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Chief of Accounting

Recruitment #18-004532-0002



State Salary Grade 22

Annual Salary Range: $64,608 - $103,743


200 West Baltimore Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This is a professional position responsible for planning, directing, and controlling activities of the Accounting Branch, which consists of 29 accounting staff members, to ensure that financial transactions are verified, recorded and reported to management in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and in compliance with State and federal regulations and practices.


Plans, directs and controls the activities of the Accounting Branch to ensure that financial transactions are verified, recorded and reported to management in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and in compliance with State and federal regulations and practices;  ensures proper management of financial transactions, including drawdown and payment of more than $6 billion in federal and State grants, and control of encumbrances; oversees asset management at the MSDE headquarters building and other sites Statewide; develops and monitors fiscal policies and controls; responds to multiple State and federal audits; analyzes complex general financial reporting, vendor payment and grant reporting information systems; oversees and evaluates work of the accounting staff to ensure effective and efficient processing of transactions and reporting to management; coordinates fiscal year-end closeout in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and State guidelines; serves as a key advisor to Division of Business Services managers; and provides analysis for special projects.


EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree or 36 post-baccalaureate credit hours of coursework from an accredited college or university in Accounting.  CPA desired.

EXPERIENCE: Five years of professional experience with managing, designing, and developing financial control systems for multiple programs.  Two (2) years of the required experience must include direct supervision of other professional employees.

NOTES: Two (2) additional years of experience as defined above may be substituted for the required education.


Knowledge of accounting, program budgeting, and allocation of financial resources; knowledge of governmental and/or fund accounting and State procurement policies and regulations; skill in the interpretation of State and Federal Statute and regulations; skill in using spreadsheet software; skill in scheduling and managing multiple tasks; skill in identifying problems and deriving solutions; ability to analyze data and make sound decisions; ability to supervise staff, manage projects, monitor performance, and establish, manage, and use accountability systems; ability to effectively lead and work as a team member; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.


Proof of eligibility to work in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act and travel throughout the state are required.  Any misrepresentation of academic or experience requirements for this position may result in non-selection or termination of employment.


For immediate consideration, please submit your application by March 9, 2018 – Open Until Filled.


To apply for this position online go to MSDE Jobs on JobAps (or complete an MSDE Application on On-line applications (and resumes) are the preferred method for receiving your application/attachments.  Using this method will allow applicants to access their documents for future recruitments for which they apply and verify that the appropriate documents (resume-credentials) have been attached to the recruitment that requires them. Applicants must include their resume and provide sufficient information on the application to document that they satisfy the minimum qualifications for this recruitment. Please do not put "See Resume" in the job duties section of your application; your application will not be considered.

If you utilize fax or regular mail as the option to submit required attachments, you will need to resubmit these documents each time you apply for a new position that requires the attachments.  Additionally, you must include the following information on each page of the attachment you submit in order to ensure that we append the attachments to the correct recruitment: First and Last Name, Recruitment Number, and the last 4 digits of your SS# and indicate application for  Fiscal Services Administrator V - Chief of Accounting position number 039439 (Jobaps # 18-004532-0002) Mailing Address: Maryland State Department of Education, Office of Human Resources, 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland  21201. Fax: 410-333-8950 – This fax number is for Department of Education recruitment actions only.

If you have difficulty with your user account or have general questions about this online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850. For inquiries or an MSDE Application, contact 410-767-0019 or TTY/TDD 410-333-3045 or visit our website at

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request