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Payroll Specialist

Payroll Specialist

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What We're Looking For

We are seeking a highly motivated and dynamic individual to join and help grow our top notch Payroll Team. The ideal candidate should have Workday Payroll experience, be a proactive self-starter with a proven ability to work independently and efficiently, and must be able to balance delivering exceptional performance in a fun, energetic and entrepreneurial environment. Workday Payroll experience is essential.


The Payroll Specialist processes the exempt and non-exempt semi-monthly pay for the 2U Organization. This position conducts analysis, audits, and reconciliations to process and resolve complex payroll processing and employee payroll issues ensuring an accurate and timely semi-monthly payroll. Provide White Glove customer services to 2U employees.


The Payroll Specialist, will report to the Director of Payroll.

Responsibilities Include, But Are Not Limited To

  • Prepare, input, and produce accurate and timely payroll on a semi-monthly basis using Workday Payroll 
  • Analyze pre- and post-payroll audit reports to identify and correct payroll errors
  • Analyze and resolve data discrepancies between the Workday HCM, Benefits, Time and Leave, 3rd Party Vendors, and Payroll 
  • When applicable, process off-cycle payments as requested by Human Resource Business Partners or Management 
  • Process Off Cycle manual adjustments for Stock income wage reporting and taxes 
  • Serve as 401k Administrator to ensure accurate funding of employee retirement accounts 
  • Process wage garnishments in Workday Payroll 
  • Partner effectively with HR, IT, Finance and other functions to ensure appropriate flow of data and reporting
  • Create and maintain department Work Instructions
  • Research and analyze pay data, pay discrepancies, and other payroll issues to identify root cause
  • Answer and provide accurate problem resolution to employees via email, telephone, and written correspondence
  • Maintain payroll guidelines by writing and updating policies and procedures
  • Comply with all Internal Control Standard SOX requirements in terms of supporting documentation and accuracy

Things That Should Be in Your Background

  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • 3-5 years of corporate payroll experience required
  • General understanding of laws affecting payroll and benefits 
  • Proficiency working with payroll and Workday Payroll, MS Word and MS Excel required
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills 
  • Previous experience within a customer service role 
  • Strong Google Application experience a plus
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects under deadlines a must
  • Able to work independently and as a team player 
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills 
  • Vendor management with insurance carriers a plus 

Other Attributes That Will Help You in This Role

  • Must be organized and possess the ability to multi-task
  • Must have excellent analytical and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to communicate in a courteous, tactful and concise manner
  • Focused on achieving defined results and exceeding goals and objectives
  • Ability to work with a diverse team in a fast-paced environment
  • Enthusiasm and the ability to thrive an atmosphere of constant change

About 2U Inc. (NASDAQ: TWOU)
2U partners with leading colleges and universities to deliver the world’s best online degree programs. Our Platform, a fusion services and technology, enables schools to attract, enroll, educate, support and graduate students around the world. Our company culture is united by our No Back Row® philosophy; the idea that when we each lean in and do our part, we are better individually and collectively.

2U Diversity and Inclusion Statement
At 2U, we are committed to creating and sustaining a culture that embodies diverse walks of life, ideas, genders, ages, races, cultures, sexual orientations, abilities and other unique qualities of our employees. We strive to offer a workplace where every employee feels empowered by the ways in which we are different, as well as the ways in which we are the same.

Why It’s Great to Work at 2U
2U offers a high-energy work environment that’s both challenging and fun. We work hard, but our offices are casual and social places. We wear jeans to work and fuel brainstorming sessions with snacks and seltzer.

2U offers a comprehensive benefits package:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage
  • Life insurance, disability and 401(k)
  • Unlimited snacks and drinks
  • Generous paid leave policies including a PTO allowance for your vacation, personal, or sick days
  • Additional time off benefits include:
    • time off to volunteer for non-profit organizations
    • parental leave after 12 months of employment
    • holidays that include a winter break from Christmas through New Year and more!
  • Tuition reimbursement program

EEO statement:
2U is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against applicants or employees and ensures equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of their race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, age, marital status, disability, citizenship, military or veterans’ status, or any other classifications protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. 2U’s equal opportunity policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, training, promotion, job benefits, pay and dismissal.

Note: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this position, and are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. All employees may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.