Budget Manager (financial Specialist Iv)

Fairfax, Virginia
$79,329.95 - $132,217.07 Annually
Jun 10, 2023
Jun 24, 2023
Full Time
Job Announcement

Use your analytical and management skills to help protect and improve the lives of children, adults, and families in our community! The Department of Family Services seeks an experienced budget manager to support the department and senior management team on financial policies, procedures, compliance with pertinent legislation and procedures, and the cost effectiveness of programs. Leads a team of professional staff responsible for budget development and management, grant and State LASER billing, audit response, and analytical support to the agency’s program managers. Learn more about working for DFS, our agency culture, and meet some of our employees online.

This position joins a dynamic, team based environment supporting the values and human service mission of the Department of Family Services. Collaborates with agency leadership in developing organizational strategies, long range planning, and service and management policies appropriate to the economic and social environment. Formulates and prepares complex analytical and statistical reports assess policy and financial impacts. Manages the policy and procedural aspects of grant operations, providing guidance to budget team staff and to program directors. Proposes strategies to streamline the use of federal, state, private and local funding streams, interacting with State and federal officials to obtain approval as needed. Plans, coordinates, schedules and directs the preparation of analytical staffing, expenditure, performance measurement and other reports and recommendations to the finance manager, management staff, partner agencies, and other governments. Oversees and manages the annual budget development process, as well as budget reviews for third quarter and year end/carryover. Coordinates federal, state and internal audits. Makes presentations on budget matters and budget strategies to the Leadership Academy, Management, Deputy County Executive, and the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church, as required. Serves as a resource to the Department of Management and Budget, DPMM, DHR, other human services agencies. Represents DFS in meetings with state, federal, and other jurisdiction officials concerning administrative, program and financial issues. Supervises a professional level staff, directing them in analysis, budget preparation, and grant and purchasing procedures. Directs the preparation of Board items, fund statements, issue statements, consolidated spreadsheets, and multiple components of state and federal applications for funding and grants.

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position job description.)
Prepares or oversees the preparation of large, complex agency budget;
Directs all budgeting, purchasing, and payment activities for the agency;
Oversees development and implementation of fiscal management and accounting procedures for the agency;
Coordinates and oversees audit processes;
Prepares grant proposals and reports;
Ensures compliance with all applicable Federal, State and County regulations and procedures.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an-all inclusive list.)
Extensive knowledge of the principles, methods, and practices of governmental budgeting and financial management;
Thorough knowledge of intergovernmental financial management, grant management and contract management;
Ability to plan and implement activities in order to ensure effective and efficient utilization of resources.

Employment Standards


Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following: (Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies.)
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in accounting; or a bachelor's degree in business administration or related field that has been supplemented by at least 6 credit hours of basic accounting principles and concepts; plus five years of professional-level experience in finance, business administration, budgeting, or contract management, to include 2 years of supervisory experience. A Master's degree in a related field or CPA may substitute for 1 year of experience.


Valid driver's license


The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a Child Protective Services Registry check, and a credit check.

Certain positions with financial responsibility within this class may be subject to criminal history record checks and/or credit checks as a condition of employment and periodically thereafter, as determined by the department head. An applicant or an employee may be required to submit a request for a criminal history record check and/or credit check to the appropriate agency; Applicants and employees within these positions must demonstrate financial responsibility in personal finances as a condition of employment.

This position is considered essential personnel and will be required to report to work during times designated countywide as approved for unscheduled leave regardless of the emergency situation (i.e., weather, transportation, other disaster).

  • Master's degree in public administration, public policy, finance, government, business administration or a related field.
  • Experience working within one or several human service agencies or human services non-profit organizations.
  • Considerable knowledge of, and five years of experience with governmental financial management, including audit response, quantitative analysis, and managing multiple funding streams.
  • Three years managing a large complex governmental budget, including two years of supervisory experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and review details, and ability to effectively synthesize information for appropriate audiences.
  • Experience with researching, preparing, and presenting reports to senior managers, and/or various committees, boards, and commissions.
  • Considerable experience Microsoft Office Suite, including high level of proficiency with Microsoft Excel to analyze and manipulate data.
  • Experience with the County’s FOCUS system for financial management and processing (or Oracle or similar Enterprise Resource Management System).

The work is generally sedentary and is usually performed in an office environment. Ability to attend evening meetings off-site. Ability to make presentations and communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel Interview and may include a practical exercise.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home (Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. DHREmployment@fairfaxcounty.gov. EEO/AA/TTY.


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