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Deputy Chief, General Accounting Section

Recruitment #19-004554-0003


*Internal Opportunity Limited to MSDE Business Services Employees Only*

The Maryland State Department of Education is dedicated to supporting a world-class educational system that prepares all students for college and career success in the 21st century. With excellent stewardship from our divisions, we oversee State and federal programs that support the needs of a diverse population – students, teachers, principals, and other educators throughout Maryland.


Grade 20 Standard Salary Schedule

Salary Range: $59,914 - $96,197


Nancy S. Grasmick Education Building

200 West Baltimore Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This is a professional position serving as Chief of the General Accounting Section, responsible for providing leadership and technical expertise in ensuring that financial transactions are verified, recorded and reported to management in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAPs) and in compliance with State and federal laws, regulations, and practices.


Plans, oversees, and evaluates the work of the general accounting staff including federal grants, payroll, fixed assets, accounts receivable, etc. to ensure the effective and efficient processing of accounting transactions and the reporting of accounting information to management; provides training and professional development activities for the accounting staff; plans, coordinates and conducts the fiscal year end close-out in accordance with GAAPs and State guidelines; advises State, public and federal auditors on fiscal policy and detailed accounting procedures; reviews audit reports and coordinates/develops appropriate follow-up activities; ensures that financial information systems support MSDE’s mission.   


EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or a Bachelor's Degree with 30 credit hours in Accounting and related courses; including or supplemented by 3 credit hours in Auditing.  Possession of a CPA Certificate is preferred.  

EXPERIENCE: Six years of professional experience examining, analyzing and interpreting accounting systems, records and reports by applying generally accepted accounting principles.  Three years of the required experience must have been in direct supervision of other professional employees.  Experience with FMIS and ADHOC reporting is desired.  


1. Applicants may substitute possession of a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or a Master’s Degree in Accounting for one year of the required experience.

2. Applicants may substitute one year of professional budgeting or auditing experience for one year of the required experience.


Experience managing operations of Accounts Payable or Grants Accounting Division

Experience with Financial Management Information Systems (FMIS) and financial database.

Experience facilitating organizational and business process changes based on agency requirements.

Experience with Microsoft Excel or Data Systems (Cognos) to generate pivot tables/Charts/ V-Lookups/Reports

Experience using Workday to run payroll reports

Experience allocating payroll to Federal cost objectives in accordance with 2CFR200


Internal Recruitment Opportunity limited to Maryland State Department of Education Division of Business Services employees only.


For immediate consideration please submit your application by July 26, 2019 – Open Until Filled


Please provide sufficient information on your application to show that you satisfy the qualifications 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. The examination will 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.



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 - Accountant Manager II – Deputy Chief of the General Accounting #039338 - JobAps#19-004554-0003 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