International Justice Mission

  • Senior Payroll Specialist

    Job Location US-DC
    Position Type
    Jobs | Regular Full-Time
  • The Need

    We’re International Justice Mission, and we believe that justice for the poor is possible. As the world’s largest anti-slavery organization, our mission is to protect the poor from violence by rescuing victims, bringing criminals to justice, restoring survivors to safety and strength, and helping local law enforcement build a safe future that lasts.


    Motivated by God’s call to seek justice for the oppressed, we believe that the way we work is as important as the results we achieve. We are a global community that cares for one another. We value joy and celebration, and we strive to provide professional excellence to all those we serve.


    The Senior Payroll Specialist performs duties necessary for the accurate calculation of wages, deductions and withholdings as well as the maintenance of records. The Senior Payroll Specialist acts as a resource and provides leadership to Payroll Specialists.


    This position is based in the Washington D.C. area and reports to the Payroll Manager.


    • Reviews, analyzes and verifies payroll reports and documents for accuracy; makes necessary adjustments or corrections through journal entries or other established procedures
    • Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of payroll policies and procedures to analyze and respond to complex matters
    • Recommends or participates in the development of new procedures and policies related to payroll operations; assists in coordinating approved changes within payroll processing system; updates affected policy/procedure manuals
    • Researches and interprets a variety of complex technical information in response to inquiries
    • Maintains accurate recordkeeping practices ensuring full audit compliance
    • Stays up to date on federal, state and local laws and regulations involving payroll to advises, interpret and provide direction to management and staff on organization guidelines and procedures
    • Authorizes, reviews and/or enters payroll transactions and related data ensuring an accurate paycheck
    • Researches, analyzes and resolves difficult or advanced technical problems or questions presented by co-workers
    • Coordinates schedules and tracks progress of specialized work projects and/or department functions
    • Acts as a subject matter expert and/or resource to others in payroll processing, specifically technology, finance and human resources.


    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of experience and education
    • Minimum of 5 years of work experience processing payroll
    • Demonstrated knowledge of payroll principles, practices, regulations, and procedures
    • Demonstrated knowledge of basic accounting practices and procedures
    • Demonstrated knowledge of applicable state and federal payroll and related tax regulations, legislation and guidelines including, but not limited to: writs of garnishment, child support, levies, subpoenas, non-resident alien and U.S. tax treaties
    • Demonstrated knowledge of the practice, methods and techniques of process improvement
    • Ability to evaluate and analyze technical payroll activities
    • Ability to effectively communicate both verbal and written
    • Experience preparing detailed reports
    • Experience performing detailed computations
    • Experience of delivering results, meeting commitments, and justifying others’ trust.

    Critical Qualities

    • Mature orthodox Christian faith as defined by the Apostles’ Creed;
    • Self-starter with strong initiative; 
    • Disciplined with priorities;
    • Strong interpersonal skills and self-awareness;
    • Exceptional verbal and written communication;
    • Flexible, collaborative and eager to support others;
    • Effective team player who fosters collaborative environment; and
    • Adept at creative problem solving.

    The Mission
    The mission of International Justice Mission is to protect the poor from violence by rescuing victims, bringing the criminals to justice, restoring survivors to safety and strength, and helping local law enforcement build a safe future that lasts.


    Upload Resume, Cover Letter & Statement of Faith* in one document to


    *What is a statement of faith?
    A statement of faith should describe your Christian faith and how you see it as relevant to your involvement with IJM. The statement can either be incorporated into the cover letter or submitted as a separate document and should include, at a minimum, a description of your spiritual disciplines (prayer, study, etc.) and your current fellowship or place of worship.


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