Sylvya Stevenson, Budget Analyst discusses some great things about the Budget Office and the upcoming transition.
You know, there are two really cool things about working in the Budget Office: the people with whom you meet and connect on a daily basis, and the invaluable experience you acquire. If you have career goals in program management or beyond, the Budget Office is where you want to start. Budget Analysts share similar traits, like career aspirations in city/county management, the fact that they’re likely to be MPA grads, and “entry-level analyst with MPA” branded on their briefcases (not really; though one of my colleagues still carries a briefcase that I believe he’s had since high school).
Budget is a great place to work! The Budget Office greatness is fostered from the collective talent of our team members who develop and sustain efficiencies in the budget process. Many who have matriculated through the Budget Office early in their careers would describe the Budget Office as a career-climbing opportunity to local government management and executive jobs. Local government managers and executives including, our City Manager Troy Schulte, our Finance Director Randall Landes, and a host of other managers and department directors have branched from the Budget Office.
Although Budget Office staff come and go, the friendships and the amazing personalities you encounter cannot be replaced. Two particular amazing team members will be leaving Budget: Nicholas Hawkins and Jordan Brown – two thirds of “Triple Threat,” a committee that developed, planned and executed the 2016 ICMA Basketball Shootout at the College Basketball Experience in Kansas City last year.
Something you may not know is that both Nick and Jordan came to the City as Cookingham-Noll Management Fellows while completing their MPA graduate program at the University of Kansas. Nick will be ending his 3.5-year stretch with the City to become the Budget and Performance Manager for the City of Topeka. Jordan, on the other hand, will end his tenure in Budget to return to something he’s most passionate about — youth and recreational programs and any positive activity that helps build character. Jordan will transfer to the Parks and Recreation Department in mid-April to be a Manager of Recreation. He will manage staff and recreational and athletic programs at several of the City’s community centers. We, in Budget, wish them both the best in their new careers.
Now, what’s not so great about Budget Office is the transition period we will endure beginning mid-April, but wait, there is more! In the midst of losing Nick and Jordan, the Budget Office will sustain a temporary loss due to Joe Pehlman’s overseas deployment with the U.S. Army 35th Infantry Division.
Can Budget retain its greatness while in transition? Sure we can!
So, what can you do to help us succeed? You can share the soon-to-be vacancy announcements with everyone. We especially seek Master of Public Administration (MPA) candidates and those interested in and have a need for local government budget and finance experience. But note; Budget is not for the faint-hearted. Yes, we work extremely hard, but it all pays off in the end, just ask Nick and Jordan!