Budget Analyst, Buncombe County (closes 11/30/20)

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Closing: 11/30/2020 11:59 PM Eastern
Hiring Range:  $65,580 – $86,893 annually

Job Description:

The Budget Analyst I performs highly analytical professional-level work with responsibility for budgeting functions.

The position applies knowledge of the theory and practice of recording, classifying, examining, and analyzing data and records of financial transactions as they relate to budgeting activities.  This position provides oversight and support in the execution of the budget.  It examines budgets and expenditures for compliance with applicable County policies, state budget rules, legislative intent, and federal and state laws.  Individuals in this position provide consultation, technical assistance, and coordination in the preparation and execution of the operating and project budgets that may utilize multiple funding sources. The position completes or evaluates methodologies used in the preparation of budget or program spending forecasts and provides technical assistance to improve the accuracy of projections.  The individual evaluates program, policy, and rule changes to determine fiscal and program impact and assures compliance with federal and state requirements.  A high degree of professional technical knowledge and analytical skills are utilized to assure that County program goals and outcomes are effectively supported.

Essential Functions:

  • Assist in planning and implementing procedures for developing and monitoring budgets for the County.
  • Collect and analyze budgetary and related fiscal data concerning departmental operations.
  • Advise and assist department heads in the development of budget requests.
  • Analyze operating and capital outlay budget requests submitted by individual departments, and make recommendations to County Management/Budget Director or others as appropriate, concerning revision or adoption of departments’ budget requests; prepare and presents written and oral presentations of findings and recommendations.
  • Review, analyze, and monitor assigned departments’ budgets, ensuring compliance with established policies and procedures, and assisting with budget transfers and budget amendments, as necessary.
  • Conduct analytical studies, individually or as member of a team, utilizing expertise in financial and budgetary areas; prepares and presents oral or written reports on findings and recommendations for improvements, as appropriate.
  • Conduct special management studies as assigned and presents findings and recommendations.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in business administration, public administration, accounting or related field and two (2) years of experience preferably including experience in accounting or budgeting; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Additional Experience: Advanced skill level in Microsoft Excel is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting and budgetary principles and ability to keep current with developments and trends.
  • Ability to solve a variety of problems that require the examination of data and processes to determine the best course(s) of action.
  • Thorough knowledge of applicable information technology to perform budget duties. May require ability to develop and implement system changes.   
  • Ability to monitor and collect data and to assess the accuracy and integrity of data; Ability to analyze complex data.
  • Ability to ensure compliance with applicable standards, rules, regulations, and systems of internal control.
  • Ability to interpret and evaluate results, prepare documentation, and create financial and budget reports and/or presentations.
  • Ability to independently resolve and/or develop recommendations for unprecedented, complex issues and problems.
  • Ability to serve as a resource for others in resolving unprecedented, non-standard issues and problems.
  • Ability to anticipate problems and develop recommendations for management resolution; Ability to consider impact on productivity and service delivery; Ability to consider short and long term impact of decisions.
  • Ability to understand client programs, organization and culture.
  • Ability to present appropriate issues to internal management, external partners and periodically Board of Commissioners.

Supplemental Information:

Buncombe County Government realizes the importance of a diverse professional workforce and the need to foster a responsive and innovative organizational culture, one that fully engages all of our employees, honoring and building on each employee’s unique experiences, opinions, and perspective.

It is the policy of Buncombe County to provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, age, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other legally protected class under federal or NC State law. In addition the Agency expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment or discrimination.

Applicants for employment are invited to participate in the affirmative action program by reporting their status as a protected veteran or other minority. In extending this invitation, we advise you that: (a) workers (applicants) are under no obligation to respond but may do so in the future if they choose; (b) responses will remain confidential within the human resource department; and (c) responses will be used only for the necessary information to include in our affirmative action program. We are a company that values diversity. We actively encourage women, minorities, veterans and disabled employees to apply. Refusal to provide this information will have no bearing on your application and will not subject you to any adverse treatment.