Director, Accounting & Finance (Controller)

Director, Accounting & Finance (Controller)
Baltimore County Public Schools Division of Fiscal Services
 Towson, Maryland
Job Description

DEFINITION: Serves as a principal advisor to the chief financial officer and management staff in all financial matters, providing financial information for decision making and presentations to the Board of Education, government agencies, school system staff, business leaders, parents, community members, and others, as necessary. Collaborates with other office/division heads in audit; curriculum and instruction; fiscal services, support services; schools; and information technology. Ensures that all initiatives support the goals identified in the system’s strategic plan.


  • Advises the chief financial officer on matters relating to finance and accounting.
  • Provides leadership in all accounting operations including activities related to capital, general, grant, payroll, and school activity fund accounting; banking and investments; and fixed assets.
  • Maintains systemwide accounting policies and procedures for all accounting & financial reporting processes. Interprets and implements Governmental Accounting Standards Board pronouncements. Establishes guidelines and maintains system-wide chart of accounts in accordance with the Maryland State Department of Education reporting structure.
  • Manages all accounting & financial reporting for operating funds, restricted grant funds, capital projects, payroll and fringe benefits, payroll withholdings, balance sheet accounts, banking and investments, and fixed assets.
  • Ensures maintenance of financial records for all accounting transactions, systems, ledgers, reports, and related documentation.
  • Develops and monitors internal control procedures to ensure the effective safeguarding of system assets. Maintains internal controls and accounting procedures for restricted grant funds to ensure funds are used appropriately in accordance with state and federal regulations and guidance.
  • Provides leadership for the new Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system implementation project. Coordinates with information technology on the conversion of accounting data from the current system to the new ERP system, and on the development of key external interfaces and reports.
  • Establishes processes for meeting all required financial reporting to funding authorities, oversight bodies, the Board of Education, and other required organizations in accordance with legal mandates, regulations, and audit requirements.
  • Coordinates preparation of monthly and annual financial reporting requirements, including monthly State reports; MSDE monthly grant reports and annual financial reports; and the monthly financial report to the Board of Education.
  • Develops processes to ensure collection of information necessary for completing the governmental funds and entity-wide GAAP financial statements, footnotes disclosures, management discussion & analysis, supplementary data, and statistical data for the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report.
  • Oversees the annual financial statement audit, Single Audit, state aid audits, and other periodic audits conducted by independent auditors. Acts as liaison with auditors and coordinates scheduling and collection of required information. Coordinates response to, and resolution of, any audit findings.
  • Supervises and evaluates professional and administrative support staff. Trains and counsels’ employees on performance and other issues.
  • Establishes annual and year-end fiscal calendars for schools and offices. Provides accounting services and training to all schools and offices.
  • Implements and recommends changes to Board of Education policies and superintendent’s rules as they pertain to financial reporting.
  • Responds to Board of Education related inquiries.
  • Performs other duties as required.


Education, Certification, and Training:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, business administration, economics, finance, or a related field.
  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • Seven years of related professional experience.
  • Four years supervisory experience.


  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge in the areas of general accounting, government accounting, and finance.
  • Comprehensive knowledge in financial statement reporting, payroll, benefits, budgeting, federal and state grant regulations, and compliance. In-depth knowledge of internal control systems and processes.
  • Knowledge of all applicable pronouncements of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board.
  • Strong technical, process improvement, team building, human relations, organization, computer, database, data analysis, and spreadsheet skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to provide leadership, guidance, and coordination for major systemwide initiatives, including implementation of a new ERP system.


  • The work of this class is performed in an office environment and is generally sedentary.


  • Employees may be required to work beyond their normally scheduled hours with little or no advanced notice. Work schedules may include nights, weekends, and travel.