Financial Specialist I

Fairfax, Virginia
$51,805.31 - $86,341.63 Annually
Jul 13, 2019
Jul 27, 2019
Full Time
Job Announcement

Processes financial transactions and procurement documents for capital facilities (CAP) projects and bond funded projects. Processes documents related to accounts payable, accounts receivable, bonds, purchase orders, financial contracts, and change orders. Prepares project accounting entries and financial activities related to operating and capital funds, and reporting for up to 500 open projects typically valued up to $100 million. Assists in the maintenance of bond and debt service accounting for bond-funded projects. Ensures integrity and accuracy of the financial records by performing detailed reconciliations, identifying errors, and preparing correcting entries. Participates in the year-end closing process, including accruals and reconciliations. Acts as a liaison with the divisions of capital facilities, and various departments. Supports system-reporting activities in generating reports for budget, accounting, reconciliations and audits. Serves as backup support for other accounting personnel during peak workload periods.

NOTE: The salary offer for this position will not exceed the mid-point of the advertised salary range.

Illustrative Duties

  • Prepares financial statements and reports and reviews for accuracy;
  • Oversees the processing of budget, procurement, and/or payment documents;
  • Analyzes cost, revenue and operating expenses;
  • Maintains special revenue/account funds;
  • Develops, prepares and justifies the budget for a small agency or assists with budget development for a large agency.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of accounting theories, bookkeeping, public budgeting, and grant administration;
  • General knowledge of laws ordinances and regulations governing municipal finance;
  • Ability to interpret automated financial reports and financial policies and procedures;
  • Ability to analyze revenue and expenses and make projections;
  • Ability to complete budget documents in accordance with the Department of Management and Budget.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience and training equivalent to 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 six credit hours of basic accounting principles and concepts.


Four years of increasingly complex technical administrative experience in the assigned functional area, comparable to experience at the Administrative Assistant IV, or higher, level. This class can serve as a bridge class enabling individuals who do not meet the educational or professional experience standards listed above to qualify for this class by possessing four years of increasingly complex technical administrative experience in the assigned functional area, comparable to experience at the Administrative Assistant IV, or higher, level.

Note: The purpose of this bridge class is to promote upward mobility within the Fairfax County workforce. However, persons qualifying for this class on the basis of their technical experience may not substitute this technical experience for education, or for professional experience, in order to qualify for other employment opportunities.


Knowledge of accounting principles. Demonstrated ability to successfully solve problems in a team-based environment. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, analytical skills and attention to detail. Experience preparing accounting entries, analysis and reconciliations. Advanced proficiency in MS Office Suite applications. Experience and proficiency using SAP or similar ERP financial systems. Ability to download data and manipulate data from SAP or a similar ERP.




Is required to complete a criminal background and credit check to the satisfaction of the employer.

With or without reasonable accommodation. Duties are generally sedentary and performed in a normal office environment. Ability to operate keyboard-driven equipment, phone, and retrieve documents from file cabinets. Ability to lift 15-20 pounds.

Panel interview may include an exercise.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability 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 . EEO/AA/TTY.

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