Summer Conference Presentations Now Online

Presentations from the 2019 Summer Conference are now available online. Find them here, or in the Resource Archive.

A final thank you to our sponsors, conference planning committee, and moderators who helped make the 2019 Summer Conference a success! If you have suggestions for future conference topics or are interested in helping with a future conference, please reach out to us by emailing conference@nclgba.org.

Finance Director, Town of Granite Falls (open until filled)

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Closing:  Open until filled
Recruitment Range:  $60,000 – $81,024 annually

The Town of Granite Falls is seeking a qualified professional for the position of Finance Director. The Finance Director serves as an integral part of the Town’s leadership team and reports directly to the Town Manager.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Finance Director will have the skills to effectively manage staff and the accounting knowledge and abilities required to plan, organize, direct, and oversee all of the Town’s financial operations including payroll, treasury and investments, billing and collections of taxes, utilities, and other municipal services, financial reporting, purchasing, the annual audit and internal controls. The Finance Director will also assist the Town Manager with budget preparation and monitoring, updating the capital improvement plan annually, risk management, pay plan administration, and other duties as assigned. Work is performed in accordance with NC General Statutes, local ordinances, and municipal finance procedures.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The successful candidate will have comprehensive knowledge and competence in the principles, practices and laws of accounting for local governments including but not limited to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), as well as the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Education and Experience

Minimum education requirements include a bachelor’s degree or higher in accounting, finance, business administration, or public administration from an accredited university and three to five years of experience in local government finance. Preference will be given to candidates that are Certified Local Government Finance Officers, Certified Public Accountants, and candidates with personnel management experience.

Town Manager, Town of Benson (open until filled)

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Closing:  Open until filled; first review of applications 8/15/19
Hiring Range:  $90,000 – $105,000 annually

BENSON, NC, population 3,500, is seeking qualified candidates for the Town Manager position.  Located in Johnston County, this growing town is just 22 miles south-southeast of Raleigh, situated at the intersection of I-95 and I-40, within a two-hour drive of the Atlantic Coast and three hours from the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The Town of Benson employs a full time equivalent staff of 70 employees, whom provide a full-service range of services including electricity, water, sewer, police, fire, parks and recreation, cultural arts facilities, planning/zoning and code enforcement, as well as public works.  The approved Fiscal Year 2020 budget is $12,063,258.

The town is governed under a Council-Manager form of government with the board consisting of a mayor, three district commissioners and three non-partisan commissioners.  The Town Manager is responsible for the general direction of the Town’s operations and recommending policies and programs to the Town Council and implementing their visions.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

A successful candidate will be a strategic-thinker and a visionary with effective management styles.  The candidate should have excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to raise the staff to the next level.  The candidate should have a strong commitment to enhancing the community and proactively marketing and growing the Town of Benson.  The candidate will possess the ability to work effectively with a wide variety of citizens, business leaders, elected officials and staff.

Minimum Qualifications

The Town of Benson is looking for a seasoned professional with five to seven years of progressively responsible experience in local government including experience in economic development, revitalization, and budgeting.  A Master’s Degree in a related field is preferred but the Board of Commissioners may consider a Bachelor’s Degree based on experience.

Business Systems Analyst, City of Raleigh (closes 7/23/19)

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Closing:  July 23, 2019
Hiring Range:  $47,902 – $64,000 annually

The City of Raleigh is seeking a full-time Business Systems Analyst within the Budget and Management Services Department.  This is a professional, technology position working to support the users of the City’s suite of budgeting and financial applications and enterprise systems.

This Analyst reports to the Business Systems Manager and will work independently on a variety of assignments and high-level objectives.  Some projects and tasks include report development, complex excel analysis, process mapping, system configuration, online form development and customer support.  This role will also work with the City’s ERP Center of Excellence on major system and application projects, upgrades and implementations.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides analysis and technical support in reviewing and maintaining assigned system applications; reviews and analyzes trends; recommends best practices to enhance productivity.
  • Identifies, assesses and documents business processes and requirements in collaboration with staff, management and stakeholders; prioritizes user requests; serves as a liaison and assists in planning and facilitating the improvement and/or the design and implementation of system applications and technology solutions.
  • Performs quality assurance testing of new or revised technology solutions; identifies, analyzes, troubleshoots and documents issues or deficiencies; provides recommendations for improvements and issue resolution.
  • Reviews and maintains assigned processes and applications; enters, updates and maintains data, system tables, account information, operational reference materials, budget/purchasing information, and/or other related documentation.
  • Creates and maintains reports, charts, process/procedural documentation, correspondence and presentation materials.
  • Provides training in support of assigned applications and processes; develops training materials to assist users in operational performance and enhanced productivity.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature and level as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of business process analysis and documentation.
  • Principles and applications of critical thinking and analysis.
  • Best practices, trends and emerging technologies.
  • Project management principles.
  • Modern budget practices.
  • Customer service principles.
  • Principles and techniques of effective oral presentations.
  • Specialized equipment relevant to area of assignment.
  • Modern office technology (advanced Excel analysis a plus).
  • Budget planning software systems and analytical tools (PeopleSoft and/or Hyperion a plus).
  • Microsoft Office suite.

Skill in:

  • Developing and maintaining business process documentation.
  • Providing analysis of processes and systems and defining business requirements.
  • Prioritizing and managing processes and project activities.
  • Gathering data, analyzing findings and applying logic and reason.
  • Researching industry trends, solutions and best practices.
  • Interpreting, monitoring and reporting data and statistics.
  • Authoring and preparing original reports, technical documents and resource materials.
  • Organizing and maintaining documentation, data, records and files.
  • Developing and providing training and supporting education materials.
  • Interpreting and applying applicable laws, codes, regulations and standards (based on assignment).
  • 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.
  • Working effectively under pressure, with multiple deadlines and changing priorities.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in information technology or related field and one year of business systems analysis 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.

Budget and Management Analyst, Cumberland County (closes 7/26/19)

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Closing:  July 26, 2019
Salary Range:  $56,443 – $59,287 annually

This position involves professional research and analytical duties in the preparation, communication and execution of the County’s operating and capital improvement budgets, financial planning, financial evaluation of programs, and special research projects. Participates in the annual budget process, including conferring with assigned departments in the preparation of their expenditure budget requests; analyzing funding requests; aiding in strategic planning; assisting in the development and review of bench marking, performance indicators, measures and objectives; assisting in the development of short and long-range financial plans and forecasting; attending budget meetings; preparing and reviewing assigned sections of the budget document; assisting with responses to budget inquiries; and performing other related activities.  Work is characterized by use of automated systems to prepare financial reports, conduct financial analysis, and manage and coordinate budget preparation process.  Work is performed under the general guidance of a Budget & Management Analyst II and/or Senior Budget & Management Analyst and may include other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assesses, reviews and analyzes assigned departmental budget requests and makes appropriate recommendations as to funding levels using objective analytical methodology and established policy criteria.
  • Periodically reviews departmental expenditure and revenue collection patterns to identify potential financial problems and recommends corrective action.
  • Assists in the development of Capital Improvement Program to facilitate planning and implementation of necessary capital investments.
  • Reviews, analyzes and makes recommendation on the fiscal and programmatic impact of operational and service initiatives.
  • Assists in evaluating county programs and services to determine efficiency and effectiveness and to assess the achievement of established goals and objectives using key performance indicators.
  • Conducts special management studies as assigned and presents findings and recommendations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge of public accounting practices and procedures; considerable knowledge of laws, rules, regulations, policies and practices to follow in the accounting function;
  • Considerable knowledge of accounting systems, policies, and procedures; considerable knowledge of computer operations and applications related to accounting and financial analysis and reporting
  • Considerable knowledge of the use of spreadsheets for fiscal trend and analysis.
  • Ability to understand, interpret, and apply laws, policies, grant requirement, in the development and maintenance of a variety of financial records and reports
  • Ability to analyze and interpret financial data, perform trend analysis, and prepare clear and concise reports
  • Ability to use a calculator and a computer for the maintenance of accounting and other fiscal records
  • Ability to make computations accurately and with reasonable speed,
  • Ability to verify account and other financial documents and forms for accuracy and completeness
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with department heads, vendors, employees, and the general public
  • Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written forms

Education and Experience

Graduation from a college or university with a major in accounting, economics, public administration, finance or related field and at least one year of experience in budget administration.

Budget experience in local government preferred.

Management Analyst, Cabarrus County (closes 7/19/19)

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Closing:  July 19, 2019
Salary Range:  $62,899 – $71,697 annually

Performs advanced professional analysis in the review, evaluation and administration of the County’s overall operations. Conducts studies, prepares and presents senior management level reports providing sufficient detail to support organizational and departmental long-term planning, problem-solving and management actions. Provides professional support in the form of advanced analytical, communication and coordination to the County Departments. Conducts, administers and monitors grant administration with experience in fiscal management of federal, state and local grant awards. Work is performed under general supervision of the Budget and Performance Manager.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead program/process improvement projects, including researching best practices, conducting fact-finding reviews, developing and analyzing alternatives, preparing reports and presenting findings and recommendations to implement sustainable, repeatable and quantifiable business process improvements in order to increase productivity, reduce costs and safeguard County assets.
  • Review all grants for compliance with grant documents and all reporting/reimbursement requirements. Assist departments with seeking grant opportunities and grant approvals from application to award including approval by Board of Commissioners.
  • Support the facilitation of decision-making and issue resolution as required with a broad array of department leaders from across the County.
  • Review and test County policies and procedures to update in a timely manner.
  • Perform special projects by utilizing evaluation processes and systems to extract data; ensure compliance with local, state and federal regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Conduct evaluations of various programs and services and assist with tracking the effectiveness of process improvements.
  • Interact with County departments by corresponding with supervisors and providing feedback and best practice recommendations.
  • Facilitate change by encouraging others to seek opportunities for different and innovative approaches to addressing problems and opportunities.
  • Attend meetings of departments and managerial staff.
  • Make presentations to the executive staff and Board on assigned projects.
  • Perform related tasks as required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

A successful candidate will:

  • have the ability to problem-solve and analyze complex processes, operations and data
  • demonstrate the ability to think and communicate strategically with exceptional analytical skills with high attention to detail and accuracy
  • have the ability to clearly and concisely communicate verbally and in written format with all levels of staff and management
  • have a strong ability to clearly convey information and ideas through a variety of media including presentations to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message
  • demonstrate the ability to facilitate the implementation and acceptance of change within the workplace
  • have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and effectively collaborate with all levels of staff and management
  • have the ability to work across multiple County departments
  • demonstrate the ability to take initiative including taking prompt action to accomplish objectives
  • take action to achieve goals beyond what is required
  • be proactive
  • have experience planning and managing strategic initiatives
  • have proven program and project management skills and experience
  • demonstrate the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • have the ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • be able to perform complex research.
  • have considerable knowledge of accounting, financial management, budgeting and of laws and regulations pertaining to government, including knowledge of federal, state and local grant law and grant administration with experience in grant writing.

Education and Experience

Minimum

Requires a bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business, public administration or related field with a minimum of three years’ experience in a similar role.

Preferred

Master’s in Public Administration degree and experience in local government is strongly preferred. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Strongly Preferred

  • 3 years’ experience in financial and/or local government setting
  • Educational foundation in finance (i.e. business, accounting, budget, finance) or local government (i.e. public administration)
  • Can work autonomously or in group settings
  • Experience working with grants, reconciling, grant writing
  • Analytical, critical thinking and strong communication skills
  • Policy Development
  • Auditing & Process Improvement
  • Strategic Planning

Welcome to Wilmington!

On behalf of the Board and the 2019 Summer Conference Planning Committee, we look forward to seeing you all at the conference this week! There are amazing session topics that will continue to strategically move NCLGBA forward as one of the premier “big-tent” public sector organizations.

Final Logistics

Embassy Suites by Hilton Wilmington Riverfront; 9 Estell Lee Place; Wilmington, NC, 28401

Self-parking is $13, Valet parking is $20

Registration starts at noon on 7/10/2019

First session starts at 1pm

Conference Materials

Final electronic and print agendas, CPE form, registration list can be found here.

The back-cover of the print agenda has a QR code that can be scanned by your phone. After scanning it, a link will pop-up for you to click on the PDF version of the agenda. Feel free to test it prior to conference. If it does not work, download “Scan Me – QR Code Scanner & Generator” from your app store.

Certification Update

Certification testing will be Thursday morning!

8:00am – 9:30am in the Engine Room (Private Dining Room in Restaurant)

ELGL Supper Club is coming to #NCLGBA19!

Our friends at ELGL are excited to announce that they are bringing one of their world famous Supper Clubs to the Summer Conference. This is an opportunity for thirty attendees to get together for dinner, engage in stimulating conversation, and make new connections…and you won’t even need to leave the hotel! Please join us at 7pm at Steam for ELGL supper club! If interested, please see our friend Greg James from Oracle (proud sponsor of #NCLGBA19) to reserve your seat at the Supper Table.

Electronic surveys are back!

Please take advantage of the electronic survey that will be offered via phone and/or a provided link during the conference. We want your input!

Let’s Get Social!

Follow us on Twitter @nclgba. Follow the conversation, brag about the food, share your stories, show us you are having fun, and use #NCLGBA19. Best tweet gets a prize!

Sponsor Spotlight

Many thanks to all of our sponsors! Check out all the wonderful sponsors supporting the conference and seeking to network with membership to help us all improve the profession!

Cheers, be safe traveling, and see you at the riverfront!

Call for Authors – Conference Recap Series

We are looking for a few individuals who would be willing to write for our Conference Recap Series following the 2019 Summer Conference. Recaps could focus on a single session, a recurring theme, or reflect on the whole conference experience. There are some great examples from past conferences here. Recaps should be for 300-1000 words.

If you are interested in contributing or have questions, please reach out to Heather Curry.

Announcing the 2019 Summer Conference Scholarship Winners

The NCLGBA Board is pleased to announce two scholarship winners for the 2018 Summer Conference:

Ross Hatton
University of North Carolina Master of Public Administration Candidate; Wake County Budget and Management Services Graduate Intern
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ross-hatton-a4094785

Lauren Stepp
Western Carolina University Master of Public Affairs Candidate
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurenstepp

Please be sure to introduce yourself to our winners at the summer conference, give a warm welcome, share a little about yourself during the networking breaks (REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY DONE SO), and hold onto their contact information to make future connections.

Budget and Management Analyst, Wake County (closes 6/23/19)

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Closing:  June 23, 2019
Hiring Range:  $56,000 – $60,000 annually

Budget and Management Services is pleased to advertise a Budget and Management Analyst position within our office. The Budget and Management Analyst will collaborate with departments to develop, evaluate, and analyze county operating and capital budgets, lead and serve on county-wide special projects, and help effectively communicate information throughout the organization. Budget and Management Services seeks motivated and talented professionals to join its team. We’re looking for more than a number cruncher. We are seeking a team player who can collaborate with others to help build a $1.47 B General Fund budget for our fast-growing county, which is growing by 56 people a day. A passion for public service is essential and an ability to excel with Excel is required, too.

Duties and Responsibilities

Performs complex and detailed analysis of expenditure and revenue trends. Formulates annual projections and three to five-year forecasts. Evaluates departmental operating and capital budget requests, recommending funding to management. Provides advice and assistance in the areas of business plans, fiscal responsibility and best management practices.

  • Manage a portfolio of assignments consisting of a combination of operating departments, capital programs, special revenue, enterprise funds.
  • Assist in the development of the County’s annual operating and capital budgets.
  • Use budget software to capture and evaluate requests. Manipulate data and develop a command of the Financial, Budgeting and Human Resources ERP system, as well as other systems.
  • Evaluate funding and program requests, develop alternatives in collaboration with department staff, and recommend prioritized strategic options.
  • Develop and perform countywide revenue and expenditure projections.
  • Monitor budgets throughout the fiscal year, working with County departments, outside agencies, etc., to ensure funds are used in alignment with established goals, guidelines, and strategies.
  • Review and execute budget adjustments, contract approvals, and position authorization actions in accordance with organizational policy.
  • Provide management consulting and analysis to the County Manager’s Office and departments.
  • Assist departments in achieving goals and objectives by providing programmatic counsel and analytical support.
  • Serve on master planning, County-wide policy planning, RFP development committees, among others.
  • Work with Budget team to draft budget message, publications, Board work session materials, Board agenda items, and other strategic communications.
  • Lead or provide staff support to investigate county-wide issues.
  • Conduct special projects.

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

Required

Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, or Finance. Two years experience in finance, budgeting, policy or management analysis. Equivalent education and experience combination accepted.

Preferred

Experience working in a financial/budgeting role in a centralized budget office, a department/agency or in a City or County Manager Office in local, state or federal government. Master’s degree in Public Administration, Public Policy or Business Administration.