Winter 2019 Conference Registration and Room Block Now Open

Registration and room block for the 2019 Winter Conference is now open!

Registrations can be made by credit card or check. Every attendee must fill out their own registration form. More detailed directions for registration can be found on the Conference Information page.

Reservations for the conference hotel – the Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts – can be made online or by phone at 1-844-330-0296 or 828-285-2603 using group name NCLGBA and code NLG. Cancellations must be received 72 hours prior to hotel stay. Additional information can be found on the Conference Information page.

The deadline for both conference registration and reserving at the group rate is Tuesday, November 19, 2019. Continue to watch the website and listserv for future 2019 Winter Conference news and updates!

Join or Renew Your NCLGBA Membership for 2019-20

It’s that time again – time to renew your NCLGBA membership for 2019-20! If you are not already a member, this is a great time to join!

The membership renewal letter and forms are available on the membership page here.

Please distribute the membership information to others within your jurisdiction that you feel may have an interest in joining the Association. Interested persons might include city or county managers and assistants; budget or finance directors; management and budget analysts; financial management analysts; strategy and performance professionals; or administrative officers in operating departments of your government, public utility, or school units having budget and evaluation responsibilities.

If you have questions about payments or membership, please direct them to Teresa Fulk, Treasurer.

2019 Winter Conference Scholarship Application is Live

The NCLGBA is excited to announce that the application period for the 2019 Winter Conference Scholarship Program is now open!

The Association extends financial support through this program to first-time attendees, which includes MPA students, interns, and professionals in our field who have never previously attended and NCLGBA conference. The NCLGBA scholarship recipient will receive one (1) paid conference registration fee and two (2) nights hotel stay for the 2019 Winter NCLGBA Conference in Asheville at the Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts from December 11th to December 13th. The 2019 Winter Conference Scholarship Application is available here or on our Conference Information page. All applications are due by midnight, Friday, October 11. Eligible applicants should submit their application via e-mail to christopher.williams@mecklenburgcountync.gov with #NCLGBA Scholarship Program in the subject line. Award recipients will be notified by Friday, November 8, 2019.

Feel free to contact Christopher Williams, NCLGBA 1st Vice President, with any questions. If you or someone you know is interested in attending an outstanding budget conference as a 2019 scholarship winner, we encourage you to apply or pass along this announcement.

Senior Budget and Management Analyst, City of Durham (closes 9/20/19)

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Closing:  September 20, 2019
Hiring Range:  $54,580 – $65,496 annually

The Budget and Management Services Department works to solve Durham’s biggest challenges. We are innovators, managing City resources like they’re our own, guiding the City’s future through strategic planning and encouraging a culture of innovation and continuous improvement through special projects, partnerships and trainings. If innovating to solve challenges drives you, too, join our team in Durham!

Responsible for creating, preparing, and reviewing budget documents; coordinating annual budget development, updates, and analysis for a portfolio of department budgets and funds; analyzing budget issues; responding to complex questions; managing projects, deadlines, and special studies; and, as assigned, providing team leadership.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinates annual budget development; manages and analyzes a portfolio of department budgets and funds; as assigned, may manages programs to establish local partnerships and elicit involvement in the budget process; performs complex financial analyses; responds to complex questions; prepares ordinance amendments; prepares and reviews financial projections; approves budget transfers; reviews Council agenda items and provides recommendations; and assesses department and project financial needs.
  • Creates, prepares, and reviews budget documents, presentations, contracts, memos, transmittal letters, plans, and other documentation in preparation for leadership review; analyzes information; reviews work and the work of others to ensure accuracy, and compliance with applicable laws, policies, and procedures.
  • Manages projects, deadlines, and special studies; trains employees, as assigned; maintains budget and financial documentation and databases; and ensures compliance with project timelines and budgets.
  • May serve as a system administrator for automated financial systems and manage user permissions; may prepare schedules for reviewing and scoring project requests; develops financial projections; reviews and approves financial transactions; coordinates opening and year-end closing processes; rsolves informational discrepancies; prepares training materials and delivers training; and troubleshoots issues.
  • Collaborates with citizens, City departments, and external agencies; convenes and facilitates a variety of meetings to share fiscal and other budget information and solutions; receives and implements feedback; establishes partnerships; involves stakeholders in the budget process; manages projects; and provides assistance as required.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature and level as assigned.

Qualifications & Experience

Minimum

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business, public administration, or directly related field
  • Three or more years of of budget, financial and/or management analysis experience

Additional Preferred Skills

  • Master’s Degree (MPA, MBA) preferred
  • Local government and enterprise system experience
  • Knowledge of performance measurement / management, priority based budgeting, and using data to make budget decisions

Budget and Management Analyst, City of Durham (closes 9/20/19)

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Closing:  September 20, 2019
Salary Range:  $48,126 – $57,751 annually

The Budget and Management Services Department works to solve Durham’s biggest challenges. We are innovators, managing City resources like they’re our own, guiding the City’s future through strategic planning and encouraging a culture of innovation and continuous improvement through special projects, partnerships and trainings. If innovating to solve challenges drives you, too, join our team in Durham!

Responsible for assisting with developing the annual budget, to include performing routine technical analysis, research and reporting; gathering and analyzing data; monitoring budgets; preparing cost-benefit analyses; performing special projects; and analyzing information to develop conclusions and recommendations.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develops the annual budget, to include performing routine technical analysis, research, and reporting; monitors budgets; and researches and assesses information related to programs and community needs.
  • Analyzes fiscal, management and productivity information; prepares cost-benefit analyses; analyzes data and develops conclusions and recommendations.
  • Prepares and reviews fiscal, technical and other documentation including reports, contracts, and agreements; and ensures accuracy and completeness of work and compliance with applicable laws, policies, and procedures.
  • Performs special projects coordinates City departments and external agencies; and -analyzes and evaluates solutions/recommendations.
  • Collaborates with City departments to provide analytical information; and assists with developing and recommending solutions.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature and level as assigned.

Qualifications & Experience

Minimum

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business, public administration, or directly related field
  • One or more years of of budget, financial and/or management analysis experience

Additional Preferred Skills

  • Master’s Degree (MPA, MBA) preferred
  • Local government and enterprise system experience
  • Knowledge of performance measurement / management, priority based budgeting, and using data to make budget decisions

 

2018 Summer Conference: A Day at the Beach Podcast

At the 2018 Summer Conference, a live podcast of Municipal Equations was recorded. This is a podcast about cities and towns in changing times brought together by Ben Brown of the N.C. League of Municipalities. The discussion on “A Day at the Beach (The Wild Intersection of Gov’t and Summer Vacation)” had great energy and the podcast production was a neat way to present the material.

http://municipalequation.libsyn.com/ep-54-a-day-at-the-beach-the-wild-intersection-of-govt-and-summer-vacation

Thanks to the shoutout in the podcast from Ben Brown, who thought “the conference itself was really cool and it hit a lot of modern and futuristic topics in the world of government budgeting, spending, and prioritizing. A lot goes into it, way more than any of us think.”

Senior Budget & Management Analyst, City of Raleigh (closes 7/22/18)

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Closing: July 22, 2018
Salary Range: $51,822 – $95,871 annually

The City of Raleigh is seeking a full-time Senior Budget and Management Analyst within the Budget and Management Services Department. This is a professional position working independently to develop and manage the annual operating and multi-year capital plan, support the City’s strategic and business planning efforts, manage special projects, and contribute to policy discussions.

Department staff have a rich variety of assignments and work closely with the City Manager, and Assistant City Managers, to set budget priorities, respond to City Council questions, and facilitate consensus-building among stakeholders. We work directly on major projects, such as new business planning processes, departmental reorganizations, and regional planning efforts. Analysts manage a portfolio of assignments, including operating departments and capital programs, enterprise and internal service funds, and special project management. Analysts also work directly with City departments to prioritize needs, resolve challenges, and plan service improvements.

The City’s total compensation package, including salary, health plan, and other benefits, is highly competitive. To learn more about the City, visit the City of Raleigh website at www.raleighnc.gov.

Responsibilities

  • Identifies the need for and performs complex analytical, quantitative and managerial work in the:
    • Preparation and development of annual operating and capital budgets;
    • Implementation and control of current operating and capital revenues and expenditures;
    • Analysis and evaluation of policy and management issues; and
    • Evaluation and measurement of the performance of City programs and strategic goals.
  • Provides professional consultation and guidance to departments by:
    • Reviewing budgets and long range financial and strategic plans including staffing, expense and revenue projections.
    • Recommending approaches for linking strategic objectives to performance targets; and
    • Identifying opportunities of cost savings/cost avoidance.
  • Work with assigned departments to identify, analyze, and prioritize operational needs, and evaluate those needs during the budget cycle.
  • Manages projects that are complex, cross-departmental, and have significant financial impacts, with minimal guidance.
  • Support the City’s strategic plan by helping departments collect data, refine performance measures, and communicate results to senior management.
  • Prepare communications, including memoranda, presentations, and talking points, to help senior management debate policy choices.
  • Assist department staff with crafting clear, concise agenda materials for City Council.

Education and Experience

A Bachelor’s degree in public administration, public policy, business administration, or a related field and five years of professional experience in financial, budget, management, or policy analysis.  A master’s degree in public administration, public policy, business administration, or related field is desirable and may be substituted for experience.

OR

An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above, unless otherwise subject to any other requirements set forth in law or regulation.

Knowledge of:

  • Local government financial and management concepts, such as fund accounting, indirect cost allocation, program evaluation, strategic planning,
  • Principles and practices of program administration and management.
  • Principles and methods of qualitative and quantitative research.
  • Principles and applications of critical thinking and analysis.
  • Best practices, trends and emerging technologies.
  • Principles and techniques of effective oral presentations.
  • Project management principles.
  • Modern budget practices.
  • Applicable federal, state and local laws, codes, regulations.
  • Customer service principles.
  • Budget planning software systems and analytical tools.
  • Microsoft Office suite.

Skill in:

  • Articulating policy recommendations that well define the issue or problem; provide viable options; and present sound analysis justifying the recommended action/policy direction.
  • Resolving complex issues involving multiple stakeholders or views, using independent judgment and tact in the workplace.
  • Planning, initiating and managing complex projects simultaneously.
  • Communicating effectively, both orally and in writing, including developing summaries, presentations, memoranda, and handouts.
  • Developing and analyzing capital improvement programs and complex operating budgets, performing quantitative analysis, researching and preparing reports, reviewing and interpreting statistical information.
  • Performing complex financial analysis to include rate modeling, multi-year budget projections and personnel cost projections.
  • Exercising political acumen, tact and diplomacy.
  • Working effectively under pressure, with multiple deadlines and changing priorities.
  • Authoring and preparing original reports, documents and presentations.
  • Facilitating group discussions and building consensus using persuasive reasoning.
  • Providing customer service.
  • Working independently and establishing effective working relationships with employees at every level of the organization.
  • Collaborating with others who have differing perspectives and viewpoints.
  • Analyzing programs and policies, synthesizing information, and presenting sound recommendations to executive staff.

Finance Officer, Town of Montreat (continuous)

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Closing:  continuous
Hiring Range:  depends on qualifications

The Town of Montreat is currently seeking applicants for the position of Finance Officer. This person will perform a variety of fiscal and administrative functions including disbursement and accounting of municipal funds, utility billing, accounts payable, accounts receivable, fixed assets, payroll, preparation of financial reports, program evaluation and public policy analysis as assigned.

Description

Performs professional and administrative support duties performing financial functions and related recordkeeping for the Town. Conducts program evaluation and public policy analysis for special projects as assigned.

Distinguishing Features of the Class

An employee in this class performs a variety of fiscal and administrative functions including disbursement and accounting of revenues and expenditures; accounts payable, payroll, budgetary accounting, utility billing and customer service, assistance in tax collections, and general customer service. The employee must exercise considerable independent judgment and initiative in planning and performing the fiscal control system. Work is performed in accordance with established municipal finance procedures, local ordinances, and North Carolina General Statutes governing the responsibilities of local government financial operations. Work is performed under the supervision of the Town Administrator and is evaluated through conferences, reports, and by an independent audit of financial records.

Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Duties and Tasks

  • Performs a variety of financial operations including disbursement  and  accounting of municipal funds,  billing,  accounts payable, accounts receivable, fixed assets, accounting, payroll, reconciliation of bank statements,  and preparation of monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reports.
  • Assists the Town Administrator in preparation of the general operating budget; projects revenues and spending, maintaining records and disbursements.
  • Oversees personnel and payroll functions including new employee enrollment into benefits; reviews and enters time sheets to prepare payroll; prints and distributes payroll checks; prepares a variety of payroll deduction reports; writes checks or otherwise satisfies withholdings payments requirements; prepare a variety of related quarterly and annual reports; files Workers’ Compensation claims and pays insurance bills.
  • Processes water meter readings and calculates and sends water bills; posts payments; receives calls for customer service related to water billing and assigns work orders to staff.
  • Submits annual sales tax, utility and other tax and expenditure reports to the State of North Carolina, and quarterly gasoline tax refund requests.
  • Performs budgetary accounting and general ledger preparation and maintenance; provides information and assistance to the Administrator, staff, and elected officials regarding financial reporting and budgeting; provides information to the Administrator and Board on a variety of financial issues; attends Board meetings when needed.
  • Assists the auditors during the annual audit of Town financial records; follows up on findings  to improve financial systems.
  • Conducts program evaluation and public policy analysis for special projects as assigned.
  • Provides general customer service to the public providing information, problem-solving and referral and a variety of town services.
  • Provides general office administrative duties including answering the phone, faxing, copying and files maintenance.

Additional Job Duties

  • Serves as Deputy Clerk, taking minutes at meetings in the absence of the Clerk.
  • Performs related duties as required. May supervise Finance Department staff.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge of the organization and functions of municipal government..
  • Considerable knowledge of North Carolina General Statutes and of local ordinances governing municipal financial practices and procedures.
  • Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of public finance  administration,  including  principles  and practices of municipal accounting.
  • Considerable knowledge of the laws and regulations affecting the maintenance of financial records.
  • General knowledge of automated accounting and related systems and ability to work with Town staff in handling duties in an automated environment.
  • Accuracy and thoroughness in the analysis and preparation of financial records.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment in making decisions in conformance with laws, regulations, and policies.
  • Ability to evaluate financial systems and formulate and install accounting methods, procedures, forms, and records.
  • Ability to  design  and prepare analytical or interpretative financial statements.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, departmental heads, governmental officials, and with other Town employees.

Education & Experience

Graduation from a two year college or university with a major in accounting or business and considerable responsible experience in governmental accounting or bookkeeping; graduation from a four year college or university with a degree in accounting, government, or related field preferred; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

 

Emergency Communications Analyst (ECC Program Administrator), City of Raleigh (closes 7/13/18)

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Closing:  July 13, 2018
Hiring Range:  $43,981-$62,673 annually (promotional hiring range may vary)

This class is the fifth level in a five-level Emergency Communications Series devoted to emergency 911 police and fire telecommunications, non-emergency call taking, and police and fire dispatch communications. Incumbents provide professional journey-level work in the program administration and analysis of emergency communications. Work may include preparing and managing the department’s budget; approving expenditures, tracking trends, and preparing financial reports; representing the department in state and regional meetings; preparing procedures, polices, plans and directives; preparing, monitoring and routing agreements and contracts for approval; reviewing, approving and routing purchase orders for final approval; serving as project manager for assigned Emergency Communications Center initiatives; responding to inquiries from citizens and first responders; researching issues; maintaining data; and preparing original reports and correspondence.

The City’s total compensation package, including salary, health plan, and other benefits, is highly competitive. To learn more about the City, visit the City of Raleigh website at www.raleighnc.gov.

Essential Duties

  • Prepares and manages assigned budgets; monitors expenditures and analyzes spending trends; identifies required funding for planned initiatives; maintains related financial records and prepares financial reports.
  • Receives and responds to inquiries from citizens, program stakeholders and first responders regarding projects and overall emergency communications function; researches data and provides updates and related information.
  • Schedules meetings, prepares agendas and coordinates resources; prepares meeting materials; attends meetings and prepares minutes; follows up on assigned action items.
  • Researches and prepares updates to procedures and policies; works with internal and external stakeholders to review compliance and determine applicable changes.
  • Prepares, distributes and maintains contracts and agreements as required by City policy and procedures; obtains City Council approval as required and routes documents through system for final approvals.
  • Provides oversight of project management activities related to ECC capital improvement projects; plans and assists in managing project/initiative funding.
  • Monitors and maintains readiness of emergency communications back-up center in the event of planned or unplanned evacuation; ensures operational infrastructure and support is in place and available.
  • Prepares plans, status updates and reports related to special projects.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature and level as assigned.

Typical Qualifications

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in law enforcement, business or public administration, computer science or directly related field and one year of analysis experience involving computer-aided dispatch systems and emergency communications or directly related analytical work.

OR

An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above, unless otherwise subject to any other requirements set forth in law or regulation.

Knowledge Of:

  • Principles and practices of program administration and management.
  • Principles and methods of qualitative and quantitative research.
  • Principles and applications of critical thinking and analysis.
  • Best practices, trends and emerging technologies.
  • Modern budget practices.
  • Project management principles.
  • Applicable federal, state and local laws, codes, regulations.
  • Customer service principles.
  • Specialized equipment relevant to area of assignment.
  • Modern office technology.

Skill In:

  • Managing a project or program.
  • Researching industry trends, solutions and best practices.
  • Gathering data, analyzing findings and applying logic and reason.
  • Interpreting, monitoring and reporting financial information and statistics.
  • Compiling and sorting data and articulating issues and recommendations.
  • Coordinating deadlines and prioritizing competing demands.
  • Authoring and preparing original reports, documents and presentations.
  • Monitoring project schedules, status and compliance.
  • Interpreting and applying applicable laws, codes, regulations and standards.
  • Providing customer service.
  • Utilizing a computer and relevant software applications.
  • Utilizing communication and interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisors, the general public and others to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.