Job Opportunity: Assistant or Associate Professor, The University of Maryland School of Public Policy

Faculty Appointment in Public Budgeting and Financial Management
(Assistant or Associate Professor)

MTPgGjeE_400x400The University of Maryland School of Public Policy seeks a tenure-track assistant or associate professor starting Fall 2018.  The School seeks candidates with an active research agenda in the areas of public budgeting and financial management.  Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated research success resulting in peer-reviewed publications that would plausibly predict tenurability (for Assistant Professor candidates) or those with a record that is already tenurable (for Associate Professor candidates).  Because of our interest in further enhancing our connections in the state of Maryland and with local governments, the successful candidate for this position should have a research agenda that prominently features state and local issues related to budgeting and financial management.

We are interested in candidates who can teach the core and elective public budgeting and financial management courses in the Master’s curriculum, as well as being able to participate in the School’s new undergraduate major and advise doctoral students.  Two of the School’s specializations require a course in state, local, and nonprofit financial management; preference will be given to candidates able to teach it.

Applicants should hold an earned doctorate or should expect to earn a doctorate by the end of the 2017-18 academic year.  Doctorates should be in public policy, public administration, economics, or political science.  Women and members of minorities whose hiring would enhance the School’s diversity are especially encouraged to apply.

Application materials should include a letter of interest describing qualifications, a curriculum vitae, contact information for at least three references, and a recent publication or writing sample.

To apply, visit, locate the position announcement and apply online. Materials sent outside of the online system cannot be accepted. Questions concerning the application process may be addressed to Katharine Zang, at Review of applications will commence on October 1, but the position will remain open until filled.  Prospective applicants are urged to contact the search chair, Professor Philip Joyce,, at any time with any questions.

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

The University of Maryland School of Public Policy is a top-ranked graduate school of public policy and management with a faculty of scholars and distinguished practitioners. In addition to its signature MPP degree (primarily for pre-career students) with robust specializations, the School also offers a Masters of Public Management degree (primarily for mid-career students). The PhD program was recently rated amongst the top ten nationally by the National Research Council. The School inaugurated an undergraduate major in public policy in the fall of 2017, and hosts several undergraduate minors and living learning programs. It also offers a number of executive (degree and non-degree) programs for career executives in federal, state, and international agencies.

Job Opportunity: Deputy CEO, Interurban Transit Partnership (Grand Rapids, MI)


therapidThe Rapid, an innovative and award-winning transit system headquartered in Michigan’s second largest city, provides over 11 million annual rides with 28 fixed routes, as well as paratransit, vanpool and BRT service, to a metro area with over a million residents.  Ridership, up over 230% since 2000, is expected to remain strong.

Grand Rapids, named by Forbes magazine as the best place in America to raise a family in 2012, is home to several major corporations in the health care, technology, automotive, aviation, manufacturing and consumer goods industries.  The economically and culturally diverse region also boasts a host of educational and recreational entities that make it an exciting place to live, work and play.  Some fifteen colleges and universities call the region home and its renowned Art Museum, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids Ballet and award winning international art competition, ArtPrize, makes Grand Rapids a magnet for culture and art.

In addition to guiding The Rapid’s $44 million annual budget as well as its annual capital program, the C-Suite level Deputy CEO for Finance & Administration position will direct The Rapid’s Finance, Purchasing, Human Resources, Grants & Capital Projects, and I.T. functions.

The Deputy CEO will also provide strategic vision, analysis, planning and direction, advising the CEO, Board, and other stakeholders using measurable metrics.  This person will remain current on emerging industry practices and technologies to maximize the efficiency and service while maintaining The Rapid’s position as a leader in the national transit industry.

Candidates must have exceptional interpersonal/communication skills and the ability to communicate comfortably, accurately and reliably with external stakeholders, community groups, elected officials and governmental agencies.  The Deputy CEO may also be called on to act on behalf of the CEO as necessary.

A Master’s degree or equivalent preferred, as is 5-10 years of senior management experience in a transit environment.

The Rapid is an Equal Opportunity Employer and offers competitive benefits/salary.  For more details, visit: and click on “Current Opportunities,” or submit resume and cover letter in confidence to Christopher Boylan at Harris Rand Lusk Executive Search:

Job Opportunity: Director, Technical Services Center, GFOA

GFOA_Logo_monogramThe Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) seeks a proven leader, expert in governmental finance (with demonstrated specialized knowledge in governmental accounting, auditing, and financial reporting), and advocate for state and local governments to fill its position as Director, Technical Services Center. The Director position is a key component of GFOA’s Leadership Team and is involved in setting policy, developing GFOA products and services, and working to achieve the organization’s mission and goals.

Summary Position Description:

  • Lead staff of 20+ in GFOA’s Technical Services Center
  • Provide guidance and leadership to state and local governments across the United States and Canada
  • Help define best practices and develop advisories to guide policy and practices in governmental accounting, auditing, and financial reporting by staffing the GFOA Committee on Accounting, Auditing, and Financial Reporting
  • Contribute to GFOA training and publications, including Government Accounting, Auditing, and Financial Reporting (the “Blue Book”), the GAAFR Review newsletter, the “GFOA Annual Governmental GAAP Update” live-streaming event, and “The Accounting and Auditing Year in Review” session at the GFOA Annual Conference
  • Oversee GFOA products and services related to accounting, auditing, and financial reporting, including training, the annual conference program, publications, newsletters, web resources, award programs, and other content
  • Advocate for state and local government by monitoring the GASB’s technical activities and keeping members and other interested parties informed of current and pending developments
  • Help improve governments and the communities they serve by serving GFOA members and working to create more sustainable, resilient, and well-managed governments

Founded in 1906, GFOA’s mission is to promote excellence in state and local government financial management. Currently, the organization has more than 19,100 members representing over 8,200 government organizations including cities, counties, school districts and other special districts, retirement systems, states and state agencies, and the federal government. Members look to GFOA as a leader in providing guidance on best practices, technical resources, publications, and professional development and networking opportunities, and as an advocate within the public finance profession.

GFOA employs 55 employees in its Chicago, Illinois office, and three employees in its Washington, D.C. office. GFOA’s leadership team comprises the executive director/CEO and five center directors who oversee all services, programs, and operations. The Technical Services Center is GFOA’s largest department with approximately 20 FTEs. It provides technical information, products, and services to GFOA members and others interested in government finance regarding accounting, auditing, and financial reporting. At the heart of the center’s activities are five professional recognition award programs. Candidates for the Director of Technical Services Center must be leaders and experts in government accounting and finance, possess excellent oral and written skills and a collaborative, engaged management style.  Compensation is highly competitive.  Interested candidates should apply at once to Heidi Voorhees, President, GovHRUSA at  The first resume review will occur on August 20, 2017.  Inquiries about the position may be made to

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Marlowe, Kioko New Public Budgeting & Finance Editors

Sharon Kioko

Sharon Kioko

Justin Marlowe

Justin Marlowe

The Board of Directors of Public Financial Publications, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Justin Marlowe as Editor-in-Chief and Sharon Kioko as Managing Editor of Public Budgeting & Finance, effective with Volume 38 (2018). The new editors are faculty members at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, University of Washington.

Justin is the Endowed Professor of Public Finance and Civic Engagement for the Evans School. He also serves as Associate Dean for Executive Education. His research and teaching are focused on public financial management. He has published four books and more than 50 articles on a variety of topics including capital budgeting and finance, state and local tax policy, public pension liabilities, public health systems finance, government financial disclosure, and public-private partnerships.

Justin’s work spans multiple disciplines and has appeared in the top scholarly journals in public finance, public management, health services management, transportation finance, and governmental accounting. He has received research funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the International City/County Management Association, among others.

Prior to academia he worked in local government in Michigan. He is a Certified Government Financial Manager, and he holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a B.S. in public administration and Master of Public Administration from Northern Michigan University. Justin is also the current Vice-Chair of the Association for Budgeting & Financial Management (ABFM).

Sharon Kioko is an Associate Professor of Public Administration at the Evans School. She teaches the introductory course in public budgeting and financial management of state and local governments, financial management in nonprofit organizations, and electives on state and local government finance. Her research focuses on the financial condition of state and local governments, the relevance and significance of financial information in the municipal securities market, and the impact fiscal rules and limitations have on the size and structure of governments’ revenues, expenditures, and debt burdens.

Prior to joining the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, Dr. Kioko was an Associate Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs at the Maxwell School of Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She has a B.A. in economics from University of Nairobi (Kenya), a Master of Public Administration and Ph.D. degrees from Indiana University – Bloomington. She is also a Certified Public Accountant.

The Board of Directors of Public Financial Publications, Inc. also thanks Philip G. Joyce and William Simonsen for their excellent leadership of Public Budgeting & Finance during the past six years, through Volume 37 (2017). Philip is Senior Associate Dean and a Professor of Public Policy in the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. William is Professor in the Department of Public Policy at the University of Connecticut. Both are past recipients of ABFM’s highest honor, the Aaron Wildavsky Award.

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