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Cary - North Carolina (NC),

Town of Cary, NC

Job Description:

The Town of Cary is seeking an enthusiastic, innovative, passionate Accounting Technician to join our OneCary team and share in our goal of creating the Local Government That Doesn't Exist. At the Town of Cary, our employees work together to change lives through exceptional service.

The Accounting Technician will perform difficult analysis and technical work in the management and preparation of the Town's bi-weekly payroll. The successful candidate is comfortable navigating systems and generating requests to meet customer needs. Additionally, this position will provide a limited level of expertise for other accounting areas as needed. This position is in the Finance Department and will report to the Deputy Treasurer.


Performs or assist primarily with the performance of all duties necessary to process payroll including computing wage and overtime payments, calculating and recording deductions, and collection and maintenance of records. More specifically, payroll duties include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Prepares direct deposit files to be uploaded to the bank;
  • Prepares bi-weekly Federal, State, and FICA taxes;
  • Updates payroll through reconciling various system-generated reports;
  • Interacts with employees at all levels to explain and resolve payroll issues, including use of timekeeping software;
  • Researches and resolves payroll issues related to IRS, NC retirement System, FLSA, tax garnishment, Workers Compensation, Military Leave and other Town benefits;
  • Collaborates with Town staff and vendors on related payroll, benefits and software inquiries;

Additional duties include:
  • Provides support for investment function such as update daily cash flow projections, prepares and enters executed trade activity in appropriate systems and prepares quarterly information provided to third party consultant;
  • Assists with other accounting activities related to journal entries, procurement cards, vendor management and accounts payable as needed;

Evaluates operations and provides recommendations related to performance areas, gaps and efficiencies;

Works periodically on projects as assigned;

Performs other job-related tasks as required.


Thorough knowledge of payroll practices, Federal and State laws, methods, programs, accounting procedures and business office procedures; general knowledge of governmental accounting procedures and fiscal management; ability to pay attention to detail; ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality; ability to understand and express ideas clearly and concisely, orally and in writing; ability to research and find solutions to problems; ability to interpret guidelines, policies and laws; ability to establish effective working relationships with employees, colleagues, vendors and the public; ability to prepare detailed financial reports; ability to organize work and make independent judgments without close supervision.


Requires any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from a technical/community college with an associate's degree in accounting, business or a closely related field with considerable experience in payroll and accounting work.

Preference will be given to candidates that have the following:

  • Effective oral, written and interpersonal communication skills with a focus on customer service
  • Desire to seek out, foster and implement process improvements
  • Desire to build collaborative groups within the organization
  • Ability to learn and adapt in an agile environment
  • Ability to work on a variety of tasks while being extremely organized and detail-oriented
  • Knowledge of accounting procedures, payroll practices and laws

Requires drug testing and background check (which may include criminal check, education verification and credit history review) prior to employment.

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