Overview: The City of Baltimore’s Department of Finance is seeking qualified candidates for the role of Budget Operations Manager. This is a leadership position within the Department’s Bureau of Budget and Management Research (BBMR) with responsibility for leading the day-to-day operations of the City’s $2.7 billion operating budget.
Brief Description: This position will report to the Deputy Budget Director, and have supervisory authority over one Budget Analyst and one contractual technical resource. Key tasks and responsibilities will include:
Quarterly Projections: The Operations Manager will assist the Deputy Director in overseeing quarterly budget projections. This position will coordinate agency projections among seven Budget Analysts to ensure consistency and accuracy, and will summarize the projection for key stakeholders such as the Mayor and City Council. This position will also coordinate the year-end closeout process. § Current Level of Service (CLS) Budget: The Operations Manager will lead the annual CLS expenditure forecast, which serves as the starting point for the City’s budget planning process. Key tasks will included projecting employee salary benefit costs, forecasting inflation for other budget line items, building in or out any known one-time expenses, and coordinating with the Revenue Team to develop an overall General Fund forecast.
Systems and Data Management: The Operations Manager will oversee all of the Bureau’s financial systems, will lead the implementation of a new budget system, and will manage the City’s historical budget data to ensure the integrity of the information for both external stakeholders and for internal decision-makers. § Fixed Costs: The Operations Manager will be responsible for analyzing the City’s “fixed” costs which make up nearly 50% of the City’s General Fund budget. These costs includes the City’s expenses for pension contributions, health benefits, debt service expenses, and risk management expenses, among others.