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Payroll and Benefits Manager

Bard Academy and Bard College at Simon’s Rock, located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, seeks an experienced and knowledgeable professional to manage the payroll and benefit programs for Simon’s Rock, as well as Bard College network campuses located in Massachusetts.

Reporting to the Director of Finance and Administration, the Payroll and Benefits Manager oversees the College’s payroll functions ensuring that payroll is processed accurately, on time, and in compliance with government regulations. This position also oversees all benefit programs for employees including coordinating with the College’s benefits broker. The Payroll and Benefits Manager performs the following primary duties:

  • Manages bi-weekly and semi-monthly disbursement of multi-site payroll, including garnishments, benefits, and taxes consistent with federal and state wage and hour laws
  • Ensures accurate and timely processing of payroll updates including new hires, terminations, and changes to pay rates
  • Maintains accurate records in Banner and ADP for new, current, and departed or terminated employees
  • Manages new hire employment process, including legally mandated background checks
  • Prepares and maintains accurate records and reports of payroll transactions
  • Manages employee unemployment and worker’s compensation claims
  • Maintains personnel records and files consistent with federal and state laws
  • Liaises with health care insurance broker and coordinates the annual open enrollment period
  • Maintains employee benefits programs and informs employees of benefits
  • Manages federal, state, and College leave programs
  • Tracks the HSA program participants and coordinates payments to HSA accounts
  • Liaises with TIAA-CREF for retirement benefit program
  • Manages the employer and employee contributions to TIAA-CREF, submitting funds in a timely manner
  • Submits required reports to TIAA-CREF in a timely manner
  • Facilitates audits by providing records and documentation to auditors
  • Communicates regularly with employees about payroll and benefits, including meeting in-person with new, current, and departing or terminated employees
  • Conducts exit interviews
  • Ensures compliance with all federal and state laws; prepares and submits required quarterly and annual federal and state reports
  • Prepares and distributes annual compensation summaries to employees


  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in a related field of study
  • Experience in payroll and benefits management
  • Knowledge of compliance regulations, as well as federal and state laws in payroll and benefits management
  • Experience with ADP or other payroll system
  • Experience with databases and online software programs
  • Approachable, collaborative, service-oriented interpersonal manner
  • Distinct record of and commitment to maintaining confidentiality
  • Proven background in attention to detail and exceptional organizational skills
  • Proficiency in written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively and handle situations tactfully and courteously with a diverse audience

All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply. This position is a full-time, salaried, benefits-eligible position. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check. COVID-19 vaccination with booster(s) or approved exemption is required as a condition of employment at Simon’s Rock. Simon’s Rock is an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage applications from candidates of all races, nationalities, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, and socioeconomic levels as the values of equity and inclusion are core to our institutional mission. AA/EOE.

To apply: Applicants should send a letter of interest, résumé and contact information for three references to Karen Advokaat, Associate Director of Finance and Administration, with “Payroll and Benefits Manager” in the subject line ( Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. No phone calls, please.