2018 Howard Award Nominations Close June 30th

Nominations are now being accepted for the S. Kenneth Howard award

Nominations are due June 30th, 2018

This award is presented to honor the lifetime accomplishments of S. Kenneth Howard. It is granted annually to a distinguished practitioner in the field of public budgeting and financial management for lifetime achievement. The award recipient should be an outstanding practitioner as judged by his or her record of service over a sustained period of time. Nominations should include a 1-2 page letter outlining the significant accomplishments of the nominee, the nominee’s vitae, and no more than two additional letters of recommendation. A committee will determine the award winner.

Nominations should be sent by June 30 to Joseph Cordes at cordes@gwu.edu. You will receive confirmation from Joseph Cordes.

Call for Nominations for 2018 Wildavsky Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the Aaron B. Wildavsky award.

Nominations are due May 31st, 2018

This award is conferred to honor the lifetime scholarly accomplishments of Aaron B. Wildavsky.  It is granted annually to a distinguished scholar in the field of public budgeting and financial management for lifetime achievement.  The award recipient should be an outstanding scholar as judged by his or her record of publication and service to the field over a sustained period of time.  Nominations should include a 1-2 page letter outlining the significant accomplishments of the nominee, the nominee’s vitae, and no more than two additional letters of recommendation.  A committee will determine the award winner.

Nominations should be sent by May 31 to Bryan Sullivan at abfm2018chairbsullivan@gmail.com  You will receive confirmation from Bryan Sullivan. 

Position Announcement: Associate Director, Government Finance Research Center, University of Illinois at Chicago

The College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA) announces the formation of a research center funded by an anonymous donor, the Government Finance Research Center, which will be the center for research on issues of state and local government finance and budgeting. GFRC will focus on projects and activities that help lead to a better understanding of subnational fiscal challenges and make headway towards a sustainable fiscal system.  GFRC will build on CUPPA’s connections with national associations, academic scholars and state/local policy leaders, the municipal bond industry and rating agencies, and will work to be the nationally recognized center of informed fiscal policy and scholarly discourse, thereby shaping the debate on state, municipal, county and regional governance and public finance.  The objectives of the GFRC include the identification, planning and execution of research that will be the focus of regular and periodic reports, informed analysis, and the most inclusive and up-to-date forums and workshops for discussion of fiscal and governance issues.  GFRC is designed to make a difference in state and local finance.  Its website can be found at:  https://gfrc.uic.edu

The GFRC is seeking an Associate Director for research who, with the director, academic advisory board, and external advisory panel, will identify research projects that address contemporary government finance issues confronting US cities, local governments and states. The Associate Director will be required to: implement strategic priorities of the GFRC; design, conduct, and coordinate research on GFRC initiatives; pursue external funding for GFRC research; meet with external constituencies to promote and advance GFRC priorities; organize and arrange programs and workshops of the GFRC in cooperation with the academic advisory panel and the external advisory panel; among other tasks.

The candidate should possess minimally a master’s degree in public administration, economics, urban planning, political science or other social-science disciplines with a focus on government finance, financial management and budgeting.  Preference is given to candidates who hold a relevant PhD or terminal degree in their field and to candidates who have research related experience in the government, public policy sector, or related fields.  This position requires strong communication, supervisory, planning and budgeting skills.

All application materials must be submitted via HireTouch. For fullest consideration, candidates must submit a cover letter outlining their qualifications for and interest in the Associate Director position, a current curriculum vitae, names of at least three professional references, and two samples of professional papers or publications.  Please submit by May 7, 2018 to: https://jobs.uic.edu/job-board/job-details  HireTouch Job ID/EEO # 93739. The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity and is particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities, women, covered veterans, and individuals with disabilities. The University of Illinois conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of contingent offer of employment. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Position Announcement: Assistant Professor, Sam Houston State University

The Department of Political Science at Sam Houston State University invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure-track faculty member at the rank of visiting assistant professor beginning fall 2018. The successful candidate will teach an online graduate budgeting and finance seminar and online and face-to-face undergraduate upper division courses. Preference will be given to candidates who have online teaching experience and who can teach an upper division course in basic research design. The teaching load for the position is four courses in both the fall and spring semesters. Summer courses are not included in the teaching load.

https://shsu.peopleadmin.com/postings/19272

ABFM Seeking Candidates for Treasurer (Deadline Extended)

ABFM is seeking candidates for Treasurer.  This will be for a three-year appointment, beginning January 1, 2019.  The timeline for the selection process is to field a call for candidates in March/April, evaluate candidates April/May and have a candidate appointed in June.  Starting in July, the selected candidate will assist the current Treasurer with conference registration, collection of conference sponsorships and reviewing and paying conference-related invoices.  Those members interested should submit a cover letter and resume to Bryan Sullivan at abfm2018chairbsullivan@gmail.com by close of business on Monday, April 30, 2018.

The required duties of the Treasurer are specified in Section 5 of ABFM’s Charter and By-Laws:

  1. Have a fiduciary responsibility for the finances of ABFM.
  2. Prepare and execute the annual budget, to be approved by the Executive Committee no later than 30 days prior to the beginning of the fiscal year.
  3. Maintain the financial records of ABFM in accordance with sound financial management and accounting practices, and provide annual financial reports to the Executive Committee, consisting of:
    1. Balance sheet
    2. Statement of cash flows
    3. Statement of income and expenses
    4. Schedule of accounts receivable and accounts payable
    5. Budget versus actual expenditures
  4. Submit the annual report on the financial position of ABFM to the ASPA National Office and National Council.
  5. In conjunction with the Chair-Elect and the Conference Committee Chair, negotiate and sign the hotel contract for the Annual Conference on Public Budgeting and Financial management, after forwarding the contract to the Executive Director of ASPA for review.
  6. Exercise responsibility for the registration and other finances associated with the ABFM Annual Conference on Public Budgeting and Financial Management.
  7. The Treasurer shall oversee the activities of the Vice-Treasurer, who will assist the Treasurer. The Chair may appoint a Vice-Treasurer after consultation with the Treasurer.
  8. Complete IRS Form-990 on behalf of ABFM and file with the IRS by the required deadline.
  9. Perform other duties as assigned/requested by the Chair.

The required skills, knowledge and ability necessary for the successful undertaking of the Treasurer’s role are as follows:

  • Ability to record all financial transactions using generally accepted accounting principles for nonprofit organizations
  • Working knowledge of Quickbooks or other accounting software
  • Ability to generate financial reports from recorded financial transactions
  • Working knowledge of mail merge tools in Microsoft Word
  • Attendance at the ABFM conference each year
  • Access to Wells Fargo banking either online or in person
  • Working knowledge of Paypal and Paypal Here app
  • Knowledge of IRS informational reporting requirements of nonprofits
  • Ability to complete the IRS Form 990 and file with the IRS by the required deadline
  • Ability to manage cash balances in multiple accounts