County Budget Director

Monterey County Human Resources
November 26, 2019
Salinas, CA
Job Type


Position Description

Application Filing Deadline:  12/15/2019
Exam #:  19/14A24/11JL
The Department
The Budget & Analysis Division of the County Administrative Office (CAO) promotes long-term sustainability of County programs and services by overseeing the countywide financial forecast, developing responsible annual budgets, and ensuring operating plans are carried out consistent with current law, policies, and Board of Supervisors' direction. We provide opportunities to work with talented professionals across a wide spectrum of disciplines in formulating sound public policy and to be part of the team that builds the County's $1.5 billion annual budget.

The Budget & Analysis Division of the County Administrative Office performs financial and operational analysis to ensure the community's resources are efficiently and effectively managed. The County Administrative Office seeks an individual with excellent analytical skills to work in a high-energy organization with great potential for personal development and career advancement.
The Position
The CAO - Budget & Analysis Division is seeking a County Budget Director who possesses a high degree of professional competence, integrity, work ethic and who works collaboratively with others. The ideal candidate is a thoughtful executive leader and strategist who possesses a high caliber of political acumen and keen awareness of the ethical decision making required in public office. Demonstrated ability to provide effective leadership; excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work with diverse management/personal styles; and strong written and verbal communication skills are essential.

This position provides day to day oversight for the overall county budget process with responsibility for policy analysis and provides supervision to Administrative Analysts assigned to the Budget & Analysis Division.  This position reports to the Assistant County Administrative Officer.
The Eligible List established by this recruitment may be used to fill current and future vacancies on a regular full-time, part-time, or temporary basis.

Examples of Duties

  • Prepares long-term financial forecast of revenues and expenditures with the assistance of Departmental Fiscal Managers and Administrative Analysts; Develops recommendations for contingency plans to address changes in revenue and expenditure requirements; prepares and presents a variety of reports covering policy recommendations, budget status and forecast reports, and management reports.
  • Keeps the Assistant County Administrative Officer informed regarding the County's overall fiscal condition and of any developing issues or events that could impact the County's fiscal condition.
  • Recommends strategies to maintain the fiscal integrity of the County.
  • Directs the preparation of the County's Recommended Budget, consistent with Board priorities, based on an evaluation of current policy, departmental budget requests and future requirements; recommends appropriate service levels and budget allocations; assists the Assistant County Administrative Officer in presenting the annual budget recommendations to the Board of Supervisors and the public.
  • Develops annual budget preparation instructions for all County departments.
  • Recommends guidelines for the development of spending plans, including both one-time and ongoing resources for programs, capital expenses, technology improvements, and reserves.
  • Directs the monitoring and control of budgets to ensure the proper control of departmental expenditures and conformance to adopted budget requirements; analyzes staff recommendations and conducts meetings with department heads to resolve differences and to facilitate decision-making.
  • Coordinates, supervises and participates in projecting overall budgetary expenditure requirements and revenue availability with Administrative Analysts and Department Fiscal Managers.
  • Assigned continuing responsibility for the maintenance of budget development software and budget production process.
  • Initiates, conducts and coordinates studies and analysis on resource allocation, organizational structure, program evaluation and other matters of concern for presentation to the County Administrative Officer, Assistant County Administrative Officer and Board of Supervisors.
  • Monitors department reports to the Board of Supervisors and/or Board policy committees, reviews reports for accuracy, completeness, and fiscal/policy implications and provides recommendations.
  • Serves as staff to one or more Board policy committees, prepares and plans committee agendas, and provides follow-up action.
  • Reviews, analyzes and reports on the impact of Federal and State legislation which has potential significant fiscal policy and/or programmatic impact on the County; represents the County's interest in assuring the adoption of necessary law.
  • Supervises and directs Analysts in budget and management analysis; ensures completion of studies, projects and assignments on schedule.
  • Selects, trains, supervises and evaluates staff.
  • May serve as a budget analyst to certain assigned departments in addition to the primary duties listed above.

To view the complete job description visit the Monterey County website:

Will have a proven track record demonstrating the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Thorough Knowledge of:

  • All aspects of financial and fiscal administration including appropriate methods and procedures, public budgeting, financial and actuarial forecasting and financial analysis.
  • The functions and organization of local government.
  • Principles of management analysis and organizational design necessary to formulate administrative policies and procedures.

Working Knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices, and methods of effective management and supervision

Skill and Ability to:

  • Collect, interpret and evaluate narrative and statistical data pertaining to administrative, fiscal and management matters.
  • Train and develop staff, establish standards and evaluate performance.
  • Take initiative in determining issues of concern and executing appropriate response.
  • Consistently meet deadlines while managing multiple projects.
  • Engage in a wide variety of administrative analysis and financial planning; define problems, collect, analyze, interpret and evaluate data; define and select alternatives, establishing rationale for and projecting consequences of decisions and/or recommendations.
  • Communications skills and techniques required for gathering, evaluating and transmitting information, for interviewing counseling and instructing, an for organizing and directing group discussions at all functional levels of the County and public.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others, especially in sensitive relationships with other government representatives, community groups, department heads and County executives.
  • Prepare and present concise, logical oral and written financial, statistical and technical reports.

Examples of Experience/Education/Training The knowledge, skills and abilities listed above may be acquired through various types of experience, education or training, typically:
Completion of coursework required for a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in Public Administration, Business Administration, Political Science or related field;
Approximately five years increasingly responsible administrative analyst experience performing budget work in a government agency.

Additional Information
Conditions of Employment Include:
Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License or the employee must be able to provide suitable transportation, which is approved by the appointing authority.
Monterey County offers an excellent benefits package. To view the "Unit X - Safety and Non-Safety Management" Benefit Summary Sheet, please visit our website by clicking  HERE . This information is not legally binding, nor does it serve as a contract. The benefits listed in the Monterey County Personnel Policies and Practices Resolution prevail over this listing.

Employment is contingent upon acceptable documentation verifying identity and authorization for employment in the U.S.; a list of acceptable documents is available on the USCIS Form I-9. If you are hired into this classification in a temporary position, your rate of pay will be hourly and you will not be eligible for the benefits listed in the summary.
  Application and Selection Procedures
 Apply On-Line!
Our website:
Applications may also be obtained from and submitted to:
Monterey County, Human Resources Department
Attn: Michelle Gomez, Human Resources Analyst
168 W. Alisal Street, 3rd Floor
Salinas, CA 93901
Email: | Phone: 831-755-5383

To assess applicants' possession of required qualifications, the examination process may include an oral examination, pre-examination exercises, performance examination, and/or written examination. The competitive examination process includes submittal of required application materials. A complete application package will include:

  • A completed County of Monterey Employment Application
  • Responses to the Supplemental Questions

Applicants who fail to provide all required materials by the application filing deadline will not be considered. Resumes, cover letters, letters of interest, and other correspondence will not be accepted as a substitute for required application materials. All required application materials will be competitively evaluated. Those applicants that are determined to be the most appropriately qualified will be invited to participate further in the examination process. 

Monterey County is a drug-free work place and an equal opportunity employer. The County seeks candidates who can make contributions in an environment of cultural and ethnic diversity. Monterey County provides reasonable accommodations for the disabled. If you believe you possess a disability that would require test accommodation, please call the Human Resources Analyst at (831) 755-5383.
Closing Date/Time: 12/15/2019 11:59 PM Pacific

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