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Early Childhood Financial Reporting Specialist

Recruitment #19-005298-0003


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. 


State Salary Grade Step 18


Nancy S. Grasmick Education Building

200 West Baltimore Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This is a Contractual position responsible for developing, planning, coordinating and directing fiscal operations and reporting related to the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (B-5) Grant. Also this position provides financial oversight for all grants and contracts for the B-5 as well as providing technical assistance for monitoring the financial and logistical aspect of financial procedures impacting grants and contracts for the program as a whole.


Provides program and fiscal management recommendations to the assigned Assistant State Superintendent, Branch Chiefs, Program Managers, & Program Directors in accordance with existing laws, regulations, agency procedures, & available Federal and State funding; oversees budgets, accounting, procurement, position funding, audit, and grants management aspects of educational programs; performs fiscal analysis and develops reports to assist program staff with strategic fiscal and programmatic decisions; reviews, corrects, and approves accounting information for grant awards, requisitions, credit card purchases and prepares and submits budget adjustments for approval and approves minor budget modifications for submission to the MSDE Budget Branch; collaborates with e program administrators and the business services staff regarding  formula procedures and systems for reporting to the federal government; supports development of legislative fiscal estimates.


Education: Master’s Degree from an accredited four year college or university: coursework in Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Finance, or Public Administration is preferred.  

Experience: Three (3) years of experience in fiscal management working with professional budgets, accounting standards, procurement, funding, audit and grants management.  


  1. Applicants may substitute graduate education in business, accounting, economics, finance, or public administration at a rate of 30 credit hours for each year of experience.
  2. Applicants may substitute additional experience as defined above for the required education at the rate of one year of experience for one year of education, for up to two years of the required education.


Knowledge of General Accepted Accounting Principles; Knowledge of governmental accounting standards, polices & Procedures; skill in interpretation of State and Federal laws / regulations; skill in using accounting, finance & spreadsheet software; skill in managing multiple tasks; skill in identifying problems & negotiating solutions; ability to analyze data & make sound decisions; ability to monitor performance & implement improvements; ability to meet deadlines and communicate effectively.


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


For immediate consideration please submit your application by April 19, 2019 – Open Until Filled.


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 one year.



To apply for this position online go to MSDE Jobs on JobAps (or complete an MSDE Application on On-line applications (and resumes) are the preferred method for receiving your application/attachments.  Using this method will allow applicants to access their documents for future recruitments for which they apply and verify that the appropriate documents (resume-credentials) have been attached to the recruitment that requires them. Applicants must include their resume and provide sufficient information on the application to document that they satisfy the minimum qualifications for this recruitment.

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

 If you utilize fax or regular mail as the option to submit required attachments, you will need to resubmit these documents each time you apply for a new position that requires the attachments. Additionally, you must include the following information on each page of the attachment you submit in order to ensure that we append the attachments to the correct recruitment: First and Last Name, Recruitment Number, and the last 4 digits of your SS# and indicate application for Staff Specialist III, Financial Reporting Specialist position # 345644 (JobAps #19-005298-0003). Mailing Address: Maryland State Department of Education, Office of Human Resources, 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201. Fax: 410-333-8950 – This fax number is for Department of Education recruitment actions only.  

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. For inquiries or an MSDE Application, contact 410-767-0019 or TTY/TDD 410-333-3045 or visit our website at  

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request.