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Recruitment #18-004551-0006




Maryland Department of Agriculture Headquarters, Annapolis, Maryland

Main Purpose of Job

The incumbent of this position is a subject matter expert on examining, analyzing, modifying and maintaining agency accounting systems, and has full supervisory responsibility for one Accountant II position.  Prepares financial reports, budget analyses, federal grants cost allocations and gives fiscal advice to agency management.  Assists Fiscal Administrator with year-end closing processes.


Responsible for cost allocations of various grants, bonds and capital accounts.  Prepares and submits to federal agencies accounting records and other documentation for the reimbursement of federal grant.  Maintains up to date records on grant awards and expenditures. Distributes grant monies.

Serves as agency subject matter expert for Financial Management Information System (FMIS), MDA internal budget database system, Web Focus and other accounting software.  Utilizes software to monitor and review monthly reports of expenditures, revenue and appropriations.  Reconciles ledgers as needed.  Makes corrections, adjustments, and prepares financial reports.

Reviews program operating and capital budget submissions to determine adherence to established budgetary guidelines and procedures.  Prepares finalized budget for submission to the Office of Budget Analysis (OBA). Year-end closing preparation.  This includes payroll, revenue and expense projections per pay period and fiscal year.  Attends quarterly program spending meetings.  Ensures items are properly accrued or encumbered and makes year-end journal entries.

Maintains appropriate backup files for audit, and participates in the audit process by providing documentation of fiscal transactions and reports.  Assists with establishing fiscal guidelines to insure that an audit trail exists and the department is in compliance with all applicable statutory and regulatory procedures.


Education: A Bachelor's degree in Accounting from an accredited college or university, including or supplemented by three credit hours in auditing.

Experience: Four years of experience examining, analyzing and interpreting accounting systems, records and reports by applying generally accepted accounting principles.


1. Candidates may substitute a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with thirty credit hours in Accounting and related courses, including or supplemented by three credit hours in auditing for the required 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 accounting experience.

5. 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.  


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

Three years of experience managing month-end and year-end closing procedures.

Three years of experience with accounts payable/receivable.

Three years of experience with general ledger and bank reconciliations.


Not Applicable.


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.



Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the online or paper application. Online applications are STRONGLY preferred, however paper applications will be accepted from candidates who may not have internet access.  All paper applications must be received by 4:30 PM on the closing date, no exceptions.  (Postmarks not accepted.)

If you are submitting additional information, such as transcripts or certifications, the preferred method is to upload them online with your application.  If you are unable to upload, you may mail, hand-deliver or fax (HR Fax # 443-602-9831).  Mailing Address: Maryland Department of Agriculture, Human Resource Office, Room 304, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD  21401.

For questions concerning this recruitment, please contact: Mary Darling at 410-841-5847 or TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay

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.