Announcing the 2019 Winter Conference Scholarship Winners

The NCLGBA Board is pleased to announce two scholarship winners for the 2019 Winter Conference:

Mimi Clemens
Mimi is a Master of Public Administration Candidate at UNC Chapel Hill. She completed her undergraduate studies in public policy and history at the College of William & Mary. Growing up near Washington, D.C., Mimi has a true passion for government and enjoys local government podcasts like ELGL’s GovLove. Currently, she works as a Research Assistant for the Local Government Workplaces Initiative at the UNC School of Government. She would love to meet all of you, so don’t hesitate to say “hi” and chat! Mimi is set to graduate in May 2020 and is looking forward to beginning her career in local government.

Rusty Mau
Rusty is a graduate of NC State University with a master’s degree in economics. He is a passionate management and budget analyst with Buncombe County and has a variety of professional experiences; other professional experience includes serving as a legislative assistant with the U.S. House of Representatives and working as a quantitative analyst with Bank of America. Rusty enjoys hiking in the NC mountains with his wife, Selena, and their dog, Bojangles (@its.bo.time).

Please be sure to introduce yourself to our winners at the conference, give a warm welcome, share a little about yourself during the networking breaks, and hold onto their contact information to make future connections.

Public Services Director, City of Claremont (first review 12/9/19)

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Closing: open until filled; first review of applications December 9, 2019
Anticipated Hiring Range: $51,000 – $63,000 annually DOQ

The City of Claremont (pop. 1,461) is seeking a qualified professional to fill the position of Public Services Director. Management seeks an experienced team builder, with a desire to focus on employee development and motivation, to replace a beloved Director who is retiring. This position performs professional and administrative work in directing and overseeing the City’s Public Services Department, supervising a staff of 7 employees responsible for 10 miles of City Streets and 24 miles of distribution and collection lines, to include 6 sewer lift stations. The City recently entered into an agreement to close both wastewater treatment facilities by 2022, purchasing water and wastewater treatment services from the City of Hickory. The position will be responsible for day to day guidance of the department and administrative tasks, such as strategic and capital planning and performance management, consistently monitoring each for improvement. Work is performed in accordance with established local, state and federal guidelines and regulations and reports to the City Manager.

This position will be filled after the first of the year and will have an opportunity to work with the current Director for approximately six months before changeover will occur.

Qualifications
Minimum of an A.A.S. and 3-5 years of field experience in construction type trades with a thorough knowledge of general construction principals, to include: the construction, installation and maintenance of asphalt streets, curb and gutter, sidewalks, water distribution systems, and sewer collections systems including sewer lift stations, or an equivalent combination of training education, and experience. Preference given to those holding at minimum a Grade B Distribution and Grade 3 Collections certification or having the ability to obtain both within the first year of employment. ORC experience a plus.

Must have a valid N.C. Class B driver’s license.

Strategic Planning & Performance Manager, City of Raleigh (closes 12/13/19)

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Closing:  December 13, 2019
Anticipated Hiring Range:  $75,000 – $104,000 annually

The City of Raleigh, North Carolina’s state capital and the second largest city in North Carolina, invites applications from highly skilled candidates to apply for this exciting position.

Job Description

The successful candidate will provide overall leadership and support of the City’s strategic plan and the City’s performance measurement and program evaluation programs. The Strategic Planning and Performance Manager will engage with elected officials, senior executives and departmental staff and exercise independent judgment and initiative based on a comprehensive knowledge of strategic planning, performance measurement and municipal government policies and practices. Work will include collaboration with departments, assistant city managers and the City Manager to align department strategic planning efforts, performance measurement, and resource allocation plans with citywide plans and Council focus areas.

The Strategic Planning and Performance Manager will have strong interpersonal and facilitation skills, knowledge of strategic planning and performance measurement practices and experience working within organizations with established strategic plans and performance-based cultures.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides expert strategic planning and performance management advice and assistance to the City Manager, City Council, City Departments, and the public.
  • Supports the Budget & Management Services Department and the city with organizational change efforts and development by assisting city staff in developing and implementing the citywide strategic plan, departmental business plans, benchmarks, performance measures and targets.
  • Assists the City in developing and managing a performance management system, starting with the creation of performance measures and targets with the objective of a meaningful and robust performance reporting system.
  • Partners with Budget staff to identify opportunities for organizational performance reviews of City operations with the greatest potential financial, strategic or operations impact.
  • Conducts and oversees organizational reviews to identify strengths and weaknesses and to evaluate operational effectiveness.
  • Builds capacity and skills within the City for continuous organizational improvement.
  • Assists the City Manager’s Office in reporting progress of the city’s strategic plan to the City Council and public.
  • This leadership position serves as visible champion of City strategic planning and implementation efforts and communications both internal and external to the organization.
  • Responds to inquiries from the press, City officials, and the public regarding the strategic plan and citywide performance.
  • Makes recommendations regarding budget priorities to align resources to meet strategic priorities.
  • Coordinates/Facilitates assignments and work related to strategic planning support and analysis among budget analysts. (May supervise staff.)
  • Ability to effectively partner with executive staff, build consensus, and deliver ambitious strategic planning milestones.
  • Ability to use data to influence strategy and innovation.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration, or degree related directly to assignment area. Master’s degree in public or business administration is strongly preferred and six years of related professional planning experience and two years of supervisory experience.
OR
An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above, unless otherwise subject to any other requirements set forth in law or regulation.

Additional Qualifications Desired

  • At least five years of increasingly responsible management experience with responsibility for organizational strategic planning and performance management, preferably in the public sector.
  • Experience developing and facilitating cross-disciplinary teams and integrating meeting design principles.
  • Experience developing and managing performance measurement systems that track and report progress on strategic plan performance outcomes.
  • Experience in survey design and statistical analysis is preferred.
  • Knowledge of current best management practices in the field of strategic planning and performance measurement.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Knowledge of organization theory, public administration, budgeting concepts and practices, contemporary management practices, practical concepts of organizational planning and performance, and strong capabilities to motivate and persuade individuals and groups to action.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of governmental financial management, governmental budgeting, and service efforts and accomplishments.
  • Knowledge of principles, practices, and techniques of performance, data processing, performance management concepts, methodology and implementation techniques, including balanced scorecard.
  • Knowledge in developing/managing original research for business organizations including survey development, analysis of results into actionable forms, and presentation of research and results to executive audiences.
  • Knowledge of high performance organizational principles.
  • Knowledge of management techniques and the ability to apply them to create effective and efficient service.
  • Ability to collect, compile, analyze and interpret data. Strong quantitative analysis capability including mastery of business statistical techniques.

Finance Director/Town Treasurer, Town of Middleburg, VA (first review 12/16/19)

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Closing: first review of applicants on December 16, 2019; open until filled
Salary: Negotiable based on Experience

Middleburg is a historic community situated in southwestern Loudoun County. The Town is home to approximately 800 residents, who treasure its sense of authentic community and charming, small-Town feel. As the commercial hub for southern Loudoun and northern Fauquier Counties, Middleburg boasts a diverse service, retail, and hospitality-based economy. Examples include the 5-star Salamander Resort & Spa, as well as the Red Fox Inn & Tavern, America’s oldest original Inn. The Bull Run and Blue Ridge mountains create a scenic backdrop that perfectly complement the Town’s charm and warmth you’ll receive. Middleburg has an immediate opening and invites interested candidates to apply as its next Finance Director and Town Treasurer.

Middleburg is a full-service Town government with 15 full-time Town employees, including a 24/7 police force. The annual Town budget is approximately $4.8 million, which includes the general fund and the utility system operations. Meal Tax and Lodging Tax account for 50% of the Town’s General Fund revenues, primarily driven by tourism and visitor spending. The Town is governed by a Mayor and 7 Councilmembers, who also appoint numerous advisory Boards and Committees. The Town Council is focused on thinking and acting strategically, innovation, business enhancement, protecting quality of life, and customer service. Middleburg is embarking on a number of key initiatives, including long-term financial planning, development of a true Capital Improvement Program, and business process improvements. The Town is planning for the construction of a new Town Office building, which will be the largest capital project in the Town’s history.

The Town of Middleburg has an immediate opening for a full-time Finance Director who will also function as the Town Treasurer. The Town is seeking a dynamic leader with a desire to make a positive impact on a historic, tight-knit community. This key leadership position is responsible for financial planning and analysis, budgeting, cash management, accounting and financial reporting, debt management, procurement, and other municipal finance-related tasks. The Finance Director/Treasurer will perform complex professional and administrative work that will consist of developing comprehensive financial strategies and analysis including long-term planning of all Town funds; manage all accounting of taxes, other monies and revenue payable to the Town; prepare monthly financial statements, report the statements to the Council on a monthly basis, and ensure that the Departments are within the authorized budget amounts; prepare biweekly Town payroll, including receipt of employee time sheets and payment of all payroll taxes and insurance premiums; manage the water/sewer accounts, record any changes, and oversee the preparation of
bi-monthly water/sewer bills; implement continuous process improvement by using technology and evaluating business practices. Other crucial areas for the Director will involve developing debt management policies and financial strategies, coordinating and analyzing intergovernmental financial matters, overseeing and supervising the preparation and maintenance of financial and accounting records and files.

Requirements include any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degrees in finance, business administration or a related field. Treasurer certification or training is preferred or for those who desire professional development, support is available to achieve certification(s). A minimum of 3 years of experience in accounting practices and procedures, payroll and benefits management, revenue and accounts payable management is needed. Middleburg uses Southern Software Financial Management System (FMS). Experience with government financial systems and budgeting is strongly preferred. It is highly desirable that the applicant have experience as a Treasurer or Deputy Treasurer with proficiency in word processing, database management, and financial management software.

The hiring salary range is negotiable based on the candidate’s qualifications and experience. Benefits include, but are not limited to, participation in the Virginia Retirement System, vacation and sick leave, group life insurance, medical and dental insurance, professional dues and conference expenses.

This position is open until filled; however, candidates are encouraged to apply by the first review date of December 16, 2019. Following this date, applications will be screened against criteria outlined here. The Town will then review recommended candidates who most closely meet the established criteria

Finance Director, Town of Waxhaw (open until filled)

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Closing: Open Until Filled
Salary: Commensurate with Experience

General Description

Performs complex executive work planning, organizing and directing the financial activities of the Town, and related work as required. Work involves setting financial policies and goals under the direction of the Town Manager. Provides leadership and exercises supervision over department personnel.

Essential Functions / Typical Tasks

Plans, organizes and directs the operations of the Finance Department, including disbursement and accounting of municipal funds, and preparation of monthly, quarterly, and annual reports. Serves as a member of the team, along with the Town Manager in the preparation of the general operating and capital budgets; reviews departmental budget requests for accuracy and justification of resource allocation and expenditures; works with the Manager in directing the formulation of Town financial policies and in the preparation of the annual budget; prepares budget amendments and journal entries.

  • Plans, assigns, and supervises the work of finance department staff
  • Reviews and monitors ongoing administration of budget, monitors revenues and expenditures
  • Performs fiscal analysis, trend analysis, revenue forecasting, debt service planning, capital budgeting and planning, financial reporting, and related financial management tasks
  • Submits periodic statements of financial condition to Town Manager and Board, as directed
  • Meets with department directors to discuss financial issues, oversees maintenance of financial records for each department
  • Reviews budget system and financial conditions and develops methods of improvement
  • Assists auditors during the annual audit of Town financial records; follows up on findings to improve financial systems
  • Maintains a general accounting system for the Town
  • Recommends for approval budget amendments and transfers
  • Manages receipt and investment of Town revenues
  • Performs related tasks as required

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Comprehensive knowledge of general laws and administrative policies governing financial practices and procedures; comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of accounting
and budgeting in government. Must have thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of a local government purchasing system; the practices, methods and laws relating to local government bond financing; ability to evaluate complex financial systems and efficiently formulate and install accounting methods, procedures, forms and records; ability to prepare informative financial reports and develop long range financial plans; ability to plan, organize direct and evaluate the work of subordinate employees; ability

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree with coursework in accounting, finance, or related field and 7-10 years of extensive experience of an increasingly responsible nature in public financial management.
Government accounting experience preferred.

Special Requirements

Possession of Certified Public Accountant designation or ability to obtain.

Management Analyst, City of Rocky Mount (closes 12/3/19)

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Closing: December 3, 2019
Salary: $49,122 – $73,683 annually

The City of Rocky Mount is accepting applications for a new Management Analyst position, which will start in January 2020. This is a great opportunity to be part of a environment of diverse responsibilities, working in our City Manager’s Office and supervised by the Budget & Evaluation Manager. This position assists in the coordination and administration of the City’s operating budget, capital improvement program, and performance evaluation, and coordinate and administer analysis projects involve Citywide operations, and those of specific departments.

Job Requirements

  • Assist with coordination and administration of the annual operating budget process, as directed by the Budget & Evaluation Manager. This includes preparing forms and instructions, training City staff, analyzing requests, providing recommendations to the Budget & Evaluation Manager for funding, and maintaining the budget software system.
  • As directed by the Budget & Evaluation Manager, collects, analyzes, and summarizes departmental capital improvement program project submissions for review, ensuring requests are balanced and prepared for evaluation.
  • Coordination and administration of the City’s performance evaluation program, including review and audit of measures, the recommendation of new measures, and monitoring of performance for impact and cost-effectiveness.
  • Preparation and maintenance of assigned records, files, spreadsheets, and document sections.
  • Monitoring assigned budget areas and determination of appropriate methods to address budgetary concerns.
  • Coordination and performance of assigned analysis projects, including a selection of methods, collection of information, conveying of results, preparation of recommendations, and presentation of findings and recommendations.
  • Assists with the general tasks of the City Manager’s Office, including customer services, assisting other employees and providing support to other departments.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with the completion of a master’s degree in a course of study related to the occupational field.
  • Experience sufficient to thoroughly understand the work of subordinate positions to be able to answer questions and resolve problems, usually associated with one to three years of experience or service.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience enough to successfully perform the essential duties of the job
  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license issued by the State of North Carolina for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

 

  • Understanding of operating and capital budgeting models, concepts, and practices;
  • Familiarization with productivity improvements concepts and practices;
  • Understanding of organizational theory.
  • Understanding of management analysis tools.
  • Knowledge of budgeting and decision management systems.
  • Knowledge of performance measurement practices. o Knowledge of state laws related to municipal government.
  • Knowledge of the City Code of Ordinances.
  • Familiarization of fiscal control practices.
  • Skill in analyzing problems and identifying solutions.
  • Skill in preparing clear and accurate reports.
  • Skill in establishing cooperative and productive working relationships.
  • Skill in evaluating and establishing written policies and procedures.
  • Skill in setting priorities for competing projects.
  • Skill in performing mathematical calculations.
  • Skill in operating computers and other standard office equipment.
  • Skill in interpersonal relations.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.

 

2019 Winter Conference Networking Update!

Good afternoon!

We are nearing the 1-month countdown to the much anticipated NCLGBA 2019 Winter Conference in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, North Carolina.  The planning committee and board is excited to present a powerful slate of speakers and activities for our membership.  We will be sending a draft agenda out next week and look forward to sharing the full details with you then.  Until then please take a closer look at some exciting highlights!

  • The “RAD Plan, Man” bus tour! – Join the natives in learning how Asheville is turning a vision into a reality with a tour of a massive road, greenway, stormwater, and civic space project in their local River Arts District (RAD).  The tour will direct members through the unique industrial and arts district along the French Broad River and showcase their use of grants and private investment to revitalize the area.  Seating is limited to twenty-two (22) spaces.  Please e-mail Taylor Floyd and copy me to reserve your spot (first come, first serve).
  • Networking Hot Spots – As we wind down on Thursday, get ready for an opportunity to share ideas, figure out dinner plans, or reflect on how embarrassing that one moment was for Paarth.  We will be hosting a room of round-table topics ranging from City-County Relations, to Best Hiring Practices and a highly acclaimed “General” conversation table.  Additionally, we will have a room dedicated to a “Speed Coaching” exercise.  Ten (10) of your experienced colleagues have offered their time to sit in a room for one-on-one conversations with our members.  This opportunity is for those newer members looking for career guidance and is by reservation only (first come, first serve).  To sign-up please e-mail Ellenore Holbrook and copy me on the message.

Please do not forget to register for the conference and lock in your hotel rooms today!  A trip to Beer City USA and the eclectic downtown Asheville scene is not one you are going to want to miss.  Did I mention that we have great sponsors making plans as well?  Look for an ELGL and Oracle partnered supper club when you visit the sponsor booths.

Registration is now closed. If you have questions, please contact Teresa Fulk, NCLGBA Treasurer.

See you in a month!

Brian Pahle

NCLGBA 3rd Vice President

Assistant County Manager, Forsyth County (closes 12/1/19)

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Closing: December 1, 2019
Salary: depends on qualifications

Forsyth County Government is seeking a transformational leader to serve as an Assistant County Manager. The Assistant County Manager is responsible for assisting the County Manager with all aspects of county administration. This position serves a dual role and is also considered the Health & Human Services Director. Responsibilities rely more on general management competencies rather than being a subject matter expert in any of the assigned departments. The selected candidate must become a resident of Forsyth County no more than 180 days after the first day of employment as Assistant County Manager.

Description

The Assistant County Manager is responsible for assisting the County Manager with all aspects of county administration. This position serves a dual role and is also considered the Human Services Director. Responsibilities rely more on general management competencies rather than being a subject matter expert in any of the assigned departments.

As the 4th largest county in North Carolina, with a population of 350,000, Forsyth County has over 2300 positions in 20+ departments and an annual operating budget of $458.7 million. Our mission is to cooperatively support and maintain a community which is safe and healthy, convenient and pleasant to live in, with educational, cultural and economic opportunities for all. We provide certain services which the Board of Commissioners has determined to be necessary and appropriate to advance this mission.

The ideal candidate will be a transformational leader and have thorough knowledge of the organization and functions of County government and must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of State law and regulations affecting County government.
  • Thorough knowledge of sources of information needed in preparing research reports and making administrative decisions.
  • Ability to assist in the coordination of the efforts of various departments and agencies.
  • Ability to explain County policies and procedures and to determine their effectiveness.
  • Ability to deal effectively with government officials, the public, and other employees.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Because of the team atmosphere in the County Manager’s Office, departmental assignments are subject to change.  Primary duties and responsibilities will be to:

  • Assist in planning, coordinating, and directing the work of the County’s human services programs.
  • Provide direct supervision to several department heads and assist the County Manager with management and supervision of County departments.
  • Oversee the Consolidated Human Services Agency which includes public health, social services, and County programs related to behavioral health, aging services, and court services.
  • Serve as a convener and collaborator between the County and external agencies in an effort to provide quality services to the County’s citizens.
  • Assist in the preparation of the annual County budget and in controlling expenditures.
  • Serve as a liaison between the departments, the County Manager and boards.
  • Attend meetings as a representative of the County Manager and presents to civic groups.

Minimum Education and Experience

The selected candidate must become a resident of Forsyth County no more than 180 days after the first day of employment as Assistant County Manager.  

Graduation from a four year college with a degree in public administration, business administration, or a closely related field and five years of progressively responsible experience in a state or local government, including two years as a manager, assistant manager, or department head. A master’s degree in public administration or a closely related field preferred. A four-year degree outside of the relevant academic field plus additional years of relevant experience may also be considered.  A valid N.C. Driver’s License is required.

Budget & Evaluation Director, City of Greensboro (closes 11/7/19)

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Closing: November 7, 2019
Salary: $98,600 – $131,466 annually

Description

The City of Greensboro is seeking a dynamic leader to serve as the Budget and Evaluation Director. This position is a member of the executive team and reports directly to an Assistant City Manager.

The City of Greensboro operates under a Council-Manager form of government. The City has approximately 3,000 employees working across 20 departments. The new Director of Budget and Evaluation will work with a budget for all funds of $566.5 million. The individual selected for this key role will lead the Budget and Evaluation Department of seven direct reports including administrators and analysts.

The Budget and Evaluation Department leads and serves City government in making informed decisions in resource allocation, program evaluation, long-range financial and management planning, and budget preparation. Specific department responsibilities include:

  • Preparing the City’s annual budget document
  • Preparing the Capital Improvements Program (CIP)
  • Leading the organization’s strategic planning efforts
  • Serving as consultants for organizational productivity efforts and management studies
  • Compiling and maintaining the list of external user fees
  • Participating with the UNC School of Government’s Benchmark Project

This job is Exempt and is not subject to the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Education and Experience

Minimum

  • Masters Degree in Public Administration, Business Administration or related field and 4 or more years of progressive experience in state or local government service delivery  including:
    • Budgeting and Financial Management
    • Organizational Development

Preferred

  • Experience with and knowledge of North Carolina Local Government Budget and Fiscal Control Act and implications for North Carolina local governments
  • Experience with Infor/Lawson Financial Management ERP or similar budget management software
  • 5 or more years of progressive experience in state or local government service delivery, including:
    • Organizational Strategic Planning
    • Contracts Management
  • Office management and supervisory experience

Budget and Management Analyst, City of Greensboro (closes 10/29/19)

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Closing: October 29, 2019
Salary: $51,913 – $62,295 annually

Duties and Responsibilities

The Budget and Management Analyst will perform varied and complex professional work within a team environment in the evaluation and management of City resources. The Analyst will evaluate departmental performance measures and budget requests, research and prepare management, productivity, and operations studies, recommend improvements to methods and systems of operations and evaluate revenue and expenditure trends. The Analyst will independently lead projects involving staff from multiple departments and, in some cases, community representatives. This individual must have strong written and verbal communication skills; assignments will include written analysis and evaluations for City Council, executive staff and public review, along with periodic public presentations. This individual must be able to maintain effective working relationships and facilitate diverse groups in decision-making processes.

This job is Exempt and is not subject to the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Education and Experience

Minimum

  • Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Business Administration or related field with 1 year experience in public sector program analysis and/or management
  • Experience with Microsoft Office software

Preferred

  • 1-3 years experience in public sector program analysis and/or management
  • Professional work experience in local or state government budget or program development or analysis, management or service delivery
  • Professional work experience facilitating/managing 1-year processes