Payroll Clerk

Recruitment #230523-6157CL-001


Are you looking to advance your payroll career?
If so, please read on to learn more about this wonderful opportunity! 

The State of Connecticut, Department of Correction (DOC) is recruiting for a Payroll Clerk position. We are seeking qualified candidates for our fast-paced Payroll Unit at 24 Wolcott Hill Rd. in Wethersfield, CT. The Payroll Unit for the Department of Correction processes payroll for approximately 6,000 employees. This is a full time (40 hours per week), first shift position and may require travel throughout the State. Telework privileges may be available after completion of the working test period.  

Position Highlights
A successful candidate will perform the entire lifecycle payroll process and payroll functions, to include the following, but not limited to:
  • Data entry of W-4’s, direct deposits, credit union and other deductions.
  • Calculating payouts and entering these payments into payroll software system.
  • Identifying issues in the Kronos system and working with supervisors and timekeepers to resolve issues.
  • Produce and review Kronos and payroll audit reports, resolve issues prior to deadlines.
  • Process prior pay period adjustments. 
  • Filing and other payroll related tasks as assigned.
  • These qualifications may be asked in the interview.
State of Connecticut employees participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes: 
  • Excellent health and dental coverage;
  • A generous retirement plan;
  • Paid time off;
  • A healthy work/life balance!
Discover the opportunity to: 
  • To work for a Forbes top company: ‘Forbes’ State of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 - State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule;
  • Engage in a rewarding career;
  • Assist our employees so they can achieve success;
  • Make a difference in the public sector;
  • Work together in a collaborative team environment.  
Our Mission
The State of Connecticut Department of Correction (DOC) shall strive to be a global leader in progressive correctional practices and partnered re-entry initiatives to support responsive evidence-based practices aligned to law-abiding and accountable behaviors. Safe and security shall be a priority component of this responsibility as it pertains to staff, victims, citizens and offenders.

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Selection Plan

Before you apply:
  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
  • 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.
  • 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
Important information for 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 questionnaire'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.
  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
  • 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, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
Questions about this position should be directed to Nicholas Naples 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 independently performing various payroll support activities.


The Payroll Unit Clerk provides supports for multiple levels of staff within our facilities and Central Office by preparing and maintaining biweekly regular, overtime and supplemental payrolls for an assigned group(s) of employees and performing various payroll support activities.


  • Knowledge of
    • payroll terminology, practices and procedures;
    • basic accounting and bookkeeping principles and procedures;
    • general office procedures;
  • Skills
    • interpersonal skills;
    • oral and written communication skills;
    • in performing arithmetic computations;
  • Ability to
    • read, understand and apply applicable contract guidelines and regulations;
    • maintain records and files; ability to follow complex oral and written instructions;
    • operate office equipment which includes computers, tablets, 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.


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


  • Experience working with PeopleSoft software, specifically its Payroll/HR function.
  • Experience processing payroll using other types of payroll software such as Kronos.
  • Experience compiling and analyzing payroll data and preparing payroll reports.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office, specifically Excel and Word in a professional work setting.
  • Experience communicating with diverse groups of people while providing excellent customer services   to those in and outside your organization.
  • Experience working independently.
  • Experience problem solving and adapting to changing work priorities to meet deadlines.


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.