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Program Manager III

Recruitment #22-005478-0039


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.


State Salary Grade 21


Nancy S. Grasmick Education Building
200 W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD  21201


The main purpose of this position is to manage, lead, plan and direct the fiscal integrity of the USDA Federal and State Child Nutrition Programs (CNP) administered by the Maryland State Department of Education Office of School and Community Nutrition Programs (OSCNP). This position provides leadership to the Local Education Agencies (LEA) as well as other agencies participating in the CNPs by integrating program regulations and compliance.

This leadership position ensures financial integrity to the USDA, the grantor of the Child Nutrition Program funding, and the State through ensuring integration of federal regulations with State business practices.  This position manages approximately $400-600 million in USDA entitlement and competitive grant funding and oversees related reporting and administrative processes.

Position Duties:
• Design, coordinate and direct strategic plans for the Office
• Analysis and evaluation of internal accounting controls and business practices
• Direct and supervise the Financial Management section of OSCNP in business operations and related functions
• Assure timely payments to Institutions and Local Education Agencies
• Initiate and manage all special projects as requested, including interfacing of technology and data solutions
• Development of responses to fiscal findings as a result of audits and management evaluations
• Manage and direct all aspects of programmatic financial accountability, including funding drawdowns
• Direct the timely preparation of accurate reports, budgets, reconciliation of accounts, tracking of expenditures, and requests for federal and State funds
• Align business practices with State and federal program regulations and laws
• Participate in procurement reviews
• Manage LEA Annual Financial Reviews
• Direct the activities for the analysis of child nutrition program eligibility data
• Identify needs of Office staff and direct opportunities to increase program integrity
• Build internal Office employee capacity and enhance performance
• Provide leadership, direction and technical assistance to the OSCNP Director to facilitate organizational change and efficient business processes
• Plan, direct and coordinate training programs to increase the regulatory capacity and compliance of CNP participants
• Direct the development and coordinate distribution of Program guidance to all CNP groups on program integrity and accountability topics


Education: Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Finance, Public Administration, or related field.

Experience: Three (3) years of experience in fiscal management working with professional budgets, accounting standards, procurement, funding, audits and grants management.

1. Applicants may substitute a bachelor’s degree in a related field and 2 additional years of experience (5 total) for the Education.


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

• Experience with Nutrition Programs
• Experience with grant management
• Knowledge of General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
• Knowledge of governmental accounting standards, policies & procedures
• Skill in interpretation of State and federal laws and regulations
• Experience with accounting, finance and spreadsheet software
• Ability to identify problems and negotiate solutions
• Ability to analyze data and make sound decisions
• Ability to monitor performance and implement improvements


Applicants are subject to a criminal background investigation in accordance with the federal Family Law Article, Section 5.5.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. A RESUME must be uploaded with each application. 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. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. The resulting list of eligible candidates will be in effect for at least one year.



A RESUME must be uploaded with each application. It is preferred that applicants complete the MD State Government online application for employment. The application must clearly demonstrate that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications for the position. If you are 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.

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 410-767-0012, 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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