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Finance Division

Recruitment #20-004549-0005


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 is seeking an experienced Accountant to add to its Finance Division.   Primary duties include efficient and accurate ledger accounting, maintenance and closing in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP); preparation of financial statements, graphs, charts, presentations and communications both for internal and external distribution; research and resolution of complex problems and sensitive issues and the ability to exercise creativity in devising solutions to problems. Must also maintain organized and concise files of important documents, reports, and records and assist in responding to audit inquiries and requests.  

To be successful in this role candidate must be able to work to meet strict deadlines, take ownership of this role, be passionate about teamwork and creating a pleasant office culture and enjoy contributing to a fun, professional working environment. This position also requires strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills and must have proficient PC and typing skills and be proficient working with of Microsoft Excel-Word and Outlook. 




120 East Baltimore Street

Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Main Purpose of Job

This position functions as an Accountant Advanced within the Fiscal Services Section of the Maryland State Retirement Agency's (MSRA) Finance Division as professional staff support in the accounting, administration, reconciliation and reporting of the Agency's financial operations and activities in carrying out the it's mission to accurately pay retirement allowances in a timely manner as provided by the State pension law to the System's retirees and their beneficiaries.


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

Experience: Three years of experience examining, analyzing and interpreting accounting systems, records and reports by applying generally accepted accounting principles.


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 in 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.

3. Possession of a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or a master's degree in accounting from an accredited college or university may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

4. Applicants may substitute one year of professional auditing experience for one year of the required experience.

5. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in the Accounting Officer classification or Financial Management specialty codes in the Accounting field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.


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

1. Three years of experience with processing and/or reconciling general ledger entries preparing financial statements and related note disclosures.  

2. Experience reviewing and implementing technical accounting and disclosure standards.  

3. Two years of experience working with statewide financial systems (i.e. FMIS (R*STARS/ADPICS, Maryland Workday Timekeeping/Payroll,) as well as integrated module based ledger accounting systems.  

4. Experience substantiating financial decisions through analysis of records, reports, and other financial documents.  

5. Experience preparing written summaries, memorandums, letters that explain the meaning of the financial information developed and/or analyzed by the accountant.


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 online access is not available, 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.

TTY  Users: call via Maryland Relay

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.