Financial Specialist Ii

Fairfax, Virginia
$59,679.36 - $99,466.43 Annually
Nov 14, 2020
Nov 28, 2020
Full Time
Job Announcement

Under the general supervision of a Financial Specialist III in the Department of Neighborhood & Community Services (NCS), performs a variety of complex finance and budget functions supporting various programs in the department. Activities include financial management of General Fund and Grant funded programs, monitoring of revenues and expenditures for assigned budgets, performing personnel and operating projections, reviewing program requests for supplies and services, and participating in audits. Responsible for preparing annual budget submission materials for assigned programs, monthly and quarterly grant reports and reimbursement requests, and assisting program staff with the completion of grant applications. Serves as a budget liaison with other county departments on joint initiatives, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), grantor agencies, and program staff. Must be able to analyze large data sets in order to complete monthly reconciliations and calculate cost allocations across multiple programs. Processes journal entries and other financial transactions. Serves as a subject matter expert on financial matters and budget processes in order to assist and advise program staff on how to prepare budget requests, address financial issues, and ensure programmatic compliance with federal, state, and county policies. Familiarity with, and the ability to interpret and follow the federal Uniform Grant Guidance is important. Participates as a member of workgroups and as a departmental financial representative as necessary. Presents budget status reports and financial information to program managers and senior budget staff. Works collaboratively with county corporate partners, the department’s procurement staff, and other members of the financial team to ensure that finance and budget matters are handled timely, accurately, and in accordance with program needs to maintain continuity of operations and services for county residents.

Note: The salary will not exceed the midpoint of the advertised salary range. Functional areas are finance and budgeting.

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 and/or analyzes financial data and makes recommendations;
  • Plans, organizes and participates in the reconciliation of funds;
  • Prepares long range revenue and expenditure estimates necessary to forecast economic feasibility of various projects;
  • Reviews and verifies postings to appropriate ledgers and subsidiary accounts;
  • Prepares or assist development of the agency budget and monitors budget status.

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.)
  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles;
  • Ability to prepare, interpret and analyze financial reports and statements;
  • Ability to develop and apply budget, procurement, and payment procedures in accordance with established county policies.

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 for "Any combination, 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; plus two years of professional-level finance or business administration experience. A master's degree in a related field or CPA may substitute for one year of experience.


The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check and a Child Protective Services Registry to the satisfaction of the employer.

  • Experience working in government finance and budgeting;
  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and the federal Uniform Guidance;
  • Experience managing grant funding and preparing grant related reports;
  • Experience using financial modules of a corporate Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system such as SAP, Oracle or other similar systems;
  • Strong Microsoft Excel skills;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret and follow complex policies and regulations;
  • Ability to present complex financial information clearly and accurately to both small and large groups of people;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to create and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers and customers.

Ability to operate keyboard-driven equipment and effectively communicate verbally and in writing. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include exercise.

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 status as a veteran 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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