Payroll Officer 1

Recruitment #221114-6146AR-001


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The State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation (DOT) invites qualified agency employees to apply for the position of Payroll Officer 1, with the Payroll Unit in Newington, CT. This position is full time, first shift, Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week. 

The DOT Payroll Unit is a complex agency function that involves a large size payroll operation with approximately 3,000 employees. 

The Role:
The Payroll Officer 1 is responsible for the supervision, preparation, and maintenance of DOT payroll. 
The Payroll Office consists of one Fiscal Administrative Supervisor, one Officer 1, four Payroll Clerks, and one Office Assistant. The selected candidate will report directly to the Fiscal Administrative Supervisor within the Payroll Unit. The successful candidate will also discover the opportunity to:
  • Schedule, assign, oversee and review the work of staff
  • Provide staff training and assistance
  • Conduct performance evaluations
  • Determine priorities and plan unit work
  • Establish and maintain unit procedures; develop or make recommendations on the development of policies and standards
  • Act as liaison with other operating units, agencies, and outside officials regarding unit policies and procedures
  • Performs related duties as required

Selection Plan

To Apply: 
  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must be a current State of CT employee, who has worked for the state for at least six (6) months of full-time service or full-time equivalent service, absent any applicable collective bargaining language, and meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening.  You must specify your qualifications on your application.
  • These positions will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion, and merit employment rules. Applications to this recruitment will be used to meet collective bargaining requirements. Once any collective bargaining requirements have been met, all other applicants may be considered.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience most closely meets the preferred qualifications, so please ensure that your application is complete and details your experience as outlined in this job posting. Please note: You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application into the JobAps system.
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • For assistance in applying, please visit our 'Applicant Tips on How to Apply' page.
  • 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) and shift(s) you are willing to work on your application. Failure to do so may result in not being considered for vacancies in that specific location.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period.  It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to
After You Apply: 
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  • 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 daily in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam. 
  • 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, 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. 
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class. Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
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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.

NOTE: For state employees, this will be interpreted 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.


  • Experience applying human resources statutes, regulations, policies, procedures and bargaining unit contract/agreement terms to payroll 
  • Experience working in a Payroll Office and processing the payroll of a large state agency (1000 or more employees) 
  • Experience with the Core-CT HR module, especially all payroll functions 
  • Experience processing medical, dental, and group life benefits in Core-CT 
  • Experience using Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel) and Outlook 
  • Experience working independently with good problem-solving skills 
  • Experience with changing work priorities and compressed deadlines 
  • Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills


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.