Payroll Specialist

City of Durango   Durango, CO   Full-time     Accounting
Posted on August 20, 2021
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Payroll Specialist
City of Durango, CO
Posted 08-18-2021 (2021-131)
Open Until Filled
$20.26/Hour + benefits

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Minimum Education and Certification: Equivalent to completion of High School or GED.
Minimum Experience: Two (2) years of progressively responsible technical experience in bookkeeping,
accounting, payroll, sales tax processing or related field.

Finance Duties:
 Perform technical bi-weekly payroll transactions for all City employees by entering employee position
and wage rates, update and track data and processing employee payments.
 Provides training and support for supervisors, timekeepers and directors regarding payroll timeclock
processing policies and procedures.
 Quality check, troubleshoot, and correct timeclock submission errors and software issues.
 Actively participate with the implementation of new payroll procedures and software as needed.
 Prepare annual W-2 statements, balance and reconcile payroll reports, complete annual payroll audit
 Prepare payroll transfers including FICA, Medicare, State and Federal withholdings, Retirement funds,
pensions and other miscellaneous withholdings.
 Cover reception duties in the absence of a Customer Service Specialist. Post payments, processes
incoming and outgoing mail and other clerical duties as needed.
City Organization Duties and Responsibilities:
 Strive to represent and promote City values of teamwork, dependability, professionalism, service,
respect, innovation, and well-being
 Support the Finance Team in its strategic goal of financial excellence and transparency

Supervisory Relationships:
This position reports to the Accounting & Financial Services Manager.

Knowledge of:
 Payroll and accounting principles and practices.
 Principles and procedures of financial record keeping and reporting.
 Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and ordinances.

Work Environment:
Work is performed in a typical indoor office setting; and is mostly sedentary with periods of mobility and light
physical activity.
Physical and Mental Requirements/Activities:
 This work requires the occasional exertion of up to 10 pounds of force; work regularly requires sitting,
frequently requires standing, speaking or hearing, using hands to finger, handle or feel and repetitive
motions and occasionally requires walking, stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling and reaching with
hands and arms.
 Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance and peripheral vision; depth
perception; and the ability to adjust focus. Will spend a large amount of time viewing a computer
 Vocal communication and normal hearing are required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of
the spoken word.
 Acceptable verbal and conversation skills to effectively communicate with others via the phone, at
meetings and to greet and assist visitors.
 Work requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data and observing general surroundings
and activities.
 Frequent use of phone handset and repetitive use of hand & fingers to operate office equipment, use
computer keyboard & computer mouse and to perform other office tasks.
 Ability to recognize occupational hazards in work activities and take safety precautions.
 Maintain mental capacity which allows the capability of making sound decisions and following

Nothing in this job description limits management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this
job at any time.  The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may
be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.  The job description does not constitute an
employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the
needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.