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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 03/26/24

Applications Due08/01/24

Vacancy ID154669


AgencyState Comptroller, Office of the

TitlePayroll Specialist 1 (NY HELPS), Item #154669

Occupational CategoryFinancial, Accounting, Auditing

Salary Grade11

Bargaining UnitASU - Administrative Services Unit (CSEA)

Salary RangeFrom $44957 to $55093 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Contingent Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 0%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 8 AM

To 5 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? Yes

Telecommuting allowed? Yes

County Albany

Street Address Office of the New York State Comptroller

110 State Street

City Albany


Zip Code12207

Minimum Qualifications Do you want a career with a purpose that provides work/life balance? Apply today to join the Office of the New York State Comptroller.

No exam required under the New York Hiring for Emergency Limited Placement Statewide (NY HELPS) Program:

Non-Competitive Qualifications for appointment under the NYHELPS Program:
1. Two years of full-time business or human resources office experience in one or more of the following: accounts payable, accounts receivable and/or bookkeeping; processing payroll transactions; processing travel expense reports and/or reimbursements; processing personnel, benefits and/or time and attendance transactions; reviewing requisitions for purchase and initiating and processing purchase orders.
2. 30 semester credit hours of college-level study AND one year of the experience stated in qualification #1.
3. 60 semester credit hours of college-level study.

Competitive Minimum Qualifications:
You must be currently reachable on the appropriate eligible list for this title, eligible under the 55 b/c program, or eligible to transfer to this title under Section 70.1 of the Civil Service Law.

For 70.1 transfer to a Payroll Specialist 1, salary grade (SG)-11, you must have one year of permanent competitive, or 55-b/55-c service in an approved title for transfer allocated to a SG-09 or above.

To determine if your current Civil Service title is eligible for transfer to this title, visit the Career Mobility GOT-IT website: Career Mobility Office » GOT-IT (

Appointments via transfer must not result in a second, consecutive transfer with an advancement of more than two S-grades or one M-grade.

This position may be designated 55 b/c and is subject to verification of applicant eligibility.
For more information on this program, please visit the NYS Department of Civil Service website, 55b/c Recruitment Resources Center (

Duties Description Duties Description:
Process and audit payroll transactions.
• Review and independently audit payroll transactions submitted by NYS agencies and determine appropriate action based on various laws, regulations, collective bargaining agreements, business rules and procedures.
• Audit and enter all salary refunds, retirement system enrollments and involuntary deduction orders submitted by NYS agencies and judicial authorities into the payroll system; determine appropriate action based on regulations, business rules and various laws.
Process and audit tax transactions.
• Process and verify accuracy of tax refunds, tax adjustment requests, retirement contributions and refunds, retirement contribution balance adjustments, direct deposit returned items, and direct deposit stop payments.
Assist with the State's payroll process.
• Prepare salary exchange schedules and use basic queries and other computer applications as assigned.
• Maintain budget certificates and budget director approvals for salary transactions.
• Coordinate the collection, distribution, and analysis of transaction correction sheets; ensure that correction sheets are properly completed prior to distribution to agencies; assist in the analysis of agency submission errors; and distribute correction sheets to agencies in accordance with established timeframes.
Provide payroll information to other agencies.
• Provide agencies with basic salary information.
• Research and obtain salary history records.
• Assist with training presentations.
• Provide information about frequent agency submission errors and common agency questions for possible use in training programs.

Additional Comments Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Analytical and organizational skills.
• Oral and written communication skills.
• Detail orientated and produces an accurate and timely work product.
• Works well independently and in a team environment.
• Ability to respond to written inquiries and telephone calls from NYS agencies.
• Ability to prepare timely, accurate and thoughtful research.
• Ability to communicate and document unusual circumstances.
• Ability to adhere to and meet strict deadlines.

The Office of the New York State Comptroller (OSC) supports telecommuting where it is reasonable to do so based upon the agency’s mission and operational needs. Generally, employees new to OSC will be restricted from telecommuting for at least 8 calendar weeks. After the initial 8 calendar week restriction, if an employee’s duties and work performance are aligned with telecommuting they may be allowed to do so. Upon approval to telecommute, OSC employees may telecommute up to 5 days per pay period.

Reasonable Accommodation:
The NYS Office of the State Comptroller provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Division of Human Resources at (518) 474-1924.

Equal Opportunity Employment:
The Office of the NYS Comptroller values a workforce with a broad, diverse range of backgrounds and perspectives. All employees are expected to contribute to a professional environment focused on self-evaluation and improvement, as well as acceptance and support of coworkers.

Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.

Name Corinne Slycord

Telephone (518) 474-1924

Fax (518) 486-6723

Email Address


Street Office of Human Resources

110 State Street, 12th Floor

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12236


Notes on ApplyingSubmit a clear, concise cover letter and resume stating how you meet the above minimum qualifications to, no later than August 1, 2024. To access the job vacancy, copy the link above and paste it into your web browser. Be sure to submit an unofficial copy of any transcripts as there are educational requirements for this position. Documents must be sent as unlocked and accessible attachments.

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