State Comptroller of Public Accounts Payroll Policy Program Specialist (reopened) in Austin, Texas

Payroll Policy Program Specialist (reopened)



Payroll Policy Program Specialist (reopened)


$48,277.92 - $69,600.00 Annually


Austin, TX (LBJ)

Job Type

Classified Regular Full-Time


Fiscal Management

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General Description


Performs advanced (senior-level) consultative services and technical assistance work. Work involves tracking and analyzing the potential impact of pending legislation and providing written analysis of the impact with recommended actions. Requires knowledge of Texas and U.S. payroll and labor laws and sources available to research those laws. Requires a working knowledge of Texas agencies' payroll processing, deadlines, policies and systems. Work involves planning and analyzing user requirements, procedures, and problems to automate processing or to improve statewide human resource and payroll systems. Analyzes and tests new or existing procedures, information systems or utility programs for efficiency and effectiveness. Works in a team environment under limited supervision with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities

  • Respond to inquiries from state agencies to identify research, analyze, and resolve specific human resource and payroll related issues utilizing the statewide systems and existing legislation. Respond to inquiries from various departments within CPA regarding policy and legislative interpretation.

  • Develop and conduct training classes for state agency personnel. Review and revise user manuals, on-line documentation, procedures, policies, and other documentation as needed.

  • Identify issues, plan, and draft and develop requests for modifications and/or enhancements to the statewide human resource and payroll systems. Analyze moderately complex functional and technical specifications and participate in work sessions. Provide agency personnel assistance with the system testing of interfaces between agency internal systems and statewide systems.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications Requirements


  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor's degree.

  • Complete copies of college transcripts must be furnished to the divisional hiring representative at the time of the interview for positions requiring a college degree, and/or specific educational credits.

Preferred Education:

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor's degree in business, human resources, communications, computer science, computer information systems, or management information systems.


  • Four years of experience with any combination of human resources, payroll or benefits administration.

  • Four years of customer service experience.

  • One year of experience in interpreting human resources policies, payroll policies, Texas Government Code, Federal Labor Laws, IRS regulations or Texas Open Records laws.

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience with payroll processing

  • Experience gathering requirements, designing, or testing automated systems that administer accounting, human resources, payroll and/or benefits administration

  • Texas state agency or institution of higher education experience using USAS, USPS, SPRS, HRIS, or CAPPS

  • Experience in tracking proposed bills through the Texas legislative process, interpreting the HR/Payroll impact of the bill, and communicating results to management

  • Experience writing letters and recommendations regarding specific Texas HR/Payroll policies

  • Experience with IRS payroll reports


One (1) additional year of experience performing human resources, payroll and benefits administration work may substitute for thirty semester hours of educational requirement with a maximum substitution of 120 semester hours (four years).

Preferred License(s)/Certification(s):

Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Payroll Professional (CPP), Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Society of Human Resource Management-Certified Professional (SHRM-CP), Society of Human Resource Management-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification


  • Veterans, Reservist or Guardsmen with an MOS or additional duties that fall in the fields of 80, 86 or other related fields pertaining to the minimum experience requirements may meet the minimum qualifications. Please call Human Resources, CPA Veterans Liaison at 512-475-3560/800-531-5441 for more information or assistance.

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Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Human resources and payroll processing procedures

  • General salary administration policies, rules, and procedures

  • Legislative lifecycle

Skill in:

  • Using effective written and verbal communication to convey information in a clear, concise manner (Communication)

  • Identifying and resolving problems by using strong analytical techniques, innovative approaches and taking initiative in preventing and solving problems (Problem Solving)

Ability to:

  • Establish and maintain working relationships with co-workers, agency staff and management to achieve common goals (Teamwork)

  • Plan, organize, and prioritize multiple assignments to effectively manage a fast paced and changing work environment without compromising accuracy (Adaptability)

  • Consistently meet internal and external customer needs and expectations in a professional manner (Customer Service)

  • Act in the best interest of the agency, maintain confidentiality and continually strive to improve self and job performance (Professional Conduct and Development)

  • Maintain confidentiality and protect the privacy of state employees, taxpayers and other members of the public (Privacy and Information Security)

Work Hours:

8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 40 hour work week, Monday through Friday. May occasionally work evenings, weekends or holiday. Hours may change based on business needs.



Physical Requirements:

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

This position requires the incumbent to primarily perform sedentary office work; however, mobility (standing and walking) is routinely required to carry out some duties. It requires extensive computer, telephone and client/customer contact. It requires the ability to bend, stoop, kneel, and reach as needed for filing and similar routine office duties. The job also requires normal cognitive abilities requiring the ability to learn, recall, and apply certain practices and policies. It requires the stamina to maintain attention to detail despite interruptions. Marginal or corrected visual and auditory requirements are required for reading printed materials and computer screens and communicating with internal and external customers