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Benefits Processing Unit

Recruitment #19-004545-0006


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 has almost 400,000 participants (customers), including 192,000 members who are actively employed and participating in the System, 160,000 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/ Retirement Processing Section is currently recruiting to fill an Accountant Trainee vacancy.




120 East Baltimore Street

Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Main Purpose of Job

This accountant works on the Retirement Processing team of the Benefits Processing Unit. Specifically, this position works on the team that revises retiree accounts to ensure that they are paid the correct monthly retirement allowance. Retiree accounts may need to be revised for various reasons, including: new information regarding salaries and service provided after retirement, a change of the retiree’s beneficiary after retirement, the death of a retiree’s beneficiary after retirement, a change in the type of retirement for the retiree, etc. Revisions require the understanding of benefit calculations to determine the expected changes to the retirees’ monthly allowance, the preparation of the correct transactions to effect the changes, and producing professional and accurate communications to the retirees to inform them of the changes. This position requires someone with strong math skills, strong attention to detail, and a desire to provide excellent service to our customers by timely and accurately revising their retirement allowances. The environment is fast paced with monthly deadlines and can be stressful. This is not a typical accountant role where the incumbent will be doing debits and credits or working on financial statements or tax issues. It is a challenging role which will expose the incumbent to the field of defined benefit plans.


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:

*  At least one year of demonstrated experience working with Microsoft Office software, including Word, Outlook, and Exce


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.  



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 Street, Room 608

Baltimore, MD 21201

Paper application materials must be received in our office by the closing date for the recruitment. All mailed documents must include the applicant's name and the job number and must be received by the closing date.  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.