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Recruitment #22-004377-0002


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 is limited to current State of Maryland employees only***




200 West Baltimore Street, 
Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

Section Chief for the Federal Aid Section of the Office of Audits, provides administrative and technical assistance in planning, directing, and controlling activities of this section.


Supervises daily operations of the Federal Aid Unit, including desk reviews performed by staff auditors to ensure that audit reports submitted by CPA firms meet State and Federal standards using AICPA standards and Federal and State laws regulations. Reviews Federal laws and regulations, reviews accounting and auditing publications to monitor changes in federal laws, financial accounting and reporting. Reviews accounting and audit standards to suggest changes in laws and regulations as they pertain to the Federal Aid Section for the Director of Audits to recommend to the State Superintendent to keep MSDE and its subrecipients in compliance with State and Federal regulations or financial reporting requirements. Prepare memorandums to distribute to MSDE Program Managers and Assistant State Superintendents regarding program related findings identified during the financial statement desk review.  Performs quality control reviews of CPA firm’s working papers to determine whether CPA firm working papers has met the standards of the OMB Uniform Guidance. Perform reconciliations of the Local School Systems audited financial statements to their Annual Financial Report submitted to MSDE. Provides technical assistance to internal and external customers regarding the compliance and reporting requirements imposed by the State and Federal governments, AICPA and/or other regulations. Participates on internal and external committees to keep MSDE’s financial reporting requirements current.


Education:   A Bachelor's degree in accounting from an accredited college or university or a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with 30 credit hours in accounting and related courses, including or supplemented by 3 credit hours in auditing.

Experience: Five years of experience conducting financial and operational internal audits that include elements for finance and compliance, economy and efficiency, and program results.


1. Applicants who have met the requirements for admission to the CPA examination prior to July 1, 1974 will be considered to have met the educational requirement referenced above.

2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or Certified Internal Auditor or a master’s degree in accounting from an accredited college or university for one year of the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute one year of professional accounting experience for one year of the required experience.

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Internal Review classifications or Auditing specialty codes in the Financial or Auditing fields of work on a year-for-year basis for the required 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.
  • Supervisory experience including: assignment and review of work performed by staff, performance evaluations, time and leave approval, training and disciplining employees
  • Experience in governmental fund accounting or grant accounting
  • Experience reviewing audited financial statements for compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Uniform Guidance


This position is limited to current State of Maryland employees only


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


Applicants must consent to State and FBI (CJIS) background check as a routine procedure for all employees. Proof of eligibility to work in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act and occasional 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


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.



It is preferred that applicants complete the MD State Government online application for employment -AND- submit their professional resume. The application must clearly demonstrate that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications for the position. If the applicant is unable to apply online, paper applications can be obtained from the link below and  mailed to MSDE Office of Human Resources, 200 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. If there is a supplemental questionnaire, this must be completed and sent in with your paper application, if you are unable to apply online.

Please do not put "See Resume" in the job duties section of your application; your application will not be considered.  

All application materials must be received in our office by the closing date. Postmarks will not be accepted. Applications must be complete to be considered including all related job duties, even if those are also listed on an attached resume. Additional required materials may be uploaded with the online application or mailed to the address listed.

Inquiries can be made to 410-767-0019 TDD 410-333-3045. Appropriate accommodations can be made for individuals with disabilities.

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. TTY Users: Call via Maryland Relay.

Proof of eligibility to work is required in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act. Any misrepresentation of academic or experience requirements for this position may result in non-selection or termination of employment.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

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