Payroll and Benefits Manager

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The Role: 

The Payroll and Benefits Manager will oversee Newsela’s payroll functions, ensuring pay is processed on time, accurately, and in compliance with government regulations. You’ll have complete ownership of the end-to-end payroll process, and will serve as the primary resource to scope, build, and maintain Newsela’s payroll management system. You’ll also seek to improve how data flows from our applicant tracking system (ATS) to our HRIS to our Finance team to drive automation and efficiency wherever possible. You’ll also serve as a strategic thought leader on Newsela’s benefit offering, partnering with our Benefit Broker to ensure the current suite meets employees’ needs, complies with legal requirements, and represents cost-efficient mechanisms to attract and retain our top talent. You’ll manage open enrollment, leave administration, responding to employee questions, and providing data-driven insights to senior leadership on utilization. Reporting to the Director of People Operations, you’ll build scalable mechanisms to allow for reporting on payroll, company and department budgets and expenses, as well as scalable processes to introduce new states and jurisdictions for workers compensation coverage, tax setup, and broader benefits coverage.

Why You’ll Love This Role:

You’ll have the opportunity to own two major employee-facing processes that impact our +400 (and growing) people. Your work will directly enable our team to continue building a high-engagement culture and environment, and will contribute to the growth and development of our People team as well as the teams with whom we interface. You’ll help set Newsela up for scale, and in doing so, you will ultimately help enable our company to deliver engaging, culturally responsive learning content to K-12 students and teachers nationwide.

Why We’ll Love You:

You have 3+ years of experience managing multi-state payroll and knowledge of benefit administration. You have experience dealing with all the technical intricacies that payroll and benefits encounters, such as tax codes in a multi-state environment, benefit contributions and withholdings, all applicable deductions, etc. You’ve designed a benefit program, including working with vendors and brokers to evaluate health and wellness plans against the needs of your employee population. You’re skilled in conducting benefit info sessions and presenting recommendations to executive leadership, and are comfortable interfacing with employees, answering questions, and being the subject matter expert on benefits and payroll. In a hybrid working world, you’ll ensure we maintain compliance with state and local tax jurisdictions. You possess a keen eye for detail and integrity, ensuring the overall accuracy of employee data, while adhering to standards of ethics keeping records secure. You also have basic excel skills, and mastery in at least one payroll system.

About Newsela:

One of the fastest growing tech companies in K-12 education, Newsela was founded on the principle that while every child may have unique learning preferences, they all deserve a rich learning experience that ignites a love of learning. We built our platform based on learning science research to deliver the most engaging, authentic content to modernize how teaching happens in the classroom. Along with interactive assessments and tools, we provide teachers with digital content at five reading levels -- from +100 of the best sources -- that is relevant to the diverse backgrounds and interests of their students. Since we started in 2013, we’ve established a presence in 90% of U.S. K-12 schools and over 2.5M teachers and 37M students have registered with Newsela.

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Amazing. Newsela is a trusting and responsible environment where we have control to get our work done when and where is best for us.

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What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

My team works with school leaders and teachers to create innovative applications of Newsela's content to support our mission of "meaningful classroom learning for every student." Our goal is to engage and empower educators with tools to enhance their students' learning.

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Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Newsela offers the opportunity to join various affinity groups operated by members of each community to help facilitate an inclusive and diverse workplace where all people are valued.
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Unconscious bias training
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
In addition to weekly virtual wellness events (guided meditation, yoga, etc.), we offer virtual group discussion sessions with a licensed therapist to help navigate a variety of topics and challenges.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
Every year we bring Newsela's youngsters to our offices for our Take Your Child to Newsela Day. It's one of our favorite days of the year, filled with crafts, story time, workshops, and even yoga!
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Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
We provide free daily breakfast. Employees can select from our cereal bar, yogurts, oatmeal, fruit, granola bars and unlimited cold brew on tap!
Game Room
Our teams love to take time to challenge each other to a game of ping pong or pool throughout the day, and maybe even a ping pong tournament every now and then.
Stocked Kitchen
Newsela has a fully stocked kitchen including unlimited snacks, coffee, tea and all of the flavored seltzer you can handle. You might even be able to catch a Top Chef competition every now and then.
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
All remote employees receive a monthly tech allowance to put towards making their home office setup the best it can be.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
All employees receive an annual stipend to put towards professional development or learning courses and resources. We also hold bi-monthly manager training sessions.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
We offer an annual stipend to encourage all employees to keep learning!
Time allotted for learning
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