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General Accounting

Recruitment #19-006737-0001


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. 




Nancy S. Grasmick Education Building

200 West Baltimore Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This position is responsible plans, supervises and controls the activities of the Client Services Payable Unit and Direct payment  sections to ensure that charges to appropriation accounts are properly authorized, accurately recorded, and processed in a timely manner in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and in compliance with state and federal regulations and practices. Assists in the administration of ADPICS, maintains federal grant reporting security and reconciles federal grants.


Oversees the day to day operations of the General Accounting Section; analyzes and evaluates accounting systems and procedures to ensure that internal accounting controls are in place and operating efficiently and effectively; performs advanced level cost accounting and federal fund accounting in the preparation of financial reports for agency management as well as for federal reporting; performs grant reconciliations between the statewide accounting system (R*STARS) and the federal reporting system (G5); assesses the branch operations to identify accounting functions which would benefit from changes in methods or procedures; reviews the work product of the Section to ensure technical proficiency and establish performance standards to identify and report factors affecting work quality; provides technical support for office automation services; and acts as software compliance officer for the Accounting Branch.  


EDUCATION:  Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or a Bachelor's Degree with 30 credit hours in Accounting and related courses including or supplemented by 3 credit hours in Auditing.  Possession of a CPA Certificate is desired.  

EXPERIENCE: Six years of professional experience examining, analyzing and interpreting accounting systems, records and reports by applying generally accepted accounting principles.  Three years of the required experience must have been in direct supervision of other professional employees.  This experience to include Maryland FMIS and end-of-year closeout reports preferred.  


1.Applicants may substitute possession of a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or a Master’s Degree in Accounting for one year of the required experience.

2.Applicants may substitute one year of professional budgeting or auditing experience for one year of the required experience.


Possession of a CPA Certificate is desired

Experience with FMIS, R*STARS and ADPICS.


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 August 19, 2019 - Open until filled.



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 Accountant Supervisor II (Accounts Payable), position # 036366 (JobAps #19-006737-0001).

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.