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CA-Manager, Budget Services (JO#6011)

  • 1.  CA-Manager, Budget Services (JO#6011)

    Posted 08-25-2023 12:45 PM
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    JOB TITLE:    Manager, Budget Services 


    JOB OPENING #:   6011


    The Judicial Council of California is accepting applications for the position of Manager for the Budget Services Office.   

    This position will provide direct management oversight for the Trial Court Budget Management section within the Budget Services office. This section includes the Court Budget Unit (CBU) and the Funds and Revenues Unit (FRU). The CBU is responsible for base and program allocations and reimbursements of approximately $3 billion annually for the 58 trial courts. The CBU provides budgetary support for various trial court programs and budget processes, including Funds Held on Behalf of the Trial Courts, Schedule 1, Schedule 7A, Indirect Cost Rate Proposal requests, and cost benefit changes. The FRU performs advanced budgetary, technical, and analytical responsibilities related to the administration of judicial branch funds, backfill for the Ability to Pay program, and statewide collections. This position works closely with the manager in the State-Level Budget Management section within the Budget Services office to develop and implement the annual state budget for the trial courts.

    This position directs Judicial Council staff who support the Trial Court Budget Advisory Committee (TCBAC) and its subcommittees. Key responsibilities are to manage TCBAC administrative functions within the Judicial Council committee process to ensure funding included in the state budget is allocated timely and properly to the trial courts.

    This position represents the Budget Services office and the Judicial Council with a wide range of partners and stakeholders including the Judicial Council's Executive Office and senior management, trial court leadership, county government departments, and state agencies such as the Department of Finance, the State Controller's Office, and the Legislature. This position reports to the Deputy Director of Budget Services, works independently with minimal supervision, and is provided broad discretion for its areas of responsibility.

    The Judicial Council strives for work-life balance and includes substantial vacation and holiday time. In addition, we offer an excellent benefits package including pension, medical, dental and vision coverage, flexible spending, $130 monthly stipend towards public transit commuting costs, and retirement savings plans. In San Francisco, the office is only a 7-minute walk from the Civic Center BART station in downtown San Francisco. In Sacramento, the office is located minutes from downtown, just north of Discovery Park.

    The successful candidate will be expected to work in the Judicial Council's San Francisco or Sacramento office. Hybrid work options for employees who live in areas surrounding these locations may be considered.


    ·        Provide strategic direction on the development and distribution of complex monthly trial court funding allocations and reimbursements. Provide management oversight to ensure trial court financial schedules are accurate, complete, and submitted timely. These include the Schedule 1, Schedule 7A, and trial court retirement and health benefits cost templates for development of the annual state budget. Direct staff on the processing of various budget requests from the trial courts including funds held on behalf, emergency funding, and cash advances/loan requests to support trial court operations and ensure compliance with existing policy and statute.

    ·        Provide strategic direction on the statewide collections programs and oversee various trainings on these processes that are delivered to the trial courts and county partners.

    ·        Provide strategic direction on the development of various reports to the Judicial Council and required reports to the Legislature to ensure accuracy, timeliness, and compliance with existing policy and statute.

    ·        Provide strategic direction on the administrative activities of staff who provide support for the TCBAC and its subcommittees, and for other relevant Judicial Council advisory bodies and workgroups to ensure that all work is planned and coordinated effectively, and is complete, accurate, and provided to the committee in a timely manner.

    ·        Provide strategic direction on the technical budgetary services provided to internal and external partners on a variety of court budget and fiscal matters related to judicial branch funds to support trial court operations and Judicial Council goals, and advance access to justice for Californians.

    Supervisory duties:

    -       Administer the day-to-day operations of the Trial Court Budget Management Section.

    -       Plan, organize, review, and evaluate the work of assigned staff to ensure business goals are met.

    -       Recommend staff selection.

    -       Train and develop assigned staff, propose internal and external training courses and assignments to increase staff knowledge and proficiency and support career development opportunities.

    -       Manage employee performance and conduct performance evaluations; administer discipline as required.

    -       Oversee knowledge management activities and documentation of procedures for key functions to ensure business continuity; support succession planning efforts.

    -       Approve time off requests to ensure appropriate coverage for key work functions.

    -       Review and approve time sheets.


    Bachelor's degree, and five (5) years of professional-level analytical or managerial experience in assigned function including, but not limited to, program analysis, development, implementation, research, and advising, including at least two (2) years of supervisory experience. An additional four years of professional experience in the assigned function may substitute for the bachelor's degree. Or, additional directly related experience and/or education may be substituted on a year-for-year basis.


    Master's degree in a directly related field for the assigned discipline, and two (2) years of professional-level analytical or managerial experience in assigned function including, but not limited to, program analysis, development, implementation, research, and advising, including at least two (2) years of supervisory experience.


    Two years in a supervisor classification with the Judicial Council of California, or two years of experience performing the duties of a class comparable in the level of responsibility to that of a supervisor classification in a California Superior Court or California state-level government entity, or two years as a Legislative Advocate, Labor & Employee Relations Officer, or Senior Project Manager with the Judicial Council of California and a) completion of training courses on topics related to effective supervision within 6 months of promotion; or b) one year of previous supervisory experience.

    Desirable Qualifications:

    ·        Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to perform well in a diverse work environment.

    ·        Demonstrated experience in management and leadership competencies, including methods for team development, training, and efficiency strategies to support business goals.

    ·        Working knowledge of the State of California's budget process and governmental budgeting.

    ·        Working knowledge of California's trial court budget process and associated financial systems.

    ·        Demonstrated ability to work with executive level leadership and establish professional and cooperative working relationships at all levels.  

    ·        Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

    ·        Demonstrated problem-solving methods and techniques, and excellent customer service skills.

    ·        Working knowledge of the principles and techniques for effective oral presentations and demonstrated ability to present to executive staff and various stakeholders.     


    Please note, if you are selected for hire, verification of employment authorization to work in the United States will be required.


    This position will remain Open Until Filled. To ensure consideration of your application for the earliest round of interviews, please apply by 5:00 P.M. on September 14, 2023. This position requires the submission of our official application, a resume, and a response to the supplemental questions.

    To complete an online application, go to job opening #6011 at https://www.courts.ca.gov/careers.htm

    The Judicial Council provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities who request such accommodation. Reasonable accommodation needs should be requested through Human Resources at (415) 865-4260.Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (415) 865-4272.

    Supplemental Questions

    To better assess the qualifications of each applicant, your written responses to the following questions will be evaluated as part of your application package. Your responses should not exceed a total of two pages.

    1.     What about this position appeals to you and how does your experience and background make you the right candidate?

    2.     Please describe your experience leading and motivating teams to provide excellent customer service, promote staff development, preserve institutional knowledge, and ensure business goals are met timely and accurately.


    $9,070.00 - $13,607.00 per month

    (This position will be filled at or near the starting salary of $9,070.00 per month)

    Some highlights of our benefits package include:

    ·        Health/Dental/Vision benefits program

    ·        14 paid holidays per calendar year

    ·        Choice of Annual Leave or Sick/Vacation Leave

    ·        1 personal holiday per year

    ·        Up to $130 per month reimbursement for qualifying commuting costs

    ·        CalPERS Retirement Plan

    ·        401(k) and 457 deferred compensation plans

    ·        Employee Assistance Program

    ·        Basic Life and AD&D Insurance

    ·        Flex Elect Program

    ·        Pretax Parking

    ·        Long Term Disability Program (employee paid/optional)

    ·        Group Legal Plan (employee paid/optional)

    The Judicial Council of California Is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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