Recruitment #2302-0805-001


The City of Tucson is seeking to fill a Payroll Technician vacancy in the Payroll section of the City's Human Resources Department. This position will be responsible for performing various duties in support of processing payroll for active employees and monthly pensions for City retirees accurately, timely, and in compliance with all applicable agreements, statutes, codes, policies, directives,  regulations, and laws. Additional responsibilities may include accounting functions and other related tasks. The successful applicant will be detail-oriented, have the ability to meet multiple deadlines timely, able to handle the stress of a fast-paced working environment, provide excellent customer service and embrace change.

Essential Functions

Performs a wide variety of record keeping and payroll processing activities including:

  • Computing wage and overtime payments
  • Auditing timekeeping records and providing oversight and assistance to front-line departments
  • Calculating and recording payroll deductions
  • Calculating and/or reviewing military and jury duty pay
  • Reviewing and verifying personnel action request forms that impact pay processes, terminations, and final wage payments
  • Administering and processing garnishments, levies, bankruptcy orders, and child support withholding orders
  • Calculating retroactive pay adjustments 
  • Participating in testing payroll scenarios within the ERP system
  • Researches data entry discrepancies and makes changes as appropriate
  • Provides customer service to the City of Tucson employees, their families, and outside agencies
  • Journal entries for payroll deductions

Produces payroll reports, as needed.

Communicates effectively to ensure payroll records are correct and to ensure they are appropriately entered.

Performs a variety of routine office/clerical duties such as filing, coding, posting, and typing.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: 6 months post High School

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 2 years of experience in payroll processing

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of payroll systems and accounting database programs

Proficiency in Microsoft Excel

Proficiency in use of a 10 key calculator

Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their application and resume.  The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in an oral board interview.

  • Oral Board Interviews will be held: week of February 20, 2023

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:

  • 20% of your rating for education and work experience
  • 80% of your oral board interview

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 contact Liliana Almeraz at at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.


Communications 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 Liliana Almeraz at

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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.