Budget Director, Guilford County (continuous)

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Closing:  Continuous
Recruitment Range:  $99,009 – $122,276 annually

Guilford County North Carolina is excited to offer an exceptional career opportunity to an experienced Budget, Management and Evaluation professional. While serving a growing community, the successful candidate will assist other departments, County management, and the Board of Commissioners in the preparation and management of a balanced budget, and the implementation of the county’s open data and innovation initiatives. In addition, the department assists with performance measures and leads the County’s data and innovation strategy to support a more innovative and inquisitive workforce. The Budget Director plays a major role in ensuring the County continues to be a national leader by maintaining its AAA bond rating with all major agencies.

Duties and Responsibilities

An employee in this class plans, organizes, and directs the county budget process, and assists the Manager through special projects assignments.  Work involves the supervision of a staff of professional and support personnel engaged in the activities such as operations budget compilation, explanation, and monitoring, capital budget preparation, grants management, accounts auditing, and program evaluation.  The employee works closely and frequently with department heads and their representatives, and the Manager and county administrative employees; the employee appears frequently before the Commissioners to explain budget content.  Work is performed independently under the policy guidance and review of the Manager.

  • Plans, directs and coordinates the preparation and administration of the annual operating budget in accordance with state/local/ requirements and the County’s strategic priorities by collecting, evaluating, and recommending department/program funding/operational requests and revenues.
  • Plans, directs, and coordinates the preparation and administration of the Capital Investment Plan in accordance with state/local requirements by collecting, evaluating, and recommending project funding requests and revenues.
  • Coordinates and conducts financial and operational research studies/projects and analysis of county services to determine the most appropriate allocation of county resources, levels of service, and meaningful performance measures and benchmarks.
  • Coordinates and prepares long-range financial and operational forecasts and plans to assist in the achievement of County priorities and the evaluation of future revenues and expenditures.
    Supervises and directs the work of department staff.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration and governmental budgeting and accounting.
  • Thorough knowledge of the fiscal and operational policies of state and county governments.
  • Considerable knowledge of the organizational, financial structure, accounting systems, and financial procedures of the county.
  • Ability to research and evaluate programs, budgets, and financial reports.
  • Ability to supervise the work of varied specialists in the budget process.
  • Ability to communicate effectively before a group and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with departmental employees, elected officials, representatives of other governmental jurisdictions, and the general public.

Education and Experience


Graduation from a four year college or university with a degree in accounting, business administration, economics, public administration or related field and three years experience at manager level in governmental budgeting.


Masters degree in accounting, business administration, economics, or public administration. Experience in analytics, innovation and open data management.