City Budget Director

The City is seeking a Director to lead the City Budget Office. About the City Budget Office The purpose of the City Budget Office is to provide timely, accurate, and unfiltered information and accurate analysis regarding financial planning, forecasting, and budgeting to the Mayor, City Commissioners and the City Auditor. The City Budget Office provides assistance to the Mayor in the development of the proposed budget and to the entire Council in the development of the Council Approved Budget. This includes management of the process, gathering of additional information, impartially evaluating program effectiveness, responsiveness, and equity in the provision of services and budgetary resources, and helping Council finalize a balanced budget consistent with the Council’s priorities.The Director of the Budget office will report to the Mayor with accountability to each City Commissioner.The Director will lead a 16-person team whose core functions include:Budget & Program Analysis. The office coordinates the development of the City’s budget, including analysis of every bureau’s operating and capital budget, financial plans, and performance metrics.Economic Forecasting. The primary responsibility of the economics section of the City Budget Office is to monitor and forecast General Fund revenues and expenses.Business Impact Analysis. The City Budget Office will identify City ordinances and Council Calendar items that may have a material impact on the City’s business climate, fees, regulations, and/or taxes.Utility Rate Review. The ordinance creating the City Budget Office directs the office to continue the financial planning and operational review that has always been provided by the Financial Planning Division. Special Projects. The City Budget Office assists the Mayor and Council with special projects as assigned.Competencies for Success: Collaboration: The ability to establish and maintain highly effective working relationships with a broad range of stakeholders including elected officials, CBO staff, the community and others encountered during the course of work. This will require the successful candidates to be dynamic, open to new ideas and to be a strategic thinker.Transparency:  Provide full information that is essential for collaboration, engagement, strategic planning and collective decision making. Consistently ensure transparency around the budget process and utilization of resources. Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: A demonstrated track record in building diverse teams and maintaining professional, respectful, and inclusive work environments, and a significant understanding of budgets role in ensuring equitable services and policies.Communication: Excellence in communication, including the ability to develop and implement an effective communication strategy addressing the needs of the public, diverse stakeholder groups, City Council, bureau directors, internal/external customers, and CBO staff. Integrity: Exemplary moral code that is reflected with honesty, and in complete harmony with how one thinks, speaks and acts. Ensures the CBO function performs according to its intended function.Change agent: Inspires action and leads organizational transformation with a focus on effectiveness, ongoing improvement and development.Visionary:  Evaluates the future and identifies advancements needed in a creative manner, with the ability to translate vision into action. The ideal candidate will possess the following, as well as the items listed in the “To Qualify” section: A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible budget and finance experienceA minimum of 5 years in a management capacityExperience in a governmental settingA broad understanding of City government to include policy development/implementation, sustainability, infrastructure, public safety, performance management and livabilityCommitment to high level customer service and responsivenessTrack record engaging broad audiences including community members and organizationsAbility to utilize data and visualizations to craft sound business cases, policy and decisionsCapable of navigating difficult conversations and identify solutionsProven experience building collaborative systems and relationships in a complex organizationBackground leveraging equity analysis and tools in the budget allocation processAdditional information regarding the City Budget Office is available here (direct link the City of PortlandThe City of Portland comprises an area of approximately 145 square miles in northwestern Oregon.  With a 2016 population estimated at 627,000, Portland is the center of commerce, industry, transportation, finance, and services for a metropolitan area with a 2016 population estimated at 2.4 million people.  Portland is the county seat of Multnomah County, and is the largest city in Oregon and the second largest city in the Pacific Northwest.Lauded as one of the best places to live in America, Portland has a vibrant downtown, diverse neighborhoods, natural beauty, good schools and friendly people.  Portland is listed among the top 25 arts destinations in the United States, named one of the best cycling cities in North America, and is one of America’s best walking towns.  Portland maintains deep ties to the Pacific Northwest’s natural beauty, with Mount Hood, the Cascade Mountain Range and the renowned Oregon Coast each just over an hour away. There are 37,000 acres of parks and green spaces within the metropolitan area, including the 5,000-acre Forest Park, the largest urban wilderness in the U.S.  Average temperatures range between 34° in winter to 80° in summer and Portland receives 37″ of rain annually, less than Seattle, Houston, Baltimore, Boston and Atlanta. Portland has a reputation for being unique, and our governance structure is no exception. Portland voters adopted the commission form of government in 1913, and over 100 years later, Portland is the only large city in the country continuing to operate under this structure. The five members of the City Council are each elected at-large, and have legislative, administrative, and quasi-judicial responsibilities. The Mayor assigns bureaus to each Council member. The Mayor serves as Commissioner-in-charge of the Office of Management and Finance (OMF), which includes the Bureau of Revenue and Financial Services (BRFS), and oversees the independent City Budget Office (CBO).Portland is a full-service city with approximately 6,000 represented and non-represented permanent employees and a budget of over $3.46 billion.  The City has maintained its triple-A bond rating for over 40 years, reflecting its strong financial management policies and practices. Why join the City of Portland?The City of Portland is committed to offering medical, dental, vision, basic life, and long-term disability coverage that provides quality care, support and value to eligible employees and their family members. Additional benefits such as flexible spending accounts, supplemental life insurance and employee assistance program coverage is available to ensure employees have the appropriate tools to safeguard themselves and their family.  The City of Portland also participates in PERS, the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System. For more information on the City of Portland’s benefits please click here.To QualifyMINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:The following minimum qualifications are required for this position.  Applicants must specifically address and demonstrate in their cover letter and resume how their education, training and/or experience meets each of the following minimum qualifications:Experience evaluating budget programs and implementing recommendations for improvement.Experience evaluating and identifying the impacts of budgeting programs, processes and goals, both long and short-term.Experience establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with all levels of City management, elected officials, staff and the public.Experience preparing comprehensive budgetary reports, financial statements and studies appropriate to both technical and non-technical audiences.Experience working within a labor union environment.Experience planning and leading complex financial planning, budgeting programs and activities within a large matrixed organization.Experience effectively leading, engaging and supervising diverse teams. In addition to providing a cover letter/resume please submit a separate equity statement outlining your commitment and track record to diversity, equity and inclusion. Experiences may include, but are not limited to the following:lived experience as a member of an underrepresented groupexperience living, working and meaningfully interacting with individuals with a variety of identitiestrack record of instilling equity and inclusion within operationsIf your experiences are different from those listed and you have a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, please explain how you will manifest that commitment in this position.Equity Commitment: For those applicants who meet the qualifications of this position, in accordance with the adoption of the Charles Jordan Standard and the City of Portland’s commitment to equity, the highest qualified minority candidate, highest qualified woman, and highest qualified candidate who identifies as a person with a disability will be included in the final interview process. To be considered under the Charles Jordan Standard, we will be asking applicants who meet the qualifications for this position to include information identifying their status as a minority, woman, and/or identification as an individual with a disability in the required equity statement. Please see the City’s Charles Jordan Standard Portland Resolution No. 37180 for more information.ANTICIPATED TIMELINE: Position closes: October 1, 2018First-round interviews conducted: Early OctoberFinal interviews: Completed by October 22nd  Candidate selected: End of October This position is exempt from Civil Service and is an “At Will” position. It serves at the discretion of the hiring authority, subject to the City of Portland Human Resources Administrative Rules and the Portland City Charter and Code.The Recruitment ProcessAn evaluation of each applicant’s training and experience, as demonstrated in their cover letter and resume weighted 100%. Do not attach materials not requested.  Only candidates who meet the Minimum Qualifications will be placed on an equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information. Additional evaluation may be required prior to establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:Applicants must submit a cover letter and professional resume online, specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified in the “Minimum Qualifications” section of this announcement, and in accordance with the following instructions:Your résumé and cover letter will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.Your cover letter should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained, which clearly reflect how you satisfy each of the Minimum Qualifications.Your resume should support the details described in your cover letter.If you are requesting Veteran’s Preference, as identified below, please describe in your cover letter any transferrable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required Minimum Qualifications.Your résumé and cover letter should be no more than a total of six (6) pages combined.All completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm, on the closing date of this recruitment.  All applications must be submitted via the City’s online application process.  Do not attach materials not requested.   E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.If you are requesting Veteran’s Preference, attach a copy of your DD214 / DD215 and/or Veteran’s Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veteran’s Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment you apply for.  Veteran’s Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at time of application.It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply. If you wish to identify yourself as an individual with a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and will be requesting accommodation, the requests must be made to the Analyst(s) named below no later than the closing date of this announcement.Questions?Enrique SamaExecutive RecruiterBureau of Human Resources enrique.sama@portlandoregon.govAn Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer