Assistant Director of Budget

Assistant Director of Budget
City of Savannah Office of Management and Budget
 Savannah, Georgia
Job Description

Job Title Assistant Director of Budget
Closing Date/Time Wed. 01/27/21 11:59 PM Eastern Time
Salary $35.57 Hourly
$73,987.00 Annually
Job Type Full-Time Permanent
Location 1375 Chatham Pkwy, Savannah, Georgia
Department Office of Management & Budget
Purpose Benefits Supplemental Questions

One of ten most beautiful places in America, the City of Savannah is set within a vibrant and diverse community, filled with charm and great people! We are always looking for hidden gems ready to champion challenges, foster a culture of belonging, and make a difference within the communities we serve!

Are you looking for a career with purpose?
Are you looking to positively impact the lives of our citizens?

Our Office of Management and Budget is looking for You, a forward-thinking leader who will partner effectively with senior stakeholders and manage and lead a strong and driven team.

As the Assistant Director of OMB, you would assist with performing all aspects of planning, analysis, formulation and execution of the City’s annual operating budget and five-year capital improvement plan. Informs the development of revenue and expenditure projections; prepares economic analysis to project, monitor, and propose financial options. Develops and trains staff and departmental liaisons in the use of new internal procedures and operating instructions. Assists departments in formulating their operating and capital budgets. Prepares and analyzes financial reports to identify potential problems and significant trends to ensure compliance with all applicable laws, rules, and/or policies. Work involves assisting with establishing and managing the City’s budgetary plans, policies and practices to include City-wide strategic initiatives, programs and performance measurements.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Supervises, directs, and evaluates assigned staff, processing employee concerns and problems, directing work, counseling, disciplining, and completing employee performance appraisals.
  • Coordinates, assigns and reviews work and establishes work schedules; maintains standards; monitors status of work in progress; inspects completed work assignments; answers questions; gives advice and direction as needed.
  • Acts as a liaison between employees and management; and trains staff in operations, policies and procedures of the work unit.
  • Creates training guides and develops strategies to assist budget and City staff with drafting budgets using statistical tools in Excel and inputting data into budget software.
  • Responds to assignments and tasks that directly and/or indirectly entail budgetary impacts city-wide.
  • Assists in the directing of and conducts operational research, productivity analysis and management studies to assist in the management of departmental operations, programs, and services; compiles and/or monitors various administrative and statistical data pertaining to divisional operations; researches information pertinent to task or project; analyzes data and identifies trends; and prepares or generates reports and recommendations.
  • Communicates with City staff and the community to recommend funding directly aligned with implementing the Strategic Plan and Priorities.
  • Researches best practices and governmental budgets for other municipalities throughout the U.S. that compare with our city's size and operations.
  • Analyzes historical data and monitoring the local, state, and regional economy to develop input for multi-year forecasts.
  • Directs the formulation of and formulates recommendations for changes in policies and procedures to improve operations, provide more responsive service, and/or optimize the use of resources; develops recommendations for changes in policies and procedures; and provides technical assistance and information to management to aid decision making.
  • Assists City administrators, elected officials and department managers with strategic and long-range planning for departmental operations; participates in planning efforts at the local and regional level; keeps Director and City administrators apprised of developments at the state and federal level that impact City operations and policies; monitors pending legislation for impact on operations; and ensures compliance with new legislation.
  • Assists in formulating and preparing the annual operating, capital and grants budgets for the entire City; maintains economic information; collects data; formulates and updates financial models; utilizes financial models to estimate revenues; coordinates expenditure request process; evaluates budget requests; analyzes policy options; and presents recommendations and analysis to the Director and City administrators.
  • Assists in ensuring and monitoring budgetary compliance; performs monthly reviews comparing the budget to actual revenues and expenditures; ensures compliance with approved budget; identifies problems; updates City administrators regarding potential problem areas; formulates and recommends solutions; and compiles related reports.
  • Oversees the formulation and recommendation of and/of formulates and recommends financial policy, including tax and fee structures; reviews performance in relation to policies; and recommends policy changes as needed.
  • Approves budgetary changes and interpretation of policies as needed or as directed by law.
  • Acts as the Interim Senior Director, Budget in his or her absence.
  • Performs other related duties and responsibilities as required.
  • The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related to, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Requires Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business or Public Administration, or a related field; Master's degree preferred; supplemented by eight (8) years of professional budgeting, contracts, accounting or financial management experience with three (3) years of management experience preferred; or possession of any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Additional Requirements

  • Background investigation, including supervised drug screen, post offer/pre-employment medical screen; and verification of education, certifications, and licenses required prior to employment.

Additional Information:

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of accounting, financial planning, internal auditing, budgeting and computerized data information systems.
  • Operations, services and activities of a comprehensive financial management program for local governments within the State of Georgia.
  • Management skills to analyze programs, policies and operational needs.
  • Principles and practices of program development and administration.
  • Principles and practices of governmental accounting, municipal budget preparation and administration.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
  • Pertinent federal, state and local taxation laws, codes and regulations.
  • Public administration, municipal government and financial activities.
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.
  • Principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation.
  • Governmental accounting standards; mathematical computations.

Skills in:

  • Delegating authority and responsibility.
  • Performing and supervising financial research and modeling.
  • Identifying and responding to community and City Council issues, concerns and needs.
  • Interpreting, applying, explaining and enforcing applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Analyzing problems, identifying alternative solutions, projecting consequences of proposed actions, recommending best options and implementing approved solution in support of goals.
  • Explaining complex technical systems in clear and simple terms understandable to non-technical staff.
  • Seeking and accepting input and assistance from others.
  • Empowering employees by demonstrating confidence in their ability to be successful.
  • Supporting creative thinking and problem solving by encouraging feedback.
  • Helping others understand and manage change.
  • Communicating with individuals from a variety of social, cultural, economic and educational backgrounds while demonstrating respect and sensitivity for perceived differences.
  • Communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.