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

Description

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.

Budget Director, Guilford County (continuous)

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Closing:  Continuous
Recruitment Range:  $99,009 – $122,276 annually

Guilford County North Carolina is excited to offer an exceptional career opportunity to an experienced Budget, Management and Evaluation professional. While serving a growing community, the successful candidate will assist other departments, County management, and the Board of Commissioners in the preparation and management of a balanced budget, and the implementation of the county’s open data and innovation initiatives. In addition, the department assists with performance measures and leads the County’s data and innovation strategy to support a more innovative and inquisitive workforce. The Budget Director plays a major role in ensuring the County continues to be a national leader by maintaining its AAA bond rating with all major agencies.

Duties and Responsibilities

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

  • 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.
  • 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 department staff.

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.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with departmental employees, elected officials, representatives of other governmental jurisdictions, and the general public.

Education and Experience

Minimum

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.

Preferred

Masters degree in accounting, business administration, economics, or public administration. Experience in analytics, innovation and open data management.