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  • 503046
  • Full-time
  • Closing at: Nov 28 2021 at 23:55 MST


The Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) is a social and human services agency whose mission is to successfully engage children and families to ensure safety, strengthen families, and achieve permanency. DCS has field office locations located throughout the state of Arizona, with its central office located in Downtown Phoenix. DCS employs over 2,800 employees who share the common vision of ensuring children thrive in family environments free from abuse and neglect.


Grants, Cost and Reporting

Job Location:

3003 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85012

Posting Details:

Salary: $45,000.00 

Grade: 19

Closing Date: November 28, 2021

Job Summary:

The Budget Specialist supports the Grant, Cost, Reporting Unit and the Budget Office and is responsible for monitoring expenditures and obligations, participates in the development of the annual agency budget, and manages the budgets for the agency’s specialized/smaller grants and programs.


Job Duties:
  • Approves/oversees purchase order approvals for assigned programmatic areas.
  • Checks the level of expenditures from the budget per established procedures.
  • Reviews and analyzes fund transfer requests; and confers with agency officials, reviews legislation, makes recommendations.
  • Codes and submits budget information for an automated budget system.
  • Reads and analyzes agency budget requests; gathers data, confers with agency personnel; and makes recommendations.
  • Participates in planning for the next budget period by compiling past expenditure figures, estimating future costs, and making determinations of new budget figures. Confers with agency officials, program directors, and unit administrators to make determinations for budget development and planning.
  • Develops budgets for projects; analyzes cost, variables, timetables, personnel, and material costs; and makes determinations.
  • Performs other duties appropriate to the assignment
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
- Accounting and fiscal principles
- Intermediate-level financial analysis concepts
- Principles and practices of administration with special reference to organizations, fiscal
- management and budgetary control
- Microsoft Office Suite

Skill in:
- Analyzing and evaluating budget requests, and of factors and items therein
- Verbal and written communication of complex concepts
- Organizing, prioritizing and multi-tasking to complete varying assignments and meet deadlines
- Comprehending, analyzing, interpreting, and reconciliation of financial data including forecasts and projections
- Intermediate use of Microsoft Excel in leverage pivot tables, vlookup, goal seek, macros, embedding formulas, and 'if' statements
- Communicating complex material in a clear and simplified manner
- Time management

Ability to:
- Interact with a diverse audience on a professional level
- Schedule and prioritize multiple complex assignments
- Develop annual budget requests for assigned areas that are consistent with the department's mission, vision, and values
- Write reports
- Use computer programs and software
- Write and speak with clarity
- Develop budget estimates
- Be highly self-motivated
- Balance multiple priorities
- Work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven, and dynamic environment with varying demands

Selective Preference(s):

- Bachelor's Degree in Finance, Business, Public Administration or related field OR
- At least four (4) years of experience in managing complex financial statement preparation, analysis, and control, funding, financial reporting or related specialties

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Must be able to secure and maintain clearance from the DCS Central Registry.


As an employee of the Department of Child Safety you will be entitled to a comprehensive benefits package that can become effective as soon as two weeks after starting!

Benefits include:
- Paid sick leave.
- Paid vacation that includes ten (10) holidays per year.
- Competitive health and dental insurance plans.
- Life insurance and long-term disability insurance.

We also offer optional employee benefits that include:
- Vision coverage.
- Short-term disability insurance.
- Deferred compensation plans.
- Supplemental life insurance.
- Employee wellness plans

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS).  Enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment.

Contact Us:

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting 602-255-2903. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.