Colorado PERA
  • Accounting - Benefits
  • Denver, CO, USA
  • 22.58 per hour, commensurate with experience
  • Hourly
  • Full Time


This accounting position is responsible for auditing transactions, reconciling accounts, analyzing data and reports, and preparing journal entries and financial reports for Colorado PERA's member and benefit accounts. This position works under the supervision of an Accounting Manager.


Our ideal candidate is a reliable team player with accounting experience who has strong organizational skills, the ability to multitask effectively, a willingness to take initiative and work independently to meet deadlines. We are looking for a detail-oriented professional who can confirm the accuracy of their own work. Our ideal candidate communicates effectively, explains issues in a logical manner, and takes pride and ownership in their responsibilities.


  • Performs account analysis on member and benefit accounts
  • Reconciles account balances to general ledger and financial reports
  • Prepares and analyzes financial and managerial reports
  • Utilizes benefits system to create reports for monthly close
  • Verifies data and prepares journal entries to recognize member and employer contributions, benefit payments and health insurance premiums
  • Audits transactions, identifies errors, researches and reconciles discrepancies
  • Corresponds with internal departments to resolve account discrepancies
  • Reports the status of unresolved issues to management as necessary
  • Communicates with co-workers to ensure that transactions are accurately set up and recorded
  • Maintains/updates procedures and initiates process improvements to contribute to the development and efficiency of the division
  • Assists with tax reporting related to retirees, benefit recipients and refunded accounts
  • Cross trains within the department in order to provide backup where needed
  • Participates in training and educational opportunities for ongoing professional development
  • Assists with certain areas in preparation and review of annual financial report
  • May prepare and/or review PERA-affiliated employer correspondence
  • Provides requested information to internal and external auditors
  • Maintains regular and prompt attendance in the workplace
  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • A demonstrated expertise in the job functions that is supported by work history and/or education, equivalent to 1-3 years of experience
  • Bachelor's degree in accounting or finance preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of accounting principles in an accounting environment
  • Knowledge and prior experience working with an accounting software package; experience with PeopleSoft Financials and nVision preferred
  • Ability to prepare journal entries
  • Ability to process transactions accurately and timely, with attention to detail
  • Ability to validate the accuracy of work prior to review
  • Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision, and within a team environment
  • Ability to draw on prior experience to determine recommended actions to resolve accounting issues
  • Effective interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Basic to intermediate proficiency with Microsoft Excel
  • Proficiency with ten key calculator
  • Ability to read and interpret written policies and utilize professional judgment
  • Demonstrated capability to manage multiple priorities and meet competing deadlines


  • Standard office environment with regular computer and telephone use
  • Occasional lifting, carrying or moving material in excess of 10 pounds


Health Insurance is 100% employer paid, generous paid time off as well as paid volunteer hours, PERA defined benefit plan, 401(k) and 457 defined contribution plans, tuition assistance, certifications, on-the-job training, free access to on-site fitness center, free on-site parking or RTD subsidy, and more. For more information, please visit

HOW TO APPLY Complete the employment application online at Please have copies of your resume, cover letter, and any college transcripts available to upload. Please review the following questions. You will be asked for a response to these as part of your application:

  1. Why are you interested in this position?  Why do you think your skills and/ or experiences would make you successful in this position?
  2.  When faced with a new task, how do you learn best?
  3. How do you minimize the risk for errors in your work?
  4. Describe a situation in which you were under a great deal of pressure because of numerous demands competing for your time and attention. How did you resolve the situation? 

Colorado Public Employees' Retirement Association (PERA) provides retirement and other benefits to the employees of more than 500 government agencies and public entities in the state of Colorado. Our main office is located in Denver; where 300 days of sunshine, a thriving cultural scene, diverse neighborhoods, and natural beauty combine to make it the nation's top city in which to live, work, and play. PERA is a vital and stable contributor to Colorado's economy.

Our mission is to promote long-term financial security for our membership while maintaining the stability of the fund. Our vision is to become the retirement plan of choice for all Colorado public employees.

At PERA, you can be part of a dynamic, collaborative group of professionals working to fulfill the retirement expectations of our members. You will use your unique skills to do important and meaningful work that is critical to the success of both the organization and the state of Colorado that you love. You will have the opportunity to develop, become an expert in your role, and tackle new challenges, all while enjoying the competitive compensation, lifestyle, and stability that PERA provides. Thus, for both member and employees, PERA represents "One of Colorado's Best Investments."

Position Title:    Accountant - Benefits  
Division:            Accounting  
Reports to:        Accounting - Benefits Manager
Job Status:        Full Time, Non-Exempt           
Salary:               $22.58 per hour, commensurate with experience        
Posting Dates:  4/16/2018 4/30/2018

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