Budget Director, Buncombe County (closes 10/15/21)

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Closing: 10/15/2021 11:59pm EST
Salary Range: $94,631 – $125,387 annually

Job Description:

The primary purpose of this position is to provide overall planning, administration and implementation of the County’s annual budget process and direct the preparation of budget analyses, reports and recommendations to the County Manager and Board of County Commissioners.

Essential Functions:

  • Develop and implement budget policies, guidelines, and procedures for the adoption, management, and administration of the County budget to ensure compliance with applicable policies, laws and standards.
  • Manage and Coordinate annual budget process; Monitor budget to actual trends.
  • Provide strategic and policy guidance and recommendations.
  • Coordinate and direct the preparation of the County’s Capital Improvement Plan.
  • Review and analyze departmental budget requests for accuracy and justification of allocations and expenditures and make recommendations on request.
  • Direct the maintenance of financial reporting to capture departmental expenditure and revenue budgetary data to provide historical and current financial data.
  • Solicit and analyze budget requests from schools and other special districts; supervise the development and analyses of budget requests, and prepare budget proposal for action by County Commissioners.
  • Attend budget hearings with County Manager, Commissioners and department heads, explaining budget proposals and responding to inquiries.
  • Provide personnel/team management to ensure a competent workforce: Recruit and select department personnel; assign, direct, train and inspect the work of staff; reward, discipline, coach, counsel and evaluate staff performance; develop staff schedules; recommend transfers, promotions, suspensions, terminations, and demotions.
  • Provide direct and indirect supervision to staff assigned to the Budget Division ensuring adherence to established policies, procedures, and standards.
  • Perform special projects involving financial analysis and/or forecasting as requested by supervisor and/or Commissioner.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business, or public administration or related field and five (5) years of progressively responsible finance, budget, or accounting experience including three (3) years of management level experience; or an equivalent combination of experience and training.

Additional Training and Experience: Considerable progressively responsible administrative level experience in public sector accounting work, including some experience in fiscal management and budgeting.  Local Government Budget Officer certification preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and policies concerning County fiscal operations.
  • Knowledge of accounting concepts, principles and practices as applied to local government.
  • Knowledge of public finance administration, and the budget process.
  • Knowledge of the operations of County Government including taxation and other sources of income.
  • Knowledge of County rules and regulations regarding the budget and fiscal practices.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of statistics with particular reference to their application to financial, budgetary and operational activities.
  • Knowledge of management techniques and practices; modern office practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of the current literature, trends, and development in the fields of governmental accounting, budgeting, and public finance administration.
  • Skill in accounting and statistical analysis.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret fiscal and accounting records and complete financial statements and reports from such records.
  • Ability to maintain standard accounting and control measures for County government.
  • Ability to prepare and submit clear, complete and concise reports.
  • Ability to evaluate budget requests and activities through an equity lens.