Budget Manager

Department/Agency of position: 
Mesa County Administration Department
Location of position: 
Grand Junction, CO
$75,088.28 – $99,173.00
Date Posted: 
Thursday, August 9, 2018
Closing Date: 
Friday, September 7, 2018
Job Description: 

Reporting to the County Administrator, the Budget Manager will facilitate the budgeting process for all of Mesa County. S/he will engage with all department heads and elected officials and the Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) regarding the budget. Duties include but are not limited to: county’s budget development processes, short-term and long-term fiscal forecasting, and development of budgeting systems. S/he will also participate in the complex departmental and countywide studies related to operational and fiscal analyses. While this person will report to the County Administrator, it is expected that a very close relationship will be developed and maintained with the Finance Department in particular. S/he will need to provide expert guidance on Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) budgetary impact.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: (The following duty statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other non-essential or marginal duties that may be required. Mesa County reserves the right to modify or change the duties or essential functions of this job at any time. All responsibilities may not be performed by all incumbents.)

Perform professional, administrative, and technical work toward the timely preparation of the county’s annual budget in accordance with Colorado’s Local Government Budget Law. Implement and manage the budget timeline. Manage the budget review and approval processes.

Develop and prepare the annual budget book in accordance with the Government Financial Officers Association with the goal of earning the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Financial Officers Association.

Support the development of the county’s six-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) and analyze the impact on operations of the CIP.

Work with Human Resources and Risk Management to maintain projections and provide accurate budgeting of claims and premiums.

Coordinate the alignment of budget with the county-wide strategic plan.

Monitor and analyze contract expenditures and revenues for fiscal and TABOR impact.

Develop and implement budget including budget formulation, execution and analysis.

Develop processes and procedures for balancing the budget.

Working with other county departments, develop and present supplemental budgets to the BoCC.

Coordinate communication of budget issues to elected offices and county departments and public.

Provide specialized budget related systems, policy, and procedural training and assistance to county staff and elected officials at all levels. Serve as the subject-matter expert on technical budgeting issues.

Assist with policy development and implementation set by the BoCC.

Responsible for county revenue projections. Oversee and conduct studies regarding revenue projections. Prepare and update revenue projections for the next five years.

Calculate the county mill levy using the Department of Local Affairs worksheet (DLG-53) for the 5.5% Property Tax Revenue Limit and the TABOR limit.

Responsible for maintaining the authorized staffing level and working with Human Resources to coordinate changes.

Serve as a resource person to county departments and the public regarding the budget.

Assist the Finance Director with reconciliations and other accounting functions as needed.

Update economic indicators on the Finance web page. This includes tracking Building Department statistics for building permits.

Supervise, review and evaluate work of budget staff, as applicable.

Monitor and interpret changes in laws, regulations, and best practices related to public agency budgeting.

Researches and implements best practices and procedures.

Foster cooperation, a healthy work environment, responsiveness to customers, and continuous improvement.

Oral and written communications must be clear and effective.

Performs other related duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:

Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, business administration, or related field.

MPA, MBA, or Master’s in Finance or Accounting preferred.

Five (5) years of related experience in government budgeting, financial analysis, finance, or accounting.

Any combination of education, training and experience which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the job.

Licenses & Certifications:

Certified Public Accountant (desired)


This position requires standing, stooping, sitting, bending, twisting, and lifting up to 25 pounds. Work is generally confined to a standard office environment.