Payroll & Leave Administrator

| Rensselaer, NY, USA
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Are you adept at handling leave and payroll procedures? Do you flourish in a fast-paced, collaborative setting that prioritizes effective communication and problem-solving? If so, we’d love to hear from you!
Location: Taconic Biosciences is seeking a Payroll & Leave Administrator to join our dynamic Human Resources team. This role offers a primarily remote work arrangement, with a commitment to being on-site at our Germantown, NY location one day per week. We prefer candidates who reside in close proximity to our Germantown site for ease of accessibility.
The Pay Range: $28.00 - $32.00 per hour. Exact compensation may vary based on several factors. These factors include, but are not limited to, geographic location, experience, training, education, and local market conditions, with this the upper end of the range is not always likely to be offered.
What we offer:

  • Insurance within 30 days or less which includes options for medical, dental, vision, pet insurance and more!
  • 20 days paid time off plus 6 additional holidays and 1 floating holiday
  • Work life balance
  • 401(k) plan with up to 4% employer match
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Career advancement opportunities
  • Commitment to training and providing you with the skills you need for success
  • All employees receive access to 24/7 telemedicine (including mental health), short- and long-term disability and life insurance

If you are looking for a rewarding career and the opportunity to grow, apply today!
The Role:
The Payroll & Leave Administrator at Taconic is tasked with managing weekly payroll processing and reporting for US employees, ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations and company policies. This role involves overseeing HRIS data entry, maintaining accurate employee documentation, and managing leave and ADA accommodation requests in alignment with relevant guidelines. As a key member of the Human Resources team, the Administrator supports a team of the best problem solvers within the animal model industry, ensuring accurate processing, communication, and reporting of payroll and leave activities.
Core Responsibilities:

  • Administer weekly US payroll in accordance with approved policies and applicable law. Ensure timely and accurate processing based on an established schedule.
  • Review and approve weekly timesheets and communicate with supervisors to resolve any discrepancies.
  • Process other forms of compensation through the year (e.g., manual checks, quarterly sales commissions, merit increases, annual bonuses, and severance pay)
  • Ensure benefit deductions, retirement contributions, and other fringe benefits are entered correctly.
  • Ensure compliance with rules and regulations as they relate to payroll processing (e.g., wage garnishments, tax withholdings, paid family leave, PTO payouts, meal breaks, etc.)
  • Assist with completion of any required state, local, or federal tax filings and payments (e.g., 941, W2, state income tax, unemployment tax, etc.).
  • Ensure employee data within ADP is complete and accurate.
  • Primary contact for employees, supervisors, and managers for payroll-related questions
  • Prepares reports as scheduled or requested by management.
  • Document HR/Payroll procedures to ensure uniform practices.
  • Recommend process improvements to maximize HR productivity and efficiency.
  • Assists in completion of routine administrative duties such as employment verifications, wage histories, and other misc. projects.


  • Administer and support leave of absence programs (sick leave, accident leave, short/long term disability, FMLA, state specific disability and paid family leave, workers comp).
  • Communicates with employees regarding their need for leave and/or work accommodations.
  • Ensures employees are aware of their responsibilities and of any documentation and notice requirements to qualify and take leave.
  • Monitors and tracks absence status, documentation and return to work dates.
  • Advises supervisors and managers of leave polices and state laws.
  • Assists supervisors and managers in developing modified work schedules or other accommodations for returning from leave.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university, or technical/managerial experience at an equivalent level.
  • Finance, accounting, business courses or specific degrees preferred.
  • 2+ years of relevant experience required.
  • ADP knowledge preferred. 
  • Experience in payroll or accounting.
  • Some HR knowledge preferred. 
  • Basic knowledge of FMLA, disability, ADA, HIPAA, state disability and paid family leave laws. 
  • Possess excellent interpersonal skills. 
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of an organization, internal and external.
  • Ability to actively listen and understand information presented by people with different communication styles and different points of view.


  • Travel onsite to the Germantown, NY location 1 day per week.
  • Ability to be able to travel to the Germantown, NY site as needed for miscellaneous needs (manual checks, etc.)

Allergen Disclosure:
Due to the nature of the work performed at Taconic, employees may be exposed to allergens in the workplace, even if their positions do not involve the direct handling of animals or animal bedding. While individuals with preexisting allergies and/or asthma may be particularly sensitive to these exposures, anyone can experience a reaction.
About Us:
With a history of over 65 years of excellence, Taconic Biosciences is a global team of the best problem solvers in the industry. We partner with our clients to develop winning research strategies that accelerate the discoveries for prevention and treatment of disease.
Taconic employees all over the world show up every day to deliver the best solutions for our clients while caring for ourselves, each other, and especially our animals. If you are a respectful, compassionate individual with a can-do attitude and a desire to do the right thing, we want you to join us! 
Better Together at Taconic
Inclusion, Diversity, Awareness & Action. Taconic Biosciences is taking an active and intentional role in creating a company culture that encourages and appreciates the uniqueness in all people. Being you is what allows you to bring your best self to work. We are committed to ensuring that Taconic is a safe and fair workplace for everyone because it’s our differences that make us stronger. We are better together.
Taconic Biosciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability, or protected veteran status.

More Information on Taconic Biosciences
Taconic Biosciences operates in the Biotech industry. The company is located in Albany, NY. Taconic Biosciences was founded in 1952. It has 504 total employees. To see all 3 open jobs at Taconic Biosciences, click here.
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