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Recruitment #18-004524-0006


This is a Position Specific Recruitment for Department of Human Services, Howard County Department of Social Services.

It is important to complete the Supplemental Questions as part of the application process. 




Department of Human Services

Howard County Department of Social Services

Local General Administration

7121 Columbic Gateway Drive

Columbia, MD  21046

Main Purpose of Job

This position is to work as a team supervisor of the fiscal account technicians and also carry out the full functions of the level of work performed by the finance officer when absent. This position will provide professional management to the local department of social services pertaining to fiscal operations. Works with the finance officer to formulate accounting objectives, policies, creates and implements procedures, systems and controls. Ensures compliance of fiscal operations to the regulations of State COMAR, General Accounting Division (GAD), Department of General Services (DGS), Department of Human Services (DHS) fiscal manual, other related agency, departmental, local and state government mandated policies and procedures.


This positions will develop, update and implement automated spreadsheets to appropriately complete audit reports as required. Ensures adherence to the requirements of the State Finance and Procurement Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland, specifically, Section 15-103 that all invoices received by the State, including foster care requests for payment, must be paid within 30 days. This position must verify reports and properly check the accuracy of the reports submitted. Supervise and provide training for the fiscal staff so as to be able to perform their required job functions. Prepares analysis of a budget code change if needed. This position must communicate effectively by telephone, in writing and by personal contact with supervisors, contemporaries, and other personnel in other local departments to meet objectives.


Please read the job announcement in its entirety before applying for this recruitment. Applicants must meet all minimum (and selective) qualifications to be considered, and to appear on the list of people eligible for hire.

Education: Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.

Experience: Three years of experience reconciling agency accounting systems to fiscal control systems or developing automated spreadsheets, ledgers and reports using accounting software packages or identifying budget trends and recommending budget realignments.


1. Experience calculating and recording financial, statistical or other numerical data may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required high school education.

2. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience in Financial Clerical/Finance Technicians classifications or specialty codes in the financial field of work at a rate of one year of military experience for the required experience.


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

The ideal candidate will possess:

1. One year of experience in a supervisory role.

2. One year of experience performing audit functions.

3. Six months of experience using FMIS (Financial Management Information System), MD CHESSIE (Children's Electronic Social Services Information Exchange), CARES (Client Automated Resource Eligibility System), AFS (Automated Fiscal System) or other commercial computerized accounting system.

4. One year of experience using Microsoft Office Suite...Excel & Word to prepare spreadsheets and reports.

5. One year of experience with banking functions such as accounts payable/accounts receivable.

6. One year of experience training new employees on state accounting systems.


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 eligible (employment) 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. You may be asked to complete a supplemental questionnaire. The supplemental questionnaire may be used as part of the rating process. Therefore, it is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.

For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service must be provided prior to hire.



The online application process is STRONGLY preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may mail a paper application and supplemental questionnaire to: Department of Human Services, Examination Services Unit, 311 W. Saratoga Street, Room 142, Baltimore, Maryland 21201.

All mailed documents must include the applicant's name and job number and must be received by 5 P.M. on the closing date. Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the application.

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload. If unable to upload, please fax requested information only to 410-333-0882. Only additional materials that are required will be accepted for this recruitment. All additional information must be received by the closing date and time.

If you have questions concerning the recruitment process for this position, please call 410-767-7147.

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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