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Benefits Processing Unit

Recruitment #20-004545-0002


The Maryland State Retirement Agency is the administrator of the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System (“System”). The System is a defined benefit retirement system covering governmental employees within the State of Maryland. The System is a multi-employer, public employees’ defined benefit retirement system composed of twelve (12) separate retirement and pension systems with over 50 different rule sets. The System has over 397,000 participants (customers), including 192,000 members who are actively employed and participating in the System, 165,000 payees who receive a monthly payment from the System, and 40,000 vested members who are no longer actively employed but have earned a benefit that will become payable at a future date.

The Agency's Benefits Processing Unit is recruiting to fill an Accountant Trainee position.




120 East Baltimore Street

Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Main Purpose of Job

Primary responsibilities include preparing and reviewing monetary reconciliations of processed retirement applications, retirement estimates, and revision transactions. Preparing manual benefit calculation worksheets to confirm accuracy of retirement transactions, and estimates and retirement worksheets prepared by other staff. Timely and accurate processing of transactions related to these processes are essential elements in aiding the Agency in meeting the objective of our Mission Statement which is to effectively communicate to participants and employer's information about benefits provided by the system.


This position works within the Revision/Check Replacement & Reconciliation section of the Benefits Processing Unit. This team of accountants is responsible for reconciling the inputs and results of the computer jobs that create benefits estimates for members, retirement records for new retirees, and revisions of retirement records for existing retirees. These jobs are processed on a daily basis and must be reconciled the next business day to ensure that accurate information is being communicated to the system’s members and that correct benefits are being paid to the system’s retirees. As part of the reconciliation process, this position is also responsible for proving the benefit calculations performed by the automated computer jobs. This position also, after documenting that a payment is due and verifying the amount that is due, re-issues payments to payees in cases where a direct deposit has failed or a check has been returned to the agency, or a check has become staled dated or had a stop payment placed on it. Special projects will also be assigned to this position as required.


Education: A Bachelor's degree in Accounting from an accredited college or university, including or supplemented by three credit hours in auditing.

Experience: None


1. Candidates may substitute a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with thirty credit hours in Accounting and related courses, including or supplemented by three credit hours auditing, for the required education.

2. Applicants who have met the requirements for admission to the CPA examination prior to July 1, 1974 will be considered to have met the educational requirement referenced above.


Preferred Qualifications:

*  One year of demonstrated experience using Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook. 

*  One year of demonstrated experience preparing and reviewing monetary reconciliations.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the minimum for this recruitment.  All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date.  We will not consider information submitted after this date. 

Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the employment (eligible) list for at least one year.  This list will be used by the hiring agency to select employees.

For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service must accompany the application.

Due to the confidential nature of the work, selected candidates must undergo and pass a background check.


The examination will consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience as presented on your application and as they relate to the requirements of the position.  You may be asked to complete a supplemental questionnaire.  The supplemental questionnaire may be used as part of the rating process.  Therefore, it is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  



The online application process is STRONGLY preferred. If you are not able to apply online, you may mail a paper application and supplemental questionnaire (if applicable) to:

DBM Recruitment & Examination Department

301 West Preston Street, Room 608

Baltimore, MD 21201

All mailed documents must include the applicant's name and the job number and must be received by the closing date. Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the application.

If you have any questions concerning the recruitment process for this position, please call 410-767-4850.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.

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