City of Detroit

Supervisory Accounting Technician II (Payroll Operations Supervisor)

POSTED DATE 6 days ago(3/12/2018 2:56 PM)
Office of the Chief Financial Officer
Office of the Chief Financial Officer
Payroll Division, Office of the Controller
$53,008 - $71,144


Posting will close on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 5pm.


The Office of the Chief Financial Officer is seeking to fill multiple Supervisory Accounting Technician II (Payroll Operations Supervisor) positions within the Payroll Division of the Office of the Controller. The Supervisory Accounting Technician II (Payroll Operations Supervisor) is a supervisory position that involves getting work done through others (i.e., the direction of subordinate employees in the performance of work) with accountability to agency management for the quantity and quality of the work done, and for assuring efficient and economical work operations. Supervisory functions include a range of duties and responsibilities for planning, organizing and reviewing work, administering human resources matters, and dealing effectively with em­ployees and union representatives about employee-management concerns.  Subordinates include, Accounting Technicians, Clerks and other paraprofessional staff who perform payroll/accounting operations work.


Accounting Technicians (Payroll Technicians) perform a wide variety of recording keeping and payroll process activities, including inspecting automated system outputs such as registers and standard reports, determining and correcting out-of-balance conditions, gathering payroll data, researching and preparing special reports, auditing and reconciling payroll records, maintaining and validating garnishment payments. Accounting Technicians (Payroll Technicians) may also be required to train end users on the payroll system as well as other Accounting Technicians (Payroll Technicians).


Supervises a subordinate staff of  paraprofessional staff who perform payroll/accounting operations work.


Plans work to be accomplished by subordinates; Sets priorities and prepares schedules for completion of work; Assigns work to subordinates based on priorities, selective consideration of the difficulty and the requirements of the assignments, and the capabilities of employees; Evaluates performance of subordinates; Gives advice, counsels, or instructions to individual employees on both work and administrative matters; Interviews candidates for positions in their unit; Makes recommendations for appointment, promotion, or reassignment involving such positions; Hears and resolves complaints from employees; Refers group grievances and the more serious complaints not re­solved to higher level supervisors; Recommends minor disciplinary measures such as warnings and reprimands; As needed, consults with specialists on training needs, and deciding on training problems related to the units supervised; Identifies developmental and training needs of employees in consultation with the Chief Learning Officer; Provides or makes provision for such development and training.


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High School diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate. It is preferred that the high school coursework included some basic business or business related classes, such as basic computer skills, software packages, bookkeeping, or other business related coursework. Some positions may require an Associate’s Degree or 50 college credit hours in accounting, management, finance, or related field.



Must have a minimum of five (5) years total experience: Four (4) years of direct experience in accounting and one (1) year in a supervisory capacity over accounting technician paraprofessionals. Supervisory Accounting Technician II (Payroll Operations Supervisor) must demonstrate proficiency with integrated word processing and spreadsheet functions.


License / Certificates



Applicants may be required to illustrate proficiency in the use of software packages such as the Microsoft Office Suite including Word and Excel. Applicants may be required to take written tests or work simulations to illustrate proficiency in other skill sets as may be determined based on the duties and responsibilities to be performed. These written tests might include mathematical skills and writing skills, including grammar and reading comprehension.


Applicants may be subject to background, criminal, and credit checks.


Valid government issued identification will be required at time of hire.


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