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Chief Financial and Operating Planning Officer

Recruitment #23-005482-0034


This is a permanent Management Service Position with full State of Maryland Benefits. As a State agency,

Maryland Office of the Public Defender (MOPD) is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. MOPD is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. 

All applicants must be able to communicate with clients and visitors and possess the ability to complete tasks in a fast-paced work environment. Applicants must be able to work in various positions, and travel to various courtrooms and office environments throughout the State. MOPD is further committed to providing equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs and activities by modifying or adjusting the job application process or the job or work environment to make reasonable accommodations to the known applicant or employee to enable the applicant or employee be considered for the position they desire; to perform the essential functions of the position in question; or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment as are enjoyed by other similarly situated employees without disabilities, unless the accommodation imposes an undue hardship. Applicants must be able to operate a computer and other office equipment. Applicants must have access to a motor vehicle or be able to navigate public transportation. If a reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact Tawanda Jackson, Human Resources Supervisor, 410-767-8503, 

We are currently seeking a dynamic leader with a strong background in accounting, financial management, budgeting, and auditing to spearhead fiscal operations for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender. This pivotal role involves taking charge of various fiscal functions, including budgeting, forecasting, strategic planning, facilities management, general accounting, procurement, agency advocacy, auditing, and intake administration. 

The position reports to the Public Defender of Maryland. The Chief Financial and Planning Operations Officer will provide direction to multiple teams of finance and accounting professionals, ensuring the smooth execution of monthly reconciliation and closeout procedures. Additionally, the incumbent is responsible for generating comprehensive financial reports at both program and fund levels. These reports serve not only internal management but also interface with the State accounting system managed by the Comptroller's office.

In this role, responsibilities include the preparation of budget testimony and providing written responses to Department of Budget Management (DBM) budget analysis, ensuring effective communication and collaboration with relevant departments and government agencies. Moreover, this position includes providing annual testimony before the Department of Budget Management and the Maryland Legislature for the annual budget submission process.




6 St. Paul Street, Suite 2100, Baltimore, MD  21202


The Chief Financial & Operations Planning Officer leads an agency-level operation responsible for Finance & Procurement, Operational Planning, and Facilities & Capital Planning for the Office of the Public Defender.  This position will report to the Public Defender. The primary responsibilities of the Chief Financial & Operations Planning Officer include: (1) management of all aspects of the Finance and Procurement functions, (2) management of all aspects of the Operational Planning function, (3) management of Facilities and Capital Planning functions, (4) Fleet Management, (5) financial reporting for senior internal management by program and source of funding, (6) banking management, accounting and audit; (7) budget preparation and ongoing reconciliation of budget progress reports; (8) supervision of Grant Accounting, Controller of General and Administrative Expense Accounting; (9) preparation of general ledger entries relying on grant and general and administrative expense subledgers, production of trial balances and financial statements by program and funding source with the goal of undergoing independent financial audit.

The Chief Financial & Operations Planning Officer must be able to communicate with and motivate staff, be well-versed in using software analytical functions, i.e. Excel, advise senior management and oversee implementation of new and enhancements of existing software systems and solutions, effectively communicate with the senior management team at OPD.  This position oversees accounting and financial management staff, works closely with the procurement team on vendor management and transactional processing, interfaces with multiple divisions at OPD on processing numerous state-funded and federally funded programs and operating expenditures.


  • Possession of a Certified Public Accounting (CPA) certification
  • Budget administration and preparation experience
  • Competence with financial management information systems
  • Knowledge of state accounting and budgeting practices, procedures and policies10+ years of supervisory experience

A Masters in Business Administration with additional experience in finance or accounting may be substituted for the CPA requirement.


  • Preference will be given to Certified Public Accountants or candidates who have demonstrated management and supervision experience, as well as strong financial analysis and financial accounting experience.
  • Financial analysis experience by applying generally accepted accounting principles working with or reporting to the General Accounting Division, Maryland Comptroller's Office.
  • Financial analysis experience by applying generally accepted accounting principles working with independent audit firms.
  • Experience with implementing Governmental Accounting Standard Board (GASB) and Financial Accounting Standard Board (FASB) pronouncements.
  • Demonstrated accounting system  implementation and management experience. 
  • Experience using FMIS, BARS, eMMA and other State financial and procurement systems


A current Certified Public Accountant License. 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.


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 lists may be used to fill future vacancies of the same classification.  Successful candidates must document eligibility to work in the U.S. upon hire.


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.


Specific educational and experience requirements are set by the agency based on the essential job functions assigned to the position.


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

Janynee Bailey-Covington
Office of the Public Defender 
Human Resources Division 
6 St. Paul Street, Suite 1304
Baltimore, MD 21202

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  Please include the following information in the body of the email:

  • Attn:  Janynee Bailey-Covington 
  • 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 410-767-8500 TTY Users:  call vial 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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