Manager V - Budget Director

Department/Agency of position: 
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Location of position: 
San Francisco, CA
$143,806.00 – $183,586.00/year
Date Posted: 
Monday, September 30, 2019
Closing Date: 
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Job Description: 

Manager V – Budget Director $143,806.00 – $183,586.00/year San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)

Headquartered in San Francisco, we have 2,300 employees working in seven counties with a combined annual operating budget of over $900 million.

Our Mission: To provide our customers with high quality, efficient, and reliable water, power, and wastewater services in a manner that values environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to our care.

Our Vision: We are an innovative utility leader, recognized for excellent results in service, safety, stewardship, and inclusiveness.

We are an award-winning and industry-leading utilities organization committed to our customers, community interests, and the environment. To learn more about our organization, please visit our website at

We are proud of our infrastructure and programs, but most importantly, we value our highly qualified and dedicated workforce which ensures that this vision becomes a reality. As you explore career opportunities with us, download our career guide and learn about what you can expect during the hiring process.


Under general direction, the Budget Director assists in the day-to-day operations of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) Financial Services Bureau, with responsibility for the agency budget. This position directs the preparation, implementation and revision of the SFPUC's $1.4B annual operating budget and multi-billion capital budget. Additionally, the role directs the preparation, review and distribution of detailed and complex financial analyses and management reports that provide information on status of budget/expenditures, appropriations, fund source/availability and projected revenues and expenditures.

The Budget Director leads a team of six professionals in complex financial work, within a central service bureau of the SFPUC. This critical leadership role is a key member of Business Services Bureau and department management team, advising agency staff daily on how to best meet changing business needs within established citywide policies and procedures. The role requires both technical proficiency and political savvy to be successful.

Essential Functions:

  • Coordinates the SFPUC-wide biennial operating and capital budget development, implementation and amendment process, including the 10-year capital plan
  • Directs and develops professional staff in a highly-complex, fast-paced working environment
  • Ensures accuracy across the Budget Team work product including data input, budget system data interfaces, financial system budgetary data, etc.
  • Communicates complex financial information in a clear, straightforward manner to a variety of stakeholders
  • Uses multiple financial and budgetary systems, including data extraction and reporting functionality
  • Daily oversight of the SFPUC operating and capital budgets throughout the year
  • Develops and presents periodic financial reports to senior management
  • Represents the department in budget discussions with the Mayor's Office and the Board of Supervisors, as necessary
  • Directs the development of financial policies and procedures to further SFPUC Strategic Plan while ensuring compliance with local, state and federal mandates
  • Directs Information Technology Systems functions related to financial reporting to ensure SFPUC management has accurate monthly financial information
  • Prepares and provides oversight of indirect cost plans or other overhead allocation plans
  • Performs other related duties as required.


The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated track record and ability to exercise the following competencies:

Set Vision and Direction – Envisions what the future looks like at a defined point, communicates this vision with authentic conviction and inspires and engages others in creating that future; implements policies and procedures to support the organizational vision, goals and objectives.

Motivation – Creates an environment where people are inspired to pursue their highest levels of performance. Identifies and promotes methods for motivating self and others; recognizes individual strengths and contributions to team efforts.

Relationship Management – Builds open, honest and respectful relationships through effective communication and collaboration techniques; develops networks and lasting partnerships across boundaries to maintain strategic relationships and achieve common goals; utilizes a variety of communication approaches to successfully gain support, influence others and strengthen relationships.

Decision Making and Problem Solving – Takes ownership of problems and makes timely, responsible, transparent and clear decisions; involves others in addressing problems and seeking solutions; gathers relevant information and conducts appropriate analyses; understands the impact of decisions.

Adaptability – Adjusts, perseveres and succeeds in meeting objectives despite rapidly shifting environment, demands and resources; reacts appropriately to changing conditions or priorities; alters approaches to most effectively address different situations and people; responds positively to tasks and situations outside of comfort zone.

Budget Management – Applies knowledge of City and SFPUC guidelines to participate in the development, implementation, analysis, administration and/or overall management of the operating and capital budgets; demonstrates personal responsibility for being a good steward of resources when developing and adjusting budgets to meet departmental and organizational goals.


  1. A bachelor's degree in business administration, finance, public administration, economics or related field; AND
  2. Seven (7) years years of progressively responsible financial experience coordinating, preparing and managing operating and capital budgets, of which at least three (3) years include supervising professional staff.


Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Desirable Qualifications: Master's degree in Business Administration, Finance, Public Administration, Economics or a closely-related field

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted. All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included in the “Education” and “Training and Employment Record” sections of the City and County of San Francisco online application by the filing deadline. A resume does NOT substitute for this section of the City application and will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Verification: Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process.

Equal Employment Opportunity: The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.