Budget Analyst/Senior Budget Analyst, City of Asheville (closes 8/15/21)

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Closing: 8/15/2021 11:59pm EST
Salary Range: $57,636 – $91,312 annually

Job Description:

The City of Asheville’s Finance Department is seeking a motivated and talented team member to support the management and development of the city’s capital and operating budgets.  This is a professional position requiring strong analytical ability, effective communication skills and a penchant for collaboration. The position will provide professional budgetary support to departments, complete financial and economic research, provide analytical and forecasting support and conduct technical analytical work. Budget Division staff work as a team to support city initiatives and goals, including ongoing work to integrate equity, sustainability, performance management, and community engagement into the budget process.

The ideal candidate will have experience in governmental budgeting, management analysis or consulting and possess a bachelor’s degree in public administration, public policy, and/or business administration. Must be a self-starter, strong communicator, flexible, customer-focused, skilled in problem-solving and project management, and have the ability to work collaboratively.

Candidates will be considered for the Senior Budget Analyst grade based on their years of experience and demonstrated ability to perform more advanced analysis. The Senior Budget Analyst will also be expected to independently lead high-profile, complex projects in collaboration with senior-level city staff and management.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Working with departments to identify, analyze, prioritize and evaluate needs.
  • Providing professional consultation and guidance to departments in formulating budget requests, estimating costs, and projecting revenues.
  • Developing recommendations in response to questions from directors, city management, and City Council by analyzing financial, staffing and other data.
  • Supporting significant interdepartmental projects and plans by assessing financial and organizational impact.
  • Gathering and analyzing information for annual projects, including data for benchmarking, changes to fees and charges, and the cost allocation plan.
  • Reviewing departmental and capital project budgets during the fiscal year, including requests for budget revisions and amendments.
  • Developing and preparing internal and external reporting, including budget documents, presentations, staff reports and other publicly available information about city services and projects.
  • Manipulates data and develops a command of the Financial, Budgeting and Human Resources ERP systems, as well as other systems.
  • Conducts analysis to identify and recommend process improvements, prepare reports on administrative and financial issues, provide recommendations on program design, development and implementation.
  • Uses analysis of internal and external trends, pressures and changes to forecast revenues and expenses over the short, medium and long range; develop models for analysis with multiple variables.
  • Independently coordinates and conducts special projects to recommend prioritized strategic options in collaboration with Department staff.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge:

  • Local government financial and management concepts, including fund accounting, indirect cost allocation, program evaluation, strategic planning, performance measurement, personnel compensation and benefits, etc.

Skills:

  • Communicating effectively, including developing presentations, memoranda and summaries of complex data.
  • Analyzing programs and policies, synthesizing information, and presenting sound recommendations to management.
  • Providing complex financial analysis including debt modeling, multi-year budget projections and personnel cost projections.
  • Customer service to support departmental partners, management, elected officials, boards and commissions, and the public.

Abilities:

  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with employees at every level of the organization, including collaborating with others from across the organization to assess options and optimize solutions.
  • Plan, initiate and manage complex projects simultaneously.
  • Clearly and concisely articulate policy recommendations based on advanced research of organizational policies, procedures, best practices and innovative techniques.
  • Work independently with limited supervision, delivering work products on time and meeting expected outcomes.
  • Conduct advanced research on organizational policies and procedures, best practices and innovative techniques.
  • Resolve complex issues involving multiple stakeholders or views, using independent judgment and tact in the workplace.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public administration, public policy, business administration or a related field.
  • One (1) to three (3) years of professional experience in governmental budgeting, management analysis and consulting for the Budget Analyst Position.
  • Three (3) to five (5) years of professional experience in governmental budgeting, management analysis and consulting for the Senior Analyst Position.
  • A Master’s degree in public administration, public policy, business administration, or related field is desirable and may be substituted for experience.

Applicants with equivalent experience and/or education may be considered.