Colorado PERA
  • Accounting
  • Denver, CO, USA
  • commensurate with experience
  • Salary
  • Full Time


This position is responsible for planning, organizing and directing PERA's investment, operational, benefits, and defined contribution accounting areas including all financial reporting activities. Provides day-to-day management for PERA's Accounting Division staff. High standards of accountability, plan sponsor focus, and system efficiency are expected in performing all duties.


  • Plans, organizes, and directs the Accounting Division to ensure that PERA fiscal matters are conducted in accordance with all applicable laws, regulations, governmental accounting standards, plan statutory provisions, and governance
  • Directs and oversees staff, the accounting systems and processes for trust funds, combined operating fund, combined investment fund, life insurance reserve, health insurance funds, and defined contribution programs
  • Provides division management and leadership in overseeing all talent management functions including hiring, developing, and creating a high performance team
  • Ensures that staff have the resources, tools, and training needed to effectively perform their jobs
  • Develops and adheres to Division's goals, objectives, policies, and annual budget
  • Confers with the External Auditor, Investment Managers, Custodian, Actuary and State staff on complex financial and accounting issues
  • Directs the preparation of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)
  • Ensures monthly close cycle, reconciliations, policies/procedures, and legal compliance audits are properly conducted
  • Ensures optimum operational efficiency and proper functional internal controls
  • Directs and/or performs a wide range of fiscal analysis, financial projections, and special studies
  • Interprets and coordinates the implementation of pronouncements issued by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), and the Governmental Finance Officers Association (GFOA) best practices
  • Analyzes PERA financial and actuarial data to identify significant financial issues
  • Provides/presents information to the Board of Trustees, Budget/Compensation and Audit Committees
  • Monitors current professional accounting standards and stays abreast of relevant changes
  • Participates in organizational strategic planning
  • Actively engages in ongoing professional development
  • Maintains regular and prompt attendance in the workplace
  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor's degree; ten years of progressive experience directly related to the described essential functions, preferably in a financial institution, pension industry or public sector accounting; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Working knowledge of GASB, GAAP, and GFOA statements and pronouncements
  • Must be a licensed CPA with ability to obtain licensure in the State of Colorado
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate complex accounting systems and financial reports
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
  • Action-oriented and able to take initiative to make decisions
  • Demonstrated leadership and management capabilities with the ability to manage people and processes which span across organizational boundaries
  • Advanced technical knowledge of Microsoft Office suite and skills in accounting software; experience with PeopleSoft Financials and nVision preferred
  • High degree of organizational skills with ability to manage resources and multiple priorities while demonstrating attention to detail and accuracy
  • Interpersonal skills including team-building, training, and conflict resolution
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills


  • Standard office environment with regular computer use
  • Ability to travel as necessary


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


Complete the employment application online at Have copies of your resume, cover letter, and college transcripts available to upload. As part of the online application, you will be asked for a response to the following questions.

  • Describe a specific example of a time when you were able to identify a problem and resolve it before it became a major issue.
  • Describe a time when you collaborated with others to develop and implement a process improvement. What hurdles did you experience in making the change, and what was the outcome?
  • Describe the challenges that you see a governmental accounting division facing. What ideas do you have to overcome those challenges?
  • What do you believe are the most important characteristics necessary to be a successful leader?  Provide a situational example from your leadership background when you demonstrated one or more of these characteristics to obtain a positive outcome.
  • Describe your career progression and how you believe this position would contribute to your career goals.


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. Established in 1931, PERA manages approximately $49 billion across a variety of asset classes, such as stocks, bonds, private equity, and real estate.

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.

PERA represents "One of Colorado's Best Investments". PERA is a vital and stable contributor to Colorado's economy.  PERA's 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.

Position Title:  Controller
Division:  Accounting
Reports to:  Chief Administrative Officer
Job Status:  Full-Time, Exempt
Salary:  Commensurate with experience
Posting Date:  10/8/18


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