Project Manager, Government Consulting

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Project Management (Senior Managing Consultant)



Public Financial Management (PFM) is the nation’s leading provider of independent financial advisory services to state and local governments, with more than 600 employees working in 41 locations throughout the United States. 


PFM’s Management and Budget Consulting practice (PFM Group Consulting) helps state and local governments across the nation tackle some of their toughest fiscal and operational challenges.  In just the last few years, PFM Group Consulting has led the following high-profile projects at the cutting edge of state and local government:


  • Directing the National Resource Network, a multi-year, federally funded initiative to provide a wide range of direct assistance to help turn around economically challenged local governments (;
  • Providing expert technical assistance to the City of New Orleans on issues ranging from the development of the City budget to reforms in the criminal justice system;
  • Creating and helping to implement comprehensive ten-year financial plans for the City of Baltimore and the City of Providence;
  • Developing a child welfare policy and procedure manual for Los Angeles County;
  • Implementing a consensus approach to public pension reform in both Chattanooga and Lexington, Kentucky;
  • Delivering budget and operational support to fiscally distressed school districts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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PFM seeks a mid- to senior-level project manager with strong communication, quantitative, analytical, and writing skills, as well as a professional interest in public sector budget and management consulting. 


The project manager will work on or lead a small team on projects that provide a comprehensive suite of workforce analysis and consulting solutions to public sector employers including (but not limited to) compensation, benefits, staffing and operational consulting services. 


The project manager’s diverse slate of projects may include:

  • Compensation comparability assessments of wages, health benefits, retirement benefits, paid leave and work practices
  • Negotiation proposal costing and modeling
  • Data gathering and other economic analysis and research
  • Multi-year budgeting and planning
  • Creation of customized budget models
  • Analysis of opportunities to improve efficiency and services
  • Revenue forecasting and policy evaluation
  • Performance improvement support for cities, counties, states, K-12 schools, and other governmental and nonprofit institutions


Project managers will work alongside national experts in this field.  PFM offers opportunities for advancement to project managers: most partners (Managing Directors) previously worked as project managers (senior managing consultants or directors).  With the experience that PFM provides, experienced project managers may also apply the knowledge and skills they gain here to positions of leadership in the federal, state and local governments.



The ideal candidate would have:

  • A minimum of an undergraduate degree with coursework in political science, economics, public policy and/or related areas of study. A graduate degree in the above areas or a related field is preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability or interest in working with state and municipal governments on financial, operational and policy challenges, as evidenced by a minimum of five (5) years of related experience. Experience in benefits or compensation consulting is a strong preference for this role.
  • Outstanding project management skills with proven ability to manage multiple tasks and adapt to a changing, fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to think and act strategically and manage a team with a long term perspective.
  • Ability to analyze a client situation and develop solutions reflecting the client’s policy objectives & constraints as well as relevant financial parameters.
  • Excellent verbal/written communication skills and presentation abilities for interaction with clients and colleagues.
  • Ability to operate successfully in a collaborative team environment.
  • Unwavering integrity and the ability to instill confidence in others.
  • Desire to take initiative and create solutions.
  • Strong work ethic, attention to detail and the ability to work with limited supervision
  • Willingness to travel for client engagements as necessary


To be successful in this position, you will need to have an interest in how governments operate as well as a willingness to work in a fast-paced and often unpredictable environment. 

AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply for employment with PFM. 



Compensation will depend on level of experience and includes salary, incentive bonus opportunity, and a comprehensive benefits package including profit-sharing, tuition reimbursement, wellness options, and a 401k program with company match.


PFM is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE, M/F/D/V) and maintains a drug-free work environment.





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