Aug 21, 2018
Oct 18, 2018
Executive, Chief, Finance
Full Time
Position Information

Arlington County is seeking an experienced, results-oriented professional to lead, plan and direct the activities of a division with newly expanded roles in contract administration and oversight, and audit within the Department of Environmental Services (DES). The Finance and Budget Division Chief will provide consolidated, department-wide management of the following staff functions: finance, budget, purchasing/procurement, capital improvement plan (CIP) development, contracts administration, and audit oversight.

This position is a key member of the department's Senior Management Team and, as the financial manager for the department, the position will be responsible for managing the finances of one of the County's largest and most complex departments ($100+ million annual General Fund operating budget, extensive other funds, and $1.3 billion capital investments over 10 years). This position will provide direct and indirect supervision to 17 positions that are assigned across multiple functional areas. Reporting directly to the Department Director but also accountable to several organizational stakeholders such as the Department of Management and Finance, this individual will monitor financial performance and develop and manage financial strategies to include overseeing internal controls, compliance procedures, and implementing operational improvements. Challenges and opportunities include budget and financial management across a variety of lines of business and oversight of multiple funding sources to include the general fund, utilities fund, stormwater fund, capital funds, and transportation funds, each with their own unique restrictions and limitations.

The ideal candidate will have executive leadership experience in budget and financial management and oversight, grants management, auditing and compliance, contract administration, strategic planning, CIP development, and policy development.

Specific duties include:

  • Providing executive management of the financial resources for the department, including tracking and coordinating the operating and capital budget development processes, and fiscal procedures and metrics;
  • Developing and managing financial internal controls and compliance processes to ensure financial operations meet regulatory requirements;
  • Overseeing grant management particularly to ensure that reporting, regulatory obligations, and execution requirement terms are met in a timely fashion and to the grantor's requirements;
  • Serving as the primary departmental liaison with the County's Department of Management and Finance senior leaders, and the Deputy County Manager on financial and risk mitigation issues;
  • Advising the Director, Deputies, and Bureau Chiefs on financial policies, procedures and decisions including existing and proposed fee adjustments;
  • Overseeing the execution of the department's operating budget, grant and trust funds, and capital funds, and working collaboratively with other departmental leaders on budget preparation, reporting, and execution;
  • Developing contract administration procedures and training to include state and federally funded projects such as FEMA reimbursements for declared emergencies;
  • Developing long-term financial sustainment strategies to guide the financial integration of business/IT systems and applications; and
  • Developing and training line staff on DES internal financial policies and procedures to provide consistency.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: A Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, or a related field, and progressively responsible financial management experience in the following areas:

  • leading and managing professional financial, contract and audit staff;
  • managing operating budgets, and capital programs including those that provide emergency services;
  • managing and leading organizational change;
  • building effective relationships with internal and external partners and stakeholders; and
  • leveraging communication skills to present financial information, strategies, or recommendations.
Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following areas:
  • Master's degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, or a related field;
  • Managing complex budgets in a public works/environmental services/transportation environment;
  • CPA or GFOA certification;
  • Contract and grants administration including regulatory compliance; or
  • Budget management through an annual budget cycle that includes providing executive briefings.

Special Requirements

Please provide a cover letter addressing how your education, experience and training meets the requirements under selection criteria highlighting your accomplishments in these areas. Please use the space provided in the Supplemental Questions section of the online application for your cover letter or attach the cover letter to your online application. Your cover letter should include:

  • an overview of your experience in financial management, contract administration, budget development and preparation, including CIP preparation; and grants management, compliance and auditing;
  • a description of the type and size of the organization(s) where you gained the relevant experience, the size of the budget, the range of financial services managed, the type of funds managed, the level and number of staff directly supervised, and significant accomplishments; and
  • a description of your experience developing long-term financial sustainment strategies focused on driving results for organizational change including a description of how your efforts lead to improved performance, operations, or customer service, or compliance with industry standards, regulations or best practices and how you worked across organizational boundaries to forge coalitions with major stakeholders.
Completion of the Commonwealth of Virginia Statement of Economic Interest form will be required of the successful candidate upon hire and annually thereafter.

Additional Information

Work hours: Typical work hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. This position may be required to work outside of normal work hours and/or during emergencies regardless of whether some or all County facilities are closed or programs and services are canceled.

Starting salary will depend upon the qualifications and experience of the candidate selected and is negotiable. This position is in the Arlington County Government's Senior Management Accountability Program (SMAP), in which Senior Program Managers are evaluated and compensated based on a performance agreement linked to the County's Management plan, and results achieved, among other criteria. For more information on Arlington's family friendly benefits, click here.

NOTE: This recruitment is open until the position is filled with a preferred filing date of Friday, August 31, 2018.  Applications submitted by this date will receive first consideration.  Interested applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. Qualified applicants in this first group will be referred to the hiring manager and interviews will be conducted on a regular basis throughout the recruitment with candidates whose qualifications best fit our needs.  Applications received after Friday, August 31, 2018 may be considered if a hire is not made from applicants received by the preferred filing date.  The application process will close when the position has been filled or when enough qualified applications have been received.

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