Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Budget Officer (#20001356)

General Statement

Under the general direction of the Administrative Services Manager, supervises the development and administration of the District's budget and the conduct of related management studies.

Essential Job Functions

Essential job functions are fundamental, core functions common to positions in a classification.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class.  Since class specifications are designed to be descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents may complete one or all of the job duties listed or tasks of similar kind not specifically listed here.
  • Directs and coordinates the development, review, presentation and control of the MWRD budget on an agency-wide basis and ensures compliance with statutory guidelines, Board policy and the Executive Director’s administrative procedures; reviews and coordinates compilation of departmental submissions and solicits justifications for expenditure requests.
  • Monitors expenditures and revenues of the MWRD budget on an agency-wide basis; evaluates propriety of proposed expenditures; identifies budgetary problems and reviews potential solutions.
  • Develops budgetary and financial policies for the efficient use of District financial resources.
  • Prepares and regularly updates the 5-20 year financial forecast through examination of current and future capital and operating needs and the development of assumptions for revenue growth and debt service costs.
  • Oversees the development and maintenance of a corporate-wide, computerized budget preparation and management system.
  • Directs performance review and organizational studies of the MWRD which assess the activities and operations of all components of the organization; performs analysis, prepares reports and presents recommendations for management action to modify procedures, programs and standards to obtain operational economies or improved performance.
  • Supervises the preparation, presentation and administration of the General Administration budget.
  • Performs financial analysis and prepares presentations utilized by the Board of Commissioners and Executive staff; represents the District at community meetings.
  • Assigns, supervises and reviews work; ensures staff compliance with District policies and procedures including Personnel Rules and Administrative Procedures; completes performance reviews; addresses employee complaints and grievances; may recommend employment actions such as hiring, transfer, suspension, promotion or discharge.

Other Job Functions

  • Acts on behalf of the Administrative Services Officer as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Environmental Conditions

Work is performed in a typical office environment and requires the use of standard office equipment including computers.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Advanced knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of budgeting in the public sector.
  • Considerable knowledge of other phases of public finance and public administration.
  • Considerable knowledge of the techniques of management analysis.
  • Considerable knowledge of economics related to time value analysis.
  • Ability to identify complex financial and/or budgetary problems and develop and implement solutions.
  • Ability to design and implement organization and program specific procedures and systems.
  • Ability to analyze complex financial data to monitor overall financial status of operations and make recommendations on budgetary strategy for the organization.
  • Ability to conduct advanced level budget and management analysis studies.
  • Ability to plan and supervise the work of a division, section or other organizational unit.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Graduation from a four-year accredited college or university majoring in business or public administration or a closely related field and eight years of professional level experience in budget and management analysis, three years of which must have been in a supervisory or other advanced management capacity and three years of which must have been in the public sector.


Graduate study in the designated fields may be substituted for the non-specialized experience on a year-for-year basis.

Promotional Requirement

  • One year of service with the District as a Supervising Budget and Management Analyst.
  • Civil service status as a Supervising Budget and Management Analyst.

CLASS: 20001356; EST: 4/1/1985; REV: 1/1/2013;