Metro is seeking a financial officer who wants to be challenged and to make a difference by providing effective financial leadership for its Department of Access Services (ACCS). This position is responsible for evaluating the financial performance of vendor contracts and developing business strategies to achieve the greatest benefit to customers while making the most efficient use of Metro’s resources.
The successful candidate must be self-directed, able to work independently, and able to communicate clearly with varied audiences. It is essential that our financial officer function as a financial advisor, be proactive, seek to identify areas of exposure, and provide guidance to fellow team members to ensure adverse outcomes are avoided. The financial officer is a key member of our leadership team, helping to develop our annual budget and associated initiatives, and providing research and recommendations that facilitate decision-making by the leadership team.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Economics, Finance, Accounting, or related field
- A minimum of six (6) years’ experience in budget program development and implementation, the evaluation of operational data, creation of financial modeling, and the application of interpretive analysis tools to communicate the story behind the data
Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position, if required. The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this position either with or without reasonable accommodations.
The ACCS Financial Officer develops, submits, and monitors the Department of Access Services (ACCS) budget in accordance with the department’s business plan and guidance received from the office of the Chief Operating Officer and the Office of Management and Budget Services (OMBS). The ACCS Financial Officer performs analysis throughout the year, and works with department leadership to ensure budget adherence. The ACCS Financial Officer serves as a liaison between ACCS and OMBS on all financial, accounting, grants, and asset management issues as well as accruals, forecasts, and required financial reporting, both internal and external. In addition, the incumbent performs financial feasibility analyses for prospective initiatives and investigative analyses to produce corrective measures in response to unfavorable financial results.
- Provides full-service support to the MetroAccess Services (MACS) Director and Financial Operations Manager in the production of financial reports, PeopleSoft receipting, and other required submittals. Works with field personnel as needed to provide system training and ensure adherence to approved budget execution policies in support to MACS office to focus efficiently on compliance functions and contractor billing, lending additional financial expertise as needed.
- Proposes improvements for department cost containment, revenue enhancements, and subsidy reductions, and conducts related analytical studies. Responds to fluctuations in financial performance that could undermine attainment of financial/budgetary goals.
- Produces presentation materials as needed for ACCS management. Also, supports approval of department budget requests.
- Conducts special budget-related research and analytical projects/studies associated with a variety of operational initiatives, including but not limited to reorganization, alternate business models for contracted services, and other accessibility-related projects by understanding the department priorities and budget requests.
- Provides support on the preparation of the annual Plan of Contracts, ensuring that it aligns with the available budget by enabling budget adherence while capturing department goals and objectives that are to be implemented via contracts.
- Prepares ridership and revenue estimates on a current, annual, and long-term basis to enable the Authority to plan for future expenses or business challenges.
- Submits monthly reporting information on department accruals to OMBS, and represents the department in follow-up meetings and requests for explanations to fulfill Authority business requirement.
- Ensures budget goals are accomplished through proactive monitoring of operating and capital budget performance, development of risk mitigation plans, and guiding and directing all levels of management within the department to ensure alignment with WMATA’s goals of fiscal and budget responsibility.
- Collaborates with OMBS in the development of subsidy requirement, forecasts, creates annual budget documents (including detailed reports), and the identification of creative and innovative business solutions that deliver cost effective quality service to facilitate relationship with OMBS and accuracy of data reporting.
- Develops detailed department budget submittal on an annual basis, and in the process, performs in-depth technical analysis of all areas of paratransit service operations and administration, including but not limited to contract administration; rolling stock acquisition and maintenance; Information technology (IT) systems; operations support; training; quality assurance; personnel and labor administration; and resource allocation. Performs similar analysis for the Americans Disability Act Policy & Planning (ADAP) and Eligibility Certification & Outreach (ELIG) offices to fulfill Authority business requirement.
- Produces reporting that allows management to review both the operating and capital budget detail, and to explain budget variance based upon the supporting detail. Completes projections and explains variance with detailed charts and data. Provides independent evaluation of operating performance trends and performance effectiveness by adhering to the budget.
The essential duties listed are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Nor is it intended to limit in any way the right of managers and supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.
Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.
Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:
- Skills and/or behavioral assessment
- Personal interview
- Verification of education and experience (including certifications and licenses)
- Criminal Background Check (a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to employment)
- Medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening (for safety sensitive positions)
- Review of a current motor vehicle report
WMATA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law.
This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment. It is not intended to replace the official job description. Job descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.