Baltimore County Government seeks an innovative leader with demonstrated financial management experience and a strong commitment to transparent and inclusive processes to serve as Director for the Office of Budget and Finance.
The Director of the Office of Budget and Finance (OBF) will lead the modernization of Baltimore County's budget practices and transition to a performance based budgeting model. The Director administers the County's financial affairs and reports to the County Administrative Officer. The Director leads the development of Baltimore County's $3.6 billion annual budget and oversees several divisions, including accounting, budget administration and formulation, claims management, customer service, health insurance, investment and debt management, and payroll.
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Essential Functions of the Job:
Leading the transition from Baltimore County's current budgeting model to a performance based budgeting model;
Evaluating all budgeting practices and technologies to determine if they align with recognized best practices and meet the County's needs, and developing a plan to modernize practices and technologies which do not;
Working with internal and external stakeholders in the development of the County's $3.6 billion annual budget;
Managing the operations of the Finance Department, including disbursement and accounting of County funds, purchasing processes, managing payroll and maintenance of payroll and time records, and managing monthly, quarterly and annual reports;
Preparing comparative financial statements and change analyses, estimating balance sheets and fund balances, and compiling information to be provided to the County Council and general public;
Maintaining policies and procedures to ensure efficient and effective operations of cash management, debt service, investment activities and other finance functions, including internal control procedures and other checks and balances;
Developing short and long term financial plans to ensure resources are available to fund strategic and capital plans;
Supervising the investment of County funds and managing the County's debt service obligations;
Managing the annual external audit process;
Reviewing and analyzing budgetary information submitted to the County by the school system;
Maintaining a general accounting system for the County and financial records for each department;
Providing various reports and recommendations regarding the status of the budget in relation to projections, including quarterly budget reviews and resolutions amending the annual budget;
Supervising the County purchase payment system to include processing of purchase orders, proper account classification, and disbursement of payment.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of the principles and practices of government accounting, purchasing and payroll systems;
Knowledge of budget preparation analysis and best practices;
Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations regarding budget adoption and TRIM compliance.
Knowledge of the organization, functions, policies, and administrative procedures of County government
Ability to maintain complex financial records and to analyze and prepare reports from same.
Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with County officials, employees and the public.
Ability to organize and effectively present oral and written reports, findings, and recommendations
Ability to prepare, review, and present the annual Budget;
Ability to supervise and evaluate staff;
Ability to work quickly and accurately to meet deadlines.
Skill in the use of sophisticated computer based data information systems.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in accounting, business administration, economics, finance, public administration, or a closely related field, plus at least ten years of progressively responsible experience in budget formulation in a finance capacity in local government is required.
A Master's degree in accounting, business administration, economics, public administration or a related field or a law degree is preferred. CPA preferred.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience
About Baltimore County Government
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