Job Description

The Senior Specialist, Payroll Operations is responsible for the preparation and processing of the Association’s bi-weekly, multi-state payroll; ensures the accuracy of the data and its correct usage within an outsourced automated payroll system; maintains the highest integrity, confidentiality, and strict regulatory compliance in all payroll-related activities and follows company policies and procedures; and assists employees in resolving payroll issues and in answering payroll-related questions.


  • Prepare and process all payroll documents received from Human Resources via electronic import file and employees bi-weekly utilizing UKG Payroll software, UKG/HRB, PayExpert, Enterprise E-Time, GLI and Excel including calculating salary increases, termination final pay, processing Leave of Absence payments, bonus, W4 tax changes, and miscellaneous pay adjustments.
  • Audit electronic timesheets including balancing payroll batch entries, and audit of all payroll transactions each cycle.
  • Ensures receipt of proper documentation authorizing any data changes; audits key control points for accuracy; if necessary, obtains proper documentation and re-verifies the documentation prior to system entry
  • Process garnishments, wage deduction orders, and other employee deductions according to state and federal guidelines and in adherence to company policy.
  • Audit Time Off Benefits related to Leave of Absences and timesheet transactions: calculate, monitor, generate reports and follow-up on questions to manage balances, utilizing Excel, Microsoft Word, and UKG systems.
  • Process in UKG systems adjustments for employee reporting of W2’s, third-party sick pay, and miscellaneous pay adjustments for 941 quarterly reporting.
  • Participate in the year end process and generating of W2’s.
  • Participate in the Annual Finance Audit as it relates to payroll processing.
  • Audit 401(k) monthly, quarterly, and annually to maintain compliance with plan specifications and verify accurate funding to participant accounts
  • Performs analysis to identify any pay discrepancies and identifies plan for their resolution
  • Assist in the research, design and development of more efficient time tracking systems and General Ledger processing
  • Perform reconciliation of payroll general ledger accounts each pay period, quarterly, and year end to balance.
  • Design and implement management reports



  • High School Diploma, some college accounting or business courses or equivalent combination of education and work experience.  CPP is a plus.  UKG preferred.
  • Working knowledge of current legal and tax guidelines in a multi-state payroll environment.
  • 5-7 years progressive payroll experience in a multi-state payroll environment
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office applications, especially spreadsheets linking worksheets, creating and using formulas within worksheets, and merging Word files
  • Experience working with outsourced payroll vendors (UKG PC Payroll, UKG ReportSmith -preferred).
  • Strong Organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills
  • Acute attention to detail
  • Ability to collect, analyze and evaluate data


This job profile in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the jobholder.  He/she will be required to follow any other instructions or perform any other duties as requested by his/her supervisor or manager.  This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of job duties.  Essential elements may change when necessary.


Title: Senior Specialist, Payroll Operations 

Position Location: Hybrid - Chicago, IL  ( flexible with once a month meetings and once every other week in the office) 

Full time based on 37.5 hours per week

Position Grade: 507 Exempt 

Reports To: Payroll Manager 

Who We Are:

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia- by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.

At the Alzheimer’s Association, our employees are at the core of all we do. Our network of more than 1,900 employees across the United States makes a difference each and every day for those impacted by Alzheimer’s and those at risk for the disease.

We warmly invite qualified applicants to consider this opportunity to make a life-changing impact on the millions living with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers and those that may develop the disease in the future. Read on to learn more about the role, then visit our website to explore who we are and why we've been recognized as a Best Place to Work for the last twelve years in a row.

At the Alzheimer's Association®, we believe that diverse perspectives are critical to achieving health equity - meaning that all communities have a fair and just opportunity for early diagnosis and access to risk reduction and quality care. The Association is committed to engaging underrepresented and underserved communities and responding with resources and education to address the disproportionate impact of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Association is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Employees working 24 hours/week or more are eligible for a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, flex accounts, short and long-term disability, life insurance, long term care insurance, tuition reimbursement, generous Paid Time Off, 12 annual holidays and Paid Family Leave, as well as an annual Cultural & Heritage Day and Volunteer Day of their choosing. They are also eligible for our gold standard 401(k) retirement plan.

Full time employees (37.5 hours/week), will enjoy all of the above plus an annual School Visitation Day and an Elder Care Facility Day of their choosing.

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