Senior Accounting/Payroll Specialist City of El Paso, TX City of El Paso, TX 209 reviews


Education and Experience: A High School diploma or GED, and six (6) years of budget, accounting or payroll support experience.

Licenses and Certificates: None.

General Purpose

Under direction, direct or perform highly responsible and complex paraprofessional fiscal support functions related to centralized accounts payable or receivable, or payroll or pension processing, verification, documentation and authorization, or for represented and non-represented employees, as assigned.
Typical Duties

Oversee or engage in automated and manual review, reconciliation and issuance of diverse or intricate batch and individual payments, billings, collections, deposits, transfers, restitutions and adjustments. Involves: Check records and forms received to ensure validity of initial identification, transaction codes, and time, quantity or monetary debits and credits, finalize posting of transactions to official city journals, and authorize payment and receipt of funds. Perform and verify calculations, including pro-ratings, and effect on general ledger balances in relation to budget appropriations. Investigate and resolve discrepancies, complaints and procedural problems pertaining to such matters as, direct deposit, electronic pay, deferred compensation, loans, garnishments, federal and state income taxes, expense allowances, other supplemental pay, vacation payoffs, insurance refunds, workers’ compensation, educational assistance, employee training, property and event fees, city services, franchises, lease reimbursements, voluntary deductions, special privileges, annexations, drug testing, timekeeping system licenses, and procurement card audits, within the bounds of standard practice or obtaining guidance from functionally responsible professions regarding acceptable treatments in unprecedented situations. Develop and maintain master spreadsheets to track budget or other financial activity for multiple departments, and generate various periodic and special summary and analytical accounting or statistical reports to management or regulatory agencies. Set up and cancel, and open and close accounts each cycle. Query, compare and balance such information as current and previous accounting cycle totals, gross and net amounts and initiate retroactive corrections as warranted. Print and void checks, advices, invoices and vouchers, and send and receive wire transmittals. Prepare correspondence or personally counsel employee, retirees, beneficiaries, vendors, businesses and citizens of payroll or accounting activities, balances and legal requirements.

Oversee and perform payroll processing and provide related human resources support. Involves: Monitor payroll preparation and processing to include, sick leave, Family Medical Leave (FMLA), and vacation.
Monitor departmental accounting/payroll clerks and specialists during, and participate in development and maintenance financial and human resource database management system, which includes analyzing information archived and processed to ensure quality. Involves: Enter, retrieve and review accounting data from centralized financial management system or source documents to detect processing exceptions and computation mismatches associated with installation of software upgrades and patches. Implement updates of reference tables such as rate schedules and identification codes. Request and review daily reports to assess system performance and advise users of errors. Provide backup assistance to other staff to ensure continuity of services.

Supervise or serve as lead worker to designated employees. Involves: Assign, schedule, guide and monitor work. Appraise employee performance. Provide for training and development. Counsel, motivate and maintain harmony. Identify and resolve staff differences, conflicts and deficiencies. Enforce personnel rules and regulations and work behavior standards. Interview applicants. Recommend hiring, termination, transfers, discipline, merit pay or other employee status changes.

General Information

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Salary Range: $15.06 – $21.81 per hour
The starting salary is generally at the beginning of the salary range.

Test information: To be announced

Please Note: This is a new advertisement for Senior Accounting/Payroll Specialist. You must apply if you are still interested in this position.

Note: Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. This position will close when a preset number of qualified applications have been received

Every regular, full-time employee who is paid by the City, shall be entitled to receive group life, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, health insurance coverage as provided by the City. Employees shall be eligible for enrollment during the City's designated enrollment period. (Amended 08/28/07)

Employees shall have the option of membership in a qualified health maintenance organization (HMO) as an alternative to health insurance coverage. Should an employee opt for HMO membership, the City shall contribute to the HMO an amount equal to the health insurance premium the City would have otherwise been obligated to pay on the employee's health insurance coverage. Any difference between the amount the City contributes and the cost of HMO membership shall be deducted from the employee's paycheck and forwarded to the HMO.

All regular employees who are regularly scheduled to work on an average, a minimum of twenty (20) hours per week, who have held a position in the City Service for a period of six months from date of employment, shall be eligible for vacation allowance as hereinafter set forth. Part-time employees shall accrue vacation leave at a pro-rated amount of full-time entitlement based on the number of hours that they are scheduled to work. Employees covered by collective bargaining agreements shall accrue vacation as provided in the applicable agreement.
Regular employees in the City Service shall accrue vacation credit at the following rates per pay period, calculated from the date of employment of each employee:
For 0 – 5 years of service (12 days):
40 hour per week employees – 3.70 hours per biweekly pay period

For >5 to 15 years of service (17 days):
40 hour per week employees – 5.24 hours per biweekly pay period

For >15 or more years of service (20 days):
40 hour per week employees – 6.16 hours per biweekly pay period

Employees shall be entitled to accrue sick leave with pay in accordance with the Rules of the Civil Service Commission.


The Amended Section 4.4 of the Ordinance shall become effective upon adoption and shall apply to occupational injuries and occupational diseases occurring on and after date of adoption. Occupational injuries and occupational diseases occurring before such date will be governed by the Ordinance in effect at the time of the date of injury or disease.


A) Pregnancy shall be treated the same as any other temporary physical disability.

B) An employee on pregnancy leave shall use accumulated and unused regular sick leave time and then (unless granted use of special sick leave) shall be on leave without pay, unless the employee chooses to use any accumulated and unused annual leave.

C) An employee going on pregnancy leave shall give written notice to her department head with appropriate medical verification. Before returning to work from pregnancy leave, the individual will provide appropriate medical documentation releasing the employee to return to work, as is required for any individual who has been on leave for a temporary physical disability.


The following days are hereby declared legal holidays for all the City departments, provided that the provisions of this section shall not apply to members of the Fire Department whose duties are to prevent or extinguish fires, or to members of the Police Department whose duties are those of law enforcement: (Amended 10/03/95)
1. First day of January (New Year's Day)

2. Third Monday in January (Martin Luther King Holiday)

3. Last Monday in May (Memorial Day)

4. June 19 (Juneteenth)

5. Fourth day of July (Independence Day)

6. First Monday in September (Labor Day)

7. Eleventh Day in November (Veteran's Day)

8. Fourth Thursday in November (Thanksgiving Day)
9. The Friday following the fourth Thursday in November (Day after Thanksgiving)

10. Twenty-fifth Day in December (Christmas Day)

11. Employee's Birthday

In addition to the above days, the following days are also declared to be legal holidays: 1. Any day designated as a holiday by City Council. 2. When any legal holiday falls on a Saturday, the preceding Friday shall be considered a legal holiday. 3. When any legal holiday falls on a Sunday, the following business day shall be considered a legal holiday.

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