Budget & Management Services Director, Guilford County (open until filled)

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Closing: Open until filled
Salary Range: $99,009 – $172,625 annually

Job Description:

The Budget & Management Services Director will work closely with County Administration and the Board of County Commissioners to develop, evaluate, and recommend evidence-based, value-driven, and best practice program and policy options for strategically investing limited county resources to accomplish County goals and priorities effectively, efficiently and responsively.

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

Essential Duties & Tasks:

  • 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.
  • Plans, directs, and coordinates County strategic planning and associated progress tracking and reporting.
  • 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 professional and other staff.
  • Providing various reports and recommendations regarding the status of the budget in relation to projections, including quarterly budget reviews and resolutions amending the annual budget.
  • Prepares and present in a clear and understandable manner complex information to others, including the  senior management, the Board of Commissioners, and the public.
  • Conducts, attends, and participates in various internal and external meetings for planning, reporting and public engagement.

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, making complex information understandable to various audiences.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with departmental employees, elected officials, external partners and stakeholders, representatives of other governmental jurisdictions, and the general public.


A Bachelor’s Degree in a related field with a combination of education and experience that would provide the necessary knowledge, skills, and competencies to perform the essential duties and tasks of this position. Education and experience should be clearly documented with demonstrated linkages to the essential duties and tasks of this position.

Preferred qualifications would include a 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.

Supplemental Information:

Physical Demands and Work Conditions: Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of fingering, and talking. Must be able to perform light work exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Must possess the visual acuity to prepare and analyze data and figures, accounting, operate a computer terminal, and do extensive reading.

May Require Driving: This position may require driving for this position whether driving a County owned or personal vehicle to conduct county business such as but not limited to attending conferences, meetings, or any other county related functions.   Motor Vehicle Reports may be verified for valid driver’s license and that the driving record is compatible with the county’s driving criteria. If a personal vehicle is operated for county business proper insurance is maintained as per Guilford County’s vehicle use policy.

Special Note: This generic class description gives an overview of the job class, its essential job functions, and recommended job requirements.  However, for each individual position assigned to this class, there is available a completed job questionnaire with a physical abilities checklist which can give further details about that one specific position.  Those documents should be reviewed before initiating a selection process.  They can provide additional detailed information on which to base various personnel actions and can assist management in making legal and defensible personnel decisions.