City of Boston

Director of Participatory Budgeting

Posted Date 4 months ago(11/10/2022 3:20 PM)
Req ID
Off of Part Budgeting
Regular Full-Time
ASD-Budget Management
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The City of Boston is seeking a dynamic and entrepreneurial Director to lead the creation of a new Office of Participatory Budgeting (OPB). Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer and the OPB Oversight Board, the Director will establish and grow a new office tasked with designing and managing a city-wide participatory budgeting process.


Brief Job Description:


The Director will work closely with the OPB Oversight Board, Chief Financial Officer, the Office of Budget Management, staff from other City departments, and members of the public to determine need, ensure transparency and equity in the participatory budgeting process, and produce annual reports on OPB expenditures and project and program status reports.  


  • Drive the mission and goals of the Office of Participatory Budgeting with a critical attention to equity, access, and inclusion.
  • Meet with the CFO and OPB External Oversight Board on a regular basis to review the OPB’s operation and goals.
  • Work in partnership with the Board to develop an annual participatory budgeting Rule Book and to provide recommendations to the Mayor for projects to be funded following each participatory budgeting cycle.
  • Recruit, hire, and manage a diverse and community representative staff.
  • Direct the work and training of OPB staff and volunteers.
  • Facilitate the creation and publicizing of the Participatory Budgeting Rule Book and manage updates.
  • Engage with academics, experts, and peer cities managing participatory budgeting systems to share best practices and lessons learned.
  • Ensure culturally appropriate messaging and that outreach is designed to reach all of Boston’s communities.
  • Establish and manage relationships with community representatives and organizations to support the participatory budgeting process.
  • Monitor all OPB spending and programmatic activity; flagging discrepancies from planned spending to the CFO and Oversight Board.
  • Develop transparent, robust, and responsive processes to ensure community trust and accountability.
  • Represent OPB at public engagements (in person and online).
  • Oversee the preparation of annual reports and presentations regarding OPB activities.
  • Coordinate with other City Departments to ensure Participatory Budgeting decisions appropriately assigned to managing departments and fit within existing resources.
  • Ensure compliance with the OPB ordinance and all other state, local and federal laws.
  • Monitors status of all OPB funded projects, working with relevant departments to ensure successful implementation and providing regular status updates to the Oversight Board.
  • Performs related work as required.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • At least five (5) years of full-time or equivalent part-time, professional experience in staff management, program design, program implementation and budget management.
  • A bachelor's degree in business or public management, public administration, or a related field may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience.
  • A master's degree in business or public management, public administration or a related field may be substituted for three (3) years of the required experience.
  • Demonstrated passion and commitment to social advocacy, community development, and civic engagement.
  • A proven track record of leading and implementing initiatives that required coordinating with, and executing across, multiple sectors or disciplines.
  • A proven ability to work closely and collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders including municipal employees and leadership, philanthropic leaders, nonprofit leaders and others, and to promote and maintain a collaborative team approach.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to lead and work in teams and to establish effective working relationships.
  • Experience working in community engagement and/or non-profit preferred.
  • Experience with and understanding of PeopleSoft Financials and Human Capital Management as well as Oracle/Hyperion Planning System highly preferred.
  • Experience with grant writing and fundraising is a plus.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.


Boston residency required.




Hours per week: 35


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