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Budget Manager
Loveland, Colorado

The Position

Loveland’s budget manager is responsible for overseeing, directing, and coordinating the preparation of the City’s annual budget as well as updating the City’s strategic financial plan and capital plan. The budget manager, who reports to the Finance Director, is an integral part of the organization, supporting other team members in the preparation of individual division and department budgets. The budget manager works closely with the City Manager, Finance Director, and department directors on developing and monitoring the five-year annual operating budget and capital improvement plan (CIP) and also administers the City’s performance measurement system. The position serves as the liaison to the Citizens’ Finance Advisory Commission, presents to the City Council frequently, and may serve as the acting Finance Director in the Director’s absence.

The Organization

The City of Loveland operates under the Council-Manager form of government with a City Manager overseeing all personnel and the day-to-day operations of the City. The Finance Department includes the Administration, Accounting & Purchasing, Budget, and Revenue divisions. The Department produces the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), the Annual Budget, long-range financial plans, monthly financial reports, and quarterly summary reports. The Department coordinates the development of the Capital Program, 10-Year Financial Master Plan and an annual budget, and has 44.78 FTEs.

The budget manager is a division manager within the Finance Department and supervises one budget analyst. The Budget Division has a budget of $285,407 and two FTEs. It has received the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award every year since 1985.

The Budget Division consistently meets its identified performance outcomes, which are: to communicate City priorities to the public; that the Council and public have confidence in budget projections; that the capital budget falls within available resources; that program and service growth is within available resources; and that the current year budget problems are identified early and corrective action is implemented proactively.

The City’s FY2016 all funds budget is $294,568,386. The municipal organization has 894.85 FTEs. The following table outlines the budget by category.

 Fund Total
Enterprise Funds $148,646,533
Internal Service Funds $22,925,676
Special Revenue Funds $37,201,982
General Fund $85,794,195

Enterprise Funds are the water, wastewater, stormwater and electric utilities; solid waste and recycling; and the City’s three golf courses. The Internal Service Funds include fleet maintenance and replacement, employee insurance benefits, workers’ compensation insurance and unemployment, and general liability costs. Special Revenue Funds are dedicated revenue sources to achieve specific purposes. The General Operating Fund provides for most City services.

The Ideal Candidate

Loveland’s budget manager must not only be skilled in governmental budgeting, data analysis, and legal requirements regarding budget, revenues, and expenditures, but the manager must also have excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills. The successful candidate will have the ability to, and be comfortable in, presenting detailed and complex information to high level audiences. The budget manager will be collaborative in his/her approach with others across the organization in developing, monitoring, and revising the budget as needed. The manger will understand and implement best practices in governmental budgeting, will assist in using the budget in association with organizational performance management, and will be a creative problem solver. The budget manager will be accountable to all constituencies in the transparent execution of the budget process, approaching this technical work with a commitment to serving both internal and external customers.

Requirements and Preferred Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance or a related field and three years of local government (municipal, special district or county) budget experience are required. A master’s degree and two years supervisory experience is preferred.

About Loveland

With a population of 74,000 within a 35 square mile area, Loveland has enjoyed a steady population growth of approximately 2 percent annually. The community is located 46 miles north of downtown Denver on the I-25 Corridor. Nestled in a valley at the entrance to the Big Thompson Canyon with a short ride to Rocky Mountain National Park, Loveland is known as the “Sweetheart City.” Loveland’s education and income levels are above national averages and the community has received many awards and recognitions for its quality of life.

Since the 1970s, Loveland has been a mecca for artists. Loveland’s affection for art is evident everywhere. Throughout the City you’ll find sculptures, galleries, and public art. John Villani’s fourth edition of “The 100 Best Art Towns in America” named Loveland as the number two city, only behind Santa Fe, NM. With more than 200 sculptures, three annual art shows, two of North America’s largest foundries, and two sculpture parks, it is easy to understand why Loveland is a destination arts community.

Community Growth

Loveland is quickly growing into one of the major retail and financial centers of northern Colorado. Attractions include a retail lifestyle center with more than 70 specialty shops and restaurants. Other areas of commerce and entertainment include the Budweiser Events Center and other nearby retail and hotel complexes. Historic downtown Loveland also has an eclectic selection of boutiques, shops, and galleries. The Rocky Mountain Center for Innovation and Technology project is expected to become a significant employer in the region.


Loveland is served by the Thompson School District, a leader in Colorado for K-12 education. There are many higher education schools near Loveland including the University of Colorado in Boulder, University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, and Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Front Range and Aims Community Colleges are other post-secondary education campuses in the area.

Leisure & Entertainment

With an average of 300 days of sunshine annually and low humidity, Loveland experiences pleasant weather year-round. There is always something happening in the community from musical concerts, art and sculpture shows, theater productions and professional hockey games and community celebrations.

Loveland offers a variety of both indoor and outdoor activities enjoyable for every season. Parks and recreation facilities in Loveland include 22 softball fields, eight baseball fields, three inline hockey rinks, two skate park areas, 21 outdoor tennis courts, 10 outdoor basketball courts, swimming pools, 26 playgrounds, dog parks and more than 5,000 acres of open space and natural areas. Additionally, the community enjoys award winning golf courses and numerous hiking and biking trails.

The City of Loveland is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability or sexual orientation. We encourage, value and respect diversity.


The salary range for this position is $75,800 to $121,200 annually with an expected hiring target of up to $85,000, depending on qualifications and experience. The City offers an excellent benefits package highlighted by defined contributions to a plan for retirement and a health clinic for employees and their families.

How to Apply

This position has been filled and is no longer available.

Thank you for your interest.

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Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. Applicants first complete a brief online form and then are prompted to provide one document (Word or PDF) that has a cover letter, resume with salary history, and a list of 3-5 professional references. Applicant information will be kept confidential. Open until filled with first review of applications February 26, 2016. –POSITION FILLED–

The City of Loveland is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability or sexual orientation. We encourage, value and respect diversity.


Questions should be directed to Catherine Tuck Parrish at or (513) 221-0500 .

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