Budget and Performance Senior Director
Harris County
 Houston, TX

Position Description

OVERVIEW

Harris County Budget Management Department (BMD) seeks an experienced budget and finance professional to lead the team charged with modernizing the County's budgeting practices and implementing a transformation of its budgeting system into one that is evidence and outcome-based. The Budget and Performance Senior Director will work with other relevant County stakeholders to develop a robust annual budgeting process, a multiyear financial forecast, a set of verifiable performance metrics on program outputs and outcomes, and a decision-making framework to link outcomes to allocations of tax dollars and human resources.

ABOUT HARRIS COUNTY

Harris County is the third-largest county in the country. Its population of more than 4.5 million rivals that of the entire state of Colorado. Harris County is governed by Harris County Commissioners Court. The Court is composed of a County Judge and four Commissioners. Commissioners Court conducts the general business of the County and oversees financial matters. The County Judge is the County's chief executive and a voting member of Commissioners Court. According to state statute, the County Judge also is the County's Director of Emergency Management.

The Harris County Judge and Commissioners oversee a $4.3 billion budget that helps fund key county services and institutions. As the main governing body of Harris County, Commissioners Court plays a critical role that is part administrative, part legislative, and part judicial. Its many responsibilities include adopting a budget; setting tax rates; calling for bond elections; building and maintaining county infrastructure such as roads and bridges; and overseeing county courthouses, jails, libraries, parks, and the Harris County Flood Control District. Harris County currently has more than 75 departments with over 15,000 employees.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Oversees the preparation of annual budgets and multiyear spending forecasts with Harris County departments
  • Establishes effective working relationships with departments and the staff of elected officials
  • Develops an effective presentation of outcomes to drive decision-making and resource allocations
  • Gathers inputs on budgets and performance metrics from the public and independent experts
  • Coordinates with the departments to develop an appropriate and comprehensive set of performance metrics to evaluate the effectiveness of spending
  • Develops recommendations for Harris County's Commissioners Court on budget levels and allocations
  • Prepares narratives describing the budget process and recommendations for use the annual budget documents of the Harris County General Fund and the annual budgets of other relevant agencies
  • Prepares and reviews reports to inform Commissioners Courts of spending vs. budget and progress on performance metrics
  • Reviews department spending requests for consistency with the allocations and the goals of the approved budget
  • Supports the publication of budgets, actual expenditures, and performance data on the web
  • Manages the team tasked with research and implementing best practices for outcome-based budgeting
  • Performs other duties as assigned and as needed to support the operations of the Budget Management Department

Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

If you need special services or accommodations, please call (713) 274-5445 or email ADACoordinator@bmd.hctx.net

Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum of seven (7) years professional work experience directly related to performance evaluation, budget, and/or financial administration
  • Minimum of three (3) years management experience
  • Mastery and expertise of budget preparation analysis and best practices
  • Significant experience preparing, reviewing, and presenting budgets and/or performance data
  • Ability to work quickly, flexibly, and accurately to meet deadlines
  • Skilled in the use of Microsoft Excel and other computer-based data information systems
  • Cover Letter and Resume must be attached to the application

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Excellent communication skills, including presentation, grammar, and writing skills
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Excellent organizational and skills; effectively prioritize and manage multiple tasks/initiatives
  • Ability to work independently and set the direction for a team
  • Ability to work well with the public, County personnel, and external organizations; builds and maintains cooperative and effective working relationships with others
  • Works well under pressure and public scrutiny
  • Effectively prioritizes, identifies, and solves problems

Preferences

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Finance, Public Administration, Public Policy, or a related field

General Information

LOCATION:

  • Houston, TX

HOURS:

  • Monday - Friday / 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

SALARY:

  • Will be Discussed during Departmental Interview
  • Based on 26 Pay Periods

Employment is contingent upon passing a background check and drug screening

Due to a high volume of applications positions may close prior to the advertised closing date