Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Summary of Job Duties

Salary to be commensurate with experience.
The hiring range for this position is $23.17  -  $27.77 
The salary range for this position is $23.17 - $32.38

All applications must include a Cover Letter and Resume.

It is an exciting time to work for the City of Aurora!   We are looking for dedicated and collaborative individuals to strengthen our team of talented and valued employees. At the City of Aurora, we demonstrate our excellence by modeling the CORE 4 Values of:  IntegrityRespect, Professionalism, and Customer Service, and we welcome all who share these values.  

Performs professional-level work involved in the daily operations of the City’s payroll function

***This posting is scheduled to close on April 12th 2021 at 12:00 noon, however is subject to close at any time without prior notice.  Thank you**


  • Balances, reconciles, validates, and processes payroll changes including unemployment claims
  • Maintains employee payroll master files; makes tax deposits and compiles year-end changes
  • Processes and/or reviews fiscal source documents; computes and compiles figures for payroll reports
  • Corrects payroll-related accounting records
  • Ensures accuracy of transactions entered into payroll system
  • Creates and maintains databases and spreadsheets to be used in financial management report analysis
  • Collects and analyzes data, and makes recommendations to City staff and management
  • Maintains Fire and Police Pension Association accounts
  • Provides guidance and support to departments regarding payroll, state, and federal tax issues
  • Ensures accuracy of transactions entered into payroll system
  • Makes recommendations and changes required to payroll processing and payroll system as requested to meet needs of City, federal, and state requirements
  • Completes special projects and reports as required on payroll functions and state/federal tax regulations
  • May serve as lead worker of assigned employees
  • Performs additional duties as assigned.


An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that demonstrates required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be considered.  


  • Associates’s Degree in accounting, business administration, or directly related field.
  • At least two (2) years’ payroll system administration including in-house experience in computerized municipal payroll systems.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and procedures of payroll administration; federal, state, and local practices, laws and regulations pertaining to payroll systems and taxes
  • Payroll reporting procedures
  • Computerized accounting systems
  • Personal computers including word processing, database, graphic, and spreadsheet software applications.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and citizens
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Perform a variety of accounting functions and activities
  • Maintain accurate financial and statistical records
  • Maintain confidentiality of sensitive information related to payroll issues.
  • Strong interpersonal and technical skills. 
  • Skill in operation of computers including spreadsheet design, database programming, and word processing software applications.


Essential Personnel: 

  • When a local announcement of emergency or disaster is declared by the City, all City of Aurora employees may be required to work as essential personnel.
Physical Demands:
  • Sedentary physical work lifting no more than 10 pounds 
  • Frequent hand/eye coordination to operate computer and office equipment
  • Vision for reading, recording, and interpreting information
  • Frequent speech communication, hearing and listening to maintain communication with employees and citizens.
Work Environment:
  • Works primarily in a clean, comfortable environment
Equipment Used:
  • Frequently uses standard office equipment including computer, calculator, multi-line telephones, and copy/fax machines
  • This position may require the incumbent to regularly use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment.
For Veterans preference:  Please show all of your employment history, including military service and related documentation (DD214) on the application.
The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer.  We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants.  It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.
If you need assistance in completing this application, please feel free to contact our office at:  303-739-7225 or visit us at 15151 E Alameda Pkwy., Suite 3500, Aurora, CO 80012.

Despite the changes in Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug free workplace.  A positive test of marijuana is grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for employment with the city for one year or termination once hired.

Drug Testing, Thorough Criminal Background Check, and Employment References:
As a condition of employment, all applicants selected for employment with the City of Aurora must undergo a thorough criminal background check and drug screening. Employment references will be conducted on finalists for City of Aurora vacancies.  

Application Instructions

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