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Chief Budget Officer

Fiscal Services Administrator V

Recruitment #23-004532-0005


The Maryland Department of the Environment is charged with protecting and preserving the State's air, water, and land resources and safeguarding the environmental health of all Maryland’s citizens.   The Agency’s mission is to protect and restore the environment for the health and well-being of all Marylanders with a vision of healthy, vibrant, and sustainable communities and ecosystems in Maryland.

Reporting to the Director of Finance the Chief Budget Officer will put the agency in a position to succeed by preparing annual budgets and then monitoring and approving budget expenditures. The position reviews grants and prepares monthly, quarterly and annual budget reports for the Deputy Secretary and administrative executives. If you are a financial expert and are looking for an exciting career protecting the environment, please apply to become part MDE. MDE offers competitive pay, great benefits, opportunities to telework, as well as opportunities for advancement and professional growth – MDE offers you a wide range of benefits such as medical and dental coverage, paid time off (i.e., vacation, sick leave), state pension, and supplemental retirement options (i.e., 401k, 457b etc.). MDE Baltimore headquarters facility offers free parking, free fitness center, and a food court.




Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Blvd.
Baltimore MD 21230

Main Purpose of Job

The Chief Budget Officer (CBO) plays a critical role in MDE’s executive leadership and assists the Director of Finance and the Director of Business Administration in providing direction and guidance for MDE’s financial functions.  This position requires someone who excels at budget formulation, reporting, forecasting and related budgetary and fiscal analyses like performance-based budgeting.

The CBO leads the agency’s formulation and execution of the operating and capital budgets. In coordination with executive leadership the CBO reviews and analyzes budget requests; participates in financial/budget committees; creates long-term financial models using best practices to promote the effective use of the agency's resources that align with MDE’s priorities. This role will manage a team of budget/finance professionals and have significant interaction with other state agencies.

The CBO, in coordination with the Director of Finance and the Director of Business Administration coordinates agenda items with the Board of Public Works and reviews legislative fiscal notes and reports. The CBO reviews legislatively mandated reports prior to submission to the Department of Legislative Services. The CBO may be called upon to testify in the Maryland General Assembly and the Board of Public Works. 

The ideal candidate should know or be willing and able to quickly learn State Agency budget development, including the broader legislative process.  This position serves in a high-level position at MDE and requires a leader – an individual who enjoys working with and guiding, supporting, and providing excellent customer service to internal program staff.  Much of this position’s work requires being skilled at working independently on projects.  The ideal candidate will have strong time management skills to ensure deadlines are met.  The CBO 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.  


Education:   Possession of a bachelor’s degree in public policy, public administration, accounting, business administration, economics, finance, statistics, planning or political science.

Experience: Six years of experience in budget formation, accounting, personnel management analysis, or administrative work.  One year of this experience must include work in budget planning, formulation, review, or management and one year of experience supervising a professional staff.   


 Possession of a master’s degree in public policy, public administration, accounting, business administration, economics, finance, statistics, planning or political science can be substituted for two years of the required experience.

Candidates may substitute additional experience in budget formation, reporting, accounting, personnel management analysis, or administrative work may be substituted on a year for year basis for the required education.


It is preferred that the selected candidate has the following: (please indicate on your application if you possess any of the following:

  • State or local government experience.
  • Experience in financial planning, budgeting, and policy analysis; knowledge of performance budgeting concepts.
  • Budget Reporting including balance sheets, performance, budget scorecards and forecasting.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience preparing monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reports and making presentations on budget recommendations to leadership and senior departmental executives and other executive branch officials.
  • Strong analytical abilities.
  • 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.


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 and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.


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. For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service must be provided prior to hire.


STATE OF MARYLAND BENEFITS (Click ctrl+link to view all benefits)

 PERSONAL LEAVE - New State employees are awarded six (6) personal leave days annually (prorated based on start date)

ANNUAL LEAVE - ten (10) days of accumulated annual leave per year.

SICK LEAVE – fifteen (15) days of accumulated sick leave per year.

PARENTAL LEAVE – up to sixty (60) days of paid parental leave upon the birth or adoption of a child.

HOLIDAYS – State employees also celebrate at least twelve (12) holidays per year. 



Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application and supplemental questionnaire may be submitted to MDE, Recruitment and Selection Division, 1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore MD 21230. Paper application materials must be received in our office by the closing date for the recruitment. No postmarks will be accepted.

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload.  If you are unable to upload, please email the requested information to Olivia Finley at Only additional materials that are required will be accepted for this recruitment. All additional information must be received by the closing date and time. Please reference #23-004532-0005. For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Tammy Lewis at 410-537-3130.  

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850 or  This is a specific position for the Maryland Department of the Environment. The resulting certified eligible list will be maintained for one year. Persons interested in future vacancies within this classification must re-apply.  Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling: 410-537-3130 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258. 

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country. 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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