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Budget Manager

City of Columbia, SC - Columbia, SC , USA

Job Description:

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Under direction of the Budget and Program Management Director, this position coordinates the City-wide operating and capital budget activities, responsible for analyzing and documenting budget and business procedures, recommending process improvements, and developing the functional and technical requirements related to Budget operations; the collection and analysis of departmental budget estimates, monitoring of spending, revenues and long range forecast; and performs related duties as assigned. Work performed with considerable independence and initiative under the general direction of the Budget and Program Management Director, but will also interact significantly with Executive Management. other City Departments, employees of other City departments, project managers and technical resources. Work is reviewed through conferences, periodic reports, and the effectiveness of programs and procedures.


  • Coordinate the preparation and monitoring of Citywide operating and capital budgets, including developing and presenting procedures, requirements, instructions, and schedules for budget input, review, and modifications.

  • Develops budget policies.

  • Provide oversight and integration of the capital budget into the City’s overall budget

    planning and preparations.

  • Manage, direct, monitor, and support division staff members, including advising staff

    members on complex issues, providing guidance and leadership, and preparing

    performance evaluations.

  • Performs rate studies and cost analysis

  • Performs program evaluation and management analysis

  • Direct and support the development and implementation of financial and statistical

    measures to evaluate the existing and future financial environment of the City. City of Columbia, SC Budget Manager Updated: 9/2022

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  • Assist with salary surveys, position control analysis, and salary & benefit cost analysis into the budget process and budget forecasting models.

  • Present and explain complex budgetary and financial analyses and make sound recommendations to departments, senior management, and City Council through the use of detailed charts, graphs, and other audio-visual aids.

  • Prepare department strategic and operating plan including identifying, documenting, monitoring, and evaluating goals, objectives, priorities, and activities

  • Coordinate the city-wide integration of strategic plan goals, strategies and performance measures into the budget process.

  • Work with the Finance to develop and update monthly financial reports for budgetary control.

  • Projecting revenues and expenditures;

  • Prepare City Manager’s correspondence related to budget processes and documents.

  • Ability to respond timely in a dynamic environment while managing multiple priorities.

  • Coordinate citizen input into the budget through the use of surveys, public forums, e-

    mail, and online input.

  • Attends staff and City meetings as required;

  • Attends training, meetings, seminars and/or workshops as required to enhance job

    knowledge and skills; and

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


    • Bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration, finance, governmental accounting, economics or closely related field; Masters preferred

  • Preference given to Certified Government Finance Officer or other associated government finance or public management certification

  • Five (5) years of relevant prior experience;

  • Valid South Carolina Class “D” Driver’s License.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    • Strong understanding of municipal finance and budget practices
    • Familiarity with government fund accounting, governments’ chart of accounts and

    governments internal and external finance reports.
    • Proficiency with Government’s financial management system and desktop

    • Knowledge of the procedures and standards of and current development in municipal

    • Awareness of laws about municipal government
    • Ability to build trust and open communications
    • Knowledge of addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, and/or calculating

    ratios, rates and percentages;
    • Knowledge of personal computer equipment with skill in the use of Microsoft Office

    preferred, utilizing Outlook, word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software

    programs; experience working in a enterprise resource planning (ERP) environment; • Knowledge of Sharepoint desired, but not required;
    • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of fiscal and performance

    analysis and research as related to municipal budgeting including the analysis of

    budget submissions;
    • Knowledge of the principles, procedures, and applications of governmental budgeting,

    governmental forecasting, governmental accounting, finance methods, research methods, evaluation methods, survey methods, and statistical techniques;

City of Columbia, SC Budget Manager Updated: 9/2022

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  • Ability to summarize, tabulate or format data or information in accordance with a prescribed schema or plan to facilitate the identification and extraction of useful information;

  • Ability to provide information, guidance or assistance to people to directly facilitate task accomplishment; may give directions or assignments to helpers or assistants;

  • Ability to use or handle machines, tools or equipment requiring brief instruction or experience, such as computers for data entry, fax machines, copiers, telephones or similar equipment; may service office machines, including adding paper and changing toner;

  • Ability to read technical instructions, procedures, manuals and charts to solve practical problems; composing routine reports and specialized reports, forms and business letters with proper format; speaking compound sentences using normal grammar and word form;

  • Ability to perform professional-level work dealing with data, people, and technology that relates to administrative, technical, scientific, engineering, accounting, legal, or managerial skills; and

  • Ability to take actions of others, requiring almost constant decisions affecting co- workers, customers or others in the general public; works in a moderately fluid environment with guidelines and rules, but frequent variations from the routine.


    The work is considered light and involves walking or standing some of the time and involves exerting up to 20 pounds of force on a recurring basis or routine keyboard operations. The work requires the following physical abilities to perform the essential job functions: fingering, grasping, handling, hearing, mental acuity, repetitive motion, speaking, talking, and visual acuity.


    Work environment involves exposure to no known environmental hazards; and is safe and secure that may periodically have unpredicted requirements or demands.

    Apply at

Contact Information

Missy Caughman
Phone: NA
Fax: NA


South Carolina Human Resources