Arlington County is seeking an experienced financial manager to support the Chief Financial Officer and the Department of Management & Finance (DMF) in the areas of financial management and budgeting, debt issuance and management, tax and revenue policy development, accounting, purchasing, real estate assessment, capital financing, and internal auditing. The Department of Management & Finance's professional staff provide financial services for the County Government, seeking the most efficient and effective use of County funds to ensure a sound fiscal foundation and the delivery of high quality services. Arlington County is a full-service local government with operating budgets and capital investments funded via the general fund, special revenue and dedicated taxing sources, and enterprise funds. The County executes a general fund operating budget exceeding $1.3 billion and a $2.8 billion ten-year County Capital Improvement Plan.
Challenges/Opportunities facing the Deputy Director
Building collaborative relationships across the organization while increasing the financial, budget and program analytical services provided to customer agencies;
Encouraging a culture of internal controls across the County and continuing the development of the internal audit program;
Streamlining the Purchasing program to meet the needs of multiple stakeholders including decentralized County agencies, vendors, and the Office of the County Attorney, while ensuring compliance with all purchasing regulations and ensuring citizens get optimal value for their taxes;
Expanding a performance measurement process and system;
Leveraging of existing and new technology systems to streamline accounting and financial processes and to improve the transparency of financial data to the public; and
Reengineering services, including continuing the development of short-term and long-range process improvements department-wide.
The Deputy provides direction for and support to coordination within the department's divisions and serves as the CFO in the latter's absence. The ideal candidate must be a high energy, articulate leader with solid fiscal management expertise and an ability to drive change.
Education and Experience: The successful candidate will possess a Bachelor's Degree in Finance, Accounting, Economics, Business, Public Administration or related field from an accredited college or university with senior financial management experience in local or state government including significant supervisory and management experience in one or more of the following areas: budgeting, financial management, purchasing, debt management, auditing, and/or accounting functions. Preferred candidates will have a record of significant accomplishments related to qualifications listed under the "Ideal Candidate" section and:
Master's Degree in Finance, Accounting, Economics, Business or Public Administration;
Financial management experience in a complex, fast-paced urban, municipal agency;
Experience in financing large programs, capital budgets, working with rating agencies and investors;
Experience with performance management programs; and
Experience with open data programs and technology used in financial operations.
Internal Number: 0450-19A-DMF-BL
About Arlington County Government
Arlington, Virginia, is an attractive, well-planned community in which to live, visit or conduct business with a unique blend of excellent location, desirable living standard, and effective, proactive government. An urban County of about 26 square miles located across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.., Arlington is best known to visitors as the home of the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery. Arlington has won recognition as an innovative, progressive and dynamic organization that is well-known for its community-driven processes with significant and meaningful opportunity for public participation.
Over the years, Arlington has received national recognition for its forward-thinking policies and practices including Smart Growth, Intelligent Communities, Best Places To Live, and Family Friendly Workplace awards.
The County Board encourages a high level of citizen involvement in local government. Arlington has an estimated population of 220,400 and is among the most densely populated jurisdictions in the country. About 39% of residents are Hispanic, African-American, Asian or multi-racial. Arlington County public school children speak 104 languages and hail from 1...16 countries. More than 72% of adults have bachelor's degrees and 38% have graduate or professional degrees.
Civic engagement is a strong value in this community. The County government continually creates effective venues for all citizens, with a special emphasis on those who are traditionally under-represented in civic processes, to become involved.