Director of Budget

Director of Budget
City of Sugar Land
 Sugar Land, Texas
Job Description

Calling all visionaries! The City of Sugar Land is an award-winning beacon of excellence on the hunt for a trailblazing Director to guide the Budget Department into unprecedented realms of efficiency and innovation. Located only 20 miles southwest of downtown Houston, Sugar Land is a full-service municipality providing police and fire protection, water/wastewater utilities, solid waste collection, curbside recycling, a regional airport, parks and recreation, public works, planning/zoning, and other services. In Sugar Land, governance thrives under the Council-Manager model, epitomizing a dynamic synergy between leadership and community. The City has a robust team of 917 Full-Time Equivalents (FTEs) spanning over 20 departments and offices. Stewarding a $353 million fiscal year 2024 budget, the City prides itself on delivering an extensive array of municipal services with unparalleled efficiency and dedication.

The City of Sugar Land has a unique and innovative culture that believes its success is achieved by the courage to do things differently and accept that failure will occur on the path to innovation. The City seeks motivated, talented candidates excited about becoming part of a vibrant, empowering culture that encourages creativity, growth, and innovation. In addition to being well qualified, the ideal candidate must have extensive knowledge of current finance and budget processes; best practices and performance management, including innovation through technology and data; experience with highly functional ERP systems; and a dedication and passion for public service. The Director of Budget reports to the City Manager through a Deputy City Manager and is charged with advancing the City’s commitment to financial stewardship, integrity, and well-being of the City’s budget and the alignment of resources with intentional city-wide planning efforts.

Requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Public Administration, or a related field, and at least seven (7) years of progressive experience in city management or municipal finance managing large and complex budgets in a sophisticated and collaborative environment, including at least four (4) years of experience in budget management. A Master’s degree and Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) certifications are a plus. Knowledge of cutting-edge ERP systems, proficiency in performance management, and a passion for leveraging technology and data to drive innovation are crucial. Must have a valid Texas Driver’s License or obtain one within three (3) months of hire. If needed, the City is willing to work with candidates on an extended transition to allow time to complete the budget season at current employment.

The successful candidate will receive a highly competitive salary with an excellent executive benefits package that considers the candidate’s qualifications and track record of career success. Texas does not have a state-level income tax. To be considered for this challenging yet rewarding career opportunity, visit to view a detailed description of the position and to apply.

Position is open until filled. Questions regarding this recruitment may be directed to Ms. Renée Narloch, President, S. Renée Narloch & Associates, at or (850) 391-0000. Pursuant to Texas Open Records laws, applications and resumes are subject to public disclosure. The City of Sugar Land is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce.