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Section Chief, Federal Aid Section

Recruitment #22-004543-0001


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.




200 West Baltimore Street, 
Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

Section Chief for the Federal Aid Section of the Office of Audits, provides administrative and technical assistance in planning, directing, and controlling activities of this section.


Supervises daily operations of the Federal Aid Unit, including desk reviews performed by staff auditors to ensure that audit reports submitted by CPA firms meet State and Federal standards using AICPA standards and Federal and State laws regulations. Reviews Federal laws and regulations, reviews accounting and auditing publications to monitor changes in federal laws, financial accounting and reporting. Reviews accounting and audit standards to suggest changes in laws and regulations as they pertain to the Federal Aid Section for the Director of Audits to recommend to the State Superintendent to keep MSDE and its subrecipients in compliance with State and Federal regulations or financial reporting requirements. Prepare memorandums to distribute to MSDE Program Managers and Assistant State Superintendents regarding program related findings identified during the financial statement desk review.  Performs quality control reviews of CPA firm’s working papers to determine whether CPA firm working papers has met the standards of the OMB Uniform Guidance. Perform reconciliations of the Local School Systems audited financial statements to their Annual Financial Report submitted to MSDE. Provides technical assistance to internal and external customers regarding the compliance and reporting requirements imposed by the State and Federal governments, AICPA and/or other regulations. Participates on internal and external committees to keep MSDE’s financial reporting requirements current.



Education: A Bachelor's degree in Accounting from an accredited college or university or a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with 30 credit hours in Accounting and related courses, including or supplemented by 3 credit hours in auditing. 

Experience: Four years of experience performing financial and compliance audits of a State agency, grantee, business or other entity. 

1. Applicants who had met the requirements for admission to the CPA examination prior to July 1, 1974 will be considered to have met the educational requirement. 
2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or Certified Internal Auditor or a Master's degree in accounting from an accredited college or university for one year of the required experience. 
3. Applicants may substitute one year of professional accounting experience for one year of auditing experience only. 
4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Internal Review classifications or Auditing specialty codes in the Financial or Auditing fields of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.


Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following preferred qualification(s). Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.

  • A certification in one of the following: Certified Public Accountants (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Financial Services Auditor (CFSA), Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO)
  • Supervisory experience including: assignment and review of work performed by staff, performance evaluations, time and leave approval, training and disciplining employees
  • Experience in governmental fund accounting or grant accounting
  • Experience reviewing audited financial statements for compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Uniform Guidance


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties may be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland


Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year. For education obtained outside of the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation will be required prior to hire. The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies. 



Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet 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. 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 four digits of your SS# and indicate application for Financial Compliance Auditor Program Supervisor position (JobAps#22-004543-0001). 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. As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

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