Budget and Strategic Planning Opportunity

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The City of Norfolk is seeking a dynamic individual who will work to solve Norfolk’s service and financial future through innovation and strategy. The department they will lead is highly innovative with strong research and analytical skills. The leader of such a department must have excellent communication skills to tell the story of Norfolk’s resources, revenues, and services to the community and to the City Council. This individual will oversee a department that provides enterprise-wide coordination and preparation of the City’s $1.4 billion annual operating budget and $817 million six-year capital improvement program. The Department of Budget and Strategic Planning develops the city’s strategic planning effort. It encourages a city-wide culture of innovation using data to inform decisions as well as improving performance of services to the community through transparency, program evaluation, and process improvement. Innovative programs within the Department which the Director oversees are CivicLab, Agile, and Grants Management. 

The salary range for the position is $99,446 to $170,515.  

The City of Norfolk offers the following:

  • Competitive salary
  • Health, vision, dental and retirement 
  • Relocation Assistance

This information is intended as an overview and introduction to the benefits offered.

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The Department of Budget and Strategic Planning serves as internal consultants to the organization.  The Department monitors the current fiscal year’s budget on a monthly basis and assists departments on budgeting matters to assure a balanced budget at the end of the year. The department also provides analytical service, demographic geographic information support, and special project assistance for the city manager. 

The Department of Budget and Strategic Planning received the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) award of Distinguished Presentation for its annual budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020. In order to receive this award, a government unit must publish a budget document that meets program criteria as a policy document, as an operations guide, as a financial plan, and as a communication device. The Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is the highest award in governmental budgeting and is presented to governments whose budgets are judged to adhere to program standards.

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The ideal candidate will plan, direct, and supervise the preparation and administration of the $1.3 billion annual operating budget that includes numerous funding sources, grants budgets, capital improvement programs and the long-range financial plan. Plans, directs, and coordinates the application and monitoring of grants citywide. Supervises the preparation of long-range financial plans and analyzing nationwide economic trends to develop a long-range financial plan.

The ideal candidate provides expert advice and assistance to City management; develops budget plans and estimates; interprets budget laws, policies, and regulations; analyzes the impact of state legislation on the City's financial condition; analyzes the cost effectiveness of program operations; and recommends alternate sources of program funding. Provides assistance with the development and justification of budgets and represents the City Manager by conducting hearings to resolve differences and facilitate decision making. 

The ideal candidate serves as facilitator, advisor and technical expert in budget and performance management for the City Manager, City Council, City Departments, and the public; prepares and makes formal presentations to civic leagues and residents regarding the budget and financial matters. Assists the City Manager in developing, presenting, and justifying the annual operations and capital budget to the City Council and public. 

The ideal candidate supports the executive team with efforts of organizational change and development by assisting departments in developing strategic plans, business plans, benchmarks, performance measures, performance contracts, and other continuous improvement initiatives; performs process review, redesign, and implementation of department activities. Plans, conducts, and leads complex analytical studies and research projects to assist executive management and others with long-term planning and policy development related to contemporary urban issues. Reviews staff's major research projects and resulting recommendations to provide guidance as to the implementation of recommendation. 

The ideal candidate will facilitate the development of performance indicators for all departments by creating interdepartmental teams to work closely with departments and agencies to develop and update outcome-based performance indicators. Oversees operations/performance studies for assigned functions of City operations, procedural analyses, and most specialized and difficult examinations for those having the greatest potential financial or operations impact. 

The minimum requirements for the position will possess a Master’s Degree (6 years of education) or equivalent with major work focused in business or public administration. Candidates would benefit from progressive leadership experience in municipal administration, operations, and program evaluation.

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Top industries in Norfolk, VA: 

  • Advanced Manufacturing 
  • Business, Management, and Professional Services
  • Information Technology
  • Healthcare, Life Sciences, and Biotechnology
  • Insurance
  • Offshore Wind
  • Maritime, Transportation and Logistics

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Next Steps:

Interested applicants may apply on-line or obtain additional information by visiting: 


This position is open until filled. 

References will not be contacted until mutual interest has been established. 

City residency must be established within six (6) months of appointment. The position is an unclassified, senior executive position which serves at the pleasure of the City Manager.

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