Operations Budget Officer

Washington D.C
Jul 22, 2022
Aug 08, 2022
Full Time
General Hybrid Work Statement:

This opportunity is a hybrid opportunity allowing for flexibility between virtual and in-person work subject to the Authority's telework policy.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Economics, Finance, Accounting or related field

  • A minimum of four (4) years of budget program development, implementation or data analysis, using Business Intelligence (BI) tools to create automations and reports

  • N/A

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Medical Group

Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position, if required. The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this position either with or without reasonable accommodations.

Job Summary

The Operations Budget Officer (OBO) is responsible for reviewing sensitive and confidential information, financial reporting, budget development, expenditure monitoring, monthly forecasting and related management reviews for the Department of Operations (RAIL, BUS, Metropolitan Police Detectives (MTPD), Access Services (ACCS), Office of Support Services (SSRV), Office of Design & Construction (DECO), and Operations Budget, Planning and Performance Organizational Structure (OBPP).

  • Works closely with Operations management, and prepares annual budgets for individual offices based upon operational necessity to deliver safe and reliable service. This requires in-depth knowledge of all functional areas in Operations (RAIL, BUS, Access Services, SSRV, MTPD and OBPP). Conducts independent analyses and makes recommendations pertaining to periodization of department initiatives, new programs, and cost containment efforts to the Director Operations Budget to ensure annual budget is developed in accordance with Operations and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) strategic goals.
  • Monitors operating budget performance for the Department of Operations, assesses and reports inappropriate budgeting expenditures as well as proposed corrective actions and recommendations to the Director Operations Budget. Identifies shortages and recommends reprogramming solutions to maintain budget compliance to ensure budget adherence.
  • Reviews and analyzes Operations' offices annual budget for overall cost effectiveness and cost containment ensuring adequate justification for budgetary increases or recommendations for budget reductions to the Director Operations Budget. Conducts special budget-related research and analytical projects/studies associated with various operational initiatives such as reorganization, contracted services and various projects, to ensure streamlined budget development.
  • Participates in the development of materials for the monthly Budget Statistics (BUDSTAT) meeting that communicates the overall budget status and highlights for each of the groups within the Department of Operations to include staffing, expenditures, challenges and forecasts. Analyzes trends in all financial elements of the departmental operating budget providing explanations as to budget over/under when comparing year to date and monthly budget to actual expenditures, to ensure Operations Management are briefed on budgetary matters.
  • Works closely with Operating Budget Analysts in preparing and analyzing weekly, bi-weekly and monthly overtime reports for Operations Senior Management to monitor overtime usage to include what, where, who and why. Reviews operating overtime usage compliance with the Chief Operating Officer's (COO) Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Operating Overtime. Identifies any discrepancies to the applicable operations' manager for resolution to ensure containment of overtime expenditures and compliance with the COO SOP.
  • Develops electronic solutions such as databases and spreadsheets, using query language to extract, analyze and download data from WMATA applications (e.g., PeopleSoft) designed to capture and report critical budgetary and operational data to ensure data validation and analyses.

The essential duties listed are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Nor is it intended to limit in any way the right of managers and supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Evaluation Criteria

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:
  • Skills and/or behavioral assessment
  • Personal interview
  • Verification of education and experience (including certifications and licenses)
  • Criminal Background Check (a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to employment)
  • Medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening (for safety sensitive positions)
  • Review of a current motor vehicle report


WMATA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law.

This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment. It is not intended to replace the official job description. Job descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.

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