The Finance Department is seeking a Payroll Specialist to perform a wide range of payroll related duties in the Finance Department. Work requires initiative and independent judgement in the application of prescribed policies, procedures, and methods.

Duties include but are not limited to: Responsible for all aspects of payroll processing for town employees and all local school department employees.  Conducts independent review, analysis, and entry of payroll related information ensuring accuracy and compliance with wage and hour laws, collective bargaining agreements, and other guidelines.  Reviews wages computed and corrects errors to ensure accuracy of payroll.  Verification of pay submitted by department in compliance with contracts or personnel bylaw. Coordinates efforts with all town departments as part of the normal duties of preparing and processing the payroll.  Process payroll authorization forms submitted by department heads. Updates and maintains employee information in the payroll system and maintains payroll records including accruals (hire dates, benefit dates, anniversary dates and longevity dates) and attendance records. Provides that all federal, state, and local taxing liabilities and reporting are in compliance. Prepares and generates reports and documentation such as weekly, monthly, quarterly, and year end reports, including reports for the state and federal agencies, auditors, consultants, departmental records and payroll processing forms. Ensures the administrative processing of new hires, temporary workers, transfers, promotion, and termination is accurate and timely, following town policies and procedures. Successful candidates will demonstrate problem-solving, be accurate and detail-oriented, work in a team and independently and perform tasks with interruptions.  Works as a member of the Finance Team with ability to cross-train with other team members. Provides backup to other Department staff which includes but is not limited to providing customer service at counter and on phone inquiries, collection and posting of all taxes, deputy collector management, processing of vouchers, and distribution of vendor checks

Qualifications and Experience:  Preferred candidate will possess a minimum of an associate’s degree in accounting, finance or a related field and three years of experience. Highly proficient Excel skills and excellent customer service skills are required to ensure accuracy and effective communication with department heads and staff.  This position requires professionalism and confidentiality when dealing with payroll information as well as managing time and data efficiently. Experience with Harpers’ software preferred.

 Salary and Hours: Full-time, benefit-eligible, union position $26.34 – $32.19 per hour.

 To Apply: Email Resume and Cover Letter to  open until filled; first round resume review will take place on July 23, 2021.