Fiscal Analyst I, NC General Assembly (closes 8/31/20)

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Closing:  August 31, 2020
Recruitment Range:  $55,551 – $75,000 annually

Description

The North Carolina General Assembly is the bicameral legislature of the State of North Carolina, composed of the Senate and the House of Representatives. The North Carolina Constitution grants the General Assembly the authority to make or enact laws; to establish rules and regulations governing the conduct of the citizens, their rights, duties, and procedures; and to determine the consequences of certain actions.

The Fiscal Research Division (FRD) seeks dynamic individuals with strong analytical skills who excel under pressure. FRD analysts are nonpartisan legislative staff and serve as the primary budget and finance staff to the North Carolina General Assembly’s 170 legislators as well as its funding and policy committees. The budget issues are complex, diverse, and cross multiple subject areas. FRD analysts, along with other General Assembly nonpartisan staff, have a unique opportunity to provide counsel to policymakers and participate directly in the policy development process.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Working directly with legislators to develop the State’s budget and other legislation.
  • Analyzing and presenting information on existing and/or proposed programs and policies.
  • Providing accurate and reliable data and analysis.
  • Making presentations and answering legislators’ questions in public committee meetings.
  • Developing options to improve program efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Composing analyses on the fiscal impact of proposed legislation.
  • Collaborating closely with teammates and colleagues to support the legislative process.
  • Monitoring agency actions to ensure compliance with legislative intent.
  • Working objectively and impartially and adhering to strict confidentiality requirements.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to work cooperatively and maintain composure under pressure with legislators, legislative staff, colleagues, and the public on a daily basis.
  • Clear and concise oral and written presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated aptitude for providing high-quality program development and advice.
  • Willingness and ability to work extended schedules and to provide on-call support.
  • Comfort and proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint or similar products.
  • Energized about public policy and delivering nonpartisan objective analysis.
  • Creative problem solvers.
  • Skilled at quantitative analysis.
  • Excellent writers.
  • Equally capable of successfully working independently or in a team environment.
  • Proficient public speakers.

Education and Experience

Candidates are expected to have a working knowledge of government functions and experience performing programmatic analyses. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate Microsoft Excel and Word proficiency in any potential in-person interview.

  • A bachelor’s degree plus three years’ experience performing and presenting analyses, preferably in a public policy-related setting; or
  • A master’s degree plus one year of experience performing and presenting analyses, preferably in a public policy-related setting.
  • Work experience (internships, client projects, etc.) accumulated while in an academic setting can be applied to meet the experience requirements. Candidates anticipating the completion of a relevant master’s degree by May 2021 are encouraged to apply, provided that they meet all other requirements.

#NCLGBA20 Recap Series: Adapting to the New Normal

Over the next few weeks, we will be featuring reflections on the 2020 Virtual Summer Conference. If you would like to share your experience, please email admin@nclgba.org.

Our first #NCLGBA20 Conference Recap comes from Janice Hillanbrand, Budget and Management Analyst, Forsyth County.

Going into the 2020 Summer Conference, while I was hopeful and optimistic, I truly did not know what to expect from the organization’s first virtual conference. I had many questions – will the sessions be as impactful and instructional on a virtual platform? How will the Q&A sessions work on a virtual platform with so many people tuning in? Will the sessions be held on Zoom calls with all of the attendees awkwardly staring at each other on the screen?

The Summer 2020 Conference exceeded all of my expectations. I was deeply impressed with the virtual platform that was created for the conference, as well as the format of the general and concurrent sessions. I know planning a virtual conference in the short time that was available was no easy feat and I have endless respect for Paarth, Brian, and the rest of the NCLGBA Board for being able to do so seamlessly.

As to be expected, the underlying topic in each session was COVID-19 and the various responses we all took. During our legislative update, Chris Nida made a poignant statement when he said that the COVID-19 crisis kicked off at the worst possible time for all of us: in March when most Budget Offices are in the thick of Budget preparation. It left very little time for Budget Offices to get accurate projections of sales tax impacts- a vital revenue source for all local governments in the state. The uncertainty still continues, as Michael Walden pointed out in our first session: Economic Update. There will be continued effects of teleworking and prolonged closure that we are yet to see.

The session that left the most impact on me was the ‘What’s Your New Normal?’ concurrent session. All of the presenters talked about the importance of having adaptable, effective and compassionate leadership during times of crisis. All of the presenters spoke about the importance of listening to and being responsive of different voices, being compassionate towards those in your organization and your community, and trusting those around you to do their job and do it well. The message of this session (and the fantastic speakers) left me motivated and encouraged, despite the continued uncertainty that we all continue to face.

The overall theme of this year’s conference has proven to be the importance of being adaptable and responsive as budget offices and professionals. We work in a profession of the unknown and uncertain, and this year has clearly reminded us of just that. Despite this, it is important to keep effective leadership and work practices and to do them with compassion for the communities you serve. It will be interesting to see how this pandemic continues to effect the state as we continue through this fiscal year, as well as how it will play into planning for the Winter Conference. The NCLGBA leadership team and moderators did a spectacular job planning such a moving conference. I already cannot wait to see what is in store for this year’s upcoming Winter Conference!

Virtual Conference Materials Now Available Online

Presentations from the Summer 2020 Virtual Conference are now available online. Find them here, or in the Resource Archive.

A final thank you to our sponsors, conference planning committee, and moderators who helped make the Summer 2020 Virtual Conference a success! If you have suggestions for future conference topics or are interested in helping with a future conference, please reach out to us by emailing conference@nclgba.org.

Sponsor Spotlight: Summer 2020 Virtual Conference Sponsors

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NCLGBA recently held our first ever virtual conference. The virtual event provided an exciting opportunity to still bring high-quality content to our members, even though we couldn’t gather in the same place. One of the factors that made the virtual conference a success was the generosity of our sponsors. Check them out below. Thank you again for your support of NCLGBA!

Summer 2020 Virtual Conference Sponsor Information

Presenting/Title Sponsors

Questica (Handouts) (Video)

Debt Book (Flyer) (Video)

Governor’s Commission

Oracle (Handouts) (Video)

Legislative Committee

ADW Architects (Flyer) (Video)

Mark III Employee Benefits (Video)

LGFCU (Handouts)

In-Kind

Public Input

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Budget and Evaluation Analyst, City of Fayetteville (closes 7/24/20)

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Closing:  July 24, 2020
Hiring Range:  $52,824 – $67,917 annually

Description

The City of Fayetteville is currently recruiting for a Budget and Evaluation Analyst to perform complex research and analytical duties in the preparation, communication and execution of the City’s operating and capital improvement budgets, financial planning, financial evaluation of programs, and special research projects.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Participate in the annual budget process, including conferring with assigned departments in the preparation of their expenditure budget requests; analyzing funding requests; preparing expenditure projections; preparing revenue projections; coordinating and reviewing entry of requests in the financial system; preparing reports and budget summaries; attending budget meetings; preparing and reviewing assigned sections of the budget document; assisting with responses to budget inquiries.
  • Participate in the development of the capital improvement and information technology plans, including the review of project submissions for accuracy; assisting with the development of a funding plan.
  • Monitor and analyze revenues and expenditures for alignment with adopted operating budgets; consult with departments and Finance to develop corrective measures as necessary; evaluate budget revision requests; advise departments and executive management on requests for supplemental appropriations.
  • Assist departments with ad hoc analysis reviews, budgetary questions and reporting.
  • Prepare budget, special revenue and capital project ordinances and amendments for submission in the Council agenda, including preparation of associated Council action memoranda; maintain ordinance log and book; prepare journal entries to record budget ordinance amendments; coordinate implementation of special revenue and capital project fund ordinance actions with Finance department staff.
  • Participate in the evaluation of service delivery plans, including combining quantitative and qualitative data to study fees for services, cost effectiveness of programs and process improvement studies.
  • Provide confirmation of budgeted expenditures as required for Finance department pre-audit of contracts.
  • Compose, compile, prepare, review and present various reports, correspondence and documents of findings and results; maintain related records and files.
  • Assist with provision of budget process and practices training for staff in other departments.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for the department; identify resource needs; recommend policies and procedures.

Qualifications

Experience

Four years increasingly responsible experience in public administration, business administration, financial administration, or a related field, with prior governmental budgeting experience preferred.

Training

Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in accounting, finance, business, public administration or a related field.

Budget and Performance Analyst, Cabarrus County (closes 7/24/20)

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Closing:  July 24, 2020
Hiring Range:  $63,523 – $72,404 annually

Description

Performs advanced professional analysis in the review, evaluation and administration of the County’s overall operations. Conducts studies, prepares and presents senior management level reports providing sufficient detail to support organizational and departmental long-term planning, problem-solving and management actions. Provides professional support in the form of advanced analytical, communication and coordination to the County Departments. Conducts, administers and monitors grant administration with experience in fiscal management of federal, state and local grant awards. Work is performed under general supervision of the Budget and Performance Manager.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead program/process improvement projects, including researching best practices, conducting fact-finding reviews, developing and analyzing alternatives, preparing reports and presenting findings and recommendations to implement sustainable, repeatable and quantifiable business process improvements in order to increase productivity, reduce costs and safeguard County assets.
  • Review all grants for compliance with grant documents and all reporting/reimbursement requirements. Assist departments with seeking grant opportunities and grant approvals from application to award including approval by Board of Commissioners.
  • Support the facilitation of decision-making and issue resolution as required with a broad array of department leaders from across the County.
  • Review and test County policies and procedures to update in a timely manner.
  • Perform special projects by utilizing evaluation processes and systems to extract data; ensure compliance with local, state and federal regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Conduct evaluations of various programs and services and assist with tracking the effectiveness of process improvements.
  • Interact with County departments by corresponding with supervisors and providing feedback and best practice recommendations.
  • Facilitate change by encouraging others to seek opportunities for different and innovative approaches to addressing problems and opportunities.
  • Attend meetings of departments and managerial staff.
  • Make presentations to the executive staff and Board on assigned projects.
  • Perform related tasks as required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

A successful candidate will have the ability to problem-solve and analyze complex processes, operations and data; demonstrate the ability to think and communicate strategically with exceptional analytical skills with high attention to detail and accuracy; ability to clearly and concisely communicate verbally and in written format with all levels of staff and management; strong ability to clearly convey information and ideas through a variety of media including presentations to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message; demonstrate the ability to facilitate the implementation and acceptance of change within the workplace; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and effectively collaborate with all levels of staff and management; ability to work across multiple County departments; demonstrate the ability to take initiative including taking prompt action to accomplish objectives; take action to achieve goals beyond what is required; be proactive; experience planning and managing strategic initiatives; proven program and project management skills and experience; demonstrate the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously;  proficient in Microsoft Office Suite; ability to work independently with minimal supervision; perform complex research. Considerable knowledge of accounting, financial management, budgeting and of laws and regulations pertaining to government, including knowledge of federal, state and local grant law and grant administration with experience in grant writing.

Education and Experience

Requires a bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business, public administration or related field with a minimum of three years’ experience in a similar role. Master’s in Public Administration degree and experience in local government is strongly preferred. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Process Improvement & Strategy Manager, Gaston County (closes 6/26/2020)

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Closing:  June 26, 2020
Salary:  $62,231 – $99,570 annually

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collects, organizes, and analyzes quantitative and qualitative data to analyze needs and/or to facilitate program and process evaluation; employs a variety of research and data analytic methods to analyze and evaluate data; develops and reports recommendations; and ensures data-gathering deliverables are met.
  • Designs evaluations to assess new initiatives; evaluates outcomes and performance; recommends corrective action; ensures effective and appropriate tools, methods, and systems are used to monitor performance.
  • Produces technical and general reports, articles, graphics, dashboards, and/or other layouts for documents to present information and facilitate data-driven decision making; and reviews technical articles and other documentation to identify and align stakeholder insights with offered solutions.
  • Serves as a subject matter expert and project manager for highly visible and complex County projects and public policy initiatives, sponsored by the County Manager’s Office.
  • Performs and coordinates research studies, and leads projects; supports public policy, civic engagement, and service delivery initiatives; reviews, evaluates, and develops metrics; provides training as assigned.
  • Leading cross-functional process improvement studies and teams in developing and refining systems and processes.
  • Leading cost/benefit analysis and methodology studies.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrate the ability to drive teams in reducing waste and improving efficiency.
  • Work history of achieving results through implementation of large-scale projects and value-added change.
  • Strong project management and analytical/problem solving skills in scoping and analyzing cross-functional problems and generate/implement effective solutions.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office software and related programs.
  • Solid understanding of business processes and system wide thinking.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication, facilitation and interpersonal skills.
  • Working knowledge of continuous improvement concepts.
  • Experience in using process improvement tools and basic techniques.
  • Understanding and experience utilizing Lean and Six Sigma methodology.
  • Must have the ability to prioritize multiple ongoing projects at one time.

Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree and minimum 2 years of related experience.

Budget Management Analyst II, City of Alexandria, VA (closes 6/28/20)

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Closing:  June 28, 2020
Salary:  $62,657.92 – $79,272.44 annually

Description

The Budget Management Analyst II (Mid-level) position performs a wide variety of budget and management analysis work for their portfolio of departments and agencies.  The work performed is fast-paced and often time-sensitive.  A significant aspect of the work involves performing fiscal analysis and producing annual operating and capital budget documents.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assists departments in developing budgets, and reviews departmental budget submissions;
  • Monitors departmental operating budget expenditures to include expenditure and revenue projections;
  • Writes, develops, recommends and interprets financial policies;
  • Prepares summaries, analysis and recommendations on budgetary requests and programs;
  • Analyzes and recommends reductions, increases and alternative methods for meeting departmental and budget goals;
  • Researches and writes memoranda and management analysis regarding policies, procedures, budget items and capital improvement projects as directed, and prepares charts, graphs and statistical tables to aid in the presentation and consideration of the budget and programs;
  • Makes detailed projections and analysis of City revenues/expenditures and monitors revenue and expenditure trends for budget and cash flow impact;
  • Attends City Council work sessions and public meetings, as needed, to answer questions and justify recommendations;
  • Answers procedure and policy questions from departments;
  • Uses intermediate and/or advanced features of Microsoft products, such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel and SharePoint;
  • Participates and assists in the design, implementation, and installation of new and revised programs, systems, procedures, methods of operation, and forms;
  • Reviews and monitors federal and state grant funds;
  • Provides leadership, training and direction to less experienced analysts; and
  • Performs related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The ideal candidate will have strong analytical skills, possess outstanding multi-tasking abilities and bring a variety of technology related talents (ERP experience, Excel, Powerpoint, SharePoint).  Some previous work with budgeting and analysis is preferred.

Qualifications

Minimum

To minimally qualify for the Budget Management Analyst II (mid-level) you must possess a bachelor’s degree and three (3) years of experience in budget and management analysis; or an equivalent combination of education, experience and training.

Preferred

To be considered an ideal candidate, applicants will possess the above as well as a Master’s degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Finance or a directly related field of study, experience in budget and management analysis in a municipal or other government environment, advanced skill level in Microsoft Excel, experience working with a financial Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system (ex. Tyler Munis), possess a process improvement and/or project management certification, experience building complex financial models, and experience in budgeting for capital projects or long-term assets.

Finance Officer (part-time), Village of Marvin (closes 7/1/2020)

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Closing:  July 1, 2020
Salary:  $42,000 annually

Description

The Village of Marvin is seeking a highly motivated, self-directed, and experienced Finance Officer. The Finance Officer reports to the Manager and works in partnership with all Village departments to provide financial leadership. The Finance Officer is responsible for effective administration and management of the Village’s financial planning, reporting, audit, cash flow management, general accounting functions, fixed asset inventory, capital projects, and financial data. This position works closely with the Manager and Council on financial policies and prepares, analyzes, and monitors the Village’s operating and capital budgets.

Qualifications

Working knowledge of QuickBooks and/or governmental accounting software required. Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college in accounting, finance, business administration or a related field; and two (2) years of professional experience in accounting and budgeting in a comparable size organization. Preference given to candidates with North Carolina municipal experience.

Finance Director, Town of Holly Springs (open until filled)

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Closing:  Open until filled; priority to applications received by June 26, 2020
Salary Range:  Commensurate with experience

Description 

The Town of Holly Springs seeks an innovative, collaborative, and knowledgeable professional in local government finance who can elevate the Town’s financial business processes, policies, use of technology, and guide town-wide financial practices in a fast-growing community. The projected Fiscal Year 2020-21 total town budget is $68 million and includes the General Fund, Utilities, Stormwater, and other capital and grant funds. The Finance Director is a key member of the Town’s senior leadership team and reports directly to the Town Manager.

Duties and Responsibilities 

The Finance Director is responsible for the management and oversight of all Town finance activities and functions including financial planning, preparing analysis and projections, cash flow management, disbursement and accounting of revenues and expenditures, monitoring and administering the budget, accounting, purchasing, contracts, fixed assets, debt management, financial reporting, revenue collections, billing and payroll operations, audit, grant administration, and the efficient operation of all aspects of the Finance Department.  The Finance Director is also actively involved in project management and community infrastructure planning, strategic planning and performance management.  Experience in managing personnel is also key to success in the position as there are 17 staff in the department.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

The ideal candidate is someone who works collaboratively with others; promotes accountability and transparency; exhibits the highest level of professionalism and integrity; values engagement and relationship building; has a reputation of motivating colleagues and building a strong team environment; and provides a collaborative and strategic approach to managing the fiscal affairs of the Town.

Education and Experience 

Position requires a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in accounting, finance, or directly related field with at least five (5) years of progressively responsible management and supervisory experience in accounting and financial management for a governmental agency or other large entity. Experience handling municipal finances and certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and/or Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree is strongly preferred.  Certified Government Finance certification or Certified Government Finance Officer (CGFO) preferred or the ability to obtain in a reasonable period of time.