Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Payroll Officer 1

Recruitment #191016-6146AR-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Correction, is recruiting for a Payroll Officer 1, within the Fiscal Services Payroll Unit located in Wethersfield, CT. Performing payroll functions and supervising subordinate staff in payroll related duties. This is a full time (40 hours per week) M-F position and may require travel throughout the State.

Selection Plan

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must be a current State of CT employee, who has permanent state status* and meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening.  You must specify your qualifications on your application. *For employees in the classified service, permanent status is obtained after successful completion of a working test period.  For employees in the unclassified service, permanent status is obtained after serving in a position for at least six months (full-time or full-time equivalent).

Candidates selected for interview must provide the following at the time of interview:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Two (2) most recent performance evaluations

Please ensure that your application is complete.  You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the State of Connecticut.  Candidates who submit an untimely, incomplete or inaccurate application will not be considered for this employment opportunity.  

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Erica McGuinness at or 860-692-7608.


In a State agency, facility or institution, this class is accountable for supervising a small payroll operation or assisting in supervising a moderate to large size payroll operation.


Schedules, assigns, oversees and reviews work of staff; provides staff training and assistance; conducts performance evaluations; determines priorities and plans unit work; establishes and maintains unit procedures; develops or makes recommendations on development of policies and standards; acts as liaison with other operating units, agencies and outside officials regarding unit policies and procedures; prepares reports and correspondence; reviews accuracy of payroll including shift differential payments, annual increases, collective bargaining increases, retirement calculations, workers compensation benefits and revisions for attachments; prepares or closely supervises more complex portions of a payroll such as retroactive payments or garnishments; supervises reconciliation of payroll deductions and coding of payroll expenditures; supervises maintenance of time records including issuing semi-annual leave balances; supervises control and distribution of paychecks; answers employees questions relating to payroll; may compile payroll expenditure data for budget preparation; may provide information and process paperwork regarding employee fringe benefits; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of relevant agency policies and procedures; considerable knowledge of and ability to apply relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; knowledge of and ability to apply state payroll policies and procedures; knowledge of uses of office machinery used in accounting work; some knowledge of governmental accounting as it applies to payroll; considerable skill in performing arithmetical computations; interpersonal skills; oral communication skills; supervisory ability.


Five (5) years of experience in complex clerical work in accounting or payroll.


Two (2) years of the General Experience must have had payroll preparation as the principal responsibility at the level of Payroll Clerk.


College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of two (2) years.


  • Significant working knowledge of Payroll functions at or above the level of Payroll Clerk (Three-Shift Operations)
  • Working experience in CORE-CT Payroll and/or HR functions, as well as EPM and/or STARS reporting
  • Experience with compiling and analyzing financial data and preparing Payroll reports
  • Strong background in Microsoft Office, with excellent knowledge of Excel and Word
  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills along with customer service experience
  • Ability to work independently with good problem solving skills and be able to adapt to changing work priorities and compressed deadlines


Persons having responsibility for supervising or observing the behavior of inmates or custodial clients will be required to possess a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certification by the time of permanent appointment.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.