Position Overview & Responsibilities

The Payroll Coordinator will manage electronic processing of Student, Adjunct and Non-Exempt employee payroll and reporting for Merrimack College. The coordinator will also assist and provide back-up to the Director of Payroll Services and assist the Director with special projects as assigned.


  • Compile necessary data, verify for accuracy, and transmit timely to ADP the payroll for approximately 600 bi-weekly student employees. Accountable for collecting student time sheets from supervisors and performing follow up, reconciling hours and rates of pay for all student employees. Enter W4, direct deposit, and accrual coding into the ADP web based system.

  • Compile necessary data, verify for accuracy, and transmit timely to ADP the bi-weekly non-exempt payroll for approximately 150 employees. Accountable for collecting time sheets from staff and ensuring that the hours submitted are recorded correctly. Enter W4, direct deposit, and accrual coding into the ADP web based system. Collaborate with the Director of Payroll Services to resolve any exceptions and collaborate with Human Resources to process any adjustments to benefits. Maintain accrual balances report and provide managers with employee balances as requested.

  • Compile necessary data, verify for accuracy, and transmit monthly to ADP the Adjunct Faculty payroll for approximately 300 employees. Accountable for collecting Adjunct spreadsheets from the Provost Office. Enter W4, direct deposit and accrual information into the ADP web based system.

  • Responsible for verifying and completing W-4 and I-9 information submitted by students to ensure eligibility for employment. Assist international students with completing the form 8233 (tax treaty exemption) if applicable (approximately 5-10 students). Audit and track YTD earnings to ensure that their earnings do not exceed their tax treaty limit. Provide YTD tax treaty earnings to Staff Accountant and Bursar for 1042-S reporting annually.

  • Work in conjunction with the Student Employment Center to ensure that new student workers are authorized to work and properly set up in ADP. Update and maintain a spreadsheet with all student payroll authorizations received to ensure proper department and rate of pay. Adjust earnings from Federal Work Study to College funds when assigned a different pay type by Financial Aid. Send Federal Work Study Earning Reports to Financial Aid after every Student payroll is processed.

  • Retrieve payroll reports from ADP’s I-Reports module after each payroll and backup these reports on the payroll server. Provide Fiscal Affairs with copies of the Statistical Summary report and Company Payroll Totals report after each payroll. Produce the TIAA report for Fiscal Affairs.

  • Process manual checks as needed and/or requested by Human Resources. Record information on the Payroll Check Register and provide details of the check immediately to Fiscal Affairs for positive pay banking purposes. Enter Reissue Refund for any direct deposits that were rejected or became stale, notify the employee and give information to the Staff Accountant.

  • Upon request provide analytical reports to requesting departments using ADP Report Writer. This may entail creating or modifying existing reports.

  • Respond to employee inquiries via email, phone, and walk in regarding earnings, accruals, pay schedule, and WorkForce Now ADP portal access. Provide copies of W-2’s or earnings statements upon request.

  • Complete employment verification requests and respond to requests from private and governmental agencies for current and former employees.

  • Assist the Director of Payroll Services on projects and tasks, i.e. assist/create reports with ADP Report Writer, preparation of annual worker’s compensation audit worksheets, attend meetings. Collaborate on ways to streamline tasks for efficiency.

  • File new hire paperwork, special payment forms, HRAAF/HRFAF forms and distribute live checks after each payroll.

  • Maintain a student database, rehire or terminate records when necessary. Coordinate with the Registrar’s Office each semester and terminate any graduated students in the ADP system.

  • Update the Student Payroll Schedule and other student forms as needed each year.

  • Document/update the payroll procedures manual for the Payroll Office.

  • Develop content and deliver training to employees on the College’s web based timekeeping system.

  • Process the semi-monthly payroll for exempt faculty and administrators in the absence of the Director of Payroll Services.


  • High School Diploma with a minimum of five years payroll experience.

  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree preferred.

  • Proficient with web based payroll and report writing software.

  • Microsoft Excel and basic working knowledge of Microsoft Word.

  • A working knowledge of State and Federal wage and hour regulations.

  • Ability to work independently, set priorities and meet deadlines.

  • Good communication and customer service skills.

  • Detail oriented and mindset to follow through on tasks and initiatives.

  • Experience with ADP Workforce Now and ADP I-Reporting desirable.

  • Experience in higher education setting a plus.

Application Materials Should Include:

  • Cover letter stating motivation and interest in the position, citing experience relevant to the qualifications and including experience with, and commitment to our Catholic Augustinian mission, our values, and our desire to be a more diverse, equitable and inclusive institution of higher learning.

  • Resume

This position is subject to the successful completion of a criminal background check.

Required Vaccinations & Remote Work:

Unless otherwise stated above, this is an on-campus position. This is not a remote or hybrid position as employees are essential in order to provide a fully on-campus, residential college experience for our students and the community.

Merrimack College currently has a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Students, faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

Statement on Our Mission

Merrimack College is a Catholic Augustinian institution of higher education committed to building a culturally and racially diverse community. Our mission is to enlighten minds, engage hearts and empower lives and is inspired by our Catholic faith and the Augustinian tradition of seeking truth through inquiry and dialogue.

Merrimack College seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to Merrimack’s Augustinian mission and values and advance our work in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. All candidates should describe in their application previous experience related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as how they will engage in fostering a culture that supports our Augustinian mission, our Catholic faith and our values of diversity, equity and inclusion.

About Merrimack College

The only Catholic, Augustinian institution of higher education in New England, Merrimack College is a private, independent, coeducational institution with more than 5,000 undergraduates and graduate students from 32 states and 37 countries, and comprises schools of liberal arts, science and engineering, health sciences, education and social policy, and business. The college’s 260-acre campus is approximately 25 miles north of Boston in North Andover and Andover, Massachusetts. Merrimack is a Master’s Colleges & Universities/Medium Programs institution in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Merrimack is one of the fastest growing educational institutions in the country and has steadily climbed up U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Best Colleges, coming in 46th out of 170 schools ranked in the Regional Universities North category in 2020. Merrimack is also listed as one of the top 10 most innovative schools and placed 35th for best undergraduate teaching programs among schools in the U.S. News category.

Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Posted: 8/26/22

Position Code: 689