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Recruitment #17-004529-0005


The Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) is seeking a Chief Accountant to manage its accounting operations located in downtown Baltimore.

Are you an experienced accountant with experience in accounting operations management? Are you a proactive decision maker with a flair for problem solving? Do you excel at customer service? Then the Accounting Division Manager career opportunity with SDAT may be for you!

SDAT is looking for a knowledgeable professional with financial monitoring and analysis skills to ensure the accuracy and integrity of its accounting operations in compliance with applicable standards, rules, and regulations.

The Accounting Division Manager at the SDAT will serve as an invaluable resource for executive leadership, participating in proactive decision-making and problem solving, identifying opportunities for process improvements, and providing comprehensive recommendations on fiscal matters based on his/her on professional knowledge and judgment.




State Department of Assessments and Taxation - Accounting Division

300 W. Preston Street, Room 511

Baltimore, Maryland   21201


Main Purpose of Job

The incumbent Fiscal Services Administrator II for the State Department of Assessments & Taxation (the Department) and the Property Tax Assessment Appeals Board (PTAAB). As the Fiscal Services Administrator II, the incumbent is a professional proficient in accounting knowledge and skills and responsible all fiscal activities to include accounting and budgeting for the Department, and for directly supervising all accounting and fiscal staff which includes prescribing and disseminating fiscal policies and procedures, and exercising technical oversight of all accounting and fiscal staff and operations. The Fiscal Services Administrator will remain current with all new GAAP and GASB standards, developments, and trends as well as state and federal rules and regulations. The Fiscal Services Administrator II reports to directly executive leadership.   


Responsibilities include:

  • Managing and overseeing the daily operations of the accounting department;
  • Monitoring and analyzing accounting data and producing financial reports or statements;
  • Establishing and enforcing proper accounting methods, policies, and principles;
  • Ensuring excellent customer service is provided in interactions with all internal and external customers;
  • Preparing, analyzing, and interpreting financial, statistical, and narrative reports of fiscal operations for Department budgeting and fiscal planning;
  • Assessing accounting operations and identifying units or activities that require tighter internal controls; developing, implementing, and maintaining effective internal controls to ensure the accuracy and reliability of fiscal records and to protect fiscal resources from fraud and waste;
  • Developing, implementing, and managing new and revised accounting policies and procedures and standards as needed based on new programs, laws, revised General Accounting Division procedures, audit findings and policy changes;
  • Maintaining a working knowledge of the latest developments in Accounting standards, rules and requirements;
  • Directing and managing month-end and year-end close-outs in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and produce the monthly financial reports and forecasts;
  • Directing the preparation of periodic and special reports or statements for use by management and control agencies.


Education: Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or in Business with an emphasis in Accounting from an accredited college or university Copy of transcript is required.

Experience: Minimum of 6 years accounting experienceMinimum of 3 years of experience in supervising accounting personnel and operations.



1. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in the Accounting Officer classification or Financial Management specialty codes in the Accounting field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.

2.  Applicants who have met the requirements for admission to the CPA examination prior to July 1, 1974 will be considered to have met the educational requirement referenced above.

3. Possession of a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or a Master's degree in Accounting from an accredited college or university may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

4. Applicants may substitute one year of professional auditing experience for one year of the required experience.


  • Customer service oriented with demonstrated leadership skills
  • Experience in financial analysis and developing performance measures
  • Experienced EXCEL user
  • Experience in Maryland State government accounting
  • Demonstrated supervisory skills
  • Effective written and communication skills as demonstrated in a cover letter
  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines required
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or CPA exam candidate


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.  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 as presented on your application and as they relate to the requirements of the position. 



Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the online or paper application. Online application process is STRONGLY preferred. If online access is not available, you may submit a paper application and transcript to:  Department of Assessments and Taxation, 300 W. Preston Street, Room 511, Attn: Office of Human Resources, Baltimore, MD 21201

If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources at 410-767-1140.  APPLCATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN THE CLOSE OF BUSINESS ON THE CLOSING DATE.

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.

Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.