Leadership, Ethics, and Trust

A Guide to Writing Job Descriptions - Budget Manager

A Guide to Writing Job Descriptions - Budget Manager

A standard job posting for a Budget Manger will cover the primary responsibilities and the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in the role. A well-written job posting will have a strong focus on ethics, long-term planning, and an emphasis on building a collaborative environment. You should also include values that help identify a candidate who prioritizes building trust with the public.

The budget manager will work closely with the finance director and a city manager’s office to coordinate the budget process, coordinate citizen participation efforts, and lead other strategic initiatives for an organization. GFOA also sees this role as providing direction, training, and limited coordination to analysts.

GFOA developed this checklist to guide you through the process of writing a job posting that will highlight the strengths of your community and finance office, and allow you to hire an individual with a long-term vision, excellent leadership skills, and strong ethics. As you write the job description, consider it as an opportunity to promote your community and organization’s values. Highlight the opportunity the position presents, and how a finance officer fits within the overall leadership structure of the organization.


  • Publication date: March 2021
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