Budget & Management Analyst or Senior Budget & Management Analyst, Wake County (closes 9/1/21)

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Closing: 9/1/2021 7:00pm EST
Hiring Range: $68,180 – $85,000 annually

Job Description:

Wake County Budget and Management Services values leadership, collaboration, innovation, adaptability, accountability, and curiosity. Our team members are our most valuable asset, and we treat them as such with competitive salaries, leadership opportunities, and investment in professional development. Budget and Management Services has the responsibility of providing accurate, timely, and well-researched information and guidance to the Board of Commissioners and the County Manager resulting in the annual budget for all Wake County Government services. Also, staff advise departments of their financial condition and respond to budget, performance, policy, and program evaluation requests.

Our team’s hard work and dedication paid off this past June, when the Wake County Board of Commissioners adopted a $2.1 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2022, which runs from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. The budget not only addresses needs for the citizens of Wake County, it also supports the employees who work every day to make Wake County the home of the best cities to live, work, and play.

If you want to be a part of a dynamic team to improve the lives of the 1 million plus people who call Wake County home, then this might be the opportunity you’ve been looking for. We are looking for a motivated and talented professional to join our team as a Budget and Management Analyst or Senior Budget Management Analyst, depending on the qualifications of the successful applicant. BMS staff collaborate with departments to develop, evaluate, and analyze county operating and capital budgets, lead and serve on county-wide special projects, and help effectively communicate information throughout the organization. The Senior Analyst classification reflects a higher level of responsibility, expertise and leadership for organization-wide analyses and projects.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Budget and Management Services is looking for more than a number cruncher. We are seeking a team player who can collaborate with others to help build a budget strategically allocating our resources to achieve the key outcomes for our fast-growing county, which is the largest in North Carolina. A passion for public service is essential and an ability to excel with Excel is required, too.

  • Manage a portfolio of assignments consisting of a combination of operating departments, capital programs, special revenue, enterprise funds, and serve as functional leads. Assignments will include department budgets with diverse and evolving funding streams. It may require complex financial modeling and performance evaluation, involve collaboration with elected or board-appointed department leadership and assignments with critical outward-facing coordination, communication, and presentations with external agencies.
  • Provide management consulting and analysis to the County Manager’s Office and departments
  • Assist departments in achieving goals and objectives by providing programmatic counsel and analytical support
  • Assist in developing the County’s annual operating and capital budgets
  • Use budget software to capture and evaluate requests. Manipulate data and develop a command of the Financial, Budgeting and Human Resources ERP system, as well as other systems
  • Evaluate funding and program requests, develop alternatives in collaboration with department staff, and recommend prioritized strategic options
  • Develop and monitor revenue and expenditure projections
  • Monitor budgets throughout the fiscal year, working with County departments, outside agencies, etc., to ensure funds are used in alignment with established goals, guidelines, and strategies. Review and execute budget adjustments, contract approvals, and position authorization actions in accordance with organizational policy.
  • Support the County Manager’s Office and departments in strategic communications. Work with Budget team to draft budget message, publications, Board work session materials, Board agenda items, and other strategic communications.
  • Serve on master planning, County-wide policy planning, RFP development committees, among others. Lead or provide staff support to investigate county-wide issues.
  • Coordinate and conduct special projects

Qualifications:

The Basics (Required Education and Experience)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Public Administration or related field
  • Four years of experience in financial, budgeting, management or policy analysis
  • Equivalent education and/or experience is accepted

Beyond the Basics (Preferred Education and Experience)

  • Master’s degree in Public Administration, Public Policy or Business Administration
  • Two years of experience working as a Budget Analyst in a centralized local, state or federal government budget or finance department or City or County Manager’s Office

NOTE: This vacancy may be filled as either a Senior Budget & Management Analyst or as a Budget & Management Analyst based on the applicant pool.
Senior Budget & Management Analyst requires a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Public Administration or related field and four years of experience in financial, budgeting, management or policy analysis. Hiring range is $68,180 – $85,000.
Budget & Management Analyst requires a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Public Administration or related field and two years of experience in financial, budgeting, management or policy analysis. Hiring range is $61,480 – $70,000.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Teamwork and Interpersonal Skills – Ability to actively participate as a team member to achieve goals; with Budget and Management Services, Wake County government and external partners. Ability to build and to maintain ongoing, collaborative relationships with others to achieve continuous incremental improvement toward shared outcomes.
  • Customer Focus – Ability to assess options transparently and to collaborate with candor with stakeholders. Optimize solutions to balance citizen, Board and county executive interests.
  • Communication – Ability to convey information clearly and concisely to various audiences – from large groups to individuals – both verbally and in writing, ensuring they understand the information and the message intent. Ability to listen actively and respectfully, to confirm mutual understanding, and to respond appropriately. Willingness to ask for assistance and clarification.
  • Personal Accountability – Ability to be relied on to ensure deliverables are completed on time and as communicated. Ability to monitor programs and activities independently and to recognize when your work impacts others. Ability to manage routine activities with little supervision.
  • Project Management – Ability to establish and carry out a timeline of tasks to accomplish an intended outcome and timeline. Ability to ensure actions are performed to achieve intended project results.
  • Flexibility – Agility in adapting to change. Resilience and persistence to continue to adapt in a high-growth environment. Ability to adjust course when provided feedback or circumstances change. Ability to triage priorities when responding to multiple deadlines. Problem Solving – Ability to identify problems, determine appropriate and possible solutions, and actively works to resolve the issues.