Budget Analyst, City of Raleigh (closes 1/11/17)

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Closing: January 11, 2017
Salary Range: $47,124-86,222 Annually

The City of Raleigh is seeking a full-time Budget Analyst within the Budget and Management Services Department. This is a professional position working independently to develop and manage the annual operating and multi-year capital plan, support the City’s strategic planning efforts, manage special projects, and contribute to policy discussions.
Department staff have a rich variety of assignments. We work closely with the City Manager, and Assistant City Managers, to set budget priorities, respond to City Council questions, and facilitate consensus-building among stakeholders. We work directly on major projects, such new business planning processes, departmental reorganizations, and regional planning efforts. Analysts also work with City departments to prioritize needs, resolve challenges, and plan service improvements.
The Budget and Management Services department offers flexible work schedules, including scheduled telework days. We strive to match assignments with employee interests and growth opportunities. This is an exciting time of transition for our department. In recent months, we implemented a new budget and planning software system (Hyperion), advanced our strategic planning and performance measurement efforts, and adapted our operations to support the City Manager’s organizational goals.

The City’s total compensation package, including salary, health plan, and other benefits, is highly competitive. To learn more about the City, visit the City of Raleigh website at www.raleighnc.gov.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work with assigned departments to identify, analyze, and prioritize operational needs, and evaluate those needs during the budget cycle.
  • Work with new Engineering Services department and other departments to manage and plan capital projects, and forecast operating impacts of opening new facilities.
  • Support the City’s strategic plan by helping departments collect data, refine performance measures, and communicate results to senior management
  • Prepare communications, including memoranda, presentations, and talking points, to help senior management debate policy choices.
  • Assist department staff with crafting clear, concise agenda materials for City Council.
  • Contribute to the implementation of a new budget and planning software system
  • Provides professional consultation and guidance to departments by:
    o    Reviewing budgets and long range financial and strategic plans including staffing, expense and revenue projections;
    o    Recommending approaches for linking strategic objectives to performance targets; and
    o    Identifying opportunities of cost savings/cost avoidance

Typical Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree in public administration, public policy, business administration, or a related field.  A master’s degree in public administration, public policy, business administration, or related field is desirable and may be substituted for experience.
  • At least three years of progressively responsible experience working in public finance or budget administration. Applicants may substitute additional relevant education for the required experience.
  • Advanced proficiency using:
    • Budget planning software systems and analytical tools;
    • Microsoft Excel, to create tables and graphs for management discussions, conduct analysis, and develop analytic models.
    • Word and PowerPoint to persuasively and effectively communicate context, issues, and recommendations.

The ideal candidate will have experience:

  • Articulating policy recommendations that well define the issue or problem; provide viable options; and present sound analysis justifying the recommended action/policy direction.
  • Resolving complex issues involving multiple stakeholders or views, using independent judgment and tact in the workplace; and
  • Planning, initiating and managing complex projects simultaneously;
  • Communicating effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Developing and analyzing capital improvement programs and complex operating budgets, performing quantitative analysis, researching and preparing reports, reviewing and interpreting statistical information;
  • Performing complex financial analysis to include rate modeling, multi-year budget projections and personnel cost projections;
  • The ideal candidate will demonstrate:
  • Ability to work independently and establish effective working relationships with employees at every level of the organization.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate with others who have differing perspectives and viewpoints.
  • Attention to detail when developing written products and analyzing issues.
  • Time management skills, and comfort working with specified deadlines and expected outcomes.
  •  Strong communications skills, including developing summaries, presentations, memoranda, and handouts.
  •  Knowledge of local government financial and management concepts, such as fund accounting, indirect cost allocation, program evaluation, strategic planning, performance measurement, personnel compensation and benefits, risk management, etc.
  • Strong financial and data analysis skills and ability to format and present findings in ways that promote broad understanding