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Budget Director

Charleston County

Charleston County

Accounting & Finance
North Charleston, SC, USA
Posted on Friday, December 29, 2023

The eight-person Budget Department formulates financial strategies, prepares annual budgets and multi-year financial plans, assists in the management of federal and state grants, and monitors the County’s annual budget. The County’s annual operating budget is $809 million ($325 million General Fund), and the County’s five-year Capital Improvement Plans total $1.3 billion.

HIRING SALARY RANGE: $113,235 - $148,408 (Salary based on qualifications/experience)

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Directs preparation of annual budget, including determining issues and alternatives for budget; communicating same to Council, Leadership Team, Elected/Appointed Officials and Department Heads; directing calculation of revenue estimates; and coordinating calculation of relevant tax millage rates.
  • Directs preparation of Capital Improvement Plans, Debt Management Plan, Transportation Sales Tax Plans and Five-Year Operating Estimates.
  • Provides leadership to the Budget Department team in developing, preparing, and reporting the budget of Charleston County and related entities.
  • Directs preparation of annual budget documents, maintaining familiarity with authoritative sources for changes in budget practices and performing final review of all documents.
  • Presents the proposed annual budget to Council.
  • Administers the budget and performs a final review of budget transfers to ensure that all work has been performed in accordance with ordinances, directives and policies.
  • Assists with developing and maintaining the County’s financial accounting structure.
  • Directs the County’s financial analysis and evaluates the fiscal impact of all items going to Council Committees.
  • Perform periodic reviews of County’s finances, including mid-year review, and reports periodically to the Administrator and County Council on the financial status of the County.
  • Shares role of Finance Section Chief for the Emergency Operations Center.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree in Accounting, Finance or a related field.
  • Minimum of ten years or more of experience in budget departments or a related field, with five years of experience in a responsible position for a budget department in a county or city with similar complexities.
  • South Carolina Certified Government Finance Officer; Certified Public Accountant and/or National Certified Government Finance Officer preferred.
  • Any equivalent combination which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Possess excellent interpersonal and oral/written communications skills.
  • Possess advanced knowledge and proficiency with large-scale governmental financial systems and other common applications (Microsoft).
  • Demonstrate a strong working knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and budgeting in local governmental setting.
  • Exercise tact, discretion and sound judgment in addressing sensitive or confidential matters.
  • Demonstrate logical and creative thought processes to identify issues and develop solutions.
  • Analyze and interpret technical and professional journals, financial reports, legal documents and proposed legislation.