Recruitment #2112-0807-001


The City of Tucson Human Resources Department is seeking an experienced and motivated professional to join our Payroll Team as a Senior Payroll Technician.

This position will be responsible for City Wide training that ensures uniformity of payroll compliances, practice, and policies across departments. This is an exciting opportunity that will embrace individuals with innovative and creative methods to deliver professional payroll training as well as be a part of the team that administers payroll for the entire City of Tucson. 

Additional responsibilities as listed below in the essential functions may include but are not limited to; various accounting functions, performing several duties in support of payroll processing for employees and processing monthly pensions for City retirees accurately, timely, and in compliance with all applicable agreements, statutes, codes, policies, directives, regulations, and laws.

The successful individual must strive to deliver exceptional organizational wide training, provide excellent customer service, be very detail oriented, able to handle working in a fast-paced environment, have the ability to work under multiple deadlines on a daily basis, and be change agent within our organization.

Essential Functions

Performs all duties of Payroll Technician  and other duties including:

Balances and controls earnings and deduction totals.

Prepares and submits payroll journal vouchers.

Inspects automated system output such as registers and standard reports.

Determines and corrects out of balance conditions.

Prepares and files tax reports.

Responds to public information requests.

Administers pay card program.

Researches and prepares special reports for management.

May train less experienced payroll specialists and direct their daily work.

Conducts research to balance payroll runs.

Conducts research and resolves complex payroll issues.

Resolves discrepancies relative to data entered into the time keeping and payroll software including missed punches, incorrect hours, and pending, rejected, and held documents.

Process pension refunds and replace lost checks.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Six (6) months post High School

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least four (4) years in payroll processing

Preferred Qualifications

Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) or equivalent certification

Experience with developing and conducting training for large organizations

Expert in Microsoft software such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint. 

Selection Plan

Please note: An uploaded resume is required for this application. Failure to upload your resume will be considered an incomplete application. The uploaded resume will need to support the information selected/provided in the submitted application.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and their responses to their supplemental questions. The most qualified applicants will then be invited to participate in the following assessments:

  • Virtual Oral Boards will be held in February 2022

Those who pass the Oral Boards will be invited to participate in the Virtual Presentation process

  • Virtual Presentations will be held late February 2022

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List. An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:

  • 5% for your training and experience
  • 45% for your presentation
  • 50% for your panel interviews

This recruitment will establish a civil service list that will be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within the next 6 months.  

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must present your documentation at the time of your interview.  The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please email at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.  

The City of Tucson values the safety of our employees, our residents, our community, and our visitors.  In support of these values, if you are selected for this job, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs. If you are invited to join our team, you must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to your initial HR representative, or you must request an exemption from your representative. New employees must either provide proof of vaccination or be granted a medical or religious exemption before working with the City of Tucson.


Communication throughout this process will be sent via email exclusively so please ensure your browser accepts emails from and check your email account regularly.  Failure to respond or follow instructions will result in disqualification.  All email inquiries should be directed to

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements


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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.