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$36.01-$45.55 hourly / $6,242.00-$7,895.00 monthly / $74,900.80-$94,744.00 yearly


Under direction, responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Payroll Section of the Auditor-Controller's Office; performs a wide variety of highly complex and responsible clerical and clerical accounting tasks connected with issuing the county and special district payrolls and maintaining master payroll records and reviewing and issuing of all County Travel Reimbursements; directs the work of subordinates engaged in payroll and personnel processing and record-keeping activities; and performs other duties as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This single position class is responsible for supervising all functions for the Payroll Section. The work of this position requires knowledge of all operations involved in processing a computerized payroll for a large number of employees.

Typical Tasks

Plans, organizes, and directs activities of the payroll section of the Auditor-Controller’s Office; establishes priorities and ensures that reports prepared by staff are accurate, adhere to acceptable payroll standards/practices and conform to state and federal laws, rules, and regulations; analyzes, interprets and translates payroll processes to the Information Services Department (ISD); develops and implements changes or additions to the payroll and timecard system; assists with payroll system enhancements, updates, fixes, and required regulatory changes; identifies and executes payroll system testing; identifies and troubleshoots payroll system codes; acts as liaison with ISD on payroll system validation; acts as system administrator for the e-Time Card program, including initiating, monitoring and defining codes, adding/changing/updating/indexing constraints/codes, setting up and reviewing exception reports, analyzing, resolving and clearing exceptions, and providing technical assistance and training to departmental payroll clerks; ensures efficient work flow between other units and offices; provides technical assistance to departmental staff and to staff in other departments and special districts; directs the preparation and/or prepares payroll reports for the IRS and CalPERS, special districts, the State and other agencies; identifies maintains QTD and YTD employee master files; prepares and balances all quarterly Federal and State reports for County and Special Districts; prepares and balances all end of year reports to Federal and State agencies including issue of W2's to employees; reviews all payroll audit reports and various payroll and personnel documents for accuracy; balances payroll reconciliation and all payroll related funds; reconciles payroll bank accounts; controls and balances budgeted positions in County; maintains all payroll schedules; updates payroll system with all M.O.U. implementations and changes; participates in Payroll/Personnel Task Force; hires, trains and evaluates Accounting Technicians and other subordinate clerical staff; determines work priorities and delegates assignments.

Employment Standards

Knowledge of:

Thorough knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of payroll preparation and related records and reports.
  • Office organization, procedures and practices.
  • Automated payroll and timekeeping software programs.

Working knowledge of:

  • Use of computerized record-keeping systems in processing payroll.
  • Accounting clerical methods, forms and techniques.
  • State and Federal laws and regulations relating to payroll taxes.

Some knowledge of:

  • Principles of supervision and training.

Ability to:

  • Plan, assign, supervise and coordinate the work of subordinate staff performing a wide variety of clerical functions connected with processing payroll documents and maintaining master payroll records and processing travel claim reimbursement. Perform highly complex and responsible clerical and clerical accounting tasks requiring the exercise of considerable interpretative ability and judgment.
  • Understand, interpret and apply a wide variety of policies, procedures and regulations relating to payroll operations and the efficient functioning of computerized payroll and timekeeping systems.
  • Understand, interpret and apply IRS and State regulations relating to Payroll and Travel Expenses to all payroll operations and accounting functions.
  • Deals with confidential and sensitive materials and must maintain confidentiality.
  • Audit and reconcile a variety of internal financial documents, transactions and reports.
  • Assist in providing training and/or technical assistance to system users.
  • Reconcile differences within the record-keeping system using mathematical skills, accounting clerical techniques, and knowledge of controls and limitations of the computerized system.


  • Effectively organize workflow and establish priorities to meet frequent deadlines.
  • Develop and implement new procedures and forms to meet changing needs.
  • Analyze problem situations and develop an effective course of action.


  • Orally present and discuss complex issues related to Payroll.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of groups and individuals.
  • Maintain complex records.
  • Prepare reports and correspondence.

Education and Experience:

Any combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Two years of increasingly responsible experience performing a wide range of complex payroll clerical activities including using computerized record keeping systems and interpreting policies and procedures.

Background Investigation: Fingerprinting is required.


Bargaining Unit: 41

EEOC Job Category: 06

Occupational Grouping: 10

Workers' Comp Code: 0053


Bargaining Unit: 41
EEOC Job Category: 06
Occupational Grouping: 10
Workers' Comp Code: 0053
Analyst: OM, TC
Revised Date(s): 8/81, 10/98, 07/12 

CLASS: BK8; EST: 4/1/1978; REV: 7/1/2012;