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Data Control Unit - Payroll Maintenance Section

Recruitment #19-004549-0016


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 Data Control Unit, Payroll Collection and Maintenance Section is seeking to fill an Accountant Advanced position. 




120 East Baltimore Street

 Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Main Purpose of Job

This position works in the Payroll Maintenance Section of the Data Control Unit. Annually, the Section is responsible for validating, reconciling and updating over five million (5,000,000) individual payroll transactions with combined monetary value of over seven hundred and twenty-five million dollars ($725,000,000). The main purpose of this position is to facilitate the posting of complete and accurate retirement payroll data to the Maryland State Retirement Agency's (Agency) Maryland Pension Administration System (MPAS). Retirement payroll data is received from over one hundred and sixty (160) separate employers who participate in the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System (System).


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.

Demonstrated experience performing complex reconciliations;

Two or more years' experience processing and/or reconciling payroll for an organization with 1000+ employees;

Experience using Microsoft Excel functions (i.e., creating and linking spreadsheets, creating formulas and pivot tables, importing, sorting and filtering data).

Demonstrated experience preparing, revising and/or approving complex calculations related to: retirement/pension benefits; social security benefits; insurance/death benefits; lending activities; health benefits; or other social service benefits.

Demonstrated experience working with teams.


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 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.



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 S. Hudson with the Department of Budget and Management's Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4910.

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.