Director of Finance and Budget

Director of Finance and Budget
Harris County Commissioner Precinct One
 Houston, Texas
Job Description


Precinct One’s mission is that we are committed to become a national model for delivering responsive public service utilizing inclusive, innovative and collaborative approaches to improve the quality of life, advance equality of opportunity, and promote the fair treatment of all people in Harris County.

What you will do at Precinct One

Precinct One has an exciting opportunity for a Director of Finance and Budget. The Director will be an integral member of Precinct One’s senior management team, reporting to the Chief of Staff and the Commissioner, and responsible for the establishment and successful execution of strategic plans, goals, and objectives for the Department. Responsibilities will include budget development, management, and accountability, processing of accounts payable and receivable, ensuring effective and accurate financial reporting, and operating inventory control and purchasing policies and practices that make the Precinct a trustworthy steward of public resources. The Director will also be expected to fulfill these responsibilities through the effective deployment of and reliance on the best feasible technological resources.

The Director will lead all aspects of the development, implementation, and oversight of the Precinct’s annual operating budget, which requires Commissioners Court approval as part of the Harris County Budget. The successful candidate will have extensive demonstrated experience and success in facilitating staff planning, designing, and implementation of best-in-class tools and processes to make the Precinct’s budget the most effective financial planning and management assessment tool possible. The Director will be required to meet this expectation through a highly collaborative and cooperative approach to working with the Commissioner, Chief of Staff, other directors, and department personnel across the Precinct.


What you will bring to Precinct One

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or a related field of study
  • Ten (10) years’ experience in a leadership position responsible for developing, monitoring and reporting organization-wide budget(s), along with leading accounting and inventory control processes
  • Experience with governmental budgeting, accounting and purchasing processes and principles is preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft software applications, including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Experience with and facility in use of PeopleSoft are preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of proper and general accepted accounting principles
  • Familiarity and experience with the financial management and reporting guidelines established by the Government Finance Officers Association
  • Ability to analyze financial data and communicate results to a wide range of audiences with varying degrees of understanding
  • Ability to demonstrate the links between effective financial planning, execution, and reporting with management oversight of organization performance
  • Experience and demonstrated skill in designing and using internal controls, including the development of processes, procedures, forms, protocols, and standards
  • Knowledge of and experience with the basic principles of Zero-Based Budgeting
  • Ability to develop accurate financial forecasts and trend analyses
  • Ability to convey the facts and management implications of complex financial data in a way readily intelligible to the director colleagues and their staffs
  • Fluency in the use of advanced technological tools to develop cost-effective financial policies, accounting procedures, data collection, reporting, analysis, forecasting, and controls

What you get in return

You will be surrounded by coworkers who bring their best to work each day. Passionate people that want to make a difference in the communities Precinct One serves along with Harris County as a whole.

Harris County employees receive a competitive salary plus medical, dental and vision insurance at no cost to the employee after the first two months of full time continued employment. Vacation, sick time and floating holidays allow our employees to recharge and balance work and personal time. Mandatory participation in our retirement program allows employees to save for retirement. Various other benefits and discounts lead to the satisfaction and engagement of our employees.

About the Budget, Finance and Technology Division

The mission of the Budget and Finance Department is to ensure Precinct One adheres to the principles of professional, ethical, efficient, and materially meaningful financial accounting and reporting, providing access to information for all while supporting Precinct staff in the equitable delivery of responsive quality services, programs, and infrastructure to the residents of Harris County.

About Precinct One

There are four precincts in Harris County, the most populous county in Texas and the third most populous county in the United States. There are four elected commissioners, who along with an elected county judge serve as members of the Harris County Commissioners Court, the administrative head of the county’s government. With approximately 1.1 million residents, Harris County Precinct One is a diverse, urban local government unit that covers 363 square miles; if it were an independent city, it would be among the nation’s fifteen largest. The Precinct’s multi-racial, multi-ethnic population is roughly 39 percent African American, 37 percent Latino, 18 percent Anglo, 5 percent Asian, and 1 percent other.

Precinct One includes 876 miles of road, stretches south to Brazoria County, and also reaches into eastern and northern sections of Harris County. The Precinct includes a large swath of downtown Houston, including the Harris County downtown Court Complex, Toyota Center, Minute Maid Park, and BBVA Compass Stadium. Other notable landmarks include the 263-acre NRG Park complex and the Texas Medical Center, a world-renowned collection of 61 institutions devoted to medical research, training, and care. The Precinct is also the higher education home to Houston Community College, Rice University, Texas Southern University, the University of Houston’s main and downtown campuses, and the University of St. Thomas.

Precinct One is responsible for managing more than numerous parks, community centers, hike-and-bike trails, maintenance centers, and area offices, all dedicated to delivering Harris County residents services, programs, and infrastructure.

How to apply

If this job sounds interesting, you meet the required qualifications and you can see yourself working for Precinct One in our Finance and Budget area, we invite you to apply at

Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer