Director of Budget

Director of Budget
Frederick County Public Schools Fiscal Services Department
 Frederick, Maryland
Job Description

Required Qualifications:


  • Master’s degree in Finance, Business Administration, Accounting or related field or Certified Public Accountant Credentials.
  • Five (5) years of professional experience involving budget formulation, budget review and/or budget management. Two (2) years of which must have been at a supervisory level.


  • Certified Public Accountant Credentials or Master’s degree in Finance, Business Administration, Accounting or related field.


  • Strong background in financial transactions such as budgeting, financial reporting, transactional management or auditing.
  • Proficiency with Excel and successful experience with financial systems.
  • Familiarity with governmental/public sector budgeting.
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational and presentational skills.
  • Capable of performing the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.

Preferred Qualifications:


  • Experience in a large public or private sector organization.
  • Experience with PeopleSoft Human Resource/Financial Applications.
  • Experience with public school finance.
  • Experience in a collective bargaining environment.


Familiarity with the FCPS policies, goals and programs.


The Director of Budget is responsible for the development, direct comprehensive management and analyses of the FCPS operating budget in order to assure the continuity and most efficient and economical achievement of systemic objectives. This position ensures the operating budget and any changes to the budget aligns with the Board of Education strategic goals. The Director of Budget supervises and manages the Budget Department and its staff members.

Essential Functions:

  • Reporting directly to the Chief Financial Officer, the Director of Budget performs the following duties:
  • Supervises, leads, evaluates and prioritizes the work of the Budget Department.
  • Coordinates the preparation of the Superintendent Recommended Budget and various iterations until final approval.
  • Prepares and assembles statistical data and reports for use in budgetary evaluation by Superintendent’s Cabinet and other appropriate designated officials.
  • Manages automated budget software ensuring accuracy and completeness of data within the system.
  • Coordinates cross-departmental analysis of financial data to establish reliable year-end budget projections.
  • Interprets systemic policies and regulations and ensures the operating budget supports the policies and regulations appropriately.
  • Collects data by personal interview and independent research. Analyzes the data and makes recommendations.
  • Studies FCPS organizational policies, procedures and managerial practices and makes recommendations for their improvement.
  • Serves on or consults with the Board negotiating teams.
  • Oversees the role of grant development and management as well as the responsibility to continuously seek new funding sources for the system.
  • Coordinates the preparation and approval of the budget preparation calendar.
  • Attends, coordinates and/or chairs meetings with FCPS personnel to discuss operating changes affecting budgetary appropriations.
  • Detects, traces and recommends corrective action in the event of budgetary data discrepancies and/or variances.
  • Advises departments concerning unexpected or unusual budgetary problems.
  • Performs periodic review of current year departmental budgetary expenditures to ensure that departments remain within allotted appropriations, i.e. General Fund (unrestricted and restricted).
  • Prepares, presents and/or coordinates budgetary presentations for internal and public viewing.
  • Prepares and analyzes routine and periodic budget reports.
  • Approves, coordinates and supervises the preparation of budget transfers and amendments.
  • Manages and assures process adherence as it relates to position control within FCPS.
  • Assists the Chief Financial Officer in the identification of long-term budgetary goals and personnel staffing requirements.
  • Performs other related duties as required.