Budget Systems Manager, Wake County (closes 4/24/20)

 

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Closing:  April 24, 2020
Hiring Range:  $70,510 – $126,920 annually

Wake County Budget and Management Services (BMS) seeks an ERP Budget System Manager to support our Budgeting module and its integration with Human Resources and Finance modules. The ERP Budget System Manager collaborates with BMS staff, other ERP system managers and administrators, technical team leaders, and vendor Managed Services staff to support the operational needs of the ERP Budget Module – CGI Performance Budgeting.  The position executes the daily operations of the budget system administration, support, and maintenance.  In addition, the position is responsible for promoting defined budget processes and best practices by providing needed system access, training, overall support and coordination assistance to other County departments. The role will provide a high level of technical and functional expertise in the management and configuration of the application, internal modules and reporting tools. The position is fully responsible for the management of the budget application and all associated activities, in support of Budget and Management Services activities and objectives and the ERP overall.

Duties and Responsibilities

This job may include the following job duties and is not an all-inclusive list of all job duties that may be required. Employees will be required to perform other related duties as assigned.

  • Provide overall system maintenance and data integrity for budget system components, which includes forms, consolidations, dimensions, applications, queries, reports, workflow, security access, audit functions and associated configurations, within the context and objectives of annual budget development processes
  • Serve on leadership and technical teams to understand enterprise wide topics and adjacencies; elevate budget module issues, goals and initiatives and solve cross-system issues; participate in ERP user community; explore and research enhancements and understand impacts
  • Maintain the budget module Chart of Account accounting string information in conjunction with the Finance Department
  • Perform application system analysis towards continuing improvements to automated processes where applicable; work closely with department users and Budget and Management Services team members to understand and evaluate ongoing business needs to recommend potential system changes
  • Oversee and execute system upgrades
  • Provide departmental training on County budget system processes, budget system uses, and maintain related documentation; provide general customer service regarding user issues and questions
  • Provide high level functional expertise to configure and execute Wake’s baseline reports and collaborate with business intelligence resources to develop custom reports
  • Manage interfaces between HR, Finance and Budget modules in coordination with fellow Advantage system managers; gather requirements, determine methods for interfacing, test interfaces and transition interfaces into production
  • Manage development of annual budget document work products, manage vendor contract and relationship, and coordinate with Director and other Budget and Management Services staff members
  • Validate system generated data in testing reports, user data issues and budget document tables
  • Maintain written documentation of all processes and procedures related to various job functions, i.e. configurations, forms, applications, budget document generation, and user profile, i.e. system administrator, BMS user, Department User, technical liaison

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to identify problems, determine possible solutions, and actively work to resolve the issues, at times in an iterative fashion
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision; become a subject matter expert
  • Ability to prioritize and change priorities as needed with minimal notice
  • Excellent organization and time management skills
  • Ability to identify issues, obtain relevant information, relate and compare data from different sources, and identify alternative solutions
  • Ability to build a strong understanding of how configuration and/or changes within the application affect downstream processes
  • Ability to listen to symptom descriptions, analyze problems, respond effectively and provide constructive feedback to the client on problem resolution
  • Ability to train and guide others to develop new skills or knowledge; and design, develop and/or deliver training programs
  • Ability to communicate information in a manner suited to the needs of the audience, either verbally or in writing to ensure understanding
  • Ability to build and maintain ongoing, collaborative working relationships with coworkers to achieve our goals

Education and Experience

Required

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field. Four years of experience as a System Analyst or Administrator. Equivalent education or experience is accepted.

Preferred

Two years of industry experience, which includes knowledge of enterprise-level budget, finance, or planning tools and related reporting environments. Recent experience working in ERP with Finance, HR/Payroll, Budget modules. Proficiency with MS Excel and SQL queries. Project management experience.

Budget Analyst, Alamance County (closes 4/3/2020)

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Closing:  April 3, 2020
Starting Salary:  $45,740 annually

Duties and Responsibilities

Under limited supervision, this position will perform analysis and complex administrative work in the planning, coordination and preparing of the County’s annual operating and capital budgets. This role will be responsible for assisting with compilation and reporting of the Alamance County Capital Plan along with helping to forecast revenues and expenditure projections.

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Compiles, reviews and analyzes data submitted for inclusion in the operating budget.
  • Responsible for compiling, reviewing and analyzing data submitted for inclusion in the Capital Improvement Plan.
  • Analyzes and reviews budget expenditures and revenue estimates in order to ensure compliance with relevant laws and policies.
  • Provides guidance to departments on budget issues; responds to department questions and inquiries regarding budget issues.
  • Assists departments to link budget requests with strategic initiatives and performance metrics.
  • Assists with various research and analysis projects; researching issues and preparing reports of findings and recommendations.
  • Compile and analyze accounting records and other data to determine the financial resources required to implement a program.
  • Within this role the expectation is the Budget Analyst will perform all duties above and others as assigned and trained in a prudent and sensible manner, following established County policies and procedures.

Qualifications

  • Accountability – Ability to accept responsibility and account for his/her actions.
  • Accuracy – Ability to perform work accurately and thoroughly.
  • Analytical – Ability to analyze statistical data, keep accurate records and complete reports.
  • Autonomy – Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Communication, Oral – Ability to communicate effectively with others using the spoken word.
  • Communication, Written – Ability to communicate in writing clearly and concisely.
  • Confidentiality – Ability to maintain confidential information secret or private.
  • Ethical – Ability to demonstrate conduct conforming to a set of values and accepted standards.
  • Honesty / Integrity – Ability to be truthful, maintain high level of confidentiality and be seen as credible in the workplace.
  • Independent Discretion – Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment when needed to ensure successful department functioning
  • Integrity – Being forthright, honest and respectful within interactions with coworkers and members of the public at all times, building and reinforcing confidence within daily actions for county government.
  • Judgment – Ability to use good judgment and discretion as it relates to interpreting policies and procedures.
  • Multitasker – Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
  • Problem Solving – Ability to find a solution for or to deal proactively with work-related problems.
  • Prioritization – Ability to decipher the relative importance or urgency of tasks and duties.
  • Safety-Minded – Creating a safe work environment; managing risks; reducing exposure liabilities.
  • Time Management – Ability to utilize the available time to organize and complete work within given deadlines.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Business, Accounting, Finance, Management or related field. A Master’s degree in a related field may substitute for experience.
  • One to three years of administrative experience preferably in governmental accounting and budget analysis experience, and/or auditing experience. Prior knowledge of the Local Government Budget and Fiscal Control Act.
  • Prior experience with Tyler Munis, preferred

Fiscal Analyst, Town of Waynesville (closes 3/16/2020)

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Closing:  March 16, 2020
Salary:  $40,400 annually

The purpose of the class is to perform technical, administrative, planning, coordinating and executing the accounting functions of the Town’s Finance Department. The class works within a general outline of work to be performed and develops work methods and sequences under general supervision.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Monitor cash balances in the central depository
  • Maintain all payroll GL accounts, to include expense and subsidiary accounts reconciliation
  • Review monthly and quarterly reports to ensure proper agencies have received required remittances and reporting
  • Maintain fringe benefit GL accounts
  • Maintain disbursement records
  • Reconcile all bank and investment accounts monthly
  • Reconcile cash deposits to the ledger daily
  • Compile and submit reporting for OPEB, LEO, and Retirement Pension Plans
  • Compile annual financial reports to include but not limited to LGC 203 and COLL 91
  • Coordinate and prepare accounting, and related financial statements and reports
  • Prepare and provide payroll related schedules and reports for the annual audit
  • Assist in procedures for annual fiscal and calendar year end close
  • Conduct independent research and analysis
  • Managing fiscal processes, projects or programs
  • Municipal Accounting
  • Gathering data, analyzing findings and applying logic and reason
  • Interpreting, monitoring and reporting financial information and statistics
  • Authoring and preparing original reports, documents and presentations
  • Monitoring project schedules, status and compliance
  • Organizing and maintaining fiscal program/process documentation, schedules, records and files
  • Coordinating deadlines and prioritizing competing demands
  • Providing customer service
  • Utilizing a computer and relevant software applications

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Principles and practices of program administration and management.
  • Principles and applications of critical thinking and analysis.
  • Principles and methods of qualitative and quantitative research.
  • Best practices, trends and emerging technologies.
  • Project management principles.
  • Modern budget practices.
  • Applicable federal, state and local laws, codes, regulations (based on assignment).
  • Customer service principles.

Education and Experience

Required

Associate’s degree in accounting/finance.

Preferred

Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business or public administration and two years of professional finance, budget analysis or accounting experience. Some assignments may require experience with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and/or public sector accounting and budgeting.

Fiscal Analyst, Town of Davidson (closes 2/28/20)

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Closing:  February 28, 2020
Recruitment Range:  $43,659 – $54,558 annually

Performs technical and specialized accounting tasks in the general ledger accounting, payroll management and processes, and accounts payable functions for the town. Provides professional level work in the development of financial processes and procedures, fiscal reporting, data analysis, and performance metrics. Work includes assisting finance director in establishing best practices in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

Work also includes conducting special studies independently or as a member of a team; and preparing and presenting reports. Judgment and initiative are required. Work is performed under supervision of the Finance Director

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Prepare daily cash deposits to post to general ledger.
  • Oversees work of Accounting Technician
  • Monitors, processes and ensures accuracy for all documents pertaining to accounts payable; invoices, purchase orders, checks and credit cards and ensure appropriate reconciliation per departmental budgets.
  • Manages the payroll processing function for all town employees, reporting, compliance, and documentation. Subject Matter Expert (SME) for all payroll functions. 
  • Prepares and updates database and annual report of fixed assets and manages surplus property.
  • Serves as a functional liaison and provides internal and external customer support; performs research and review of financial accounts, budget transfers, contract documentation, grant funding, payments/receipts, billing, requisitions, asset tracking and lease information and/or other fiscal process and verifies accuracy, compliance, and/or need for change; recommends and implements adjustments, enhancements or updates.
  • Performs analysis of financial data and information; develops, updates and/or maintains budget and financial reports, spreadsheets, statements, journal entries, schedules, agendas, projections, budget amendments, budget ordinances and/or presentations.
  • Provides professional and technical support of assigned program or special project which may include budget development, monitoring and analytical support.
  • Analyzes and assists in the development of financial processes and procedures, fiscal reporting, data analysis, and performance metrics
  • Work with large amounts of data, interpret financial records, detect errors, and prepare financial reports.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature and level as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) 
  • Principles and applications of critical thinking and analysis. 
  • Principles and methods of qualitative and quantitative research. 
  • Best practices, trends and emerging technologies. 
  • Budget development experience. 
  • Applicable federal, state and local laws, codes, regulations governing accounting, finances, budget, and personnel and payroll functions. 
  • Customer service principles. 
  • Innate problem solving skills 
  • Analytical skills 
  • Adaptable communication skills 
  • Ease with technology 
  • Compatibility for both independent and team work 
  • Ability to prepare and maintain complex financial reports and records

Education and Experience

A four-year degree in public administration, accounting, finance, business administration, or related area and two years related budget and research experience in public sector or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Preference will be given to applicants possessing a CPA certificate. Valid NC Driver’s License required.

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.