Recruitment #2106-0894-001


The City of Tucson values the safety of our employees, our residents, our community, and our visitors.  In support of these values, if you are selected for this job, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs. If you are invited to join our team, you must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to your initial HR representative, or you must request an exemption from your representative. New employees must either provide proof of vaccination or be granted a medical or religious exemption before working with the City of Tucson.

Tucson has been continuously settled for over 12,000 years. It celebrates a diversity of cultures, architecture, and peoples. Yet, it is one of the "Mega-Trend" cities of the 21st Century: The Optics Valley, premier health services center of the Southwest, the astronomy center of the world, home of a premier research institution - University of Arizona, and a tourism destination.

Tucson's rich cultural heritage centers around a unique blend of Native American, Spanish, Mexican and Anglo-American influences. These can be seen in the Hispanic barrios, historical and contemporary American architecture, and the prehistoric Native American remnants.   

Tucson was once referred to as a "mini-mecca for the arts” by The Wall Street Journal and was ranked #20 of the Top 25 Arts Destinations (big-cities category) by American Style Magazine. Tucson is one of a select few cities of its size that boasts its own ballet company, professional theater, symphony, and opera company. Home to 215 art groups, and more than 35 art galleries in the downtown area alone, Tucson ranks as one of the best places in the state to view works by the masters and up-and-coming artists. Tucson’s natural history and cultural heritage are also on display in the over 30 regional museums, 12 of which are located on the route of the upcoming Modern Streetcar.   

Tucson is situated in the Sonoran Desert and is surrounded by five mountain ranges. A trip from the 2,389-foot valley floor to the 9,157-foot Mt. Lemmon summit (home to the southernmost ski area in the continental United States) traverses seven of the world's nine life zones. It's like driving from Mexico to Canada. Blessed with the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert and an unsurpassed climate of 360 sunny days a year, Tucsonans embrace a rare lifestyle and are committed to preserving that quality of life. 

Tucson is the perfect place for the outdoor enthusiast. With more than 800 miles of bike paths, Tucson has been ranked by Bicycling magazine as one of the top cycling cities in the U.S. for several years running and is home to internationally known bicycling events such as El Tour de Tucson. Golf is another popular activity with dozens of regional golf courses, including five municipally owned courses.

The city is home to the University of Arizona and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The City's industries include electronics and missile production. Tucson is the seat of Pima County and has a Council-Manager form of government. The Tucson metropolitan area supports over 750,000 residents. As metropolitan Tucson continues to grow by nearly 2,000 new residents each month, the challenge of meeting citizen expectations also increases.

The City of Tucson is committed to providing quality municipal services which promote a healthy community, offer opportunities for participation and leisure, and enable citizens to prosper at work and at home.    


Now is an exciting time to join our team!  We are under new leadership and are excited for 2021. BSD provides critical services to City of Tucson departments and to our community.  Our operations include Budget, Financial Operations, Procurement Operations, Risk Management, Shared Services Finance, Shared Services Procurement, Taxpayers Assistance and Human Resources.   

We, like most agencies across the country, are working in a hybrid remote environment. We value flexibility and adaptability in team members.  We must always be poised for change, and we view change as an opportunity to enhance our operations as well as to further develop and grow our team members.  

The City of Tucson embraces a transforming organizational culture, and our strategic vision is to make Tucson the destination for sustainable living, growth, and opportunities.  Our City mission is to deliver exceptional service, and we value collaboration, integrity, excellence and respect.  Our City philosophy includes serving our community with compassion and passion, and building public confidence through great stewardship.  We are proud of Ignite; our internal professional development program designed for all positions within the City.  We want our entire City of Tucson team ignited to serve!  

BSD’s activities fully support the City’s values and mission.  We are critical service providers to internal and external customers.  We additionally embrace the “hungry, humble and smart” motto found in Patrick Lencioni’s The Ideal Team Player.  Technical expertise is critical but equally critical is the ability to lead others and get along with others.    

As stated, we have a relatively new director, and he is now recruiting a talented and motivated Budget Administrator. This position is new to BSD and, in part, will be jointly developed by our Director. 

General Description

Administers and manages the City's budget analysis and development functions. Including advanced research and data/economic modeling using complex methodologies and statistical techniques. Coordinates the annual budget preparation process and prepares and presents the budget and funding information to City management.

Essential Functions

Organizes and directs daily operations of a division by performing administrative duties, overseeing programs, projects, and manager level personnel (two or more fulltime employees).

Formulates and implements division strategic plans and work activities to coordinate and synchronize with department directions and goals. Implements and evaluates department policies, projects and programs.

Independently designs, builds, maintains, and utilizes economic and financial models and datasets necessary to understand the implication of business/economic market forces on organizational policy and goals.

Conducts ad hoc analyses on a wide array of financial matters, including, but not limited to, financial and statistical analysis, regional economic forecasting, and the development of "what-if" analyses. Will conduct research/data collection and the development of economic and financial analyses for issues that may not have ever been previously examined. 

Oversees the planning, implementation, direction and management of all functions and resources of the division to achieve the strategic objectives of the department and the City in an efficient and effective manner.

Assists with implementing the department vision through division activities and leads the division for maximum employee productivity and morale through hiring, disciplining, evaluating employee performance, investigating and resolving grievances and other human resources actions.

Develops and administers the division budget with staff assistance.

Analyzes organizational and community needs, analyzes trends, reviews statistics and opportunities, and communicate information to department leadership of impending developments, and accomplishment of actions.

Develops strategic partnerships and contacts with community representatives, external agencies, and other organizations to develop a sense of relevant issues facing our community and to respond as a representative of the City.

Champions the values of the organization through example and accountabilities.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor's Degree in Economics, Statistics or Business Administration

Five (5) years experience in database manipulation statistical analyses or spreadsheet and/or statistical software usage. At least 4 of 5 required years in a Supervisory capacity in budget development and administration related functional area.

Valid and Unrestricted Class D - Driver's License

"Supervisory" is defined as having supervised at least 1 full-time FTE.

Special Job Requirements


Selection Plan

As part of the online application process all applicants are required to submit a resume under the "Resume" tab or email to Shelly.Urias@tucsonaz.gov Resumes will be reviewed and scored.  Please ensure your application contains the required resume prior to submission. Applications received without a resume will be considered incomplete.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in a writing exercise.

The writing exercise will be emailed to the highest scoring applicants by 5:00 pm (Tucson time) on 

Friday, August 20, 2021

with a firm deadline to return the completed exercise by 4:00 pm (Tucson time) on 

Thursday, August 26, 2021.    

The highest scoring applicants who successfully complete the writing exercise will be invited to participate in an in-person oral board panel scheduled for 

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:

  • 10% of your rating for education and work experience (resume review)
  • 40% of your rating for writing exercise
  • 50% of your rating for oral board      

This recruitment will establish a civil service list that will be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within the next 6 months.

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must upload your documentation as part of the application process or email it to Shelly.urias@tucsonaz.gov. The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.

If you need Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please email Shelly.Urias@tucsonaz.gov at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements


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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.