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Full-Time Contractual Positions

Recruitment #22-004545-0003


The Maryland State Retirement Agency is the administrator of the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System (“System”). The System is a $67.6 billion defined benefit retirement system covering governmental employees within the State of Maryland.

The Agency is seeking to hire three (3) Accountant Trainees to add to its Finance Division. Primary duties include efficient and accurate General and Subsidiary Ledger accounting, maintenance and full cycle level of closing accounting books and records 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.

This is a contractual position with the potential of becoming a permanent hire. Please note this position will serve at the pleasure of the agency appointing authority.




120 East Baltimore Street

Baltimore, Maryland 21202  

Main Purpose of Job

The Accountant Trainee will support upper-level accountant supervisors and managers while performing essential duties and providing important services within and external to the Maryland State Retirement Agency. Accountant Trainees are integral to the hierarchy of the Finance Division and the Maryland State Retirement Agency as they assist with resolving many financial, accounting, and banking issues before they become larger problems. This position functions as an Accountant Trainee within the Financial and Accounting Operations Unit 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 transactions and investments in carrying outits mission to safeguard the assets of the Maryland Pension Trust Fund; efficiently collect the required employer and members contributions necessary to fund the System; and to accurately pay retirement allowances in a timely manner as provided by the State pension law to the System’s retirees and their beneficiaries.


Accountant Trainees have but are not limited to the following responsibilities:

Maintaining accounts receivable, document bills and supporting documentation

Maintaining accounts payable, ensure timely payment of invoices, confirming validity of the debt and gathering appropriate signatures

Assisting with Timekeeping and Payroll processing

Updating financial records via accounting software

Preparing annual budgets under the purview of senior management

Analyzing financial statements and prepare balance sheets

Assisting with the month-end and year-end full closing process and production of required financial reports and filings.


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.


We are seeking to acquire motivated candidates with the following desired attributes:

An eager desire to learn and professionally develop into a strong analytical and competent advanced accountant.

The ability to read and review numbers, analytics and statistics.

Solid organizational skills with maintaining financial files, documents, and notes.

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 experience using Microsoft Excel and Word

At least one year experience in preparing and processing financial transactions


Not Applicable.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications 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 eligible (employment) list for at least one year.


The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position. 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.

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


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.


Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application and supplemental questionnaire may be submitted to: Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division, 301 W. Preston St., Baltimore, MD 21201. Paper application materials must be received in our office by the closing date for the recruitment. No postmarks will be accepted.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the DBM Recruitment and Examination Division at or 410-767-4850, MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.

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