Payroll Administrator

Posting Date: Sep 3, 2023

Location: Edmonton, AB

Company: Government of Alberta

Job Information

Job Title: Payroll Administrator 

Job Requisition ID: 33170

Ministry: Service Alberta

Location: Edmonton

Full or Part-Time: Full Time

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week

Regular/Temporary: Temporary Salaried

Scope: Open Competition 

Closing Date: Open until suitable candidate(s) selected

Classification: Subsidiary 01B 3625 Administrative Support 4

About Us

The Government of Alberta is committed to a diverse and inclusive public service that reflects the population we serve to best meet the needs of Albertans. Consider joining a team where diversity, inclusion and innovation are valued and supported. For more information on diversity and inclusion, please visit:

Every Service Albertan strives to enable the success of our Ministry partners and Albertans through providing exceptional client focused services that meet and exceed our clients’ expectations. We are looking for collaborative, agile, solutions focused individuals with strong communication skills and a strong service orientation. If that describes you, please read on! To learn more about us, please visit:


Reporting to the Team Lead, the Payroll Administrator will update data in the 1GX system as assigned, administers pay services to an assigned portfolio of wage employees or administers pay and benefits services to an assigned portfolio of salary employees within management, and the bargaining unit and out-of-scope (opted out and excluded) classifications as a payroll trainee. The Payroll Administrator will assist other payroll staff by entering and verifying payroll transactions during staff shortages or heavy workload periods.

Other responsibilities for a Payroll Administrator include:

  • Process payroll documents in the 1GX System for wage and salary employees to meet existing payroll confirmation dates. Responsible for ensuring accurate processing of all data updates to the 1GX system.
  • Administer and interpret diverse and complex payroll and benefit regulations, and collective agreements. Replies verbally or by written correspondence to all related inquiries. 
  • Perform post-audits on transactions, ensuring that payments are accurate and meet regulatory, legislative and Ministry policies and procedures.
  • Commence and orient newly hired Ministry employees on the government payroll system. 
  • Remain current on all ongoing changes to payroll and benefits administration and processing by reviewing updates to related manuals, production notices, etc.
  • As part of the payroll team, attends meetings with co-workers, and Team Lead.
  • Raise trouble tickets relating to system and processing problems.

The successful candidate must possess:

  • Knowledge of payroll and benefits regulations, legislation, and collective agreements
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to effectively deal with all clients and internal/external agencies in the resolution of problems.
  • Excellent analytical and creative problem-solving skills
  • The ability to work independently and being a self-starter who takes initiative and pays great attention to details
  • Exceptional organizational, and time management skills 


High school diploma and two years of related payroll experience.

Equivalency: Directly related experience or education considered on the basis of one year of experience for one year of education or one year of education for one year of experience.

The following will be considered as assets:

  • Working knowledge of the 1GX payroll system
  • Experience in a unionized payroll environment

APS Competencies

Competencies are behaviors that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process. 

This link will assist you with understanding competencies:

Systems Thinking: ability to consider how work completed can impact a variety of other groups/projects inside and outside the Alberta Public Service. 

Creative Problem Solving: ability to assess options and implications in new ways to achieve outcomes and solutions.

Agility: ability to provide results in a complex, diverse and changing environment. 

Drive for Results: ability in knowing what outcomes are important and maximizing resources to achieve results that are aligned with the goals of the
organization, while maintaining accountability to each other and external stakeholders.

Build Collaborative Environments: you will lead and contribute to the conditions and environments that allow people to work collaboratively and productively to achieve outcomes.


$1,708.35 to $2,087.32 bi-weekly ($44,587 to $54,479 annually)


Hours of Work:
7.25 hours a day/ 36.25 hours a week


Positions Available:


3rd Floor John E. Brownlee Building

What the GoA has to offer to prospective employees:


How To Apply

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Candidates are required to apply for a job online. Please visit to learn more about creating a candidate profile and other tips for the Government of Alberta’s online application system. 

If you are not currently an employee with the Government of Alberta, the first step in applying for a job is creating your candidate profile within our online application system, click here to access the main log in page where you are able to ‘Create an account’, reset your password (‘Forgot your password’) or ‘Sign In’ should you already have an account. 

Existing employees should access the Career tile in 1GX to submit their application in order to be recognized as an internal applicant. 

Once you have created your candidate profile, visit the Alberta Public Service job site to apply for jobs at

Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements, including education, experience, and relevant examples of required competencies.

Resources for applicants:

It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) Applicants are encouraged to include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.

Closing Statement

This competition may be used to fill future vacancies, across the Government of Alberta, at the same or lower classification level.

We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

If you require any further information on this job posting or a copy of the role profile, and/or require a disability related accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact Liliane Karara at

If this competition is closed as per the closing date noted above, please continue to check for a listing of current career opportunities with the Government of Alberta.