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Recruitment #22-004549-0011


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 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. 




Maryland State Retirement Agency
120 East Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD  21202


The main purpose of this position is to reconcile payroll data elements (contribution amounts and hours) as reported by over 160 separate employers, to validation reports generated through the State Retirement Agency’s (SRA) automated system. Discrepancies are communicated to employers to facilitate resolution through corrective actions including but not limited to the preparation and submission of manual adjustment transactions. Other critical position functions include identifying discrepancies, resolving differences, and preparing corrective transactions for other Agency prepared non-payroll transactions processed through SRA validation programs. SRA automated processes necessitate a two step approach whereby data is first processed through a validation program that performs data edits for subsequent continued processing through a separate update process that records (posts) the validation data to the SRA’s active master file used to maintain participant data for over 200,000 active member accounts. Performance of this reconciliation and error resolution process are required for all data validated through Agency programs for the purpose of ensuring the integrity of data updated to the SRA’s active master file. The timely and accurate execution of these responsibilities in accordance with prescribed laws, regulations and procedures is an essential element in the Agency’s efforts to meet the objectives of our Mission Statement.

This Accountant Advanced position works as part of the Data Control Unit in the Benefit Administration Division. The position is responsible for reconciling and updating payroll data from over one hundred and sixty separate employers who participate in the System.

This is a hands-on, position who will be responsible for:
  • Reconciling payroll validation reports generated through automated systems;  
  • Preparing adjustments to correct payroll data;
  • Completing reconciliations;
  • Communicating with employers; 

The incumbent in this position must possess the following skills to be successful in this role:
  • Excellent attention to detail;
  • Strong math skills;
  • Strong problem-solving skills;
  • Excellent organization and time management skills; 
  • Good communication skills (written and verbal), and
  • A passion to provide excellent customer service.


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.



Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience performing complex reconciliations.
  • Two or more years’ experience processing and/or reconciling payroll for an organization with 1000+employees.
  • Advanced level experience using Microsoft Excel functions (i.e., creating and linking spreadsheets, creating formulas and pivot tables, importing, sorting and filtering data).


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



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.

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.

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.

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