Financial Specialist Ii

Location
Fairfax, Virginia
Salary
$60,276.11 - $100,461.09 Annually
Posted
Jul 10, 2021
Closes
Jul 24, 2021
Ref
21-01350
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Job Announcement

Serves as an integral part of the fiscal team supporting the Department of Family Services (DFS). Works closely in a fast-paced environment with the HARMONY Payments Unit Manager. Will supervise a payments team facilitating client-specific expenditures for the Children’s Services Act (CSA), Adult & Aging (AA), and Public Assistance and Employment Services (PAES) from several local, state, and federal funding sources. The team consists of one Financial Specialist I and three Administrative Assistant IVs. Helps to ensure accurate account payables activities for foster care children and their families, at risk seniors, and citizens eligible for public assistance and follow all federal, state, and local regulations. Serves as one of two primary fiscal contact for audits conducted on payments made by the unit. Reconciles weekly check runs and monthly postings making necessary journal entries as required for payments outside of the main HARMONY system. Successfully resolves problems in a team-based environment and balances multiple priorities and tasks to meet established deadlines. Duties are performed with limited supervision. The position’s illustrative duties include: supervises a payments team within the HARMONY Payments Team; prepares and/or analyzes financial data and makes recommendations; plans, organizes and participates in the reconciliation of funds; reviews and verifies postings to appropriate ledgers and subsidiary accounts and implements new federal and state legislation affecting funding sources. The position’s knowledge, skills and abilities include: Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles; Knowledge of principles, methods and practices of governmental budgeting and fiscal management; 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; experience utilizing or implementing a specialized IT system for client-based purchase orders and/or experience with complicated state-driven coding and reporting systems for services and placement types.

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

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.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
None.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Requires strong analytical, computer, oral and written communication skills who can take initiative and work independently.
  • Significant expertise in governmental budgeting or accounting, financial management, program support, contracts administration, and policy analysis.
  • Degree and/or experience in economics, public administration, public finance, or accounting plus 5 years of work experience in public sector financial operations.
  • Knowledge of and experience in social services program analysis and financial management; managing multiple funding streams; and monitoring and projecting revenues and expenditures.
  • Experience in financial audits and proven track record in accurate coding and financial reporting.
  • Considerable experience using Microsoft Office Suite computer software, particularly Excel; and governmental accounting and financial systems.
  • Basic knowledge of the Virginia Children’s Services Act, foster care practices, services to seniors, and/or public assistance practices as they relate to accounts payable activity for foster care children, seniors and citizens receiving public benefits.


NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
The appointee to the position must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check, a credit check, and a Child Protective Services check.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing. Ability to use keyboard driven equipment to include inputting and retrieving information. Ability to lift up to 10 lbs. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodation.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:

Panel interview, may include practical 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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