Job Opportunities

Senior Budget & Financial Analyst

Vacancy Announcement:
Pay Series:


Opening Date:
Jun 30, 2020
Closing Date:
Jul 21, 2020
Number of Vacancies:
Position Type:
Full-time, Permanent
633 Indiana Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004


  1. Interviews will be conducted via Cisco WebEx during the COVID-19 pandemic
  2. Applicants from #PDS-2020-14 will be considered for this announcement; reapplication is not necessary
Who May Appy:
U.S. Citizens and those authorized to work in the United States


Starting Salary: AD-13 $102,663 - $133,465 (equivalent to GS-13)

Promotion Potential: PDS-14 (equivalent to GS-14) If hired at PDS Grade 13, a candidate may be promoted without further competition upon completion of one year of exemplary performance, subject to approval by the PDS Director.

Organization Description:

Organization Overview: The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) is a federally funded, independent organization governed by an eleven-member Board of Trustees. PDS provides legal representation to individuals facing a loss of freedom in the local criminal, delinquency, and mental health systems in the District of Columbia. PDS’s approximately 220 employees comprised of attorneys, social workers, investigators, administrative, and technical staff collaborates with each other to advance the PDS mission. PDS’s main office is located at 633 Indiana Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.  The District of Columbia residency is not a requirement for employment.  PDS is funded by federal appropriations, and all employees are entitled to participate in federal health and life insurance plans, the federal retirement plans (FERS, FERS-RAE, FERS-FRAE, CSRS, CSRS-Offset), and the Thrift Savings Plan.  Transferring employees will receive recognition of creditable federal service for leave accrual and retirement purposes. Employment at the Public Defender Service is neither federal nor District of Columbia government employment and all employees are At-Will.

Office of Budget & Finance Description: To support PDS’s holistic approach to public defense, the Office of Budget and Finance (OB&F) provides planning, oversight, management and stability of all financial activities including accounting, financial management, procurement, and budget operations. The OB&F mission is to protect the organization’s assets through effective financial planning and management, enhance fiscal integrity, ensure accurate and comprehensive financial reporting and analysis, and enable the achievement of PDS’ mission through the strategic allocation and optimization of resources.

Position Description:

The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) is seeking to employ a Senior Budget & Financial Analyst to perform a full complement of financial support, budgetary operations necessary to support the programs, operations, and personnel of the organization, including formulation of the budget request, budget justifications and presentations, and execution of the approved annual budget for the organization.

Essential Duties:
  1. Develop or recommend financial management policies, procedures, and instructions concerning budget planning, programming, budgeting and execution. Perform a wide range of analytical, technical, and advisory functions related to the end-to-end budget processes. Provide recommendations to the CFO and other top management officials on matters of budget policy, legislation, laws, federal rules and regulations, and procedural guidelines.
  2. Conduct long and short‑term evaluations and reporting to identify issues and to capture measurements of fiscal activities (e.g., financial problems/resolutions, support requirements, customer training needs, etc.).Research and interpret Financial Regulations to make recommendations in resolving complex financial issues.Performs a wide variety of financially‑focused, programmatic, and evaluative functions in implementing the financial management criteria and guidelines as they relate to the OBF responsibilities.
  3. Perform analyses of budgetary and accounting transactions that affect the accounting system and subsequent financial management reporting.Prepares reconciliations of accounting and financial data between the operating Divisions.Surveys problems and recommends or implements appropriate actions to be taken in response to changes in requirements and administrative programs.Assist with the analysis and reconciliation of past and current year fiscal transactions to identify program strengths, trends, and deficiencies; making recommendations for future program modifications to correct deficiencies.Participates in the design and implementation of internal control procedures to insure the integrity and accuracy of accounting data and the propriety of the interfaces between external and internal financial systems.
  4. Provide general and specific written and oral responses to inquiries from customers, such as financial managers, program managers, and vendors on problems involving financial operations.Acts as liaison between PDS and other Government agencies for the prompt resolution of financial issues.Assists in dealing with sensitive material on a wide variety of topics which requires knowledge of PDS operations and a high skill level in written and oral communication.The incumbent must apply tact and technical accuracy.
  5. Certifies the availability of PDS funds on financial documents and is responsible for the management control over the flow of financial document processing and the commitment of funds along with the validation of open commitment and obligation records.Track status of funds by reviewing commitments, obligations, expenditures and reconciling internal ledger/database with the official accounting system to avoid Anti-Deficiency Violations.Maintains fund control records and monitors the status of fund availability for the PDS appropriation.Provides managers with budget estimation support based on historical information.
  6. Develops and recommends methods to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of financial systems support and fund control methods.Maintains and updates financial management handbooks and other media; communicates with managers on issues of proper documentation, authorization and appropriateness of financial transactions; communicates new policies and procedures to PDS staff; provides technical financial and budgeting assistance and training to staff, provides management informational reports on use of funds, and serves as a liaison between OBF functions and the PDS Divisions and other Federal agencies; provides guidance on policies and procedures for the processing of disbursements, provides analytical and evaluative support to the OBF staff on current financial management methods and practices; reviews and analyzes financial management policies and procedures; and maintains responsibility for the operations of day-to-day budget execution activities.
  7. Participates in the implementation of new financial programs, initiatives, and directives from the Department of Treasury, the Office of Management and Budget, and the General Services Administration.The incumbent interprets and applies Federal appropriation law and PDS policy by assigning management structure accounts to financial documents for posting to the financial system.
  8. Provides support to the professional staff by reconciling general ledger account balances to supporting financial documentation.Performs special projects as assigned by the CFO, devising solutions to special operational problems that may arise.
  9. Performs other duties as assigned
Required Qualifications:

For the PDS-13 (GS-13 equivalent), your resume and work experience must show that you have at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service or equivalent and must include:

  • Extensive experience with budgetary operations: planning, programming, budgeting, and execution.  Demonstrated ability in identifying and analyzing trends in the use of funds and recommending adjustments in program spending to program managers and staff officials in interpreting the impact of and planning for multi-year financial/budgetary and program changes.
  • Expert experience with formulating and monitoring the execution of short- and long-range detailed budget forecasts and plans to fund organizational programs and support activities; planning the timely acquisition and use of funds through time-phased allotments and transfers of fund.
  • Experience performing internal control activities such as: analyzing issues and problems within existing financial policy and processes; determining appropriate reports to analyze and resolve account discrepancies; reviewing transactions for compliance with internal and external laws, policies and procedures.
  • Experience in applying knowledge of federal accounting principles and the United States Standard General Ledger (USSGL)
  • Experience implementing guidelines which include policy directives and procedures; OMB circulars, regulations, and guidelines; basic legislation; federal appropriations laws; established budget practices and procedures; Federal Travel Regulation (FTR).
  • Proficiency with Oracle or similar financial system; Advanced Excel; Word; PowerPoint
  • Knowledge of accounts payable operations and processes from requisition to payment
  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration, or related field.
Five years of federal financial analysis experience as a financial management analyst, budget analyst or similar position
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Eight years’ experience in government, non-profit or commercial financial management
  • Demonstrated experience preparing, reviewing or assessing GASB-standard financial statements
  • Specialized experience modeling, managing and analyzing large volumes of data and providing reports to higher level officials/managers
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new systems and processes, quickly develop functional knowledge, and apply new skills in a high paced environment.
  • Demonstrated success working with internal and external teams to achieve collaborative solutions
  • Related certifications: CDFM, CGFM, CPA
Application Evaluation:

How you will be evaluated: Your application package includes your letter of interest, resume and requested supporting documents. Please ensure your application package includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position. Failure to provide sufficient evidence in your application package and requested supporting documents can result in a rejection of your application package. Prior to the closing date of this announcement, PDS reserves the right to conduct phone screenings.

If selected for an interview, you will be required to complete an assessment that will assess your knowledge and skills, as they relate to this position.

Rating: Your application package will be rated and ranked among other applicants, based on your experience, education, training, performance appraisals, and awards relevant to the duties of this position. Your rating can be lowered if your application package is not supported by the requested documents.

Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application package will be referred to a hiring manager for consideration at which time you may be invited to participate in a selection interview.  


PDS is funded by federal appropriations, and employees are entitled to participate in federal benefits plans, federal retirement systems, and the workers compensation program. Transferring federal employees will receive recognition of creditable federal service for leave accrual and retirement (if applicable) purposes. Benefits include:

Federal Employees Retirement Systems (retirement annuity)
Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401K program)
Federal Employees Health Benefits (health insurance)
Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (life insurance)
Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program
Flexible Spending Accounts (for health care and dependent care)
Long Term Care
Public Transportation Subsidy (funding contingent)
Parking Space Lottery
Employee Assistance Program
Federal Occupational Health (access to health clinic and services)

How To Apply:

PDS is collaborating with Foxhound Partners in our recruitment efforts. Please use the link below to submit your application.


PDS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and E-Verify Participating Agency.