Director of Budget & Strategic Planning

Director of Budget & Strategic Planning
City of Norfolk
 Norfolk, Virginia
Job Description

The City of Norfolk is seeking a dynamic individual who will work to solve Norfolk’s service and financial future through innovation and strategy. The department they will lead is highly innovative with strong research and analytical skills. The department serves as internal consultants to the organization. The leader of such a department must have excellent communication skills to tell the story of Norfolk’s resources, revenues, and services to the community and to the City Council. This individual will oversee a department that provides enterprise-wide coordination and preparation of the City’s $1.4 billion annual operating budget and $817 million six-year capital improvement program. The Department of Budget and Strategic Planning develops the city’s strategic planning effort. It encourages a city-wide culture of innovation using data to inform decisions as well as improving performance of services to the community through transparency, program evaluation, and process improvement. Innovative programs within the Department which the Director oversees are

  • CivicLab, the city’s in-house consultants and data analysis services and
  • Agile a city-wide program run in conjunction with Old Dominion University to train city staff on tools to continuously improve processes and service delivery,
  • Grants management to oversee the application and implementation of city grants as well as providing training on the grants process.

Essential Functions:

The duties include but are not limited to:

  • Plans, directs, and supervises the preparation and administration of the $1.3 billion annual operating budget that includes numerous funding sources, grants budgets, capital improvement programs and the long-range financial plan. Plans, directs, and coordinates the application and monitoring of grants citywide. Supervises the preparation of long-range financial plans and analyzing nationwide economic trends to develop a long-range financial plan.
  • Provides expert advice and assistance to City management; develops budget plans and estimates; interprets budget laws, policies, and regulations; analyzes the impact of state legislation on the City's financial condition; analyzes the cost effectiveness of program operations; and recommends alternate sources of program funding. Provides assistance with the development and justification of budgets and represents the City Manager by conducting hearings to resolve differences and facilitate decision making.
  • Serves as facilitator, advisor and technical expert in budget and performance management for the City Manager, City Council, City Departments, and the public; prepares and makes formal presentations to civic leagues and residents regarding the budget and financial matters. Assists the City Manager in developing, presenting, and justifying the annual operations and capital budget to the City Council and public.
  • Supports the executive team with efforts of organizational change and development by assisting departments in developing strategic plans, business plans, benchmarks, performance measures, performance contracts, and other continuous improvement initiatives; performs process review, redesign, and implementation of department activities. Plans, conducts, and leads complex analytical studies and research projects to assist executive management and others with long-term planning and policy development related to contemporary urban issues. Reviews staff's major research projects and resulting recommendations to provide guidance as to the implementation of recommendation.
  • Responds to inquiries from the press, City officials, and the public regarding budget and financial issues and concerns.
  • Facilitates the development of performance indicators for all departments by creating interdepartmental teams to work closely with departments and agencies to develop and update outcome-based performance indicators. Oversees operations/performance studies for assigned functions of City operations, procedural analyses, and most specialized and difficult examinations for those having the greatest potential financial or operations impact.
  • Manages and supervises the recruitment, selection of staff.


  • Work requires specialized knowledge in a professional or technical field.
  • Work requires professional level of knowledge of a discipline equivalent to that which is acquired in a Master's degree-level of study.
  • Five years' experience at the senior management assistant level, including three years of supervisory experience.

Additional Information & Requirements:

This position is a senior executive unclassified position which serves at the will of the City Manager. City of Norfolk residency is required within six (6) months of hire. Relocation assistance is available.

  • Salary is negotiable depending on qualifications and experience.
  • Competitive benefits package.
  • Signing Bonus: This position is eligible for a one-time $5,000 signing bonus.

The signing bonus will be paid in two (2) increments: $2,500 upon completion of 60 days of employment, and $2,500 upon completion of your probationary period. To receive the signing bonus, you must be an active employee in good standing.

If interested in this opportunity, please click the link below to apply and for additional information.