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  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:

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:  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.

2018 ABFM Conference – Call for Papers & Panels

Call for Proposals for ABFM’s 30th Annual Research Conference

October 4-6, 2018

Denver, CO

Deadline for Submission: May 1st, 2018

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Click Here to Submit Proposals

The Association for Budgeting and Financial Management ( invites you to submit a paper or panel proposal for its annual research conference. This year’s conference will be held October 4-6 in beautiful Denver, CO. Though papers have traditionally focused on U.S. state and local government budgeting and financial management, we welcome papers on federal budgeting as well as papers with an international or comparative perspective. This year, there will be a special multiple-session track on public budgeting and financial management in Asia jointly hosted by the China-America Association for Public Affairs and Chinese Public Administration Review (CPAR).  We also encourage both academics and practitioners to submit proposals. Below is a list of selected topics on which papers and panels have focused in recent conferences.

Please submit all paper and panel proposals by May 1, 2018 using one of the links above. Proposals will be reviewed and competitively selected. Please submit questions to the conference committee at Please send inquiries regarding the special Asia session track to Gang Chen, Assistant Professor, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, State University of New York, .

We look forward to seeing you in Denver!


Justin Marlowe, 2018 ABFM Conference Chair

Selected Conference Topics

 Tax Policy & Administration  Budgetary Theory
 The Politics of the Budgetary Process International & Comparative Budgeting
 Transportation Finance The History of Budgeting
 Budgeting & Economic Development Citizen Participation in Budgeting
 Public Pensions Healthcare Liabilities
 Forecasting Investment Management
 Intergovernmental Finance/Fiscal Federalism  Municipal Securities
 Performance Budgeting Budgeting for National Security
 Debt Financing & Management Education Finance
 Accounting & Financial Reporting Revenue Diversification
 Not-for-Profit Finance/Financial Management  Capital Planning & Management
 Budget Rules & Institutions Financing Urban Governments
 Financial Management Public-Private Partnerships

Job Opening: Finance Director – Glencoe, IL

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Glencoe, IL (pop. 8,900) The Village of Glencoe is an affluent, historic community located on the shores of Lake Michigan, approximately 20 miles north of downtown Chicago.  Glencoe is a Special Chartered non-home rule, AAA rated community of approximately four square miles. The Village boasts a vibrant downtown, nationally ranked schools, award winning parks (many designed by acclaimed landscape architect Jens Jensen), historic neighborhoods with a rich architectural heritage (boasting the third largest concentration of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed structures in the world), and is the home of the Chicago Botanic Garden and Writers Theatre, a nationally-acclaimed theatre company.

Glencoe places the highest emphasis on customer service and excellence in municipal service delivery and has a long history of innovation.  Glencoe is the first council-manager community in Illinois, one of many “firsts” in the Village’s history of innovation. The Village has an annual budget of $25 million (General Fund is approximately $18 million) and 100 full-time employees allocated across a fully integrated Public Safety Department (officers are cross-trained as firefighters/EMTs/police officers), full-service Public Works Department (including a municipally-operated water treatment facility and distribution network), Finance, the Village Manager’s Office and a municipal golf operation (a wholly separate enterprise fund).

The Finance Director is appointed by the Village Manager.  The most recent Finance Director served the Village for 29 years, 19 as Finance Director.  In addition to the Director, the department has 5 full time employees—an Assistant to the Director, an Accountant, a Data Coordinator, a Billing Coordinator and a Management Analyst.

  • The Village’s next Finance Director will be an integral part of the executive management team, participating in key decisions regarding economic development, capital planning and development, long- and short-term revenue and expenditure strategies, budget development and administration and all policies affecting the overall fiscal health of the Village.
  • The Finance Director is an important communicator – the Director must be able to discuss complex financial concepts and strategies in a manner that can be readily understood by individuals with and without municipal finance backgrounds, and as a member of the Village’s leadership team, the Director communicates within the organization about Village goals, priorities and work plan initiatives.
  • The Finance Director must maintain a forward-looking perspective, constantly scanning the horizon in efforts to anticipate future problems and work toward developing potential solutions – candidates must be creative, innovative, committed to process improvement and excited to think about local government service delivery and financing in new, progressive ways.
  • The Finance Director leads a professional team and encourages staff growth and development by offering learning and professional development opportunities and providing coaching and feedback.
  • Candidates must have a master’s degree in public policy, public administration, finance, business administration or a related field, plus at least seven years of increasingly responsible experience in executive-level financial administration, a portion of which is in the public sector. CPA or Certified Public Finance Officer designation is a plus.
  • The successful candidate will be a creative, innovative team-player with strong communication skills and a passion for outstanding municipal service delivery.

Salary: $150,000 +/-  DOQ. The Village of Glencoe offers a competitive benefits package and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates should apply no later than March 9, 2018 with resume, cover letter and contact information for 5 references to to the attention of Heidi Voorhees, GovHR USA , 630 Dundee Road #130 Northbrook, IL 60062 Tel: 847-380-3240

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