Posting Date:  10/06/2021
Job Title:  Budget Manager
Salary:  $44.71-$67.09 hourly
Entity:  Seattle Dept. of Transportation
Closing Date:  11/9/2021


SDOT has an exciting opportunity for somebody who brings a strong knowledge of public sector budgeting and a collaborative leadership style!

Under the direction of the SDOT’s Finance Manager, the Budget Manager (Manager 2) will coordinate the development of SDOT’s over $700 million annual budget; monitor and evaluate financial performance; provide advice and counsel to SDOT divisions on budgetary matters; establish budget processes; and manage budget systems. This position will work with various City departments, SDOT division directors, managers, and staff at all levels to resolve financial and budget issues, highlighting areas of opportunity and risk to various stakeholders. The Budget Manager will also work collaboratively with the Capital Improvement Program Manager, the Project Portfolio Management Team Manager, the Accounting Manager, and Strategic Advisors within the SDOT Finance team. In addition, this position is one of the SDOT’s primary liaisons with the City Budget Office and regularly briefs City Council staff on SDOT’s budget and finances.

This visionary Budget Manager will be responsible for supporting the Finance work program and supervise a staff of 6-7 professional/technical staff. SDOT tracks budgets and accounts for over 50 different revenue sources with various restrictions in more than 200 projects and 43 different funds/sub-funds. This is a hands-on management position with key responsibilities in supporting departmental goals and promoting diversity, race and social justice efforts.

Primary Duties

– Lead the preparation of SDOT’s Operating budgets. Develop, evaluate, analyze, and implement annual budgets and financial plans.
– Provide supervision of the team responsible for monitoring and analyzing departmental performance against budget, identifying risks and opportunities related to revenue, expenditures and other financial issues and prepare monthly management briefs.
– Design, develop, evaluate, and document budget and rate policies and procedures, and identify and recommend process improvements.
– Work collaboratively with staff in SDOT’s Finance and Administration Division, other SDOT staff, and other City staff (including the City Budget Office, SDOT’s customer departments, and Council staff) to develop budget and rate proposals that equitably fund SDOT services; facilitate information sharing meetings and problem-solving meetings.
Develop related long-term strategic financial policies and make recommendations to SDOT management, the City Budget Office, the Mayor’s Office, and the City Council. Drive departmental trend and forecast analysis of resources to support managerial decision-makers.
– Develop, implement, and improve tools for accurate financial forecast projections and business planning exercises. Identify emerging issues and make recommendations on corrective action.
– Coordinate preparation, presentation and distribution of ad hoc and ongoing financial reports needed by SDOT management, City Budget Office, City Council, or granting agencies.
– Provide financial management of multiple federal, state, and local funding sources.
– Assure regulatory compliance with outside funding agencies.
– Provide oversight for complex financial analysis. Analyze the feasibility of various operational and capital funding plans.
– Support department goals in promoting diversity and social justice in keeping with the City’s Race and Social Justice Initiative.


Minimum Qualifications:
Education: A bachelor’s degree in Finance, Business Administration, Accounting, or related field that includes formal coursework in accounting and finance fundamentals.

Experience: Minimum of 5 years of experience in developing budgets, financial and strategic plans, with at least 2 of those years in a supervisory capacity.

OR: An equivalent combination of education and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the position duties.

Strong candidates will have some of the following experience or are able to describe comparable experience:
– Strong team building and management skills.
– MBA, MPA, or CPA is desirable.
– At least 7 years of professional finance/budget experience as described above with 5 years of supervisory/management experience.
– Ability to work under pressure and multi-task in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines.
– Ability to convey bottom-line results while maintaining attention to detail.
– Ability to effectively work in a multi-cultural workplace with a diverse customer base.
– Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate complex financial information in oral, written, and electronic formats to both financial and non-financial internal customers.
– Excellent customer service skills. Expert level proficiency in Excel. Proficiency in other Microsoft Office applications.

Other Requirements:
Work Environment / Physical Demands: Work is typically performed in an office environment.
Telework Expectation: We expect this position may work remotely due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We will continue to seek guidance from local public health agencies and will proceed accordingly with any necessary changes or needs about “workplace location” expectations.

Contact Information

Ryan Jones
Department of Transportation
O: 206-233-3871|C: 206-450-8101


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