Deputy Budget Director

Deputy Budget Director
Cook County Department of Budget & Management Services
 Chicago, Illinois
Job Description

GENERAL OVERVIEW

Reporting to the Managing Deputy Budget Director, the Deputy Budget Director directs and manages the activities of a functional budget section, coordinates special department projects and performs related duties as required. Oversees the work of analysts engaged in the annual review of department operating and capital budget requests, and the monitoring of the usage of budgetary appropriations in accordance with the County’s annual Budget Appropriation Bill. Assists with implementing new and modified procedures to facilitate the annual budget process. Performs highly complex analysis, evaluation, and review of financial condition, revenues and expenditures of Cook County funds. Performs in the acting capacity as Budget Director in his/her absence.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES

  • Plans and establishes goals and objectives in compliance with the department’s central goal and mission of preparing, implementing and managing the County’s annual operating and capital budgets.
  • Aids in the development and implementation of departmental policies and procedures.
  • Prioritizes section workload to ensure assignments are handled expeditiously.
  • Supervises Budget Analysts preparation of budget analysis of funds requested report for each unit of County government.
  • Oversees the work of staff engaged in evaluating departments’ annual requests for personnel, capital improvement and equipment needs.
  • Assists the Budget Director and First Deputy Director in overseeing the implementation of new or modified procedures to facilitate the annual budget process.
  • Reviews and approves recommendations for funding, budget transfers and requests to hire for County Departments.
  • Provides technical assistance to financial liaisons in County Departments involved in submitting revenue and expenditure estimates for inclusion in the preliminary budget forecast and Annual Appropriation Bill.
  • Performs highly complex analysis, evaluation, and review of financial condition, revenues and expenditures of Cook County funds.
  • Supervises the compilation of comprehensive operations, administrative and fiscal reports.
  • Administers personnel functions of department; prepares employee evaluations/approves time off; and responsible for training of clerical employees.
  • Conducts staff training and development activities.
  • Attends meetings with department heads and County officials concerning budgetary matters; represents the Budget Director in the Director’s absence.
  • Participates in confidential meetings and discussions relative to these and other matters.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Knowledge of structure of Cook County Government including organization, administration and functions of the various departments, boards, commissioners and committees.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of program performance budgeting, governmental accounting and general public administration principles and practices.
  • Thorough knowledge in or skills pertaining to all aspects of formulating a balanced budget within the parameters of available resources.
  • Ability to work effectively with elected officials and top administrators.
  • Ability to direct management staff.
  • Skilled in the management of other professionals engaged in financial and budgetary analysis.
  • Ability to analyze complex financial and other statistical data.
  • Ability to make sound judgments, recommend policy and effectively communicate and explain these to others.
  • Ability to evaluate and prioritize multiple assignments in an efficient and timely manner.
  • Ability to work in a highly confidential environment.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree, PLUS a minimum of three (3) years of experience in public administration, budgetary analysis, financial analysis or program evaluation, OR, an equivalent combination of professional work experience, training and education.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Public Policy, Political Science, Finance or Economics.
  • Five (5) years’ experience in budgetary analysis, financial analysis, or program evaluation.
  • Prior supervisory, managerial or project management work experience.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Sedentary Work involves exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally or a negligible amount of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time.
  • The duties listed are not set forth for purposes of limiting the assignment of work. They are not be construed as a complete list of the many duties normally to be performed under a job title or those to be performed temporarily outside an employee’s normal line of work.
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