Fiscal Analyst I, NC General Assembly (closes 2/27/20)

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Closing:  February 27, 2020
Salary Range:  $55,551 – $75,000 annually

Description

The North Carolina General Assembly is the bicameral legislature of the State of North Carolina, composed of the Senate and the House of Representatives. The North Carolina Constitution grants the General Assembly the authority to make or enact laws; to establish rules and regulations governing the conduct of the citizens, their rights, duties, and procedures; and to determine the consequences of certain actions.

The Fiscal Research Division (FRD) seeks dynamic individuals with strong analytical skills who excel under pressure. FRD analysts are nonpartisan legislative staff and serve as the primary budget and finance staff to the North Carolina General Assembly’s 170 legislators as well as its funding and policy committees. The budget issues are complex, diverse, and cross multiple subject areas. FRD analysts, along with other General Assembly nonpartisan staff, have a unique opportunity to provide counsel to policymakers and participate directly in the policy development process.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Working directly with legislators to develop the State’s budget and other legislation.
  • Analyzing and presenting information on existing and/or proposed programs and policies.
  • Providing accurate and reliable data and analysis.
  • Making presentations and answering legislators’ questions in public committee meetings.
  • Developing options to improve program efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Composing analyses on the fiscal impact of proposed legislation.
  • Collaborating closely with teammates and colleagues to support the legislative process.
  • Monitoring agency actions to ensure compliance with legislative intent.
  • Working objectively and impartially and adhering to strict confidentiality requirements.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

To meet the duties outlined above, candidates should be flexible, highly-motivated thinkers and communicators. In addition, the following specific attributes are sought:

  • Ability to work cooperatively and maintain composure under pressure with legislators, legislative staff, colleagues, and the public on a daily basis.
  • Clear and concise oral and written presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated aptitude for providing high-quality program development and advice.
  • Willingness and ability to work extended schedules and to provide on-call support.
  • Comfort and proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint or similar products.

Management prefers individuals who are:

  • Energized about public policy and delivering nonpartisan objective analysis
  • Creative problem solvers
  • Skilled at quantitative analysis
  • Excellent writers
  • Equally capable of successfully working independently or in a team environment.
  • Proficient public speakers

Qualifications

Education & Experience

We will only consider candidates with either:

  • A bachelor’s degree plus three years’ experience performing and presenting analyses, preferably in a public policy-related setting; or
  • A master’s degree plus one year of experience performing and presenting analyses, preferably in a public policy-related setting.

Work experience (internships, client projects, etc.) accumulated while in an academic setting can be applied to meet the experience requirements. Candidates anticipating the completion of a relevant master’s degree by May 2020 are encouraged to apply, provided that they meet all other requirements.

Public Policy Background

Candidates are expected to have a working knowledge of government functions and experience performing programmatic analyses.

Computer Skills

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate Microsoft Excel and Word proficiency in any potential in-person interview.

Human Resources Business Manager, Wake County (open until filled, first round review 2/13/20)

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Closing:  Open until filled; first round review February 13, 2020
Hiring Range:  $78,410 – $109,770 annually

Description

Wake County invites candidates to apply for a newly created Human Resources Department Business Manager position. Through strategic partnership with County leadership, the Human Resources Department provides collaborative, innovative human resource programs and services that are customer-driven and results-oriented. With 38 full-time employees and an annual operating and benefits budget of $52 million, the Human Resources Department manages a variety of services, including:

  • Benefits Administration;
  • Employee Wellness;
  • Talent Acquisition and Compensation;
  • Employee Relations and Staff Development;
  • Human Resource Information Systems; and
  • Payroll.

This position will plan and oversee the contracts, budgeting and financial operations for the Human Resources Department and Health Insurance Benefits and Wellness budgets. Duties include: contract development and monitoring while ensuring compliance with regulations and provisions; expenditure and revenue monitoring; data analysis, forecasting and metric management; project planning and management; request-for-proposal development and management; vendor management; accounts payable encumbrance management; budget validation and administration; and assisting with business plan development.

Additionally, the HR Business Manager will provide short and long-term budget forecasts and budget planning. This position is also responsible for ensuring that staff have the infrastructure and resources (space, equipment, supplies, etc.) necessary to optimally perform their jobs within the available budget and County guidelines. The position works with the HR Director in the development and analysis of metrics to measure productivity of department operations. This position supervises the fiscal and business functions of the department while providing oversight and guidance to the department Office Assistant.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Monitors expenditures and revenue budgets while ensuring expenditures do not exceed budget authority
  • Provides planning, development, coordination, and oversight of departmental contracts while ensuring compliance with County policies
  • Conducts high-level, complex analysis and program evaluation using statistics, data management, benchmarking, survey development and focus groups. Researches best practices of other comparable jurisdictions to establish performance benchmarks related to Human Resource operations.
  • Creates and implements comprehensive project plans ensuring that project deliverables are achieved on time and in line with budgetary guidelines
  • Monitors vendor performance and provides oversight of contract budgets while ensuring services meet contract requirements
  • Partners with the County’s Benefit Consultant to forecast and budget health insurance on a plan year and fiscal year basis and develop employer and employee contribution rates
  • Assists in the preparation and coordination of the annual department budget, benefits and wellness budget, and departmental business plan

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Broad understanding of governmental budgeting, finance and contract practices
  • Ability to gather, investigate, analyze, and evaluate data to make sound recommendations
  • Expert in Excel, pivot tables, statistical analysis and metrics
  • Ability to proactively analyze Human Resource data from various reports
  • Exceptional written, verbal and presentation skills including the ability to communicate and coordinate across all levels of the organization
  • Excellent time management, prioritization, and ability to work under tight deadlines

Education and Experience

Required

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, or Finance.
  • Two years experience in finance, budgeting, policy or management analysis

Preferred

  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Accounting or Finance
  • Financial/budgeting experience working within local, state or federal government

Deputy Finance Director, Cabarrus County (closes 2/7/20)

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Closing:  February 7, 2020
Hiring Range:  $69,326 – $79,019 annually

Description

Cabarrus County seeks a dynamic professional with extensive experience in local government, financial management, and organizational effectiveness to serve as Deputy Finance Director. The Deputy Finance Director must be collaborative, analytical, detail-oriented, and a problem-solver by nature. The Deputy Finance Director performs difficult professional and executive work planning, organizing and directing the financial activities of Cabarrus County.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinates, assists with and reviews the comprehensive annual financial reports (CAFR).
  • Coordinates and manages the annual external audit; assists auditors by preparing and assisting with requested information and answering questions.
  • Works on special projects for the Finance Director and County Management.
  • Participates in the maintenance, design and installation of the accounting control, policies, records and filing systems.
  • Assists personnel in implementation of accounting policies, system and programs.
  • Responsible for directing, training, evaluating staff and has substantial influence in hiring and employment decisions; reviews and approves timesheets.
  • Assists in the budget process by providing financial data analysis and estimates for revenues; verifies financial data; reviews estimates.
  • Pre-audits contracts, wires, and purchase orders.
  • Oversees the annual sales tax return for refund and coordinates data during external audits related to sales tax returns.
  • Oversees the state, federal and county grants reporting for the single audit.
  • Preparation of the annual cost allocation report.
  • Oversees the preparation and submittal of the annual EMS Medicaid Cost Report.
  • Oversees financial analysis of revenues/expenditures of enterprise, internal service and special revenue funds.
  • Participates in the the review of County internal control policies and procedures.
  • Supplies financial information to appropriate persons, organizations, and citizens.
  • Works closely with Munis representatives.
  • Supervises daily operations of accounting operations and payroll processing including reporting to federal, state, and local entities.
  • Oversees the annual processing and reporting of W-2’s and start of year payroll benefits.
  • Oversees and reviews the AFIR (Annual Financial Information Report) to the state.
  • Responsible for the operations of the Finance Department and authorized to act on management team matters in the absence of the Finance Director.
  • Performs related tasks as required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the principles, methods and practices of accounting
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the laws, ordinances and regulations governing financial matters
  • Thorough knowledge of modern office methods, practices and equipment
  • Ability to prepare and maintain complex financial reports and records
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate complex financial systems
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with County officials and associates
  • Ability to express technical ideas effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to plan and supervise the work of subordinates.

Education and Experience

Graduation from an accredited college or university with major course work in accounting and considerable experience in governmental accounting and financial reporting. Other extensive accounting experience may be considered.

Certified Public Accountant and Local Government Finance Officer Certifications preferred.

Grants Writer/Manager, Cumberland County (open until filled)

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Closing:  Open until filled
Salary Range:  $51,516 – $65,000 annually

Assigned to the Cumberland County Finance office, this position performs highly complex professional work in the areas of grant writing, maintaining a County-wide inventory of active grants, grant budgeting and tracking, grant analysis and reporting, grant compliance monitoring and periodic auditing of grant programs.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Preparation of proposals, grant applications, and requisite reports; performance of responsible, professional, and administrative work in researching, identifying, developing, and responding to public and private grant opportunities
  • Conduct research on foundations and governmental agencies to identify and evaluate prospects for grant funding.  Responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals
  • Collaborate with departments to gather information necessary for writing compelling and accurate grant proposals.
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of programs and program needs
  • Take a proactive approach in providing leadership and assistance throughout grant application processes
  • Manage timelines and deliverables
  • Research and analyze potential grant funding to determine whether there is a match between the funder’s initiatives and a related County departmental need or potential opportunities for improvements
  • Provide clear communication of proper rules and regulations for approving grants, all specifications, requirements, and objectives across all departments of the organization and management

Grants Management

  • Develop a tracking mechanism/grants inventory system to account for, record, maintain, and report on existing grants and new grant awards within the County
  • Keep the relevant staff informed about upcoming deadlines and deliverables, thereby ensuring smooth completion of work responsibilities
  • Oversee grants to ensure implementation is occurring according to the grant specifications and in the most cost-effective manner while maximizing the grants financial benefits
  • Monitor program budgets and expenditures and communicate with program managers to ensure effectiveness of grants
  • Administer grant records and evaluate financial reports to analyze progress.  Ensure all costs are expended within grant guidelines and within timeframes/deadlines provided
  • Analyze all processes in grants submissions and provide suggestions to enhance grant program entry for efficiencies
  • Monitor and analyze grant budget trends and make recommendations for cost control.  When applicable, make recommendations for future sustainability of programs if/when grant funds are set to expire
  • Accept and complete financial and accounting related projects that may involve independent research and analysis, balancing and preparing reports, training personnel, providing excellent customer service by assisting with inquiries, and/or assisting other departmental personnel with grant reporting assignments; this may involve making recommendations of process improvements to increase efficiencies
  • Perform other duties assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Must have high-level writing and research skills, outstanding written and verbal communication skills, including proofreading
  • Thorough knowledge of the methods, procedures and policies of Cumberland County as such pertains to the performance of the essential duties of the Grants Manager position
  • Thorough knowledge of principles and practices of accounting work to include performing grants management, budget and accounting activities, and financial and grant reporting
  • Working knowledge of the County’s financial systems to include chart of accounts and daily/monthly financial transactions
  • Considerable knowledge of financial systems & have significant knowledge of financial systems to analyze and modify operations
  • Considerable knowledge of the laws, ordinances, standards, and regulations pertaining to the essential duties and responsibilities of the position
  • Considerable knowledge of the organization of the County government, and of related departments and grantor entities
  • Strong interpersonal skills, creativity, and critical thinking
  • Ability to maintain cooperative and effective relationships with intra- and interdepartmental personnel, as well as any external entities with which position interacts
  • Ability to work in collaboration with team members from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures
  • Maintain a high level of confidentiality

Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, accounting, finance or a directly related field and four years of progressively responsible professional level experience to include grants management; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.

Management & Budget Intern, Wake County (closes 2/10/20)

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Closing:  February 10, 2020
Hiring Range:  $15.00 per hour, 20 hours per week

Description

In the summer of 2020, Wake will be upgrading its budget development software just after upgrading the Accounting and Human Resources systems in the spring. There will be significant opportunities to develop core analytical skills – data validation techniques; process improvement reviews; financial, personnel and performance reporting; etc.

Prior interns have

  • Lead and facilitated special projects
  • Prepared management and discussion analysis for the CAFR.
  • Conducted analysis to optimize the financial chart of accounts
  • Created tools to streamline budget development and management
  • Rewritten the department budget development guidance (aka, the Budget Manual)
  • Researched best practices in performance management, GFOA budget documents, etc.

Responsibilities

Assist with Board work-sessions, public hearings, year end close out, budget upload to the financial system, contract review, pre-audit, business planning and financial forecasting. All summer interns are invited to attend site tours to learn about diverse County operations, including the jail, animal shelter, fire training center, landfill, EMS, crime scene investigation, etc.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Teamwork and Interpersonal Skills

  • Ability to actively participate as a team member to achieve goals; with Budget and Management Services, Wake County government and external partners.
  • Ability to build and to maintain ongoing, collaborative relationships with others to achieve continuous incremental improvement toward shared outcomes.

Customer Focus

  • Ability to assess options transparently and to collaborate with candor with stakeholders.
  • Optimize solutions to balance citizen, Board and county executive interests.

Personal Accountability

  • Ability to be relied on to ensure deliverables are completed on time and as communicated.
  • Ability to monitor programs and activities independently and to recognize when your work impacts others.
  • Ability to manage routine activities with little supervision.

Project Management

  • Ability to establish and carry out a timeline of tasks to accomplish an intended outcome and timeline.
  • Ability to ensure actions are performed to achieve intended project results.

Flexibility

  • Agility in adapting to change.
  • Resilience and persistence to continue to adapt in a high-growth environment.
  • Ability to adjust course when provided feedback or circumstances change.
  • Ability to triage priorities when responding to multiple deadlines.

Problem Solving

  • Ability to identify problems, determine appropriate and possible solutions, and actively works to resolve the issues.

Communication

  • Ability to convey information clearly and concisely to various audiences — from large groups to individuals — both verbally and in writing, ensuring they understand the information and the message intent.
  • Ability to listen actively and respectfully, to confirm mutual understanding, and to respond appropriately.
  • Willingness to ask for assistance and clarification.

Education and Experience

Graduate student in a Master’s degree program in Public Administration or Public Policy.

Budget Director, Cabarrus County (1/24/20)

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Closing:  January 24, 2020
Hiring Range:  $76,440 – $87,131 annually

Description

Cabarrus County, North Carolina is conducting a comprehensive search for a results driven leader with a passion for public service to be our next Budget Director. This is an exciting opportunity to provide leadership and support for one of the fastest growing and diverse counties in North Carolina.

Cabarrus County seeks a dynamic professional with extensive experience in local government, budgeting, management, and organizational effectiveness to serve as Budget Director. The Budget Director must be collaborative, analytical, detail-oriented and a problem-solver by nature. For FY2020, the Cabarrus County budget totaled just under $300 million across all funds with 1,243 authorized positions.

About the Budget Division 

The Budget division is responsible for the development and direction of the County’s annual operating budget.

The division also prepares the five-year capital improvement plan.

The department:

  • Supports the Board of Commissioners and County Manager with financial information and guidance
  • Assists departments with financial conditions and analysis
  • Provides policy and management analysis
    Administers the County’s performance management system

About Cabarrus County

Comprised of Concord, Harrisburg, Kannapolis, Midland, and Mt. Pleasant, Cabarrus County is one of the fastest-growing counties in the state, with a population of 213,000 (2019). The community relies on forward-thinking and innovative leaders to manage the rapid growth.

Cabarrus is home to Atrium Health Cabarrus and the North Carolina Research Campus. Other industries include biotechnology, healthcare, manufacturing, industrial and business parks, warehousing and distribution, entertainment and hospitality, retail and aviation.

Duties and Responsibilities

Directing the budget process for the County’s operating and capital improvement plan including preparation, adoption and implementation; overseeing the County’s grants administration function including identification of grant opportunities and required financial and performance reporting; facilitating the County’s strategic planning efforts including the development of goals and objectives, key performance indicators and ongoing performance monitoring.

  • Direct the budget preparation process for the County’s operating and capital improvement plan including development of the annual budget calendar and process.
  • Coordinate among County Administration and departments for the preparation and submission of the Manager’s Recommended Budget.
  • Work with Commissioners to obtain adoption of the annual budget;
  • Routinely forecast the County’s short and long-term financial condition and develop response recommendations for County Administration and Commissioners.
  • Ensure position control management.
  • In conjunction with the Finance Department, oversee the County’s Community Investment Fund (CIF) and debt model.
  • Review, verify and approve budget amendments.
  • Oversee the County’s strategic planning efforts including annual updates to the County’s Strategic Plan.
  • Assist with the development of key performance indicators and monitor performance.
  • Oversee the County’s grants administration function including identification of grant opportunities and required financial and performance reporting.
  • Performs related tasks as required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the theories, principles, practices and techniques of municipal accounting, finance and budgeting
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the state and federal laws and local ordinances applicable to budget preparation approval and administration
  • Thorough knowledge of the functions and operations of municipal agencies; general knowledge of public/charter school budgeting
  • Ability to analyze and develop budget estimates
  • Ability to plan and supervise the work of subordinates
  • Ability to develop and conduct technical training programs
  • Ability to conduct detailed research and prepare reports and findings
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates.

Education and Experience

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with major course work in accounting or related field and a minimum of five years professional experience in a government budget office. Master’s in Public Administration, Certified Public Accountant and/or Budget Officer Accreditation is preferred. An equivalent combination of training and experience may be considered.

Management prefers 5 plus years of leadership experience in a governmental budget department/office, coupled with budget experience at the operating department level. Experience at that level with more than one entity is a plus.

Budget and Management Analyst, Forsyth County (closes 1/16/20)

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Closing:  January 16, 2020
Salary Range:  $49,351 – $56,754 annually

Description

Forsyth County Budget and Management Office is seeking a highly motivated, self starter experienced in local government for the position of Budget and Management Analyst.  The Budget and Management Office is an integral part of the Forsyth County management team in assisting to administer a government responsive to ever changing needs wile understanding the obligation to the taxpayers.

An employee in this position serves as a liaison between County Management, elected officials, and County departments/agencies.

Budget and Management Analyst are responsible for the formulation of the annual budget through a complex prioritization process involving County departments and management staff. The position monitors the fiscal status of assigned departments throughout the year, making necessary adjustments, and provides extensive management support and analysis as requested,  makes presentations of analysis to the Board of County Commissioners and presents agenda items to the Board during the weekly briefing sessions as required.

Work also includes conducting special studies independently or as a member of a team; and preparing and presenting reports. Judgment and initiative is required. Work is performed under general supervision and is evaluated in conferences, by observation, and by review of reports.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The employee in this position must have the ability to:

  • Multi-task and produce multiple professional reports and results within specified timelines.
  • Work with large amounts of data, interpret financial records, detect errors, and prepare financial reports
  • Maintain effective working relationships
  • Work effectively as part of a team
  • Express ideas effectively orally and in writing.
  • Research, analyze and evaluate proposed programs and expenditures.
  • Assist and advise department managers in the preparation of annual budget requests and presentations.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from a four year college in public administration, business administration, or closely related field.
  • At least two years related budget and research experience.
  • A valid driver’s license is required.

A higher education level may be considered as a substitution for all or part of the experience requirement. A four year degree outside of the relevant academic field plus additional years of relevant experience may also be considered.

Business Analyst, City of Winston-Salem (open until filled)

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Closing: January 9, 2020
Starting Salary: $58,556 annually

Description

The position will work mainly in performance management and strategic planning. This will include working collaboratively with City departments to tackle process improvement issues and on assignments from the City Manager’s Office to perform evaluations of departmental performance. The position will also provide support to strategic planning facilitation and goal attainment.

The ideal candidate should have experience in creating and using performance metrics to help manage business practices and oversee strategic objectives with a heavy focus on effectiveness and outcome-oriented metrics. The ideal candidate would also have great communication skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with departmental personnel and executive level management.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides analytical assistance related to current processes, business functions, and special projects as requested. 
  • Performs best practices research, analysis, and writes reports to provide recommendations for city processes, policy, initiatives and projects. 
  • Assists in the development and support of a city-wide performance management system measuring the efficiency and effectiveness of departmental services; coordinates and communicates performance of existing program, performance metrics, strategic and operations. 
  • Prepares and presents reports and requirements related to assigned projects to an executive audience. 
  • Prepares bid specifications and scope of work documents for projects and programs as assigned; coordinates and communicates in evaluation and selection of vendors for projects and programs as assigned. 
  • Monitors and ensures timely compliance with internal reporting requirements.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Intermediate knowledge of performance measurement and management principles;
  • Thorough knowledge of standard office suite products: Word, PowerPoint, E-mail with Intermediate to Advanced Excel capabilities;
  • Ability to communicate complex data applications and improve data management practices;
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities from management;
  • bility to identify and implement process improvement strategies for any City department.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, statistics, or related field and moderate experience in research and data analysis, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Master’s degree in public administration, statistics or related field preferred.

Business Services Analyst, City of Greensboro (closes 1/2/20)

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Closing: January 2, 2020
Salary Range: $56,066 – $67,279 annually


Description

The Business Services Analyst provides financial and business management services for the Neighborhood Development department. This is accomplished by assisting the division manager with overseeing and managing the department’s operational and program budgets, daily fiscal operations and business systems; establishing and monitoring performance measures; supervising support personnel; and managing financial recordkeeping systems and financial controls related to the federal Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS). This position provides full financial and accounting support for the department’s budget portfolios which includes federal funds awarded from the U.S. Department of Urban Development (HUD), general funds, special service district funds and general obligation bond funds. The position supports the Neighborhood Development and Planning Departments.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinates with the department’s management team to develop the annual general operating and program budgets. Performs other assigned duties including the preparation of budget notes and other special analyses and projects. 
  • Monitors the department’s expenditures and fund balances, general fund and federal revenues and miscellaneous operating income. 
  • Serves as department liaison to other City departments for all budget and fiscal matters. 
  • Collaborates with management and staff to ensure that the department remains in fiscal compliance with federal, state and local fiscal regulations and rules. 
  • Develops monthly reports on the department’s financial position and operating performance advising the director and division managers on all financial matters. 
  • Prepares externally required reports, submits reports to agencies and prepares and maintains a variety of spreadsheets and financial schedules. 
  • Prepares reimbursement requests for federal funds and state funds through IDIS, LOCCS and other reporting systems. 
  • Responsible for financial reporting systems including record-keeping and transactions including the federal IDIS and financial data elements of the Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER). 
  • Supervises the day-to-day fiscal operations of the department including accounts payable, revenue receipts, loan portfolio management, purchase orders, procurement card transactions, travel and contracts. Provides backup support for these functions. 
  • Responsible for the department’s business systems including the loan management system, Neighborly Software and other information or subsidiary ledger systems to ensure that all data transmitted for reporting remains accurate. 
  • Prepares city council agenda items, resolutions, budget ordinances, and budget transfers as required within the scope of position’s responsibilities. 
  • Reviews and reconciles general ledger transactions and prepares adjusting, reconciling and salary allocation journal entries on a monthly or quarterly basis. 
  • Supervises fiscal support staff and manages hiring, training, employee development, performance management and evaluation. 
  • Participates in the implementation of goals, policies procedures and priorities established by the department. 
  • Manages special projects including the implementation of new business systems, procedures and programs.

Qualifications

Minimum

  • Bachelor’s Degree OR an Associate’s Degree with 8 or more years of hands-on operational experience in fund accounting, financial analysis and budget management or related field. 
  • 4 to 6 years of direct experience in budget development/management and general ledger fund accounting for multi-fund program budget  
  • Prior supervisory experience with direct reports.

Preferred

  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Accounting or Public Administration 
  • Experience with Federal HUD Community Planning and Development grant programs (CDBG, HOME, ESG and HOPWA) administration and reporting 
  • Direct experience with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS) and eCon Planning Suite 
  • Experience working in a unit of local government preferably in a community development environment 
  • Community development experience 
  • Experience with Housing development finance 
  • Experience using Lawson or similar Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software 
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills and direct experience creating analytical spreadsheets, tables and graphs

Financial Business Manager, City of Asheville (continuous)

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Closing:  Continuous, with weekly review of applications
Salary: $66,000 – $95,000 annually

The City of Asheville is excited to hire a full-time, exempt Financial Business Manager to join the Public Works Department. The purpose of this position is to perform fiscal administrative duties in the management of the department’s finances and financial operations. The ideal candidate will have worked in the government sector managing the business and financial operations, providing excellent customer service to both internal and external stakeholders, have experience with fixed/physical asset management, have grant management experience and have a comprehensive background of financial and budgeting processes.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop, implement, manage and report on the department’s operating and capital project budgets and work-plans; monitor the budget throughout the year to investigate variances, reconcile discrepancies, make adjustments, etc. 
  • Projects and monitors departmental revenues, expenditures and assesses; conducts frequent analysis of budget-to-actual and provides update reports to management. 
  • Manages federal, state, county and local grants by understanding grants, preparing and submitting reimbursements, ensuring reports are submitted on time, maintaining supporting documentation, applying for new grants and coordinate with finance to ensure accurate financial grant reporting. 
  • Manages the department’s logistics, which includes monitoring, managing and providing recommendations regarding departmental equipment, gear, fleet and other fixed and physical assets. 
  • Develops and prepares materials/documents, statistics, reports, presentations and other items for City Council, other departments, boards and commissions and other internal and external entities. 
  • Supervises staff by assigning and reviewing work, conducting performance evaluations and supervising reimbursement of employee expenses. 
  • Conducts research and analysis on various financial, budget and grant related items.   
  • Ensures the department’s financial retention efforts are in compliance with State Retention Policy by maintaining database to track archived items and managing destruction of records. 
  • Attends city and public meetings to answer financial and budgetary questions; attends internal meetings to provide unit updates. 
  • Represents the department on special task forces and committees. 
  • Collaborates with various departments and agencies to coordinate effort and manage projects. 
  • Provides customer service to internal staff and external customers, which includes resolving concerns, attending meetings, participating in work groups, assisting customers as needed, etc.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Comprehensive understanding of the field and application of advanced principles, techniques and theory. 
  • Comprehensive knowledge of governmental finance and budgeting. 
  • General knowledge of grant management and reporting. 
  • General knowledge of asset management, to include fixed and physical assets.
  • Ability to interpret, process and use complex workplace data and graphics with abundant information and/or challenging presentations including detailed charts, tables, graphs and forms and/or complicated diagrams or maps. 
  • Ability to conduct comprehensive research on organizational polices and procedures, best practices and innovative techniques. 
  • Ability to compile data and prepare formal reports or recommendations which may be shared with others, verbally or in writing. 
  • Ability to think creatively for work practices, programs and policies. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written form. 
  • Ability to research program documents and narrative materials, and develop reports from information gathered. 
  • Ability to analyze situations to pinpoint problems and assist with solving problems or identifying sources of obstacles. 
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships as required by work assignments. 
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision. 
  • Ability to analyze and interpret policy and procedural guidelines and to apply this understanding to tasks. 
  • Ability to bring resources together to resolve a problem or provide a solution.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Business Administration, Public Administration or a related field; at least five (5) years of related work experience and at least one (1) year of supervisory experience. 
  • Experience working in a municipal, federal and/or state government is preferred. 
  • Experience managing federal, state, county and local grants preferred.