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Position: Senior Accountant
Municipality:Town of Rocky Hill
Close Date:12/1/2020


(This is an advertisement. Please see pages 2-3 below for a detailed job description.)




Senior Accountant



The Town of Rocky Hill is seeking qualified applicants for a SENIOR ACCOUNTANT position in the Finance Department.  Please see pages 2 – 3 below for a detailed job description and list of qualifications.

This position is part of the AFSCME Local 1303-112 union. Salary and hours will be in accordance with the union contract which can be viewed online at: www.rockyhillct.gov/unioncontracts


Interested applicants must submit each of the following: 1) A resume; 2) A letter of interest which demonstrates how you meet the qualifications; and 3) A completed Town of Rocky Hill Application for Employment.  All application materials must be submitted to the Department of Human Resources (hrdept@rockyhillct.gov).  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Incomplete applications will not be accepted or reviewed by the hiring manager or search committee.


Please be advised finalists will be required to undergo a comprehensive background, financial, and/or criminal investigation.


The Town of Rocky Hill is an EEO/AA Employer and complies with the ADA.


Town of Rocky Hill

Job Description


POSITION:                           SENIOR ACCOUNTANT

DEPARTMENT:                  FINANCE


SUPERVISES:                      NONE



Summary of Responsibility:

Under supervisor’s direction, coordinate and perform technical, complex payroll-related duties.


Essential Functions:

1.      Process biweekly payroll, maintain all payroll, fringe benefit, and pension information, and perform related functions including but not limited to verifying rates and hours, recording payroll deductions, preparing reconciled payroll printouts, calculating and paying retroactive wage adjustments according to collective bargaining agreements.

2.      Utilize existing software (e.g., MUNIS) and Microsoft Excel to manage the payroll system and personnel records, process additions and changes to payroll, retirements and separations from employment, maintain attendance and compensated time records, and accurate balances of paid time off accruals and usage—all in accordance with collective bargaining agreements and at the direction of the supervisor.

3.      Oversee and process authorized deductions and payments for health insurance, dental, 401(a) and 457 employee savings, pension, union dues, garnishments, etc.; and manage the production of pension payroll.

4.      Solve payroll problems including social security reporting errors and W-2 errors, and respond to inquiries from internal personnel, retirees, and government agencies.

5.      Track receivables and payments from retirees for post-employment benefit contributions.

6.      Monitor health, life, and disability insurance bills for additions, deletions and changes in coordination with Human Resources, and assists with various payroll related matters including interpretation of contractual clauses in union contracts.

7.      Produce monthly/quarterly/annual/bi-annual reports for various State and Federal agencies, and reports for employee deductions.  Prepare GASB required report data for actuaries, and monitor federal and state regulations for payroll and the Affordable Care Act. Prepare reports for compensation hearings and court cases.

8.      Prepares interdepartmental schedule for payrolls and prepares directives to various municipal agencies and departments providing instructions/recommendations for the proper handling of payroll related matters.

9.      At the direction of and in coordination with the supervisor, coordinate new system set up and implementation, and employee training, as it relates to changes in the payroll system.  Participate in payroll process and improvements, including time and attendance reporting; project leader for any payroll system upgrades.

10.  Attend training for new regulations and reporting requirements, and to stay abreast of trends related to job functions.

11.  Performs related work as assigned.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrative 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 or a logical assignment to the position.

Qualifications and Competencies:

1.      Associate’s Degree/Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or a closely related field with at least five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in a payroll function.

2.      Demonstrated, prior work experience and thorough knowledge of policies and procedures related to the routine processing of payrolls, budgetary payroll controls; and payroll record reviews and audits.

3.      Considerable knowledge of IRS regulations and state and federal payrolls laws.

4.      Must have intermediate to advanced skills utilizing MUNIS, Microsoft Office Suite (emphasis on Excel), and navigating computerized financial transactions.

5.      Ability to develop and implement standard and special payroll procedures and forms (manual and electronic).

6.      Strong ability to express ideas effectively, and communicate organization-wide messages related to payroll issues, both orally and in writing.

7.      Strong ability to work independently and with teams, and establish and maintain effective and collegial working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

1.      Regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.

2.      Frequently is required to walk and sit.

3.      Occasionally required to stand, climb or balance, and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.

4.      Ability to lift and/or move up to twenty five (25) pounds.

5.      Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

6.      The dexterity necessary to utilize a computer keyboard on a regular basis is essential.

7.      The duties listed above are intended only as illustrative of the various types of work that may be performed.


The Town of Rocky Hill is an EEO/AA employer and complies with the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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