Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Payroll Officer 2

Recruitment #220107-6147AR-001


Are you a current State of CT employee looking for a new role? 
Do you enjoy being accountable for payroll operations?
 If so, read below & apply today! 

The Connecticut State, Department of Education (CSDE) is now accepting applications for an exciting Payroll Officer 2 role in Hartford, CT. 

Our Mission: 
  • The mission of the Connecticut Technical Education and Career System is to provide a world-class, unique, and rigorous learning environment for high school students and adult learners that:
  • Ensures both student academic success and career technical education mastery, as well as promotes enthusiasm for lifelong learning.
  • Prepares students for post-secondary education, including apprenticeships and immediate productive employment.  
  • Engages regional, state, national and international employers, and industries in a vibrant collaboration to respond to current, emerging and changing global workforce needs and expectations.  
  • Pursues and participates in global partnerships that provide CTECS students with international exposure and experience.
Position Details: 
This role will support the Payroll Department. The Connecticut State Department of Education is the administrative arm of the Connecticut State Board of Education. Through leadership, curriculum, research, planning, evaluation, assessment, data analyses and other assistance, the Department helps to ensure equal opportunity and excellence in education for all Connecticut students. The Department is responsible for distributing funds to all Connecticut public school districts. The Department also operates the Connecticut Technical Education and Career System.

This is a full-time 40 hours per week, 12 months per year, Monday- Friday 8:30am-5:00pm job opportunity. 

Work/Life Balance & Employee Value Proposition (EVP):  Benefits include comprehensive health coverage, retirement savings options, paid time off, work-life balance, and more.  

Selection Plan

All State employees shall follow the guidelines as listed in Executive Orders 13F (3a) and 13G (3a).

To Apply:
  • 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). The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
  • Please select all location(s) in which you are willing to work on your application. Failure to do so may result in not being considered for vacancies in that specific location.
Important Information After You Apply: 
  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam. 
  • Note:  At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position.  These documents may include:  a cover letter, resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.  Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position. The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
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  • Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account.
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In a state agency, facility or institution this class is accountable for supervising a moderate to large size payroll operation or assisting in the supervision of a very large 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; responsible for accuracy of payroll computations; responsible for closely supervising more complex portions of a payroll such as retroactive payments or garnishments; supervises payroll record keeping, coding and reconciliations; answers employees questions about payroll related matters; supervises control and distribution of paychecks; interprets and applies complex or ambiguous payroll policies and procedures including provisions of collective bargaining; assists in budget preparation by preparing payroll expenditure data; may provide information and process paperwork relating to employee fringe benefits; may be responsible for calculation of cost recovery for fringe benefits for federal or other funds; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of relevant agency policies and procedures; considerable knowledge of and ability to apply state payroll procedures including those specifically related to each of various collective bargaining units; knowledge of and ability to apply relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; knowledge of governmental accounting principles and practices as applied to payroll operations and record keeping; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral communication skills; considerable skill in performing arithmetical computations; supervisory ability.


Seven (7) years of experience in complex clerical work in accounting or payroll.


Two (2) years of the General Experience must have included responsibility for the supervision of a payroll operation at the level of Payroll Officer 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.


  • Experience processing medical, dental and group life benefits for moderate or large company/ agency using PeopleSoft (CORE-CT).
  • Experience processing enrollments, family status changes, arrearages, and billing.
  • Experience assigning, overseeing and reviewing the following payments: merit bonuses, retroactive payments and termination payouts. 
  • Experience interpreting and applying the following for the purpose of payroll administration: polices, procedures and collective bargaining agreements.
  • Experience communicating with staff, employees and other agencies regarding policies and procedures. 
  • Experience training and supervising the work of others.
  • Experience conducting performance evaluations. 


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.