Budget & Management Services Director, City of Raleigh (closes 9/4/16)

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Closing: September 4, 2016
Hiring Range: depends on qualifications

The City of Raleigh is excited to welcome applications for the Budget and Management Services Director. Founded in 1792, Raleigh is the second largest city in North Carolina and is situated in the heart of North Carolina’s Piedmont region, which is centered between the sandy Atlantic beaches and the Great Smoky Mountains. The City is both the county seat of Wake County and the capital of North Carolina. Raleigh covers an area of more than 146 square miles and is home to a growing and diverse population of approximately 440,000 residents.

Position Description

The Budget and Management Services Director reports directly to the City Manager and oversees a staff of 11, including program managers, analysts and support personnel engaged in the development and oversight of the operating and capital budgets, budget management, strategic planning, performance management, program evaluation, and grants administration. For the current fiscal year, Raleigh has a total budget of $859M with a general fund of $466M and $180M in capital funding. The City has more than 4,000 full-time employees.

This position manages, organizes, and directs the City’s annual budget process; manages the City’s current budget resources; and conducts special project assignments for the City Manager’s Office.  The Budget and Management Services Director works closely and frequently with department directors and their representatives, the City Manager, Assistant City Managers, and the Chief of Staff.  The Director appears frequently before the Raleigh City Council to explain financial management and budget process issues. Work is performed independently under the policy guidance and general oversight of the City Manager.

Candidate Profile

Candidates for this role must be dynamic leaders with demonstrated ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships. The Director must synthesize and communicate complex information and issues to assist the City Manager, city executives, and the City Council with understanding budgetary challenges, options, and staff recommendations.

The Director must have in-depth knowledge of large and complex local government operations, particularly current management and budgeting principles and techniques. The Director should demonstrate a familiarity with strategic planning and performance measurement principles, in particular how the principles link to management decision making and organizational development. Successful candidates must effectively communicate policies, procedures and services both orally and in writing. The successful candidate must coordinate the analytical, project management, and other work of a professional staff. 

The Director must be willing to maintain a collaborative customer-focused approach to achieve the strategic vision of the organization. Candidates must establish and maintain effective working relationships with departmental employees, elected officials, representatives of other governmental jurisdictions, and the general public.

Key elements of this position include the ability to analyze management, policy, operational and financial issues and make sound recommendations for solutions.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Plans, directs and coordinates the preparation and administration of the City’s annual budget process in accordance with state and local requirements and the City’s strategic priorities by collecting, evaluating, and recommending funding requests and revenues.
  • Coordinates the evaluation and prioritization of resource needs and presents results to Executive Management.
  • Oversees program evaluations and provides budget recommendations for existing and new City programs.
  • Ensures the annual budget process is collaborative, open, and informative to the Mayor and City Council, City Manager, Department Directors, and citizens.
  • Plans, directs, and coordinates the preparation and administration of the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) in accordance with state and local requirements by collecting, evaluating, and recommending project funding requests and revenues.
  • Leads the strategic planning process in coordination with the City Manager’s Office; oversees implementation of the City’s Strategic Plan and performance measurement system and ensures its strong connection to the City’s operating and capital budgets.
  • Coordinates and prepares long-range financial and operational forecasts to assist in the achievement of City priorities and the evaluation of future revenues and expenditures.
  • Coordinates and conducts financial and operational research projects and analysis of city services to optimize resource allocation and service levels and recommends meaningful performance measures and benchmarks.  Reports findings, options, and recommendations to the City Manager’s Office.
  • Responsible for overall content, format and quality of budget-related materials and communication products provided to Executives and City Council, including work sessions, presentations, memoranda, and other products.
  • Leads, advises, and contributes to senior management discussions of city-wide policy issues.
    Supervises and directs the work of professional and support personnel, and carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; reviewing performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints; and resolving problems.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s (4-year) degree or equivalent with major course work in business or public administration.  Applicants may substitute additional relevant experience for the required education.
  • Master’s degree in Public Administration/Business Administration or related/relevant field of study preferred.
  • Qualified candidates should have progressive managerial experience in budget administration, municipal operations and program evaluation. Five years of management level experience in a budget and management office for a large local government agency.
  • Preferred experience in finance/accounting, management benchmarking, strategic planning, performance management and formal data modeling techniques.

Knowledge, Skill & Ability

  • Must have in-depth knowledge and understanding of large and complex local government operations, particularly current management and budgeting principles and techniques. Knowledge of municipal governmental accounting and the North Carolina Local Government Fiscal Control Act.
  • Ability to analyze management, policy, operational and financial issues and make sound recommendations for solutions; coordinate the analytical, project management, and other work of a professional staff.
  • Knowledge of strategic planning and performance measurement principles, in particular its link to management decision making and organizational development.
    Ability to understand and communicate, both orally and in writing, the policies, procedures and services of the department. Ability to synthesize and communicate complex information and issues so that City Council members and City Executives can readily understand budgetary challenges, available options, and staff recommendations.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with departmental employees, colleagues, and peers within the organization, elected officials, representatives of other governmental jurisdictions, and the general public.
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of and proficiency with financial management software; Spreadsheet software, Word Processing software and presentation software.
  • Strongly prefer knowledge of and experience with Oracle’s PeopleSoft and Hyperion products.
  • Current driver’s license preferred.