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Fiscal Officer

Recruitment #19-004549-0003


The Maryland Department of Commerce is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Fiscal Officer (Accountant Advanced) within the Division of Tourism, Film, and the Arts’ Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC). 

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




175 W. Ostend St, Ste E, Baltimore, MD 21230

Main Purpose of Job

The Fiscal Officer is responsible for budgetary and administrative operations for MSAC.


Duties include: preparation and monitoring of MSAC’s operating budget; compiling data for presentation to the agency Executive Director, Departmental Budget Analysts and Officers, and the Council; monitoring all expenditures and receipts; recommending adjustments in the budget; conducting the annual fiscal year close-out; and providing information to auditors.  Incumbent is also responsible for monitoring and reporting on annual partnership application(s) to the National Endowment for the Arts; overseeing the agency’s grant payment process; and managing administrative functions including all procurement contracts, facility management, inventory, requisitions, expenditures, and documentation of agency administrative and fiscal procedures. This position also supervises an administrative specialist.  

The selected employee will possess excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills; strong analytical and organizational skills; proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint), Google products (Gmail, Docs, Calendar, Drive) and/or other relevant software; in addition to being able to effectively present information, explain policy and complete concurrent and high priority tasks.  The incumbent will also possess knowledge of governmental accounting principles as well as fiscal control reporting policies and procedures. 


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

Experience: Three 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 the required 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 that possess the following preferred qualification(s). Include clear and specific information on your application regarding the qualifications.

Two (2) years of budget preparation and monitoring experience.

Related governmental or public accounting experience including fiscal control reporting.

Experience with the State’s Financial Management and Information System (FMIS).

One (1) year of supervisory experience.  

Two (2) years of MS Excel experience.

Experience with grants payment processing.


Not Applicable.


The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position. It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.

Please note that your answers on the Supplemental Questionnaire must correspond to the information provided on your application to receive credit.



It is highly preferred that you apply online. Please attach a resume to your online application.  If you are unable to apply online, please submit a resume and supplemental questions (by closing date) to: 


Maryland Department of Commerce

ATTN: MSAC Fiscal Officer

World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt Street, 10th Floor

Baltimore, MD 21202


If you have any questions about this recruitment, please contact the Department of Commerce at 410.767.6300.  You may also visit our website at:


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. 


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


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