City Budget Director

City Budget Director
Salt Lake City Corporation Finance Department
 Salt Lake City, Utah
Job Description

Under direction of the Finance Director, incumbent plans, manages, supervises, and coordinates the City’s budgeting activities including the development and review of annual performance measurements and the annual budget process. Supports the Mayor’s Office and department directors by assisting departments in developing strategic plans, benchmarks, operational performance measures and other organizational improvement initiatives. Effectively leads the effort to refine, implement, and report on program budgets based on performance indicators. Integrates the City’s budget planning, development, and outcomes measurement to ensure strategic decision making.

This is a mid-level management position, with responsibility to perform complex professional tasks related to budgeting efforts in a team environment, including coordination between staff of the Budget Office, Finance department, and other City departments. Effective job performance requires the highest levels of integrity, honesty and trust.


  • Manages and coordinates the development of the City’s annual budget. -Reviews all departmental budget submissions, including mid-year budget amendment coordination, and works with department heads and other managers to resolve issues. Primary focus includes service to Budget Office customers and internal stakeholders including city departments, the Mayor’s Office and the City Council.
  • Supervises the City’s Policy & Budget Analysts. Gives direction related to assigned responsibilities; exhibit fairness to direct reports and successfully work through personnel issues.
  • Implements, monitors and evaluates budgetary policies and procedures, and makes recommendations as necessary.
  • Researches, analyzes, evaluates and develops findings, and makes determinations and recommendations involving complex budget issues. Formulates and delivers effective budget and/or policy recommendations.
  • Analyzes the cost effectiveness of program operations and recommends alternate sources of program funding.
  • Provides assistance to City departments with the development and justification of budget proposals.
  • Serves as facilitator and advisor in budget and performance management to the Mayor’s Office, City budget management team and for all City departments.
  • Makes formal presentations to community groups and the City Council regarding budget issues.
  • Manages the budget amendment process, including analyzing proposed budget amendments from City departments.
  • Resolves budget issues and problems for different departments in the City. The person in this position must have exceptional problem solving skills and take into account the needs of all parties involved.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in Public Administration, Business Administration or related field, plus seven years of progressively responsible and related work experience. Related education and experience may be substituted one for the other on a year-for-year basis.
  • Knowledge of local government operations, organizational management, public administration principles and best practices in public fiscal management.
  • Ability to complete work and projects under pressure with multiple demands and frequent interruptions. Ability to adjust to change and work as a member of a team. Must possess strong and courteous customer service skills.
  • Ability to understand and interpret budget documents, records, financial statements, and related information. Ability to calculate, summarize and report relevant financial information to different audiences who participate in City government.
  • Ability to manage lengthy, complex budget processes involving numerous participants from diverse areas across the larger city organization,
  • Ability to analyze administrative and financial problems and make appropriate recommendations.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, department heads, employees and the general public.
  • Ability to listen, process and translate high-level ideas, goals and business objectives into effective budget practices.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing with members of work groups, regardless of size, the level of staff, or the role played by the Budget division in the work group. Must possess exceptional presentation skills.
  • Ability to plan the implementation of simultaneously occurring activities by effectively delegating tasks; monitoring progress, accuracy and quality; and providing necessary feedback.


  • Prior work experience directing or managing budget processes in a public sector environment.
  • Master’s degree in Public Administration, Business, Finance, or related field.


  • Light physical effort. Comfortable working conditions with intermittent sitting, standing and walking. Intermittent exposure to moderate noise level.
  • Probable exposure to discomforts associated with constant monitoring of computer video display screens.
  • Extensive exposure to stress as a result of human behavior and various responsibilities.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by persons assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required of personnel so classified.

All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.