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Planning and Budget Analyst

Recruitment #21-005479-0022


This is a Management Service position and serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority.

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 W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

The position’s primary responsibility is to prepare and review, coordinate, examine, monitor, and analyze operating budgets, provide technical advice and assistance to MSDE divisions regarding budget matters and to ensure reporting is completed in a timely and accurate manner. The Planning and Budget Analyst provides project management and technical support to assigned MSDE divisions and offices during annual budget development process and throughout the year to ensure that resources are allocated and expended in alignment with the department’s strategic goals and compliance requirements.

The Planning and Budget Analyst is also responsible for ensuring sound business and financial practices are followed in compliance with federal and state regulations, department-based policies and procedures, business policies and procedures, and other applicable financial and business standards across assigned MSDE divisions. The position plays a key role in facilitating the successful financial and business performance of MSDE and integrating best in class business and financial practices to ensure MSDE’s financial resources and strategies are aligned with its multiyear strategic plan and Blueprint for Maryland’s Future initiatives.


  • Prepares monthly, interim, and on-demand financial reports and analysis and assists as needed to provide extensive, thorough, and accurate customer service and technical support to department stakeholders
  • Participates in the preparation and development of MSDE’s annual operating budget plan and divisional exercises (i.e., zero-based budgeting; State Superintendent of Schools strategic plan performance routine sessions; etc.) and participates in the preparation and development of responses to legislative and other state agency requests
  • Supports ongoing budget execution processes across MSDE to ensure budget spending in alignment with the department’s multiyear strategic plan priorities and Blueprint for Maryland’s Future initiatives spending plans
  • Coordinates best practice guidance training, manuals, updates, and resources to budget staff across teams
  • Supports the State Superintendent of Schools, Deputy Superintendent of Finance and Administration, and Assistant Superintendent of Financial Planning, Operations, and Strategy in the development and dissemination of communication to internal and external stakeholders in the form of presentations, memos, and reporting to support MSDE budget and related initiatives
  • Implements department-wide budget database to support MSDE’s annual budget execution as well as continuous improvements to budget data systems
  • Conducts data analysis and financial reporting related to internal research to inform resource allocation, ESSA, and other federal requirements, transparency initiatives, and public information requests
  • Uses data and information from various systems and sources to diagnose budget-related challenges, recommend potential solutions, and implement solutions with cross-functional stakeholders
  • Participates in the legislative fiscal note process. Review bill analyses, ensure timely submission of fiscal notes, assist with the review and analysis of cost estimates and fiscal notes for proposed legislation


Education Possession of a master's degree or equivalent 36 credit hours of post-baccalaureate coursework in public policy, public administration, accounting, business administration, economics, finance, statistics, engineering, planning or political science

Experience = Five years of experience in budget formulation, accounting, personnel management analysis, or administrative work. One year of this experience must include work in budget planning, formulation, review or management

1. Each additional year of related experience above the required minimum may substitute for education on a year-for-year basis


  • Experience working in the areas of State government, such as education financing and administration, debt management, transportation, retirement systems and pensions, health benefits, community development;
  • Experience in financial planning, budgeting, and policy analysis;
  • Knowledge of performance budgeting concepts;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Experience in writing reports and making presentations on budget recommendations to senior departmental management and other executive branch officials;
  • Strong analytical abilities, including understanding of mathematical and statistical concepts;
  • Experience with word processing, spreadsheets and database software;
  • Ability to work independently, in teams and under pressure;
  • Availability to work extended hours as required to meet budget deadlines.

Selection Plan

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.



Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application and supplemental questionnaire may be submitted to: Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division, 301 W. Preston St., Baltimore, MD 21201. Paper application materials must be received in our office by the closing date for the recruitment. No postmarks will be accepted.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the DBM Recruitment and Examination Division at or 410-767-4850, MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.

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People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

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

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