City of Madison – Budget and Program Evaluation Manager

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    Misty Dodge

    invites applications for the position of:
    Budget and Program Evaluation Manager

    SALARY: $49.07 – $59.18 Hourly
    $3,803.15 – $4,586.61 Biweekly
    $8,240.16 – $9,937.66 Monthly
    $98,881.90 – $119,251.86 Annually

    COMP. GROUP/RANGE: 18/17


    DEPARTMENT: Finance Department OPENING DATE: 02/10/21 CLOSING DATE: 03/03/21 11:59 PM GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

    The City of Madison is searching for an exceptional people leader to serve as its Budget and Program Evaluation Manager. This is a highly responsible leadership, professional, administrative and managerial position directing the budget and program evaluation functions of the City Finance Department. The work focuses on overseeing the development, coordination and implementation of the City’s annual operating and capital budget process; supervising program evaluations and serving as secretary to the Finance Committee. Under the general direction of the City Finance Director, this position requires project management skills, ability to communicate complex concepts in a concise manner, presentation expertise, interpersonal and negotiation abilities, professional expertise, independent judgment and discretion in the achievement of program objectives. Reporting to the Finance Director, this position shall exercise considerable judgment and discretion in meeting established objectives.

    Our Community

    Madison is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the country. A flourishing restaurant scene, more than 200 miles of bike paths and trails, excellent healthcare, a world renowned research university, and five beautiful lakes make our community a thriving, vibrant place to call home.

    But don’t just take our word for it…

    #1 Best Cities for Families by 2019
    Top 10 Best Small Cities in America, National Geographic Traveler 2018 Top 10 Best Places to Live, 2018
    #1 Best City for an Active Lifestyle, Wallethub 2017 #3 America’s Friendliest Cities, Travel & Leisure 2016 #1 Fittest Cities in America, Fitbit 2016

    Attach a cover letter in the Attachments section of the application. In your cover letter please highlight the following:

    Describe your experience with managing a budget development process and associated budget/financial software systems, overseeing data analysis projects, and working with outcome-based budgeting and equity-in-budgeting concepts. Share your approach on working with various organizational units within the context of budget development and project management efforts.

    **Failure to submit the cover letter with your application will result in immediate elimination from the recruitment process.**


    Lead the development and implementation of the City’s capital and operating budget systems.
    Direct staff in the timely analysis of agency requests, preparation of cost and revenue estimates, development of budget narrative and production of annual budget documents. Analyze and interpret financial and other data necessary for inclusion in budget documents. Determine the budgetary impact of legislative actions.
    Serve as budget analyst for specific agencies, analyze budget requests and projections; make recommendations to the Finance Director, Mayor, Finance Committee and Common Council.
    Develop, monitor and implement a workplan for the evaluation of City programs to ensure the required benchmarks for success are met.
    Prioritize and plan projects, assign tasks, supervise and review work completed by subordinate staff; prepare reports and present evaluation findings.
    Conduct interviews, collect and evaluate data, analyze systems and develop recommendations to improve operations. Analyze significant City policy-level issues. Perform work with an awareness of confidentiality and political sensitivity of projects. Provide assistance to program coordinators in implementation of corrective action or the development of updated program benchmarks to meet changing expectations.
    Serve as Secretary to the Finance Committee. Prepare agenda and minutes for all regular and special meetings. Coordinate legislative and budgetary issues brought before the Committee. Serve as a resource person for City staff and citizens regarding the Council process for enacting resolutions and ordinances.
    Lead and/or serve on interdepartmental teams (which may include Council members) addressing complex or Citywide issues. Analyze and interpret data necessary to develop recommendations.
    Write comprehensive reports and present results to the Finance Committee, Common Council and other City Boards, commissions and citizens.
    Act as liaison between agency staff, Finance Department and Mayor regarding issues pertaining to fiscal note development and the budgetary impact of legislative actions, special reporting, budget conformance and other administrative issues. Serve as a resource for professional staff in other agencies regarding City systems and policies and procedures. Perform related work as required.


    A Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, Public Administration or a related field.
    Four (4) years of management experience in finance or financial operations; including strategic budgeting and program evaluation of governmental funds.
    At least one year of experience leading or supervising staff.

    If an applicant does not possess the specific requirements outlined above, HR will review the application materials to determine if the applicant possesses the following equivalent experience:

    Four (4) years experience in applying the following:
    Principles and practices of financial management relative to organizations of comparable size.
    Budgeting practices, innovation strategies, use of data in decision-making and program evaluation concepts.
    Professional accounting theory, principles and practices to include generally accepted accounting principles and practices
    Relevant computerized financial information systems; performance measurement methods, principles of public administration.
    Computer software applicable to the duties of the position.

    Two (2) years experience in applying the following:
    Record management principles and practices incorporating appropriate technological applications.
    Statutory responsibilities of public treasury management. Budgeting and program administration principles and practices.
    Full range of supervisory principles and practices, labor relations and personnel management.
    Complex public policy analysis and to prepare and present comprehensive and effective written and oral reports.
    Economic factors and conditions applicable to the investment of public funds, and applicable accounting and budgeting principles and practices.


    Ability to be bonded. Ability to meet the transportation needs of the position.

    The incumbent will be expected to attend meetings and provide presentations outside the normal work schedule, including evenings and weekends.

    Physical Requirements:

    Work is performed in an office environment, using equipment such as a computer, telephone, copier, etc.


    It is your responsibility to list all related jobs, correct dates of employment, average number of hours worked per week, etc. Be sure to place the complete job title on your application. If you wish to provide additional or supplemental information, please provide a resume in addition to the formal application. If you are still employed please indicate this. Failure to provide accurate and complete information may result in you not being considered for this position.

    All applicants are notified by email of the status of their application in each selection process. Those applicants invited to exams will receive an email notice of the date, time, and location. Alternate exam dates/times are not available except in the case of an emergency. Emergency situations are reviewed on an individual basis. Conflicting work hours are not considered an emergency. Exams are job specific and are developed based on the duties to be performed and the criteria listed under the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities section of the job announcement . Exam results are generally available within 2 weeks of the exam, and will be emailed or may be accessed through your NEOGOV account. Due to the volume of exams given by our office, exam scores are not available via telephone.

    As an employer, the City of Madison places a strong emphasis on customer service and strives to provide a working environment where: Engagement and equity are supported; Diversity and differing opinions are valued; Teamwork and

    open and honest communication are encouraged; Meeting customer needs through quality service is a common goal; Creativity is encouraged; Continuous learning and improvement is fostered. Come be a part of the team!


    215 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd. MMB Rm 261
    MADISON, WI 53703
    (608) 266-4615

    [email protected]

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