Budget Manager

Agency City of Sacramento

LOCATION Sacramento, CA


SALARY RANGE $118,773–$178,160

About Sacramento

The City of Sacramento, with a population of approximately 500,000 residents, is the capital city of California, county seat for Sacramento County, central city for the four-county Sacramento Metropolitan Area, and the state’s sixth-largest city.  Sacramento is one of the fastest growing major cities in California, and has a rich and vibrant history going back to when it was first settled in 1839 and became a charter city in 1850. Located on the confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers, it is the birthplace of the Gold Rush and transcontinental railroad. The city grew in popularity around the time of California’s Gold Rush, and because of its convenient location to the rest of the state, it became a hub for transportation, agriculture, and community. Sacramento has many historical sites and attractions for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Sacramento is quickly becoming a hot spot for urban nightlife and hosts an arts scene that rivals other cities with exceptional cultural, artistic, and leisure opportunities that enrich the quality of life, contributing to the lively and active metropolitan region.  There are many lifestyle amenities to revel in from museums, arts and culture including a busy film industry, to an annual international film festival, the Sacramento Zoo, concerts in the park, and a plethora of restaurants and shops.  The Sacramento Convention Center expansion project is underway and will include remodeled and new attractive facilities, with an opening planned for 2021.  The Golden 1 Center, situated in the heart of downtown Sacramento, is one of the newest professional sports and events arenas in the country, hosting hundreds of events annually, and is home to the NBA’s Sacramento Kings.  As part of an exciting downtown redevelopment project, Sacramento’s professional soccer team, Republic FC, plans to construct a 21,000 seat MLS Railyards Stadium.  For outdoor enthusiasts, guided river rafting; biking, walking, or running along the American River Trail; over 200 parks and parkways; golf; and many more attractions and activities are available.  There is something for everyone!

Sacramento is also known for its diversity and the City has committed itself to building a more representative, equitable, and inclusive organization through its Office of Diversity & Equity.  Sacramento residents are a diverse population with a community of individuals from many walks of life.  The City is actively engaged in developing a Citywide Race & Gender Equity Action Strategic Plan and prides itself in leading efforts to help create a more diverse workforce and a more inclusive City.

The Position

The City of Sacramento Finance Department seeks an experienced professional for its next Budget Manager who will lead all cycles of the City’s budget processes including annual development and ongoing implementation.  The City’s approximately $1.3 billion budget includes 400 funds, approximately 5,000 employees, and $625 million for General Fund and Measure U Fund operations and capital projects.

The Budget Manager is an at-will position reporting to the Finance Director and serves in their stead as needed.  The Finance Department is co-located with the City Manager’s Office, and the Budget Manager will have regular interactions with the City Manager and elected officials.  Experience working with City leadership and elected officials as well as strong political acumen and savvy is essential.  Being able to quickly pivot and address changes is critical to success in this position.

The Budget Manager is responsible for the Budget, Policy, and Strategic Planning division, leading a team that includes supervisory, professional, technical, and support staff, with six direct reports.  Regular collaboration and communication with all City departments and department leaders is key to achieving cooperative decisions.  The position presents reports to City Council on a regular basis, and leadership presence and presentation skills are necessary.  The Budget Manager is also involved in labor negotiations.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will be a strong analytical thinker with extensive municipal experience and functional knowledge of California municipal revenue and finance principles.  Experience will include managing operating and capital improvement program budgets and leading the overall citywide budget processes.  Knowledge base must include principles, practices, and methods of financial management, modern public administration, and human resources management.

The work of this position is highly complex and political, and the ideal candidate is politically astute, detail-oriented, conscientious, and a hands-on leader.  Candidates must exhibit excellent communication and presentation skills, have a track record of collaborative leadership, and be comfortable with working long hours during budget cycles. Experience with Oracle systems such as Hyperion and PeopleSoft is desirable, as is an understanding of the labor negotiations process.

Minimum Qualifications

Qualified applicants will have five years of supervisory experience performing professional, administrative/finance work in a government setting, including at least two years as a supervisor or manager over a program or unit with significant responsibility for budget development, implementation, and administration.

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in public or business administration, accounting, mathematics, finance, or a related field is required.  A master’s degree in one of the aforementioned educational fields may substitute for one year of the required supervisory, but not management, experience.

Typical Duties

  • Plans, organizes, directs, and manages the work of staff performing financial activities within the Budget, Policy, and Strategic Planning Division of the Finance Department including, but not limited to, services related to the development, implementation, and administration of the City budget; establishes, develops, and implements division priorities, goals, policies, procedures, and objectives.
  • Plans, develops, implements, and evaluates the City’s annual operating and capital improvement budgets and financial management activities; recommends and administers Citywide financial strategies and activities; assists with forecasting economic trends and predicting impact on City finances; helps develop and recommend City financial goals and objectives, and administers policies and procedures in accordance with the City’s core purpose, mission, vision, and values.
  • Monitors legislation and assures City compliance with finance-related laws, regulations, statutes, and codes.
  • Prepares complex statistical and narrative reports, correspondence, and other documents, including those required by law; makes presentations to City officials and others as required; may participate in the design, implementation, and control of automated financial systems.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary: $118,773–$178,160 Annually

CalPERS Retirement
2% @ 55 plan for qualified “classic” employees as defined by CalPERS; new members to PERS participate in a formula of 2% @ 62

Money Purchase Plan
401(a) money purchase plan

457 Deferred Compensation Plan

Flexible Spending Account

13 paid holidays annually plus floating holiday time (16 hours annually) SICK LEAVE. 12 days annually

Vacation Leave
Minimum of 10 days per year, based on years of service

Management Leave
80 hours annually

Health Insurance
Monthly City contribution towards health insurance

Life Insurance
$50,000 basic life insurance

Auto Allowance
$250 per month

Technology Allowance
$100 per month

Employee Assistance Program

Workers’ Compensation
Covered by City’s self-insured program

Social Security and Medicare
City and employee contribution

To Apply

The deadline to apply for this position is FRIDAY, February 12th.

To apply please visit:


Please submit, in PDF format, a cover letter and resume combined.

As an alternative, you can mail your cover letter, employment application form, and resume to this address:

Koff & Associates

2835 Seventh Street

Berkeley, CA 94710

The City of Sacramento is an equal opportunity employer encouraging workforce diversity.


Koff & Associates