Budget Officer, New Hanover County (open until filled)

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Closing:  Continuous (priority consideration given to applications received through August 17, 2020)
Salary Range:  $76,381 – $129,847 annually


New Hanover County is seeking a Budget Officer to become part of a dynamic, professional county organization with a clear vision as a vibrant, prosperous, diverse coastal community, committed to building a sustainable future for generations to come.  Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, this position will oversee the development and implementation of the almost $400 million enterprise-wise budget. The ideal candidate is a collaborator and trusted advisor who possesses excellent communication skills, critical thinking abilities, and personnel management skills. Strong governmental budgeting, financial, and technical skills are vital in this position.

Essential Duties

  • Oversees the development of the County operating budget to include reviewing department spending requests; examining revenue estimations; and recommending changes in revenue rates and sources.
  • Prepares/oversees the preparation of long-range financial projections including overall operating projections, capital improvement plans, capital outlay and long-term repair/maintenance needs.  Recommends to the Chief Financial Officer possible financing plans to accommodate identified long-range needs.
  • Prepares and analyses monthly financial projections through analysis of current revenues and expenditures and estmated future impacts on the County budget.
  • Makes recommendation to the Chief Financial Officer and/or the County Manager regarding proposed reductions and increases in county services and programs.
  • Makes recommendation to the Chief Financial Officer and/or the County Manager regarding proposed reductions and increases in county services and programs.
  • Advises departments on matters of budgetary management and control including addressing current and forecasting future financial problems.
  • Plans and prepares policies, guidelines, and instructions to be followed by County staff in the formulation of the annual operating budget and capital improvement plan.
  • Makes presentations related to budget and other needed areas.
  • Contributes to cross-functional work team by collaborating to solve problems.
  • Identifies process improvements to streamline budget work.
  • Supervises staff to include prioritizing and assigning work, conducting performance evaluations, ensuring staff is trained, and making hiring, termination, and disciplinary recommendations.
  • Provides support for the Non-County Agency Funding Committee.
  • Coordinates mid-year adjustments to department budgets and formulate/update related policies.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature or level and performs work during emergency/disaster situations.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, or a related field and seven (7) years of progressively responsible finance/budgeting experience that includes management level experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

Other Information

Salary is negotiable within the hiring range, depending on qualifications. Hours are 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday.  Must be available to work during emergency situations.