LINTHICUM In response to continued growth, SECU, Maryland's largest financial cooperative, plans to hire nearly 20 new employees at all levels.

Current openings run the gamut from full- and part-time tellers and financial services consultants to network engineer, business relationship banker and senior marketing manager positions.

"With more people recognizing that SECU offers a different direction and a better way of managing their finances, we have continued to grow in order to better meet the needs our expanding member base," said SECU President and CEO Rod Staatz.

According to Staatz, SECU now has 94 ATM locations and 19 branches throughout Maryland.

SECU recently announced in addition to steady growth, it has experienced a spike in new account activity, resulting in part to the continuing negative sentiment toward the big banks, according to a press release from SECU.

New checking accounts opened during the week of Nov. 5 showed a 62 percent increase over the same week in 2010 and 2009, according to the press release. New members for that week were up 61 percent over the same week in 2010.

To make certain SECU takes good care of all of its members, Staatz says the credit union "remains committed to hiring and retaining 'the best of the best' professional talent."

"Our approach to working with our employees is to engage them through career pathing and development initiatives, while offering them a rich and comprehensive benefits package," he said.

That benefits package includes a 401(k) retirement savings program, basic and supplemental life insurance, employee assistance, professional development, generous leave programs, health insurance, paid short- and long-term disability and tuition reimbursement, according to the press release.

For more information about SECU, visit secumd.org. Specific job information is available at secumd.org/careers.

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