal entries for Accounting; processing payroll changes including, but not limited to, new hires, terminations, garnishments, manual checks, leave requests, various payroll deductions, etc.; and preparing payroll-related reports, resolving payroll-related discrepancies and looking for process efficiencies in the administration of both payroll and benefits.  Additionally, this person will administer benefits plans including enrollments, terminations and changes related to medical, dental, life insurance; accident and disability; and pensions and retirement savings accounts.  Other miscellaneous duties will be required.
Candidate Requirements
We seek an experienced candidate comfortable being part of a small HR team and in executing on all aspects of payroll and benefits administration. A Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or equivalent education and experience in Human Resources is required; CPP and/or PHR certification is preferred but not necessary.  Additionally, we require a minimum of 5 years professional human resources experience related to benefits administration, compensation, payroll and/or accounting experience, with at least 8 years of experience preferred.  Experience working with HRIS or payroll software is required, ideally with Orbit.  All applicants must demonstrate knowledge of human resources principles and government reporting requirements including related federal and state regulations, filing and compliance requirements; and have the ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality.  Strong accuracy and detail orientation, along with the ability to prioritize and handle multiple assignments at one time is essential.  We also require knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook), excellent interpersonal skills; and the ability to effectively communicate with tact and diplomacy across all levels of the organization.  Finally, the successful candidate will work independently and use sound judgment in decision-making.
To Apply:
Qualified individuals interested in this opportunity are required to submit a cover letter and resume as one document via the online career portal at:  https://morgridge.org/job-posting/payroll-and-benefits-specialist/
The Morgridge Institute for Research promotes and supports an inclusive and diverse environment and offers competitive salary and benefits.

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