Budget & Fiscal Strategy Manager, Town of Fuquay-Varina (closes 7/24/21)

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Closing: 7/24/21 5:00pm EST
Salary Range: $66,859 – $86,917 annually

Job Description:

This position performs difficult professional and administrative work involving budget preparation, financial and operational analysis, and special projects. An employee in this class collaborates in a fast paced, evolving environment and manages daily, a variety of tasks.  An employee must adapt to change through continuous learning and empowers others through shared knowledge.  Also provides additional leadership and time on various budgetary, financial, process improvement, and efficiency enhancement matters. Work is performed under general supervision of the Finance Director with limited daily direction.  Work will include collaboration with Management and all departments to bring together the strategic plan and budget direction.

Essential Duties & Tasks:

Budget Preparation & Analysis

  • Provides operational analysis and decision support for departments, including working with departments to identify and evaluate operational improvements, build analytical capacity within departments, and improve data collection and data utilization in decision-making.
  • Analyzes operating budgets to identify trends affecting budget needs.
  • Consults with department heads to ensure adjustments are made in accordance with budget changes to facilitate long term planning; develops financial forecasting and techniques through computer models.
  • Researches, evaluates, and implements any new expense/revenue business models to help guide future decisions based upon budgetary impacts.
  • Researches and makes recommendations on cost saving measures.
  • Coordinates directly with other department’s budget administrators to ensure proper understanding and utilization of budget information.
  • Prepares the recommended annual budget; compiles historical information, prepares forecasts, reviews, and analyzes performance indicators for the Town budget; performs multi-year budget planning; serves with the Town Manager, Assistant Town Managers, and Finance Director as part of the budget development committee.
  • Participates in developing the Town’s budget process, coordinates communication with departments.
  • Instructs and assists departments and staff in compliance with established guidelines;Assists Finance Director and Assistant Town Manager with development of the Town’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP); assists with determining and maintaining the Town’s adopted capital goals, advocates for capital planning, and regularly monitors the CIP for needed updates.
  • Ensures integration of the CIP with the annual operating budget.
  • Provides year-round budget analysis; advises the Finance Director and Management on budget matters.
  • Develops a controlled budget strategy for program needs to include short-term, intermediate, and long-range projections for resource allocation and appropriations; ensures budget strategy is integrated with overarching Town goals.
  • Coordinates the development and implementation of capital improvement programs, including bond projects.
  • Coordinates bond projects.
  • Prepares regular and special budget reports to interpret budget directives and to establish policies for carrying out directives.
  • Prepares presentations on budget matters presented to the Town Council and to the public for hearings, workshops, and forums.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of the North Carolina Budget and Fiscal Control Act as updated and revised to ensure the Town’s compliance.
  • Reviews department requests that require a budget adjustment throughout the year.
  • Ensures budget book meets GFOA requirements.
  • Develops personnel budget; monitors staffing levels throughout the year to identify trends; reviews and makes recommendations on any new or changed position throughout the year.

Operational Analysis

  • Seeks opportunities for implementing initiatives outlined in the Town’s Strategic plan; makes recommendations for implementation strategies.
  • Directs and participates in analysis of methods and procedures and development of
    systems and methods of operations.
  • Advises Department Heads on work methods and procedures; Responds to requests for procedural assistance from departments.
  • Assists Town Departments in identifying new initiatives, troubleshooting, and/or implementation of high-profile programs or services.
  • Leads efficiency/optimization studies to include workload tracking to evaluate all programs and positions; Identifies opportunities for reorganization and consolidation of tasks.
  • Identifies ways to improve or enhance efficiency and effectiveness across department lines.
  • Continuously monitors & analyzes Town operations and internal processes.
  • Makes recommendations to the Town Manager for opportunities to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, ensure seamless and sensible customer service experiences, and cooperative working environments.
  • Reviews Town fees and charges to identify palatable revenue enhancements.
  • Performs other appropriate duties as may be assigned.

Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of municipal administration and governmental budgeting.
  • Considerable knowledge of the laws and regulations governing municipal financial practices and procedures.
  • Considerable knowledge of research techniques and sources and availability of information.
  • Considerable knowledge of revenue forecasting and expenditure analysis.
  • Considerable knowledge of municipal operations.
  • Considerable knowledge of microcomputers and appropriate software packages.
  • Ability to analyze budgets, financial information, policies, and procedures and make recommendations.
  • Ability to be organized and systematic in the work; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with department directors, supervisors, and employees.
  • Ability to express ideas clearly and effectively, orally and in writing.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of stooping, reaching, standing, lifting, walking, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing and repetitive motions.
  • Must be able to perform sedentary work exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.
  • Must possess the visual acuity to prepare data and statistics, work with accounting processes, operate a computer terminal, and make visual inspections.

Desirable Education and Experience: Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, or related field and 3-5 years of experience in public sector budget or program analysis and/or management.