Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Payroll Clerk

Recruitment #210104-6157CL-001


Are you are a self-starter? A team player that thrives in a fast-paced and challenging environment? If so, we strongly encourage you to apply for this employment opportunity!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is a state agency which provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities and their Families. We are seeking individuals who are looking to advance their career and make a difference!

We currently have a full-time, forty (40) hour per week, job opportunity for a Payroll Clerk, with a Monday through Friday work schedule. However, the schedule must be flexible in order to meet the needs of the agency.

This position is part of the Payroll Unit and is based out of the DDS Office in Cheshire, CT. DDS is a large 24/7 agency and eligible to use the job class of Payroll Clerk (Three-Shift Operations). The candidate hired into this Payroll Clerk position would be eligible for promotion by reclassification to a Payroll Clerk (Three-Shift Operations) at the agency's discretion once they meet the minimum experience and training requirements for the Payroll Clerk (Three-Shift Operations) class.

We offer competitive benefits which include health and dental insurance, a retirement plan, group life insurance, and other supplemental benefits. Paid time off is also offered, including 12 paid holidays per calendar year, in addition to vacation, sick and personal leave accruals.

*This Payroll Clerk position will temporarily be teleworking, however it will be an in-office position

Selection Plan

Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening and must specify their qualifications on their application. Please note revisions cannot be made once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.

The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.

Incumbent in this position may be expected to travel.

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error.

Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies.

At any point later in the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, attendance, supervisor references, college transcripts, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.

Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status updates during the recruitment process. Please note that not all applicants will be contacted for interview and are encouraged to apply for future postings.

If you require an accommodation to participate fully and fairly under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact Renee LaBarge, DDS EEO Director at 860-418-6022 or

Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Kelly Paul at


In a state agency this class is accountable for preparing and maintaining biweekly regular, overtime and supplemental payrolls for an assigned group of employees and performing various payroll support activities.


Prepares biweekly regular, overtime, and supplemental payrolls: reviews employee time cards and/or timesheets for accuracy and completeness and posts hours in Core-CT; reviews personnel and/or payroll change notices and posts changes and/or adjustments to master files, e.g. new hires, transfers, reclassifications, terminations, retirements, overpayments and/or underpayments, wage increases, deduction changes (health insurance, union dues and/or fees, credit union payments, charitable contributions, bond or sheltered tax annuity payments, group life insurance payments, etc.); calculates gross wages; notes deductions on worksheets and deduction summary sheets; prepares and balances prelists for Central Payroll (Office of State Comptroller), noting both salary and deduction data; prepares and totals various deduction worksheets, e.g. Credit Union, Medical and/or Insurance Providers, etc.; prepares supplemental payrolls such as longevity payments, vacation pay, promotional adjustments, etc.; calculates and processes retroactive payments, collective bargaining increases and annual increments; ensures compliance with collective bargaining contract requirements and restrictions as related to payroll (dates for salary increases; overtime, shift differential and holiday pay restrictions, etc.); responds to employee inquiries regarding paychecks and payroll practices and procedures; performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of payroll terminology, practices and procedures; knowledge of basic accounting and bookkeeping principles and procedures; knowledge of general office procedures; skill in performing arithmetic computations; basic interpersonal skills; ability to read, understand and apply applicable contract guidelines and regulations; ability to maintain records and files; ability to follow complex oral and written instructions; ability to operate office equipment which includes personal computer and other electronic equipment.


Three (3) years of experience in bookkeeping, accounts payable or clerical work involving finances.


One (1) year of the General Experience must have involved payroll preparation.


1. 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.
2. One (1) year as a Financial Clerk performing payroll duties may be substituted for the General and Special Experience.


  • Experience with PeopleSoft- for example, Time and Attendance, Overtime Earnings, and processing payroll in-house 
  • Payroll coding knowledge 
  • Knowledge of multiple collective bargaining union contract requirements and restriction as related to payroll 
  • Auditing experience 
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a large volume of work and prioritize effectively to achieve results in a set timeframe 
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and Access functions and formulas  
  • Experience entering data accurately and reviewing work for completeness  


Persons having responsibility for supervising or observing the behavior of inmates or custodial individuals 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.