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Budget Specialist - 2 Positions

Recruitment #21-000987-0007


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.




200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD

Main Purpose of Job

This is a professional position responsible for supporting the Lead Budget Specialist in developing, analyzing, reconciling, and reporting the status of the Department’s financial appropriation and assisting with the preparation reports for conveying fiscal information to the agency’s governing body.


Develops and updates the budgets for MSDE in accordance with budget and accounting guidelines; reconciles original appropriation and subsequent budget adjustments resulting from budget amendments and budget realignments; notifies agency stakeholders regarding changes in program appropriation levels; prepares budget changes and supplemental requests to reconcile appropriations; provides advice and guidance to the Financial Administrators on budgetary adjustment requests; Ensures that financial systems reflect the accurate appropriation balance; Reviews and analyzes appropriation reports; assists in the annual preparation of the agency’s budget submission; Prepares the budgetary information of the Monthly Board Report; provides information necessary for  responding to budget questions.


Education:  A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. 

Experience:  Three years of experience in budget preparation, presentation and execution. 

1. Candidates may substitute graduate education in accounting, business administration, economics, finance, political science or public administration at a rate of 30 semester hours for one year of required experience. 
2. Candidates may substitute additional experience as defined above on a year-for-year basis for the required education. 
3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service  experience as a commissioned officer in the Budget Officer classifications or Financial Management specialty codes in the Budgeting field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required education and experience.


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

Bachelor’s in Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Finance or Public Administration 

Experience with MS Excel and data management software 

Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) Experience 

Experience with Budget Analyst & Reporting System (BARS)


Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year. For education obtained outside of the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation will be required prior to hire. The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies. 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.  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 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. 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 Agency Budget Specialist II, (JobAps#21-000987-0007). 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.