Manager of Budget and Finance Program

Manager of Budget and Finance Program
City of Aurora Finance Department
 Aurora, Colorado
Job Description

This manager position is one of two direct reports to the Budget Officer. As a member of the Budget Office team, the employee will perform a variety of complex analytical and administrative functions to include: financial planning and control; budget development, monitoring and control; performance measurement and monitoring; programmatic review; and organizational structure. The ideal candidate will be an experienced team-player who is detail oriented, analytical and self-motivated. See experience qualifications below.

The Office of Budget and Financial Planning is a division of the Finance Department. Our office manages the annual budget development process, provides citywide budget guidance, and provides analysis, research, and special project support across the organization. Our work is highly visible as we work with varying departments and varying levels of staff/management. We are a high-performing, hard-working group that likes to have fun. We are currently looking for a personable and qualified professional to join the office.

PRIMARY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Takes a lead role in transitioning the city’s budget process to Priority Based Budgeting methodology in the development and administration of the city’s operating and capital improvement financial plans.
  • Takes a lead role in the development of the city’s performance measures and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities.
  • Provides professional managerial support in the supervision, administration and development of the City’s operating and capital budgets.
  • Develops financial strategies for city-wide and program-specific budget issues.
  • Makes recommendations regarding citywide budget and financial planning policies and processes.
  • Develops recommendations on specific budget policy and program issues.
  • Provides guidance and support to city staff for budget preparation, approaches to budget development and unique budget issues.
  • Conducts budget reviews and analyzes financial structures for compliance with city budget policies.
  • Acts as a team leader for coordination and design of major work products including preparation of the City Manager’s formal budget proposals such as Priority Based Budgeting and Performance Measurement.
  • Serves as a lead staff person for Budget Office work on city-wide special projects and/or provides oversight and financial control for city capital projects.
  • Prepares periodic financial report including research, analysis, evaluation of statistical information, and trends.
  • Provides training, mentoring, and guidance for staff.
  • Supervise and lead direct reports, this includes but is not limited to making recommendations regarding selection, hiring, training, evaluating and disciplining of assigned employees.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education:

  • Bachelor's Degree in finance, economics, business administration, public administration, or directly related field including coursework in financial or budgetary systems and analysis. Master's Degree preferred.

Experience:

  • At least 5 years progressively responsible directly related experience including financial analysis, development, review, and control of complex budgets and/or financial analysis with complex spreadsheet and data base system knowledge.
  • At least 3 years supervisory/managerial experience. 2 or more years of experience preferred in effective budget and financial analysis for a governmental agency (state, county or local level)

Knowledge:

  • Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of finance and budgeting, methods and techniques of research and statistical and quantitative analysis applicable to financial analysis, budgeting, and financial planning. Experience with Priority Based Budgeting a plus.
  • A working knowledge or of municipal operating and capital budgeting techniques and processes including internal systems of personnel, budgeting/performance measures/accounting; personal computers, and related word processing, spreadsheet, data base, and presentation software applications.

Abilities:

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, executive staff, citizens, and elected officials.
  • Handle political and/or sensitive situations with tact and diplomacy.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing and synthesize complex information into a more useful format for decision-makers.
  • Establish and fulfill goals and objectives.
  • Direct and effectively supervise a diverse workforce.
  • Administer budgets.

Skills:

  • Strong interpersonal, decision making, and managerial skills.
  • Advanced skill in the use of computers including spreadsheet design and word processing software applications. Advanced Microsoft Excel experience preferred.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Essential Personnel:

  • When a local announcement of emergency or disaster is declared by the City, all City of Aurora employees may be required to work as essential personnel.

Physical Demands:

  • Sedentary physical work requiring ability to lift a maximum of 10 pounds.
  • Occasional walking and standing.
  • Vision to read and interpret reports and other written documents.
  • Speech communication and hearing to maintain communication with employees and citizens.

Work Environment:

  • Works primarily in a clean, comfortable environment.
  • Occasional remote working may be required.

Equipment Used:

  • This position may require the incumbent to use personal equipment (e.g. computer, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment.
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