Associate Director - Office of Budget and Performance Management

  • Washington, DC, DC
  • Full Time
  • Experienced

OPEN: December 7, 2021

CLOSE: Open until filled

SALARY:  Excepted Service Grade 7 ($89,571 to $135,353)


COVID-19 Vaccination: All employees of the District of Columbia must be vaccinated against the Coronavirus disease 2019 (SARS-CoV-2) as a condition of employment.



There is a legal requirement that each new appointee to the Excepted and Executive Service either: (1) be domiciled in the District of Columbia at the time of appointment; or (2) establish District domicile within one hundred eighty (180) days of appointment.  The law also requires that Excepted and Executive Service employees maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment.  Failure to maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment will result in forfeiture of employment.



This position is in the Office of the City Administrator (OCA), Office of Budget and Performance (OBPM). OCA is responsible for the day-to-day management of the District government, setting operational goals, reviewing legislative, regulatory, and policy proposals, and implementing legislative actions and policy decisions approved by the City Administrator and Mayor. The goal of OCA is to support the Mayor’s mission to deliver the best possible public services to the residents of the District of Columbia while transforming the nation’s capital into the best-managed city in the United States.

OBPM leverages data, strategic planning, and innovation to ensure the efficient and effective use of resources and drive continuous improvements to the programs and services residents, businesses and visitors receive. OBPM is responsible for formulating the District government’s annual operating and capital budgets and administering the District government’s annual performance planning process. OBPM consists of three functional teams: Budget, Performance, and The Lab @ DC. The Budget Team advises the Mayor and City Administrator on financial and budgetary operations of District government as well as develops the annual budget and financial plan.

OBPM prepares and administers the $9.1 billion local funds and $17.5 billion total funds budget that advances District priorities including funding public education, providing safe communities, ending chronic homelessness, advancing infrastructure priorities, and delivering services for residents. OBPM also prepares the Mayor’s $9.0 billion Capital Improvements Plan (CIP); works to increase transparency in the budget process, including new opportunities for public involvement before the budget is proposed; and collaborates with the Office of the City Administrator staff, Deputy Mayor staff, Office of the Chief Financial Officer staff, and agency directors and staff to ensure that District resources are used as efficiently as possible, and that programs deliver results for residents.



This position serves as the Associate Director for the Operating Budget within OBPM. The incumbent, along with the Associate Director for the Capital Improvements Plan, is part of the leadership team headed by the Director and Deputy Budget Director that is responsible for on the development and execution of the Mayor’s annual budget and financial plan. Incumbent supports the development and administration of the District’s operating budget and the management of the budget team. The incumbent works under the supervision of the Deputy Budget Director, who provides broad administrative and policy direction through discussion of financial and program goals which affect the District’s budget. The incumbent independently plans, implements, coordinates, designs, and carries out assignments, projects, studies, or other work. The Associate Director is expected to participate in managing all aspects of the operating budget development and execution and to report on both progress and findings at established reporting periods or as necessary. The work is reviewed for accomplishment of goals within broad guidelines established by the Director, and compliance with internal operating and administrative policies and procedures. Results of work are considered as authoritative and are normally accepted without significant change. Guidelines of the position include laws and regulations of the District government, Mayor's Orders and instructions, policy priorities of the Mayor governing a broad range of programs and issues and guidelines and policies established by the Office of the Chief Financial Officer.



  • Works under the direction of the Deputy Budget Director to create and implement a balanced annual operating budget and financial plan that reflects the Mayor’s policy priorities, including initiatives of the Mayor to improve government and the services that the government provides to residents;
  • Manages, along with the Associate Director of Capital, the design and execution of the annual budget process, including the budget calendar, agency budget submission guidance and materials, trainings or workshops for agency budget personnel, and the development of any new tools or processes to improve operations;
  • Collaborates with the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, other offices within the Office of the Mayor and Office of the City Administrator, and other relevant partners on the development and implementation of the budget, with a particular focus on coordinating specific timelines and deliverables, obtaining and analyzing relevant financial data, ensuring that budget decisions are communicated to internal and external stakeholders at relevant points in the budget process, developing and overseeing systems of knowledge management, and more generally, leading efforts to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of budget processes;
  • Collaborates with the Associate Director of Capital to make recommendations to the Budget Director and Deputy Budget Director on specific issues arising during budget formulation and execution, particularly with regard to coordination with the Office of the Chief Financial Officer or other offices within the Office of the Mayor and Office of the City Administrator;
  • Partners with the Deputy Budget Director to assign and prioritize work for the subordinate budget staff as it relates to their role in operating budget development and execution;
  • Provides technical and editorial review of all operating budget materials, including recommendations put forward by budget analysts for the Deputy Director and Director’s consideration;
  • Coordinates with the Performance Team and Lab @ DC within OBPM and with the Office of Racial Equity within OCA on gathering data and evidence that will help inform budget decisions;
  • Under the direction of the Deputy Budget Director, monitors and manages the implementation of the approved budget and helps manage unanticipated changes in funding needs;
  • Studies and reviews reports which affect government operations for purposes of summarizing and analyzing the subject matter of the report for the information of the Mayor, and prepares comments and recommendations for the City Administrator and the Mayor
  • Leads the training and professional development of budget analysts, including ongoing technical guidance related to budget tools and skills;
  • Maintains familiarity with best practices, tools and professional organizations relevant to the development and execution of state and local operating budgets;
  • Coordinates with the Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs, the Office of Federal and Regional Affairs, agency heads, the staff of the Office of the Mayor, and others involved in the policy process to assure that appropriate objectives of all are taken into consideration, and;
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.



  • Master’s degree in Public Administration, Public Policy, Business, Finance or Economics is preferred;
  • At least five (5) years of experience with budget and finance;
  • Proven ability to manage the development of budgets and spending plans;
  • Mastery knowledge of government budgeting, and all associated policies, directives, procedures, and regulations, to develop and provide advice and interpretations of legislation, policies, and precedents. Mastery of the principles, concepts, laws, and regulation of public finance and budgeting sufficient to generate new concepts and methodologies;
  • Experience solving complex problems and achieving results;
  • Experience in planning, organizing, directing and controlling the development of complex projects;
  • Experience in applying oral and written communication techniques to present budgets effectively to both professional and lay audiences. Must be able to participate comfortably at the highest levels of government in all phases of formulation and implementation;
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in providing leadership in a supervisory capacity;
  • Demonstrated skill in providing leadership in a team-based environment, securing the support and cooperation of higher-level officials;
  • Knowledge of database programs and/or visualization software, and superior Excel skills;
  • Ability to creative intuitive tables, charts, and maps for a nontechnical audience;
  • Excellent communication skills; Superior ability to formulate written or oral presentations; and to prepare various required reports;
  • Desire to improve the operations of the District government and improve the lives of District residents; and

In addition to the requirements above, ideal candidates will demonstrate a sense of initiative, attention to detail, self-discipline, autonomy, persistence, creativity, and efficiency.


Interested candidates must submit resume and complete the questionairre.  Letters of support are not required and will not impact the hiring process.   



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