City of Boston

ARPA Compliance Officer

Posted Date 1 month ago(10/17/2022 9:39 AM)
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Auditing Department
Regular Full-Time
Auditing Department
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This is a grant funded position, funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) expected to last through December 31, 2026 or when funds are depleted.  The position may be extended based on operational need if alternative funding is identified.




The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) plays a critical role in realizing Boston’s equitable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. These historic federal resources lay a foundation for the future and accelerate a Green New Deal for Boston. Alongside the Operating and Capital Budgets, these investments will jumpstart solutions to long-term challenges; deliver equity, climate resiliency, jobs, and health across departments and sectors; and lay the foundation for long-term financial sustainability.


The City of Boston is seeking an ARPA Compliance Officer to join the Auditing Department to help oversee the manner in which this historic public funding is distributed to support Bostonians. Under the Assistant City Auditor, the ARPA Compliance Officer will help lead and oversee the disbursement, reconciliation, and accounting of all funds received by the City of Boston from the American Rescue Plan Act and ensure that relief aid is used effectively, in compliance with guidance issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and in a manner that supports the City’s equitable recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.


Brief Job Description:


The ARPA Compliance Officer will oversee the multi-year disbursement of ARPA funding, in collaboration with key City departments and cabinets. The ARPA Compliance Officer will ensure that initiatives funded by ARPA meet their intended purpose. The ARPA Compliance Officer will be required to remain apprised of all regulations associated with usage of recovery funds.




  • Compliance:
    • Disseminate all relevant ARPA guidance documents and provide summaries to a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
    • Research ARPA regulations, ensure eligible uses of funds, and help to resolve matters of statutory ambiguity.
    • Ensure that ARPA funds are fully compliant with Massachusetts General Laws on procurement including Chapter 30B.
    • Manages contract and grant compliance functions to assure proper control and compliance with contractual and grant requirements by the City and the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
    • Work in partnership with City departments to develop and implement subrecipient monitoring procedures.
  • Project Implementation:
    • Work in coordination with appropriate City staff to oversee documentation, accounting and reconciliation of all ARPA funds.
    • Remain abreast of and properly document changes and updates to ARPA budgets, grants and contracts.
    • Provide technical assistance and training to appropriate City staff data collection, compliance and reporting.
    • Assist, when necessary, the appropriate City staff to develop RFPs and grant applications in compliance with allocated budget, all relevant regulations and City’s goals.
    • Prepares monthly and as requested financial and departmental reports.
  • Federal Reporting:
    • Lead the compilation of all necessary data for quarterly and annual reporting to the United States Department of the Treasury.
    • Monitor budgets, obligations, and expenditures of ARPA-funded initiatives to verify adherence to federal guidelines and ensure projects have the intended impact.
    • Support communication to the public about ARPA-funded projects through data analysis of financial and impact data.
  • Works closely with the Director of ARPA Implementation on compliance, project implementation, federal reporting and other related activities.
  • Work on various Auditing Grants Monitoring Unit initiatives as needed.
  • Perform related work as required.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • At least four (4) years of full-time professional experience in municipal financial management, accounting or grant related functions.
  • A bachelor’s degree in business or other related field required. A Master’s degree in a related field is preferred.
  • Demonstrates proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite applications, specifically experience in using Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Experience with Financial Database software; PeopleSoft Financials v9.2 preferred.
  • Experience with various Federal and State reporting systems preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze contracts and interpret financial documents, prepare and maintain records and compliance reports.
  • Familiarity with City of Boston financial business practices and policies preferred.
  • Ability to respond quickly in a fast-paced environment when needed.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with diverse community groups and colleagues in the City of Boston.
  • Experience working within an equity framework preferred.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to be self-directed.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.




Union/Salary Plan/Grade:  SENA/MM1-8

Hours per Week: 35


Please refer to the Salary Information section on the Boston Career Center site for more information on compensation. For each Salary Plan, salaries are listed by Grade and Step.


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