Budget & Evaluation Director, City of Winston-Salem (closes 3/25/16)

Information on applying for this position is included at the end of this post.

Closing: March 25, 2016
Salary Range: Maximum Salary – $90,000; base salary and compensation is negotiable based on experience and qualifications

The City of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, ranked #1 in 2014 as a digital city, is seeking a customer service oriented and innovative Budget and Evaluation Director. The City prefers a Director who will successfully align the City’s budget with the strategic focus areas and objectives of the Mayor and City Council. In addition, the Director will employ innovative, outcome-based evaluation systems to enhance service delivery in a resource-constrained environment.

The Community
Winston-Salem, often called the “City of Arts and Innovation”, is the County seat of Forsyth County and the fifth largest city in North Carolina. With a population of over 235,000, Winston-Salem is part of the Piedmont – Triad region that also includes Greensboro and High Point and has a total population of over 1.6M. A city of dual histories, Salem was a Moravian community in the 1700’s and Winston was historically home to the RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company. Winston-Salem has grown into a vibrant community marked by a strong economy based on health care, higher education, research and service. The site of excellent higher education institutions such as Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem State University, UNC School of the Arts, Salem College and Forsyth Technical Community College, Winston-Salem is located within easy access to the beautiful mountains and the beaches of North Carolina.

Position Description & Responsibilities
The City of Winston Salem employs 2400 FTE employees across 26 departments and has a total budget of $415M. The Budget and Evaluation Director, reporting to an Assistant City Manager, oversees four analysts and an office assistant and is responsible for a departmental budget of $515K. More information about the department can be found here. The Budget and Evaluation Office provides program, financial, and management reports and recommendations to the City Manager, elected officials, city departments, and residents. The Office is tasked with helping the City manage its resources to meet the service, program, and facilities needs and expectations of the community in a cost-effective manner and in accordance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Some of the key responsibilities of the Director include leading and directing the operating and capital budget processes, reviewing and developing complex financial and management analyses (including economic analysis to support projections and forecasting), monitoring progress toward fiscal objectives, analyzing budget requests, and providing on-going effective communication with a variety of stakeholders.

The successful candidate is:

  • knowledgeable of General and Enterprise Funds, results-based management systems, cost allocation models, capital improvement budgeting, systematic evaluation strategies, benchmarking, inter-local agreements; effective at identifying, developing and applying appropriate and varied metrics depending on the department and City goals;
  • an engaged collaborator who has experience in partnering with department heads to effectively budget and manage financial resources in order to leverage financial opportunities and mitigate challenges;
  • a responsive, detailed and deadline oriented professional who continuously monitors and engages in process improvement in a service-driven organization;
  • savvy with enterprise-wide budgeting systems, such as the FMS system currently employed by the City
  • organizationally responsible and fully participative in task forces and committees as required to facilitate effective functioning of the organization;
  • a creative thinker in assessing ways to increase revenue and manage expenses with no tax increases;
  • able to effectively manage, develop and engage staff to deliver excellent customer service to both internal and external customers;
  • an excellent and effective communicator including one on one, small groups and public speaking who makes complex financial topics understandable to citizens, staff and Council Members;
  • an advocate of best practices who can confidently and persuasively present options to the Management team and the Council;
  • a flexible, results-oriented project manager who can effectively incorporate the input of multiple stakeholders;
  • values accountability while holding realistic and fair expectations of self and others to include creating specific and measurable performance standards and metrics and;
  • is successful in a culture of high performance expectations and personal accountability.


  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Business Administration, Public Administration or related field; Master of Public Administration degree preferred.
  • Minimum of five or more yearsof successful and progressive levels of budget and evaluation responsibility.
  • Supervisory, local government and results-based budgeting experience preferred.

Salary Range and Application Process
Maximum Salary, $90,000. Base salary and compensation is negotiable based on experience and qualifications. Information about benefits can be found on the City’s website. There is a residency requirement for this position within six months of employment.

To apply, please go to http://www.developmentalassociates.com/client-openings/, then “visit client openings” and then the Budget and Evaluation Director – Winston-Salem link. All applications must be submitted online via this website. All inquiries should be emailed to winstonsalemhiring@developmentalassociates.com. The application closing date is March 25, 2016. An assessment center will be held May 5-6, 2016 in Winston Salem for selected finalists. The City of Winston-Salem is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The recruitment and selection process is being managed by Developmental Associates, LLC.