Assistant County Manager for Successful People, Guilford County (open until filled)

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Closing: Open until filled, with first review of applications starting 8/10/21
Hiring Range: $143,251 – $180,497 annually

Job Description:

Guilford County is a high-performing local government organization that maintains a culture embracing diversity, striving for equality, and inspiring individual and organizational excellence. The Assistant County Manager for Successful People is one of three Assistant County Managers and serves on the County Manager’s leadership team, along with two other Assistant County Managers. This position is a new addition to the County Manager’s office as part of a reorganizational alignment under the Board’s values and priorities to provide strategic and intentional community and organizational support.

The Assistant County Manager in this role will oversee Successful People departments, including the Department of Health and Human Services, which includes Public Health, Social Services, and related support programs; Behavioral Health; Child Support Enforcement; Veterans Services; Coordinated Community Services relationships; and support of the Continuum of Care planning body working to end homelessness. Departmental assignments may rotate among all Assistant County Managers as needed to meet operational goals.

The Assistant County Manager is responsible for directing successful work in the planning, administration, management, and execution of County services and the responsible use of County resources. A champion of engaged, diverse, inclusive, collaborative, and innovative organizational culture, the selected candidate will establish internal and external relationships that advance joint interests, achieve community priorities, and benefit the community’s health. Particular emphasis is placed on identifying service and outcome disparities, especially those related to whole community health, associated with assigned departments, and building collaborative partnerships to eliminate them. The selected candidate provides strategic direction to assigned departments and acts as a liaison between the County Manager and department directors and between County Government and other governmental entities, community partners, and resident groups. Developing and implementing operational goals, planning and achieving budgetary objectives, and facilitating the development and implementation of approved initiatives are all under the purview of the Assistant County Manager.

Duties & Responsibilities:

The Assistant County Manager (among other duties):

  • Assists the County Manager in planning, organizing, and directing the County’s internal and external operations for the Successful People departments and initiatives.
  • Supervises employees, prioritizes and assigns work, conducts performance evaluations, and guides training, development, and personnel matters.
  • Provides policy development assistance to the Board of County Commissioners.
  • Collaborates with management on complex issues and responds to citizen inquiries, requests, or complaints.
  • Develops and implements proposals approved by the Board of County Commissioners and/or County Manager.
  • Represents the County with elected officials, outside boards, and resident/advisory boards.
  • Develops and presents policy proposals to the County Manager and Board of Commissioners.

In addition, the Assistant County Manager will also help plan and oversee operating and capital project budgets approved for Successful People departments. Potential capital projects include building renovations for Social Services, Public Health, and other facilities.

This position helps local health departments acquire new functions and advance current roles to prevent death, disease, and disability and addresses emerging threats to health, security, and equity while eliminating social and structural injustices resulting in health disparities.

Qualifications:

Minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree and ten to twelve (10-12) years of progressively responsible experiences that provide the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Preferred qualifications include demonstrated experience working for a county in a leadership role and a track record of successfully applying systems-thinking approaches and cross-sector collaborations to improve services and resident outcomes. Extensive experience in or oversight of multiple departments in the Successful People service area, particularly in public health, social services, behavioral health, and housing stability, is preferred. Experience developing and working with integrated service delivery systems is highly preferred. A master’s degree in a field closely related to the assigned service areas, Public Administration or Business Administration, and eight to ten (8-10) years of progressively responsible experience are desirable.

Supplemental Information:

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Open until filled with the first review of applications on August 10, 2021.

Please direct questions to Catherine Tuck Parrish at apply@thenovakconsultinggroup.com or 513-221-0500.

Assistant Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Director, Town of Garner (closes 8/15/21)

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Closing: 8/15/2021 11:59pm EST
Salary Range: $65,083 – $100,942 annually

Job Description:

The Town of Garner Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources is seeking an Assistant Director to work closely with the Director to provide leadership and management to the nationally accredited department. This position will assist the Director in the planning and implementation of recreational and cultural programs, supervision and coaching of staff, operations and budgeting, and marketing and audience development. The successful candidate will have a established track record managing or supervising recreational, sports or athletics, or cultural programs. Experience managing six or seven figure budgets within a local government or comparable institution is highly preferred. Knowledge and demonstrable experience in marketing and audience development and strong communication skills are a must. Prior supervisory experience is required.
 
The incumbent will perform complex professional and administrative work planning, directing and managing the service operations, budgets and personnel of multiple teams in a municipal parks, recreation and cultural resources system; does related work as required. Work is performed under general supervision. Supervision is exercised over designated departmental staff.

Examples of Duties:

  • Plans, directs coordinates and supervises day to day operations of parks, recreation and cultural programs, services, facilities and staff; promotes programs, prepares reports and coordinates work with other departments; assists Director with personnel and public information matters.
  • Plans, organizes, promotes and directs, through subordinate managers, comprehensive athletic, parks and recreation programs and special events, including town-wide special events such as the July 3rd Independence Day Celebration and the Christmas Parade;
  • Prepares and helps administer department policies and procedures and operational budgets; assists in identifying and accessing resources to improve overall service delivery effectiveness;
  • Directs personnel and activities of multiple programming and facility teams to ensure implementation and success of departmental and Town goals and objectives;
  • Evaluates community needs and effectiveness of programs by working with Town officials, community groups and individuals; attends and represents the department at public meetings; identifies and responds to community concerns consistent with established policies;
  • Prepares reports, correspondence and evaluations; works on special projects and leads several departmental efforts and initiatives, including the national accreditation process;
  • Assists the Director in evaluating the adequacy of existing facilities and in the development of strategies to ensure the current and future needs are meet;
  • Assists the Director in administering and overseeing service contracts and agreements related to the operation of a municipal parks and recreation system;
  • Serves as acting Director in the absence of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Director;
  • Performs related tasks as required.

Qualifications:

  • Applicants must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Public Administration, Parks & Recreation, Business Administration, or a closely related field.
  • A minimum of five years of full-time experience in a senior leadership position (manager or above) with a parks, recreation, cultural resources or similar public-facing agency or organization providing leisure, entertainment, or life-long learning programs.
  • A minimum of five years of supervisory experience.
  • Certified Parks and Recreation Professional, Certified Special Events Professional is preferred, or the ability to obtain such certification within 24 months of employment.
  • Possession of an appropriate driver’s license valid in the State of North Carolina.
  • Note: In addition to thoroughly completing the employment application, a position-specific cover letter and a current resume are required to be attached.

Budget & Management Graduate Student Intern, Wake County (closes 8/13/21)

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Closing: 8/13/21 7:00pm EST
Hiring Range: $15.00 hourly

Job Description:

Assist with Board Work sessions, public hearings, building the base budget for the upcoming budget year, contract review, preaudit, business planning and financial forecasting. All 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.  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

  • Led 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.

Wake County Budget and Management Services Department is a team of 10 who work together with County officials and management to develop and manage the annual budget. Our team members are our most valuable asset, and we treat them as such with competitive wages, leadership opportunities, and investments in professional development. Budget and Management Services has the responsibility of providing accurate, timely, and well-researched information and guidance to the Board of Commissioners and the County Manager resulting in the annual budget for all Wake County Government services. Also, staff advises departments of their financial condition and respond to budget, performance, policy, and program evaluation requests.

Qualifications:

The Basics (Required Education and Experience): No specific education or experience level required

Beyond the Basics (Preferred Education and Experience): Graduate student in a Master’s degree program in Public Administration or Public Policy

  • 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.

Supplemental Information:

Location: Justice Center Raleigh, NC 27601

Employment Type: Temporary

Work Schedule: 10 – 40 hours per week

What Makes Wake Great

Home to the State Capital, Wake County is one of the fastest growing areas in the nation and the most populous county in the state, with more than 1.1 million residents. The County has received national and international rankings and accolades from publications such as Money, Fortune, and Time magazines as being one of the best places to live, work and play. The central location of the County allows for a short drive to the spectacular mountains or coast. Wake County Government is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners, who are elected at-large to serve two-year terms. Wake County Government has a general operating budget of $1.57 billion, employs over 4400 employees, experiences minimal turnover, and is an award-winning leader in wellness and technology initiatives; such as offering employees and covered spouses free access to the Employee Health Center. Wake County Government offers a wide range of training and development opportunities, a stable career in public service with a balance of work and family life, flexible work schedules and a competitive salary and benefits package.

Our company provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. Position may require a background check that may include: criminal, credit, motor vehicle, education, and sexual offender registry or others based on job requirements. Unless required by state law, a record of conviction will not automatically exclude you from consideration for employment. Wake County Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

In the event of an emergency, as determined by the County Manager or designee, participation in preparedness and response operations should be expected. Employee may be required to fill a temporary assignment in a role different from standard duties, work hours and/or work location in preparation for, during and after the emergency. Employee may also be required to participate in relevant exercises and regular preparedness training.

Performance & Strategy Analyst, City of Greensboro (closes 8/10/21)

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Closing: 8/10/2021 11:59pm EST
Hiring Range: $61,762 – $82,349 annually

Job Description:

The Performance and Strategy Analyst will coordinate, develop, and implement the City’s organizational strategic and performance management initiatives. The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting the organization and departments through consulting, measurement development, data analysis, performance reporting, training, and coaching; facilitating cross-functional teams tasked with solving problems; and providing training to all levels of the organization in strategic planning, performance management, and innovative improvement. This role has high visibility to the departments, city management team, and City Council.

This position will perform professional-level data analysis and reporting for research projects focusing on process improvement and innovation initiatives. In coordination with the City’s Chief Data Officer and other team members, the position will produce reports and presentations, graphics, and develop open data and social media platforms; perform and coordinate related research studies; identify and apply data analysis methods to assist improve city operations; evaluate City processes and performance; and coordinate with team members, partners, and other internal and external stakeholders.

Essential Duties & Tasks:

  • Oversee the development and implementation of the City’s performance management program.
  • Provide consultation and facilitation to departments on performance management and strategic initiatives methodology, plan development and implementation; ensure alignment of departmental plans to citywide goals and initiatives and coach departments
  • Develop, collect, analyze, and report performance-related information and communicate results in clear and useful ways to various audiences
  • Lead and manage strategic initiatives and performance improvement by developing initiatives, coordinating and conducting meetings; recruiting and training individuals with varying degrees of management responsibility; creating presentations and reports for all levels of the organization and the public
  • Facilitates cross-functional teams tasked with solving problems, which span multiple departments or internal and external stakeholders
  • Work collaboratively across functions to create buy-in, foster inclusiveness, and develop effective partnerships
  • Lead special projects requested by departments, city management, and city council and respond to information requests related to performance, strategy, innovation, and continuous improvement

Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree with 4-6 years of experience in organizational strategic planning and performance management implementation and oversight

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Certified Budget and Evaluation Officer
  • Certified Performance Management Professional

Accounting Technician, City of Creedmoor (open until filled)

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Closing: Open until filled
Hiring Range: $35,026 – $41,697 annually

Job Description:

Performs difficult paraprofessional accounting, fiscal and administrative duties in the Finance Department for the City. An employee in this class is responsible for a variety of paraprofessional accounting and fiscal duties and responsibilities. Examples of responsibilities include performing payroll data entry, accounts payable, balancing various City accounts, preparing a variety of analytical reports, monitoring bank accounts, and performing other responsible fiscal and office work. Work requires use of independent judgment and initiative and considerable knowledge of state laws as well as the Local Government Budget and Fiscal Control Act. Work is evaluated through conferences and by review of records and reports to determine the effectiveness of collection methods, legal compliance with applicable statutes, and by independent audit of the financial records.

Essential Duties & Tasks:

  • Performs internal payroll function including proofing and calculating time sheets and cards for biweekly payroll; preparing payroll information and transmitting to payroll processing company; preparing a variety of bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual payroll reports and transactions; transferring data and payment to outside agencies which manage the retirement and supplemental retirement accounts for employees.
  • Performs accounts payable responsibilities including processing invoices for payment; insuring proper payment authorization is obtained; maintaining vendor data base; preparing vendor checks; creating various financial reports.
  • Maintains analytical spreadsheets detailing yearly expenses for specific vendors.
  • Develops and maintains various vendor analysis reports including monthly fuel usage, quarterly vehicle service records, year-to-date revenue/expenditure comparisons, and others as assigned; reconciles and summarizes data for delivery to appropriate city staff.
  • Prepares and transmits annual 1099 and 1096 forms for applicable vendors.
  • Generates purchase orders from authorized purchase requests.
  • Organizes purchasing process for departments and serves as resource to city staff as needed.
  • Consults and assists with technical aspects of formal and informal purchases/contracts; advises on relevant bidding laws.
  • Assists with development of capital improvements plan.
  • Assists with submission of Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).
  • Maintains document management software database.
  • Provides support for the information technology function by performing help desk tasks, troubleshooting, problem solving, and submitting issues to outside consultant when needed; communicates resolution to originating source; monitors and tracks for repetitive issues; suggests and develops process improvements.
  • Backs up other office staff.
  • Performs related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Considerable knowledge of paraprofessional accounting principles and practices and fiscal reporting.
  • Considerable knowledge of payroll principles, practices, laws and regulations, and City benefits information.
  • Working knowledge of collection methods such as garnishments and wage attachments.
  • Working knowledge of standard operating practices involved in modern office operation and public service.
  • Skill and understanding of modern automated fiscal systems including financial package software and hardware, word processing, data base and spreadsheet development.
  • Skill in public contact, customer service and collaborative conflict resolution.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with the general public and other employees.
  • Ability to comply with and explain financial policies and procedures.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written forms.
  • Ability to analyze and problem solve municipal information technology issues.

Qualifications:

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of fingering, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions.
  • Must be able to perform sedentary work exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to move objects.
  • Must possess the visual acuity to work with data and figures, performs accounting related tasks, operate a computer, do extensive research and reading.

Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited college with a degree in accounting and considerable experience in accounting and/or payroll, preferably in a municipal or county finance office; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Prefer Certified Local Government Purchasing Officer (CLGPO).

Special Requirements

  • Valid North Carolina driver’s license.
  • May require possession of Notary Public.

Parking Fiscal Coordinator, City of Durham (closes 8/4/21)

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Closing: 8/4/2021 11:59pm EST
Hiring Range: $51,416 – $58,500 annually

Job Description:

The Transportation Department’s Office of Parking Management, an Accredited Parking Organization with Distinction by the International Parking and Mobility Institute, invites qualified candidates to submit their application for the position of Fiscal Coordinator.  Parking Services is an enterprise business operation that manages the City’s On- and Off-Street Parking programs, including metered parking, residential parking, special events, curbside development, and a variety of specialized services.

The Fiscal Coordinator provides oversight of general ledger accounting and closing processes by revenue source ensuring the adherence with quality standards, policies, procedures and applicable laws and regulations. The position researches, analyzes, maintains or oversees the maintenance of financial records, statements, performance metrics and other documentation related to revenue sources, customer accounts, parking citation financial data, program, project and/or process; performs data modeling, ad hoc analysis and/or special reporting.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Reviews and assesses operational efficiency, financial records and ledger accuracy, and the effectiveness of internal controls; develops, recommends and implements program enhancements, controls, policies and procedures.
  • Serves as a technical lead and liaison with internal and external customers, program stakeholders, and partner organizations; provides consultation and subject matter expertise related to assigned area; handles escalated issues; implements program and project solutions.
  • Prepares and/or reviews financial statements, journal vouchers, transaction documents, schedules, reports, presentations, contracts and other documentation; ensures timely and accurate reporting in accordance with applicable standards, policies, requirements and regulations.

Qualifications:

  • Associate’s degree in accounting, business administration or a related field.
  • Three years of related experience.

Additional Preferred Skills

  • Cash handling and cash reconciliation experience at a management level.
  • Experience reviewing and assessing financial records and general ledgers.
  • Experience managing accounts receivable for customer billing accounts.
  • Experience preparing and reviewing financial statements, journal vouchers, transaction documents, financial schedules and reports.

Deputy Department Director, Senior – Financial Reporting and Systems, City of Richmond, VA (open until filled)

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Closing: Open until filled
Salary Range: $93,140 – $148,780 annually

Job Description:

The City of Richmond’s Department of Finance seeks an experienced and highly qualified candidate for the unclassified senior leadership position of Deputy Department Director, Senior to plan and organize compliance and planning efforts associated with financial reporting and financial systems. Richmond’s Department of Finance has a staff of over 100 full-time positions and an
FY2022 budget of over $10 million. The successful candidate will provide assistance to the department director in setting the strategic direction and management oversight to ensure implementation of Mayor and City Council goals, policies, and performance expectations. The incumbent will make interpretive decisions on behalf of the organization regarding the means for executing the goals established by the Director. The incumbent may serve as Director in the absence of the Director.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Directing, managing, and supervising staff; supporting staff by providing guidance on program administration and project management; performing supervisory duties such as performance evaluations;
  • Managing compliance function, monitoring monthly and annual financial reporting, responding to audit recommendations;
  • Coordinating the Commissioner of the Revenue and Treasury functions of the Finance Department’s revenue administration;
  • Preparing, reviewing, editing, and approving various documents, reports, contracts, agreements expenditures, packets, ensuring proper reporting;
  • Working with various internal and external departments on special assignments or projects; coordinating projects as needed;
  • Preparing presentations for council, and public meetings; conducting, attending, and participating in various internal and public meetings for planning, reporting and public engagement.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Comprehensive (8 years or more) knowledge of principles, methods and practices of public administration, municipal finance and budgeting; applicable laws, ordinances, regulations and policies governing the finance management of a government agency.
  • Considerable knowledge of principles and practices of program development and administration of municipal accounting and budgeting.
  • Considerable knowledge of GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles).
  • Skilled in analyzing problems, identifying and implementing solutions.
  • Skilled in providing leadership and overseeing all aspects of a program or project to completion.
  • Skilled in strategic planning and enhancing employee engagement.
  • Skilled in interpersonal communication, both oral and written.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform a wide variety of professional budgeting, financial, and management analysis work.
  • Analyze data and draw logical conclusions.
  • Interpret and apply related laws, ordinances, rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Experience creating and implementing a shared vision with staff.
  • Experience professionally representing a department and organization and presenting at public meetings.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in public administration or field directly related to assignment;
  • Eight years of progressively responsible related experience that includes significant management and supervisory experience;
  • Some departments may prefer a Master’s Degree in a field directly related to the assignment;
  • Some positions may have additional specialized requirements;
  • An equivalent combination of training and experience (as approved by the department) may be used to meet the minimum qualifications of the classification.

Preferred Qualifications and Training:

  • Master’s degree in finance, accounting, or related field;
  • At least three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in local government;
  • Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) experience is preferred;
  • At least six (6) years of management experience;
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is a plus;
  • Possess solid working knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles;
  • Demonstrated experience working with public boards, commissions and/or legislative bodies;
  • Program creation and management, and project management;
  • Excellent public presentation, leadership, time management and organizational skills.

Chief Financial Officer, City of Durham (closes 8/9/21)

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Closing: 8/9/21 11:59pm EST
Hiring Range: $122,040 – $195,276 annually

Job Description:

Join one of the highest fiscally rated entities in the country. The City of Durham’s Finance Department promotes sound management and stewardship of taxpayer dollars by helping the City Council, City Manager and City departments manage their financial resources and leading risk management administration and training. If sound fiscal management is what you’re about, join our team! With an almost 6 million dollar budget and 41 full time employees the City of Durham Finance department is primarily responsible for enhancing the City’s financial position. The department is divided into seven divisions: the office of the director, accounting services, treasury management, billing and collections, risk management and safety, purchasing, and the print shop.  For additional information you can see the FY22 Adopted Budget Book here (pgs. 161-166): https://durhamnc.gov/DocumentCenter/View/39290/FY22-Adopted-Budget-Book?bidId=

A strategic focus, passion for public service, collegial atmosphere and award-winning results combine to make the City of Durham a great place to work.  It starts with management. Our council-manager form of government provides stability and professional management that enhances long-term planning and results. Next comes strategy. Our Strategic Plan and Performance Management System Dashboard guide decision-making, work and resource allocation for staff, administration and Council. That gives administrative leaders clear direction and support to move their service areas forward. Finally, service. Our Culture of Service Initiative focuses employees on service – to self, to co-workers and to the community. It creates a collaborative workplace where staff members feel valued, co-workers help you succeed and citizen needs are met. The result: innovative programs and services that deliver stellar customer service and quality work, as well as national and international acclaim. Durham is one of only 40 U.S. cities that maintains top-level AAA debt ratings from all three major rating agencies – Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch.  We’ve received top awards for performance management, engaging citizens, technology innovations, community development, our green fleet of vehicles and Park+, our parking management analysis tool.
 
As a Chief Financial Officer, you are responsible for serving as the director of the City Finance department as well as serving as the knowledge leader for a mission-critical function of the City that supports and/or frames all other City operations. Position applies advanced management principles with critical impact on residents and the organization. Exercise strategic and visionary thinking having long-term organization-wide application and impact; develop and implement programs critical to the City; and exercise control and supervision of multiple assigned functions and/or divisions and significant resources.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provides strategic direction and management oversight to the Finance department and functions and serves as a knowledge leader; applies advanced management principles with critical impact on citizens and the organization; exercises strategic and visionary thinking having long-term organization-wide application and impact; develops and implements programs critical to the City; and exercises control and supervision of multiple assigned functions and/or divisions and significant resources.
  • Provides leadership and management direction for the department, policy formulation and analysis for the City, and support for the finance-related modules in the ERP system.
  • Overall responsibility for departmental programs such as:
    • Biweekly payroll checks for approximately 2,450 City employees.
    • Accounts Payable for approximately 78,000 invoices per year.
    • Financial Reporting including CAFR, annual and quarterly financial reports, and federal, state, and other agency reports.
    • Provides a centralized approach for purchasing and bid specifications and solicitations for apparatus, supplies, equipment, and materials for all departments.
    • Contract compliance and disposal of surplus property.
    • Treasury Management and provides cash, investment portfolio, debt management, and banking services oversight and management.
    • Interlocal Tax Contract, Interlocal property tax collection contract with Durham County.
    • Billing and Collections providing a centralized approach for non-utility billing and coordinates collections of delinquent accounts due the City.
    • A Print Shop unit that provides a full service copy and printing shop as well as mail services.
    • Risk Management & Safety that provides claim management, supports departments in occupational safety and OSHA compliance, and coordinates occupational health services.
  • Directs the implementation of policy and operational goals through department divisions and programs in response to service demands, and consistent with performance and regulatory standards; establishes annual and long-range department goals including ongoing confirmation and/or recommended updating of strategic direction.
  • Directs the preparation and implementation of department operating and/or capital improvement budgets; directs the monitoring expenditures and revenues; directs the researching and analysis of financial, operational, and related data; directs the preparation of financial forecasts; responds to budget requests from management and the City Council; and serves as final authority for making and approving budget and purchasing recommendations.
  • Directs the preparation of, and reviews/approves complex, financial, technical and other reports, plans, and documentation; directs data collection and analysis; develops and conducts oral and written presentations to management, the City Council, boards, commissions, other governmental agencies, and community groups; ensures that work is accurate and in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, codes, and/or standards.
  • Coordinates with, and serves as a liaison to, the City Council, the general public, City departments, and/or external agencies; serves as the official department representative on committees, and attends meetings, workshops, and conferences; and provides consultation and subject-matter expertise to mitigate high-impact and complex issues and concerns.
  • Incumbents oversee the conduct of performance evaluations, training, and hiring, discipline and termination procedures as well as directly supervise management, professional, paraprofessional and support staff.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public administration or directly related field.
  • 10 years of progressively responsible related professional experience that includes significant management and supervisory experience.
  • There is a residency requirement to live within the corporate city limits of Durham within 18 months of appointment to the position.

Additional Preferred Skills

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license
  • Experience with implementing a new ERP/accounting system
  • Relevant Graduate degree.

Budget & Management Analyst, Catawba County (open until filled)

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Closing: Open until filled, with application review beginning 8/2/21
Hiring Range: $51,322 – $65,000 annually

Job Description:

Catawba County is seeking a highly motivated and self-directed professional to serve as a Budget & Management Analyst. If you want to be part of a dynamic team focused on driving positive community change, this position may be what you’re looking for. The successful candidate will perform advanced professional management analysis and evaluation in the preparation and administration of the County’s operating and capital budgets. The ideal candidate will have on point local government experience and a demonstrated passion for public service that supports the mission and values of Catawba County.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provide departments and County Management with complex management and research analysis used to drive organizational and budgetary decision-making.
  • Perform thorough programmatic, service, and policy analysis of budget requests and make associated recommendations to County Management.
  • Work closely with department heads to understand services, assist in developing budgets and outcomes, monitoring progress, and developing solutions to budget issues that arise during the year.
  • Evaluate funding and program requests, develop alternatives in collaboration with department staff and recommend approaches.
  • Forecast revenues and expenses for the development of the annual budget.
  • Develop the budget document, presentations, performance dashboards, etc. used to message county services and performance.
  • Assist County Management, departments, and outside agencies as appropriate with grant development, administration, and management.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Public Policy, Business Administration or a related field and 1 year of professional experience in public administration, budget, program or operational analysis; OR
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public or Business Administration, Public Policy or a related field and 3 years of professional
    experience in public administration, budget, program, or operational analysis

Additional Requirements:

  • Capacity to work collaboratively and build/maintain effective working relationships with staff in all levels of the organization, elected officials, and outside agencies.
  • Impeccable judgment in analyzing situations and making decisions involving a variety of fiscal and business areas, and the ability to carry out that judgment with considerable professional and managerial discretion.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, including strong command of grammar and the ability to concisely communicate complex information while ensuring important details for decision-making are accurately reflected.
  • Strong presentation skills with the ability to turn complex information into easily consumable dashboards, infographics, etc.
  • Independent and self-directed initiative and drive, with the capacity to learn new things / appetite to take on new challenges over time.
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills, accompanied by a strong capability to prioritize and manage multiple projects and assignments simultaneously.
  • Strong creative, analytical, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to formulate recommendations/alternative ways of doing business that takes into account relevant viewpoints, alternative approaches, pros and cons.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently as well as part of a team.
  • High proficiency in computer use, particularly Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat products.

Preferences: MPA with experience working in a budgeting and/or management analyst role for local, state, or federal government.

Community-Centered Designer, City of Durham (closes 7/30/21)

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Closing: 7/30/21 11:59pm EST
Hiring Range: $63,180 – $80,554 annually

Job Description:

The Community-Centered Designer is devoted to elevating and integrating diverse community perspectives into the work of the Community Safety Department, using tools from human-centered design, process improvement and social science methodologies to measure and produce systemic changes in public policy, civic engagement, and service delivery as it pertains to public safety. The position will employ a broad range of design methods included in researching, prototyping, measuring effectiveness and sharing information that prioritizes the experiences, challenges and ideas of multiple stakeholder groups through diverse means of research engagements. You will lead the design of community-centered research plans, including creating workflows, identifying participants, conducting interviews and focus groups and observations; collecting, analyzing and presenting data; preparing and delivering research findings and reports, often involving the preparation of graphics and/or dashboards; organizing and facilitating community meetings; and coordinating with internal and external stakeholders to facilitate departmental operations.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Work with members from multiple stakeholder groups to bring in perspectives and ensure diverse voices and lived experiences are incorporated into the design process
    • Organize and facilitate meetings and co-design sessions; collaborate with City and County staff, residents and community organizations, first responder agencies, and other internal and external stakeholders to evaluate needs, stimulate idea generation, communicate information, and facilitate related project and departmental operations.
    • Identify participants, conduct interviews and focus groups and related observations, attend community events and listening sessions to better understand community perspectives; summarize and analyze related data; and ensure that accepted research methods, tools, and systems are employed to aid efficient data organization and analyses.
    • In collaboration with the Community Safety and Wellness Taskforce, develop strategies for ongoing resident feedback and evaluation of new alternative response models and other pilots of interest.
  • Visualize systems and processes to shed light on challenges, identify opportunities, and imagine alternatives through use of journey maps, diagrams, graphics, and other design methods and frameworks.
  • Prepare and deliver technical and general research findings in clear, digestible and compelling formats for multiple audiences; utilize media platforms to share and gather information, track the progress of deliverables, and encourage data-driven and collaborative decision-making.

The Community-Centered Designer will play a key role in:

  •  Prototyping/testing solutions as an extension of research and continuous learning; analyzing and synthesizing data and insights into an iterative process of initiative development.
  •  Balancing top-down (ex. executive leadership) and bottom-up (ex. community leadership) directives, co-creating with key partners, and shepherding those emergent solutions.
  •  Helping identify future initiatives and pilots of interest to community members and partners based on data and feedback.
  •  Shaping the culture of this new department and establishing ways of working that embed equity, justice, collaboration, ethical innovation, rigorous research and other community-centered and creative problem-solving practices.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in design, public policy, social science research, public or business administration, or related field. Equivalent professional experience considered.
  • 5 years of related experience (related experience may include: human-centered design, professional analytical experience in community-based research and organizing, and/or applied behavioral economics research)
  • Strong communication design skills with a demonstrated ability to translate complex information effectively across mediums for various audiences.
  • A commitment to and interest in the mission of the department: to enhance public safety through community-centered approaches to prevention and intervention as alternatives to policing and the criminal legal system.
  • A commitment to equity, which could include having already attended racial equity trainings.
  • Advanced collaboration and interpersonal skills with the ability to build consensus and promote the exchange of information among team members and partners.
  • Demonstrate initiative and sound judgment when handling ambiguity; ability to work independently and prioritize tasks under minimal supervision.

Additional Preferred Skills

  • Experience with and commitment to equity-centered design ethics and trauma-informed practices, with a willingness to share these principles with the rest of the team.
  • Master’s degree in design, public policy, social science research, public or business administration, or related field.
  • Professional analytical experience in qualitative research and/or community-based research that includes community organizing and/or outreach.
  • Experience in human-centered design, behavioral economic research or other research methods applied in a non-lab setting, to include project management experience for research, design and evaluation studies.