Senior Budget Manager

City of Boulder, CO | Full-time


The Boulder, Colorado Community

Boulder, Colorado, is located just 30 minutes northwest of Denver, where the plains meet the Rocky Mountains. Tucked into a picturesque valley below the iconic Flatirons, Boulder has a population of approximately 108,000. The City is a great place to live, work, grow, and play.

Boulder is nationally recognized for its quality of life, thriving tech, research-based economy, and booming real estate market. Boulder is also one of the most educated metropolitan areas in the country. The local public schools are excellent, with Boulder Valley School District consistently ranking among the best in the state. In addition, Boulder is a hub of entrepreneurship, particularly for businesses that value the lifestyle that is rooted in a love of the outdoors, healthy living, and access to resources.

The University of Colorado at Boulder is currently one of the premier public research institutions in the United States and sits in the heart of Boulder. The University has a strong reputation and is especially known for its engineering and science programs, particularly Earth and Space sciences. There are 17 federally funded science laboratories in Boulder, including the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Enjoyment of the outdoors has always been at the forefront of life in Boulder. The community’s Open Space and Mountain Parks form a green belt around the City with over 45,000 acres of land that are preserved and protected. Boulder has over 300 miles of public hiking and biking trails, and its mountain parks and open spaces receive well over five million visitors a year. In addition, residents enjoy 1,800 acres of urban parkland and programming through numerous recreation centers and outdoor pools.

Boulder fosters an environment for artists and audiences to be innovative, experimental, creative, and expressive. The City has a large concentration of artists with more than 30 art galleries, four museums, a dozen movie and stage theaters, and a huge variety of cultural performances each year, including the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Colorado Music Festival, and Chautauqua Summer Series.

According to Bon Appétit magazine, Boulder is America’s Foodiest City with local restaurants and chefs insistent about quality, innovation, and flavor. In addition, Boulder is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s healthiest places to live and is a mecca for natural and organic products. Farms, dairies, ranches, markets, and restaurants embrace the idea of local, seasonal, and artisanal food production and cooking. The Boulder Farmers Market is the largest outdoor market in the state, providing a venue for local agricultural producers to sell their products directly to the public. For those who love beer, wine, and spirits, Boulder has 21 breweries, four distilleries, two wineries, and two cideries. 

While each of the characteristics, passions, and industries that Boulder is known for today emerged organically over time, it is how they work together that makes Boulder Boulder.

Inside the City of Boulder

The City of Boulder believes in a future with equitable access to health, prosperity, and fulfillment, where the community adapts and thrives in response to emerging, and sometimes urgent, social, economic, and environmental challenges.

Boulder continuously works to provide service excellence for an inspired future. The Sustainability + Resilience Framework guides budget and planning processes by providing consistent goals necessary to achieve Boulder’s vision of a great community and the actions required to achieve them. Building on a legacy of innovation, Boulder cultivates a creative spirit in order to adapt and thrive in the changing climate.

With a focus on innovation and transformation, Boulder continues to drive strategies in five core areas:

  • Our Community as Resource: Seeking new solutions to the most pressing community challenges through new mechanisms for direct engagement with highly talented community members.
  • High Performance Government: Using process-driven continuous improvement to measure and manage performance and better serve the community, as well as building and managing tools that improve transparency and accountability.
  • Data-driven Decision Making: Understanding, collaborating with, and leveraging information assets for effective program outcomes.
  • Operational Efficiency: Mirroring innovative policies with shared, efficient, and transparent internal operations practices.
  • A Culture of Innovation: Seeking value-added changes, creative thinking, and collaboration, and engaging highly talented staff in problem-solving for the benefit of the entire community.

Boulder Core Values

Customer Service: We are dedicated to exceeding the expectations of our community and our coworkers by demonstrating consistent and professional service with a solution-oriented approach.

Respect: We champion diversity and welcome individual perspectives, backgrounds, and opinions. We are open-minded and treat all individuals with respect and dignity.

Integrity: We are stewards of the public’s trust and are committed to service that is transparent and consistent with City regulations and policies. We are honorable, follow through on our commitments, and accept responsibility.

Collaboration: We are committed to organizational success and celebrate our shared dedication to public service. We believe community collaboration and the sum of our individual contributions leads to great results.

Innovation: We promote a forward-thinking environment that supports creativity, calculated risks, and continuous improvement. We embrace change and learn from others in order to deliver leading-edge service.

Workplace Culture

The City of Boulder believes that a diverse work force adds quality and perspective to the services that are provided to the public. Therefore, the organization intentionally strives to develop and maintain a diverse work force which values and is sensitive to the differences among employees.

An important component of the City’s culture and environment is Boulder’s Leadership Philosophy – We believe each of us is a leader. We are motivated by the opportunities to make a positive difference for our community. Our greatest results are achieved when we:

  • Create a respectful, trusting, and supportive environment
  • Rely on, invest in, and celebrate each other’s perspectives, skills, talents, and accomplishments
  • Consult and collaborate with each other to make timely and quality decisions
  • Share responsibility for and learn from the process and outcomes of a creative culture

Structure of Local Government

The City of Boulder has a council-manager form of government where the elected City Council sets policies, and the council-appointed City Manager administers them. The City Council consists of nine members, including a mayor and mayor pro tem selected by the council members. Council members are elected at large and may serve up to three terms. 

With a 2020 adopted budget of $369.7 million, the City of Boulder is served by approximately 1400 standard employees. Robust City services are provided through numerous departments and divisions.

The Budget Division

The Budget Division is one of seven divisions in the Finance Department. The Division coordinates citywide operating budget development activities, provides budgetary support and guidance to City departments, performs budgetary forecasting and analysis, engages in long-range financial planning, performs policy analysis at the request of the City Manager, and collaborates with the Planning and Development Services Department and stakeholders to create the Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The Budget Division has four employees and a 2020 Operating Budget of $725,539.

Boulder’s fiscal year runs in tandem with the calendar year (January 1 to December 31). The budget development timeline is established by the City of Boulder charter, and the process is designed to allow for early and active City Council participation with an emphasis on public input. Although the budget is developed throughout the year, the majority of the effort occurs between February and October, with the budget for the coming fiscal year adopted by December 1 per the City charter.

About the Senior Budget Manager Position

The Senior Budget Manager provides an organization-wide focus on sources of revenue and the allocation of resources across all City functions based on community priorities and values. Reporting to the Assistant Director of Finance, the Senior Budget Manager manages the annual budget process for the City of Boulder and effectively leads the central budget team consisting of two Senior Budget Analysts and a Budget Analyst.

The Senior Budget Manager advises the Chief Financial Officer, Assistant Director of Finance, and the Executive Budget Team (EBT) on policy issues with a budgetary impact. This position also provides policy guidance and technical advice to Departments on budget submissions, supplemental budget requests, and budgetary analysis developing options, suggestions, and recommendations. The Senior Budget Manager conducts a variety of fiscal and revenue studies, including fiscal impact, cost-benefit, and financial feasibility analyses for implementation into the budget process. This person also provides additional support to the Chief Financial Officer and City Manager with specific data requests, analytical study requests, policy reviews, and studies of best practices.

The Senior Budget Manager plans, manages, and coordinates long-term financial planning services. This person prepares multi-year forecasts of revenues and expenditures and prepares and updates the City’s long-range financial plan. The Senior Budget Manager directs the full-cost allocation process by approving the annual calendar for the project and providing educational information on the cost allocation plan. In addition, the Senior Budget Manager monitors and analyzes monthly operating and capital budgets and collaborates with the accounting and financial reporting division when conducting reviews of accounting issues or concerns regarding internal controls.


  • Continue to implement budgeting for resilience that aligns with the City’s Sustainability + Resilience Framework. Identify innovative approaches that allow for enhanced performance metrics, a higher level of collaboration, increased public input, and a more transparent approach to the budget that ensures alignment with community goals.
  • Commit to properly executing the difficult and rigorous task of adopting a prioritization filter on all City services. Effectively collaborate with departments to ensure the necessary detail and information is obtained to make informed decisions.
  • Develop a strategic partnership with Human Resources. Collaborate to create a strategy around labor financial planning that includes more robust and real-time labor modeling and accounts for market strategy and pay equity consistent with our total compensation strategy.
  • Promote the value of the Budget team within the organization. Be a vocal advocate for staff, establish trust, and encourage collaboration throughout the organization. Further empower employees to ensure a cohesive and robust team while actively supporting their growth and development.
  • Drive efficiency in the budget process. Seek opportunities for process improvement and continue to identify and implement solutions to known problems while maintaining an equitable lens.
  • Build strong relationships and effective partnerships with City Leadership, the Chief Financial Officer, Assistant Director of Finance, and individual Department Directors. Provide analytical support, expand financial reporting, answer questions, and increase opportunities to validate data and budget details.
  • Provide clear and transparent communication to internal and external stakeholders. Provide timely access to financial data and commit to sharing information in an open and honest manner. 

The Successful Candidate

The Senior Budget Manager is a proven and innovative leader in the area of budget and financial services, providing an organization-wide focus on the allocation and management of resources. Experienced in local government finance, the successful candidate drives financial stability and creates a budget that ensures efficient, equitable, and reliable services to the community.

The Senior Budget Manager brings forward strong executive leadership skills necessary for managing a complex environment. The successful candidate easily balances engaging at the strategic level with being a tactical and productive working manager. A person of exceptional character, the ideal candidate is confident yet humble with a willingness to push back as needed. The Senior Budget Manager naturally develops positive relationships, establishes a high level of trust, and works to understand the financial impacts of council goals, projects, and staffing to balance the fiscal reality with the City’s needs.

The successful candidate brings proven expertise in change management and integrates process improvement and innovation into daily activities. The Senior Budget Manager is at ease with numbers and routinely uses data and analytics to drive decisions. An effective storyteller and persuasive communicator, the Senior Budget Manager shares the budget story in a meaningful way and routinely translates complex financial data into clear and concise information that is easily understood by Council, City leadership, and staff as well as the broader community. The ideal candidate values public service and believes in actively engaging the community in a transparent budget process.

A natural convener and collaborator, the Senior Budget Manager employs a leadership style that invites participation and gathers input, but at the end of the day, is decisive and results-oriented. The successful candidate leads and empowers staff and creates opportunities to grow, learn, and develop. The Senior Budget Manager promotes an environment where effective collaboration, honesty, communication, and customer service are highly valued.


A minimum of five years of financial experience, including three years in financial leadership and management, is required. Demonstrated working knowledge of budget administration, organizational budgeting, revenue and expenditures, monitoring and forecasting, and financial reporting is essential. Knowledge of municipal budgeting principles, procedures, and implementation of best practices in municipal budgeting is required, with experience in other disciplines of local government finance highly desired.

Strong leadership and management skills are essential, as is the ability to foster relationships with engaged stakeholders and customers. Excellent presentation skills are required, including the ability to communicate complex data in understandable terms to internal and external customers. Experience with performance measures and the ability to prepare clear and concise reports are ideal. Knowledge of and experience with labor modeling and planning is desired. Involvement with an ERP or HRIS implementation is helpful.

A degree in Finance, Accounting, Economics, or related field is required, and a master’s degree in Finance, Public Administration, Business Administration, Economics, or related field is desired. Equivalent relevant experience and education may be considered.

Compensation and Benefits

The hiring range for the Senior Budget Manager is $116,000 to $136,000 and will depend on the qualifications of the successful candidate. The City of Boulder is a progressive organization that values employee engagement and well-being. The City recognizes the importance of providing an encompassing health and life benefits program to employees, including Telework, Flex Schedules, Telehealth and Wellness Incentives, Infants and Dogs at Work Program, and an Employee Discount Program on goods and services throughout the Boulder Community. Additional information can be viewed here.

To Be Considered

Respect is one of Boulder’s five City Values, and they are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The City celebrates and supports differences across all spectrums, including but not limited to ethnicity, gender, age, disability, and sexuality. Through the City’s focus on racial equity, employee benefits, and the many program resources offered to employees, Boulder continually strives to weave respect for one another into the fabric of their organization. 

Add your voice and talents to the City of Boulder and help them grow in service excellence for an inspired future.

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Open until filled with the first review of applications on October 5, 2020.


Please direct questions to Heather Gantz at

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