Budget Director, Cabarrus County (1/24/20)

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Closing:  January 24, 2020
Hiring Range:  $76,440 – $87,131 annually


Cabarrus County, North Carolina is conducting a comprehensive search for a results driven leader with a passion for public service to be our next Budget Director. This is an exciting opportunity to provide leadership and support for one of the fastest growing and diverse counties in North Carolina.

Cabarrus County seeks a dynamic professional with extensive experience in local government, budgeting, management, and organizational effectiveness to serve as Budget Director. The Budget Director must be collaborative, analytical, detail-oriented and a problem-solver by nature. For FY2020, the Cabarrus County budget totaled just under $300 million across all funds with 1,243 authorized positions.

About the Budget Division 

The Budget division is responsible for the development and direction of the County’s annual operating budget.

The division also prepares the five-year capital improvement plan.

The department:

  • Supports the Board of Commissioners and County Manager with financial information and guidance
  • Assists departments with financial conditions and analysis
  • Provides policy and management analysis
    Administers the County’s performance management system

About Cabarrus County

Comprised of Concord, Harrisburg, Kannapolis, Midland, and Mt. Pleasant, Cabarrus County is one of the fastest-growing counties in the state, with a population of 213,000 (2019). The community relies on forward-thinking and innovative leaders to manage the rapid growth.

Cabarrus is home to Atrium Health Cabarrus and the North Carolina Research Campus. Other industries include biotechnology, healthcare, manufacturing, industrial and business parks, warehousing and distribution, entertainment and hospitality, retail and aviation.

Duties and Responsibilities

Directing the budget process for the County’s operating and capital improvement plan including preparation, adoption and implementation; overseeing the County’s grants administration function including identification of grant opportunities and required financial and performance reporting; facilitating the County’s strategic planning efforts including the development of goals and objectives, key performance indicators and ongoing performance monitoring.

  • Direct the budget preparation process for the County’s operating and capital improvement plan including development of the annual budget calendar and process.
  • Coordinate among County Administration and departments for the preparation and submission of the Manager’s Recommended Budget.
  • Work with Commissioners to obtain adoption of the annual budget;
  • Routinely forecast the County’s short and long-term financial condition and develop response recommendations for County Administration and Commissioners.
  • Ensure position control management.
  • In conjunction with the Finance Department, oversee the County’s Community Investment Fund (CIF) and debt model.
  • Review, verify and approve budget amendments.
  • Oversee the County’s strategic planning efforts including annual updates to the County’s Strategic Plan.
  • Assist with the development of key performance indicators and monitor performance.
  • Oversee the County’s grants administration function including identification of grant opportunities and required financial and performance reporting.
  • Performs related tasks as required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the theories, principles, practices and techniques of municipal accounting, finance and budgeting
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the state and federal laws and local ordinances applicable to budget preparation approval and administration
  • Thorough knowledge of the functions and operations of municipal agencies; general knowledge of public/charter school budgeting
  • Ability to analyze and develop budget estimates
  • Ability to plan and supervise the work of subordinates
  • Ability to develop and conduct technical training programs
  • Ability to conduct detailed research and prepare reports and findings
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates.

Education and Experience

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with major course work in accounting or related field and a minimum of five years professional experience in a government budget office. Master’s in Public Administration, Certified Public Accountant and/or Budget Officer Accreditation is preferred. An equivalent combination of training and experience may be considered.

Management prefers 5 plus years of leadership experience in a governmental budget department/office, coupled with budget experience at the operating department level. Experience at that level with more than one entity is a plus.