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Deputy Chief, General Accounting Section

Accountant Manager II

Recruitment #24-004554-0001


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.

This position is limited to current State of Maryland Employees only




Nancy S. Grasmick Education Building
200 W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Note: All MSDE positions require in-person/on-site reporting.


The Accountant Manager II position serves as the Deputy Chief of General Accounting, Accounting Branch and is responsible for providing leadership and administering technical assistance in planning, directing, grants, revenues and expenditures, and reviewing general accounting year-end close-out activities and related functions. This position provides accounting support for audits and ensures that monthly reconciliations of general ledger accounts are completed. This position manages operations of the general accounting section, which includes cost accounting, manages the federal fund grant financial accounting, maintains the capital projects accounting, and manages the planning, controlling, and implementation of new accounting codes in the Financial Management Information System (FMIS). The position also ensures that the department is in compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and guidelines established by the Comptroller’s Office and Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

Duties Include:
  • Manages the operations of the General Accounting Section including but not limited to training, evaluation and improvement of operations
  • Analyzes and evaluates accounting systems and procedures to ensure that internal accounting controls are in place and operating efficiently and effectively
  • Reconciles general ledger accounts and proposes solutions to correct errors and eliminate inefficiencies
  • Manages advanced level cost and fund accounting and prepares financial reports for internal and external users
  • Analyzes the branch operations to identify accounting functions which would benefit from changes in methods or procedures and that changes comply with pertinent laws and are compatible with the agency’s general accounting systems
  • Manages the work product of the Section to ensure technical proficiency and establish performance standards to identify and report factors affecting work quality
  • Manages the development of the agency account code structure and maintenance of the R*STARS account code structure profiles
  • Analyzes, develops, maintains, and disseminates agency unique policies, procedures and documentation
  • Provides training and support to FMIS users, including R*STARS standard and ADHOC reporting capabilities.
  • Provides leadership and technical support for the development, implementation and management of the decentralization of the agency based FMIS functions


Education: A Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, or a Bachelor’s with 30 credit hours in Accounting or related courses, from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Five (5) years of professional experience examining, analyzing, and interpreting accounting systems, records and reports by applying General Accepted Accounting Principles.  Two (2) years of the required experience must include the direct supervision of other professional employees.

1. Applicants may substitute possession of a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), or a Master’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or Economics 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.


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

  • Experience with financial database/systems such as the Financial Management Information Systems (FMIS) and R*STARS
  • Licensed Certified Public Accountant
  • Experience in the interpretation of State and Federal Statutes and Regulations
  • Ability to effectively supervise and lead professional staff, manage projects, monitor performance, and implement improvements


This position is limited to current State of Maryland employees only


Applicants are subject to a criminal background investigation in accordance with the federal Family Law Article, Section 5.5. 


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. 

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.



It is preferred that applicants complete the MD State Government online application for employment -AND- submit their professional resume. The application must clearly demonstrate that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications for the position. If the applicant is unable to apply online, paper applications can be obtained from the link below and  mailed to MSDE Office of Human Resources, 200 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. If there is a supplemental questionnaire, this must be completed and sent in with your paper application, if you are unable to apply online.

Please do not put "See Resume" in the job duties section of your application; your application will not be considered.  

All application materials must be received in our office by the closing date. Postmarks will not be accepted. Applications must be complete to be considered including all related job duties, even if those are also listed on an attached resume. Additional required materials may be uploaded with the online application or mailed to the address listed.

Inquiries can be made to 410-767-0019 TDD 410-333-3045. Appropriate accommodations can be made for individuals with disabilities.

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. TTY Users: Call via Maryland Relay.

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

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.

Click on a link below to apply for this position:

Fill out the Supplemental Questionnaire and Application NOW using the Internet. Apply Online
View and print the Supplemental Questionnaire. This recruitment requires completion of a supplemental questionnaire. You may view and print the supplemental questionnaire here.
Apply via Paper Application. You may also download and complete the Paper Application here.

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