The Opportunity

Halifax, NS
Human Resources and Recruiting
Full-time - Permanent
$44,875 - $57,835 / year

Under the direct supervision of the Director Payroll, Technology Solutions and Analytics, the Payroll Administrator prepares student/casual/part-time/full-time payroll for a population of over 2000. Provides excellent customer service to both internal and external customers by email, phone, in person and virtually; maintains strict confidentiality. Works collaboratively with other Human Resources employees to ensure the timely, accurate and effective delivery of Human Resources/Payroll Services. Provides excellent customer service. Works collaboratively with the Human Resources team to ensure the timely, accurate and effective delivery of Human Resources/Payroll services, both in person and virtually. Ability to work virtually and on site as required.

Group affiliation for this position is with the Administrative, Professional & Confidential (APC) Group. The position is evaluated at a Group 3 (salary scale $44,875 - 57,835). Salary scale can be viewed here.

What you'll do


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What you'll need


To be the successful Payroll Administrator you will possess community college courses equivalent to 1-year post-high school education and Payroll Compliance Legislation and Payroll Fundamentals 1 courses, as offered by the National Payroll Institute (required). You will also possess a minimum of 1 year of directly related work experience. Additional requirements include excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both oral and written; successful record of teamwork in a high volume work environment with the ability to handle multiple priorities; excellent computer/keyboarding skills (in both speed and accuracy) using an integrated computerized payroll system, Word, Excel, File Transfer Protocol (FTP) software and Crystal Reports; and superior organizational skills and attention to detail.

We're looking for

Core Skills

Payroll Services Payroll

A little bit about us

Saint Mary’s University

Saint Mary's University is one of Canada's top primary undergraduate universities--known for its international collaborations, leadership in entrepreneurship, and research that benefits local and global communities. Our programs in Arts, Science, Graduate Studies and the Sobey School of Business are among Canada's best and feature professors who are committed to the success of their students. Saint Mary's provides our 7,000 students with a place that fosters possibility, excellent research opportunities, and distinguished graduate and professional programs combined with a caring community. Nestled in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Canada's east coast, Saint Mary's University is marked by iconic buildings, green spaces and fresh ocean air. The Saint Mary's University community is committed to a prosperous future for the world-a world without limits.

At Saint Mary's University equity and diversity are integral to excellence and enrich our community. As an institution committed to fostering an environment of inclusion and respect, we welcome applications from women, Indigenous peoples, racialized persons/visible minorities, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity and others who might contribute to the growth and enrichment of our community.

Are you interested?

Work With Us

Apply for this opportunity online using our online application system through Career Beacon. Please visit to reference the job posting and description and click on "Apply through CareerBeacon" to submit your application or click on "Apply Now" on CareerBeacon.

Qualified candidates should submit the following with their application:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Three Professional References

The position will be posted on July 26, 2022 and applications should be received no later than 4:30pm on August 19, 2022. No telephone calls please.

*Application deadline has been extended to 4:30pm on August 19, 2022*

This position offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed here on the Saint Mary's University Human Resources website

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, preference will be given to applicants who identify as Black, Indigenous, racialized persons/visible minorities, and persons with disabilities. Applicants are encouraged to self-identify. Preference will also be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. If you require accommodations during the recruitment process, please contact Human Resources at [email protected].

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