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HCD Financial Analyst VI (C22053)

HAF - Finance Director

Recruitment #22-001223-0001

Introduction



This is a contractual position with limited State of Maryland benefits

Work that matters. The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is a national leader in affordable housing and community development. Our team needs a detailed numbers person (preferably a CPA) to manage staff, set the example and ensure deadlines are met. The candidate for this position must be able to take the initiative and be able to propose a fix when a problem arises. The characteristics of the chosen candidate would be a person who can and will challenge the status quo, effectively communicate ideas and issues, independently implement practical and efficient solutions, believe change is good and want to come to work knowing that what they do makes a difference. 

The Division of Finance and Administration is seeking an enthusiastic individual to serve as the HAF Finance Director. The Director will supervise a staff that manages a $2+ billion real estate portfolio, services state HAF loans, and prepares quarterly financial statements via Excel. The chosen candidate must have several years’ experience creating financial statements and disclosures.

This is a new unit within DFA to implement the federal Homeowners Assistance Fund program to Maryland homeowners impacted by the pandemic and economic uncertainty.  The Director will be required to fully understand the program offered by Maryland and hire qualified accounting and finance professionals to ensure payments are expedited with great customer service and accuracy, and that program reconciliations and profit and loss statements and other reports are prepared quarterly or as directed. Candidate must be familiar with audit procedures to ensure random audits are done for this high profile program and that fraud prevention and proper audit standards are followed in the program implementation and management. 

DHCD offers limited, subsidized health benefits, flexible work schedule after 6 months, training, advancement and career path opportunities; casual business dress Friday as well as during the Summer, a competitive salary and telework opportunities once fully trained.

GRADE

23

LOCATION OF POSITION

7800 Harkins Road Lanham, MD with occasional travel to DHCD’s satellite office in Baltimore City. 

The Department of Housing and Community Development Headquarters is located in Prince George's County across from the New Carrollton Metro stop

POSITION DUTIES

This position serves as the HAF Finance Director for federal ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act)funds in the Division of Finance and Administration (DFA). The unit is responsible for the management and accurate accounting of the federal funds from US Department of the Treasury for the Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF). This position is responsible for the full management of a new team of finance professionals responsible to process checks/wires, reconcile accounts,prepare federal and state required reports, internal controls and policies.

The functions will be highly complex and technical and is crucial to the successful implementation of the new program to assist Maryland homeowners. Position will ensure that the financial analysis, accounting, asset management and completion of the mandated reporting is completed accurately and timely. The position has the direct and indirect oversight responsibilities in DFA to:

  • Direct new professionals to include the hiring, training, evaluating, coaching, counseling, and motivating of those employees.
  • Create, maintain, delegate and review the development of financial models to aid in financial analysis and reporting requirement of the HAF program.
  • Manage a new loan portfolio which DHCD plans to service in-house.
  • Comply with federal tax laws and Securities and Exchange Commission regulations.
  • Prepare annual audited financial statements for inclusion in the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, manage portfolio in line with the requirements from the national credit rating agencies (Moody’s Investors Service, Fitch Ratings), and prepare quarterly portfolio reporting for all CDA bond investors.
  • Oversee HAF operating budget of approx. $148 million.
Please note: this is a non-competitive position, as it is a short-term contract, expected to last 4-5 years, contingent upon funding and satisfactory employee performance. 

Special Note: Applicants may be contacted for other opportunities within DHCD.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

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

Experience: Four years of experience examining, analyzing and interpreting accounting systems, records and reports to include three years performing advanced duties in the areas of cost accounting, systems accounting or GAAP accounting. Also 3 years in managing other accounting professionals, and 2 years preparing and/or examining audited financial statements.

Notes:

1. Candidates may substitute a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with thirty credit hours in Accounting and related courses,including or supplemented by three credit hours in auditing, for the required education.
2. Applicants who have met the requirements for admission to the CPA prior to July 1, 1974 will be considered to have met the educational requirement referenced above.
3. Possession of a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or Master's degree in accounting from an accredited college or university may be substituted for one year of the required general accounting experience.
4. Applicants may substitute one year of professional auditing experience for one year of the required general experience.
5. Unofficial college transcripts will be required to verify your education.

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Certified Public Accountants

Strong analysis experience 

Financial accounting experience

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.

SELECTION PROCESS

Please provide sufficient information on your application to document that you meet the minimum qualifications for this recruitment. Unofficial transcripts, certifications or diplomas to document educational or certification qualifications are required. Educational credentials from foreign countries must be evaluated by an approved education review service. This evaluation must be submitted with your application. For further information, you may call International Consultants of Delaware, Inc. (302) 737-8715 or World Education Services Inc. 1-800-932-3897 or (202) 331-2925. Successful candidates will be placed on the employment (eligible) list for at least one year. Eligible list may be used to fill future vacancies of the same classification. Successful candidates must document eligibility to work in the U.S. upon hire. 

Please note: The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is not sponsoring new employees in application of the H-1B Visa at this time due to budgetary constraints. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States under the Immigration and Reform Control Act of 1986. Federal regulations prohibit H1B Visa candidates from paying sponsorship fees, all sponsorship fees must be assumed by the potential employer.

EXAMINATION PROCESS

The examination will consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position. You may be required to complete a qualifications supplement, or the rating may be based on your application. Therefore, it is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Report all experience and education that is related to this position.

BENEFITS

Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program (the Program), have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits. Leave may be granted to a temporary/contractual employee who has worked 106 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

Online applications are STRONGLY preferred. However, if you wish to submit a paper application, you may mail your application and materials to: 

Nayeli Rios, HR Generalist
Department of Housing and Community Development 
Office of Human Resources  
7800 Harkins Road, Lanham, MD 20706.

All application materials must be received by the filing deadline. If you are unable to upload your transcripts into the system, please send via email to Nayeli.Rios@maryland.gov. Please include the following information in the body of the email: 

  • Attn: Nayeli Rios, HR Generalist 
  • Your First and Last Name 
  • Recruitment # 
  • Classification (Job Title) of Recruitment 
Incorrect application forms, or resumes in place of the application, will not be accepted. If you are interested in these positions and cannot apply online please fill out the paper application. For questions concerning these positions, please call 301-429-7498. 

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay. 

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply. 

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



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