Arlington, Virginia
$54,641.60 - $109,262.40 Annually
Nov 20, 2020
Dec 11, 2020
Full Time
Position Information

Arlington County's Department of Environmental Services (DES) is seeking a Management & Budget Specialist to perform a full range of budget and financial management activities and provide financial support for a section of the large and diverse transportation capital program, which includes bus & Metro facilities, public infrastructure improvements for commuters, cyclists and pedestrians, and streetscapes. This position will also provide financial support for the water and wastewater utilities funds, which includes water distribution, sanitary sewer collection, and treatment.

The Specialist will work within DES to provide budgetary expertise to one of the largest and most diverse County departments in terms of its lines of business and expenditures. The department's operating General Fund budget is approximately $100 Million and the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for transportation projects totals more than $1.3 Billion over 10 years. Utilities Funds encompass $90 million operating budget with $500 million in their 10-year CIP.

Specific duties include:

  • Assisting with budgeting, expenditure tracking and closeout for a portfolio of transportation projects;
  • Performing variance analysis of actual expenditure vs. projected to help improve the forecasting process;
  • Working collaboratively with project managers and teams in the central finance organization;
  • Submitting requests for reimbursement of grant funds expended to various funding agencies;
  • Maintaining complete grant files including documentation related to appropriations, agreements, reimbursement requests, grant amendments, etc.;
  • Ensuring the use of the various funds adheres to the requirements for each funding source;
  • Assisting with developing annual budget requests for the biennial Capital Improvement Plan;
  • Ensuring accurate accounting for project expenditures and revenues, and preparing/entering journal entries and accruals as necessary; and
  • Entering purchase requisitions and processing invoices for payment.

The ideal candidate will:
  • Be a detail-oriented, innovative, and an analytical team player;
  • Possess the discipline and diligence to accurately track and provide detailed budget information;
  • Have the ability to prioritize, to problem solve and to collaborate with others;
  • Thrive in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment;
  • Have the capacity to quickly learn new financial and project management systems; and
  • Have a passion for local government.

Selection Criteria


  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business, Economics, Public Administration or a related field; and
  • Experience in the finance, planning and administration of publicly funded programs or related work.
Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may substitute for the education requirement on a year for year basis.

Desirables: Preference may be given to candidates with a Master's degree in a related field and experience/certification in one or more of the following:

  • Budget preparation, expenditure analysis, and accounting;
  • Grants management; and
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Special Requirements

A resume and a short cover letter detailing your interest and experience directly related to this job are required for this application. If you do not provide this information, you may not be considered for the opportunity.

A background check is required and may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure and credit check, which may require signing a release authorizing the County to obtain this information.

An assessment of MS Excel skills may be administered.

Additional Information

Work Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., with flexible work hours.

Please complete each section of the application. A resume and cover letter must be attached; however, it will not substitute for the completed application. A completed application, cover letter, resume, and your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


What is your highest level of education?
  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree (or above)


Are you a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)?
  • Yes
  • No


Please check if you have experience in any of the following (be sure the detail of this experience is reflected on your application):
  • Experience in the finance, planning and administration of funded programs
  • Budget preparation, expenditure analysis, and accounting
  • Grants management
  • Using MS Excel
  • None


Please indicate the amount of experience you have with finance, planning and administration of funded programs.
  • None
  • Less than 1 year
  • 1 but less than 2 years
  • 2 but less than 3 years
  • 3 years or more


A resume and a short cover letter detailing your interest and experience directly related to this job are required for this application. Did you attach the required information?
  • Yes
  • No

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