Payroll Specialist


Bastyr University is seeking an experienced and dedicated payroll specialist.

Compensation $22.31 - $23.25 per hour, DOE

Work Schedule: 20 hours per week, Monday - Friday, 4 hours per day


  • 403(b) (Automatic Employer Contribution after 1 year and 1000 hours worked)
  • Medical, Dental, Vision
  • Flexible Spending Account or Health Savings Account
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • No cost Life Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Sick Pay
  • Personal Day
  • Vacation
  • Community Service Days
  • Paid Holidays
  • Employee Tuition assistance
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness eligible
  • Shuttle transportation available
  • LinkedIn Learning


Note: Please apply through Bastyr University Career website. With the internal applicant tracking system, we can organize your information and track your application better.

Bastyr University Career:



The Payroll Specialist is responsible for processing all aspects of payroll including creating, editing, and verifying reports; maintenance of employee records, including vacation/sick leave/and holiday balances.  This position reports to the Payroll Manager.


  1. Responsible for processing the semi-monthly payroll for Bastyr University.  Duties include:
  2. processing of electronic time records using the online timesheet 
  3. creation and editing of batches for web-based payroll application; 
  4. verifying and transmitting payroll to the vendor; 
  5. sorting and distributing paychecks / vouchers; 
  6. creating, editing, and verifying reports; 
  7. maintenance of employee records, including vacation / sick leave balances
  8. Holiday awards
  9. Responsible for assisting in the development all payroll procedures / guidelines / policies and the monitoring of policies/procedures to ensure legal compliance with federal/state payroll and IRS regulations. 
  10. Responds to questions and requests for assistance from students, faculty, staff, and managers regarding payroll data input, processing, direct deposits, and payroll deductions.
  11. Responsible for the preparation and filing various required governmental and legal reports (statistical, new hire, garnishments, state taxes, and unclaimed wages).


  1. Ensures minimum wage compliance for all operating jurisdictions;
  2. Reports payroll errors to Manager, subjects processes changes to ensure accuracy in payroll records;
  3. Prepares and distributes monthly, quarterly, and annual payroll reports;
  4. Processes quarterly and annual payroll amendments and reconciliations as needed;
  5. Supports all internal and external audit requests as needed;
  6. Ensures implementation by staying abreast of compliance with any new legislation or guidelines impacting payroll (e.g., IRC, IRS publications, FLSA).



  1. Minimum of 1 year experience in payroll /related area;
  2. Proven experience as payroll specialist;
  3. Must have basic understanding of accounting and fund Accounting
  4. Must know federal and state (Washington and California) regulations regarding payroll policies / procedures;
  5. Knowledge of basic accounting principles;
  6. In-depth knowledge and skill level using Microsoft applications Excel and Word;
  7. Must have knowledge of web-based payroll systems including ADP Workforce Now and/or Neo Ed
  8. High School Diploma is required and a BA/BS degree in Business Administration preferred;
  9. Proficient in MS Office 


  1. Trustworthy with attention to confidentiality
  2. Excellent attention to details and ability to perform work accurately with minimal errors.
  3. Ability to perform complex payroll duties independently.
  4. Ability to plan and execute assignments, within the finance guidelines, policies and procedures.
  5. Ability to read and interpret documentation and regulations pertaining to the job and to review relevant updates.
  6. Ability to solve problems and analyze information.
  7. Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
  8. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  9. Excellent communication skills


  1. Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  2. Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at a time.


How to Apply:

Please click the link below for job application.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: All new employees must provide proof of fully vaccinated status on or before their first workday. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. 

About Bastyr:

Bastyr is a progressive internationally recognized pioneer in Natural Health Arts and Sciences education and research. Founded in 1978, the University today offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs that reflect multidisciplinary, science-based natural health curricula with an emphasis on the integration of mind, body, spirit, and nature. Regionally accredited since 1989, Bastyr University is composed of three schools, the School of Naturopathic Medicine, The School of Natural Health Arts and Sciences and the School of Traditional World Medicines. Bastyr is comprised of a main campus in Kenmore, WA, a health clinic in Seattle, and a branch campus and health clinic in San Diego. 

Bastyr University believes that inclusive diversity is essential for achieving academic excellence and creating a profoundly enriching university experience. Our faculty and staff are committed to achieving our mission by educating students to be future leaders that bring the natural health arts and sciences to people from all backgrounds. Promoting an educational environment that allows students, faculty and staff to develop their talents while experiencing a sense of community, we expect campus members to engage in respectful communication, behaviors and thoughtful self-reflection, increase their understanding of cultures and empower people who are disenfranchised, marginalized or oppressed. In so doing, the University pledges to prepare our students (and support faculty and staff) to recognize and appropriately respond to health inequities that affect multiple communities. This involves infusing DEI knowledge, skills, and practices in all academic programs, clinical training and patient services. In all, Bastyr University is dedicated to the welfare of our students and patients as well as to promoting equal opportunity and access in education and health care.

In alignment with Bastyr’s DEI commitment, applications from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged. 

Bastyr University does not discriminate against any person in matters of employment, application for employment, student or applicant for admission, or participation in our programs or benefits on the basis of the following protected classes: ancestry, gender, gender identity, or expression, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, religion (includes religious dress and grooming practices), sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and/or related medical conditions), ethnic or national origin (includes language use and possession of a driver’s license issued to persons unable to prove their presence in the United States is authorized under federal law), age (40 and above), disability (mental and physical, including HIV and AIDS), marital status, genetic information, medical condition (genetic characteristics, cancer or a record or history of cancer), veteran or military status or any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law. Our programs, services and facilities are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Please don’t hesitate to contact to request or discuss a special accommodation due to a disability.

All applicants must prove authorization to work in the United States at the time of a position offer. Individuals must be able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation. Any applicants requiring special assistance or an accommodation due to a disability during the application process should contact Human Resources at (425) 602-3087 (phone), (425) 602-3058 (fax) or