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ACCOUNTANT TRAINEE

Benefits Processing Unit

Recruitment #20-004545-0005

Introduction

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.

GRADE

13

LOCATION OF POSITION

120 East Baltimore Street

Baltimore, Maryland 21202  

Main Purpose of Job

This position serves as a team member in the Death Benefit and Refund Processing Section of the Benefits Processing Unit. This team of administrative and professional staff processes approximately 3,000 death benefit payments and 7,000 refund payments annually. The primary responsibilities of this accountant include: • accurately creating 1099-R tax documents for death benefit payments; • effectively coordinating collection efforts for the recovery of overpayments to deceased individuals; • correctly paying the death benefits provided by the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System; and • accurately reviewing transactions, calculation worksheets, and manual payment vouchers prepared by staff. This accountant will work with Agency staff, staff of Agency’s who participate in the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System, and representatives of deceased participants. To be successful in this role, the accountant must be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with deadlines for meeting customer expectations. The accountant must possess excellent math, problem solving, and time management skills and have a passion for taking care of customers.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

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

Experience: None

Notes:

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.

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following preferred qualification(s). Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications. 

At least one year of demonstrated experience using Microsoft Excel and Word

At least one year of demonstrated experience processing or approving financial transactions

At least one year of demonstrated experience in a customer service environment

SELECTION PROCESS

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.  

EXAMINATION PROCESS

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.  Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.

BENEFITS

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, contact S. Hudson. For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the DBM Recruitment and Examination Division at application.help@maryland.gov

Or call S.Hudson at 410-767-4910.  

Emailed inquiries should reference recruitment number listed in the announcement. Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the State application.   

MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.

For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service needs to be provided before hire. 

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country and encourage them to apply. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are also encouraged to apply.  As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.



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