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Sr. Manager Operating Budgets

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Washington Full-Time
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Job Description

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Office of Management and Budget Services (OMBS) is seeking to hire a Senior Manager Operating Budgets.  This position will have responsibility for the formulation process and provide guidance related to WMATA’s Operating Budget and long range planning as well as supervising staff.  The Senior Manager Operating Budget will be responsible for ensuring that WMATA’s financial plans are completed following WMATA’s strategic directives and in the most economically efficient manner, maintaining relationships and fostering cooperation and trust among a diverse group of department managers.  Activities will include, but are not limited to, financial and statistical analysis, preparation of detailed business cases and detailed projections with appropriate supporting documentation, financial liaison for OMBS and field offices, etc.  The successful candidate will have excellent communication and organizational skills and ability to multitask and meet constant deadlines, excellent supervisory skills, ability to present information for decision makers, expert knowledge of excel and access. 

Minimum Qualifications:


Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Business Administration, Public Administration or a related field. Master's degree, preferred.


A minimum of (ten) 10 years of progressively responsible experience in managing, supervising, administering, and evaluating operating and/or capital budgets including unionized organizations and/or public entities preferred.


Master’s degree or MBA from an accredited business school preferred.

Medical Group:

Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this job, if required. Incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation(s).

Job Summary/Essential Functions:

This position has overall responsibility for managing the authorities’ operating budget. The incumbent ensures that the annual operating budget formulation is efficiently and accurately administered. The incumbent will be responsible for reviewing and analyzing confidential labor cost assumptions and information, both current and projected. Develops and executes clear and meaningful, analysis of business processes in all areas of the authority’s operating budget. Coordinates cross-departmental, cross-functional teams to develop and execute the operating budget. The incumbent has substantial latitude for independent judgement and action. Additional responsibility include the preparation of financial analyses and reports relating to operating budget variances and forecasts. This position involves high level systems analysis, professional quantitative financial and business analysis. The position reports directly to the Director, Operating Budget.

Assists the Director in the annual budget formulation to include personnel and non-personnel budgeting across multiple unions and business units.

Manages and interprets budgetary impacts of the collective bargaining agreements

Create and maintain the annual fringe benefits model.

Performs monthly authority-wide departmental and programmatic variance analysis and reporting.

Prepares Authority-wide and departmental personnel expense variance reports explaining trends in personnel expenses.

Creates and maintains monthly overtime and vacancy rate dashboards.

Manages WMATA position requests, changes and reclassification process.

Reconciles and resolve data variations among systems.

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.

Evaluation Criteria:

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:

  • Personal Interview
  • Skills Assessments
  • Verification of education and experience
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Credit history report for positions with fiduciary responsibilities
  • Successful completion of a medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening
  • Review of a current Motor Vehicle Report


Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, a Federal contractor, is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability, or status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law, except where a bona fide occupational qualification exists.  Our hiring process is designed to be accessible and free from discrimination.

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.


Skills required

Financial Analysis
Master Of Business Administration (Mba)
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The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) was created by an interstate compact in 1967 to plan, develop, build, finance, and operate a balanced regional transportation system in the national capital area. The Authority began building its rail system in 1969, acquired four regional bus systems in 1973, and began operating the first phase of Metrorail in 1976. Today, Metrorail serves 86 stations and has 106 miles of track. Metrobus serves the nation's capital 24 hours a day, seven days a week with 1,500 buses. Metrorail and Metrobus serve a population of 3.4 million within a 1,500-square mile jurisdiction. Metro began its paratransit service, MetroAccess, in 1994; it provides about 1.5 million trips per year.

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