Chief of Finance and Administration

Department/Agency of position: 
Baltimore City Health Department
Location of position: 
Baltimore, MD
Salary commensurate with education and experience.
Date Posted: 
Friday, June 7, 2019
Closing Date: 
Sunday, July 7, 2019
Job Description: 

Founded in 1793, BCHD is the oldest health department in the country, with nearly 1,000 employees and an annual budget of $150 million that aims to protect health, eliminate disparities, and ensure the well-being of every resident of Baltimore through education, advocacy, and direct service delivery. BCHD’s wide-ranging responsibilities include maternal and child health, youth wellness, school health, senior services, animal control, restaurant inspections, violence prevention, emergency preparedness, STI/HIV treatment, and acute and chronic disease prevention.

The incumbent in this position serves as Chief of Finance and Administration, reporting to the Chief of Staff who reports directly to the Commissioner of Health. The Chief of Finance and Administration is a key member of the BCHD's senior leadership team and is responsible for the management, direction, and coordination of administrative and financial activities of the Division of Finance and Administration. The incumbent’s primary role is to provide administrative services to the department, (including Information Technology, Human Resources, Fiscal Services and Grants Management, Materials Management and Billing); to manage the elements of fiscal accountability and direct the development of the budget, to facilitate efficient and effective allocation of technological and physical resources, and to provide for the establishment of personnel management strategies that advance organizational goals. This position is also responsible for continuous communication and coordination with the Commissioner, Chief of Staff and other senior staff to ensure that goals and objectives set within the division align with BCHD’s mission.

Essential functions:

  1. Serve as principal advisor to the Commissioner of Health and other BCHD leadership on all administrative and financial functions and activities.
  2. Establish and/or enhance short- and long-range finance and operational goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures. Establish metrics, monitor financial performance and develop solutions to administrative challenges.
  3. Facilitate continuous improvement of financial management and administrative processes through education of department managers on issues impacting administrative functions and ongoing departmental budgetary performance.
  4. Ensure timeliness, accuracy, and usefulness of financial and management reporting for decision-making that mitigates risks and results in strong financial and operational performance.
  5. Establish effective internal controls to ensure compliance with generally accepted accounting principles, applicable federal and state laws and regulations, and grant award conditions.
  6. Communicate with the Commissioner, Deputy Commissioners, and senior leadership staff regarding strategic recommendations for programs, projects, and policies which affect the organization to assure that they are timely, accurately and adequately informed for decision making purposes.
  7. Engage other members of BCHD’s leadership team to facilitate cross-department collaboration that ensures financial and administrative services positively support the organization’s evolving strategy, operational delivery, and data collection needs.
  8. Represent Commissioner and serve as Commissioner’s designee for citywide meetings involving finance and operations.
  9. Other duties as assigned.

Successful candidates should have:

  • Experience in a senior management role and demonstrated history of successful partnership with executive staff resulting in development and implementation of creative management strategies;
  • Experience in senior leadership in areas of operations, with emphasis on finance/accounting/contracting and/or human resources management;
  • Exceptional skill in analytical and abstract reasoning; organization; and written and oral communication;
  • Highly proficient in the MS Office suite of software especially Excel.


  • Bachelor's degree, master’s degree preferred, in business, finance, management, economics, accounting or a comparable field with 7 or more years of experience in a senior leadership position focused on financial management or operations.
  • At least five (5) years of experience at an executive leadership level or equivalent, preferably in a government or nonprofit organization with a budget of at least $75 million;
  • Prior experience working within a governmental entity is preferred.