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Recruitment #21-004554-0001


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.

This position has been approved for a 6% salary increase effective July 1, 2021. The salary range demonstrated above does not reflect that increase. Candidates starting prior to July 1 will automatically receive the pay increase on that date.  


State Salary Grade 20

Salary Range: $61,725 to  $80,437 (with progression to $99,103)

*State Salary Guidelines apply for current State employees.



Nancy S. Grasmick Education Building

200 West Baltimore Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

The Accountant Manager II position serves as the Chief of the General Accounting Section in the Division of Business Services and is responsible for providing leadership and administering technical assistance in planning, directing, and controlling accounts receivable, grant accounting, and related functions of the Accounting Branch. The position verifies transactions and prepares reports for management in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), federal regulations, and guidelines established by the Comptroller’s Office and Department of Budget and Management (DBM).


Manages the operations of the General Accounting Section including but not limited to training, evaluation and improvement of operations; analyzes and evaluates accounting systems and procedures to ensure that internal accounting controls are in place and operating efficiently and effectively; manages the work product of the Section to ensure technical proficiency and establish performance standards to identify and report factors affecting work quality; and provides technical support for office automation services. Provides accurate and timely financial information for the Accounting Chief.


EDUCATION:  A Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or a Bachelors with 30 credit hours in Accounting and related courses; including or supplemented by 3 credit hours in Auditing.  Possession of a CPA is preferred.

EXPERIENCE: Six years (6) of experience examining, analyzing and interpreting accounting systems, records and reports by applying General Accepted Accounting Principles. Three years (3) of required experience must be direct supervision of other professional employees. 


Candidates may substitute possession of CPA certificate or Masters in Accounting for one year of the required experience.

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


One year of financial/accounting supervisory experience in a State or public sector environment.


Knowledge of General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP); knowledge of governmental accounting standards, policies, and procedures; knowledge of financial systems such as the Financial Management Information System (FMIS) and R*STARS; skill in  effectively supervising and leading professional staff; ability to analyze data and make sound decisions; ability to manage schedules and meet established timelines; ability to effectively communicate with all levels of officials (both inside and outside the agency).


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 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.



To apply for this position online go to MSDE Jobs on JobAps (or On-line applications (and resumes) are the required 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 Manager II- Deputy Chief, General Accounting Section,  Position #082532 (JobAps# 21-004554-0001).  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

Proof of eligibility to work in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act is 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 9, 2021.

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request