Fiscal Analyst I, NC General Assembly (closes 2/27/20)

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Closing:  February 27, 2020
Salary 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

To meet the duties outlined above, candidates should be flexible, highly-motivated thinkers and communicators. In addition, the following specific attributes are sought:

  • 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.

Management prefers individuals who are:

  • 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

Qualifications

Education & Experience

We will only consider candidates with either:

  • 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 2020 are encouraged to apply, provided that they meet all other requirements.

Public Policy Background

Candidates are expected to have a working knowledge of government functions and experience performing programmatic analyses.

Computer Skills

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate Microsoft Excel and Word proficiency in any potential in-person interview.

Human Resources Business Manager, Wake County (open until filled, first round review 2/13/20)

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Closing:  Open until filled; first round review February 13, 2020
Hiring Range:  $78,410 – $109,770 annually

Description

Wake County invites candidates to apply for a newly created Human Resources Department Business Manager position. Through strategic partnership with County leadership, the Human Resources Department provides collaborative, innovative human resource programs and services that are customer-driven and results-oriented. With 38 full-time employees and an annual operating and benefits budget of $52 million, the Human Resources Department manages a variety of services, including:

  • Benefits Administration;
  • Employee Wellness;
  • Talent Acquisition and Compensation;
  • Employee Relations and Staff Development;
  • Human Resource Information Systems; and
  • Payroll.

This position will plan and oversee the contracts, budgeting and financial operations for the Human Resources Department and Health Insurance Benefits and Wellness budgets. Duties include: contract development and monitoring while ensuring compliance with regulations and provisions; expenditure and revenue monitoring; data analysis, forecasting and metric management; project planning and management; request-for-proposal development and management; vendor management; accounts payable encumbrance management; budget validation and administration; and assisting with business plan development.

Additionally, the HR Business Manager will provide short and long-term budget forecasts and budget planning. This position is also responsible for ensuring that staff have the infrastructure and resources (space, equipment, supplies, etc.) necessary to optimally perform their jobs within the available budget and County guidelines. The position works with the HR Director in the development and analysis of metrics to measure productivity of department operations. This position supervises the fiscal and business functions of the department while providing oversight and guidance to the department Office Assistant.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Monitors expenditures and revenue budgets while ensuring expenditures do not exceed budget authority
  • Provides planning, development, coordination, and oversight of departmental contracts while ensuring compliance with County policies
  • Conducts high-level, complex analysis and program evaluation using statistics, data management, benchmarking, survey development and focus groups. Researches best practices of other comparable jurisdictions to establish performance benchmarks related to Human Resource operations.
  • Creates and implements comprehensive project plans ensuring that project deliverables are achieved on time and in line with budgetary guidelines
  • Monitors vendor performance and provides oversight of contract budgets while ensuring services meet contract requirements
  • Partners with the County’s Benefit Consultant to forecast and budget health insurance on a plan year and fiscal year basis and develop employer and employee contribution rates
  • Assists in the preparation and coordination of the annual department budget, benefits and wellness budget, and departmental business plan

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Broad understanding of governmental budgeting, finance and contract practices
  • Ability to gather, investigate, analyze, and evaluate data to make sound recommendations
  • Expert in Excel, pivot tables, statistical analysis and metrics
  • Ability to proactively analyze Human Resource data from various reports
  • Exceptional written, verbal and presentation skills including the ability to communicate and coordinate across all levels of the organization
  • Excellent time management, prioritization, and ability to work under tight deadlines

Education and Experience

Required

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, or Finance.
  • Two years experience in finance, budgeting, policy or management analysis

Preferred

  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Accounting or Finance
  • Financial/budgeting experience working within local, state or federal government

Grants Writer/Manager, Cumberland County (open until filled)

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Closing:  Open until filled
Salary Range:  $51,516 – $65,000 annually

Assigned to the Cumberland County Finance office, this position performs highly complex professional work in the areas of grant writing, maintaining a County-wide inventory of active grants, grant budgeting and tracking, grant analysis and reporting, grant compliance monitoring and periodic auditing of grant programs.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Preparation of proposals, grant applications, and requisite reports; performance of responsible, professional, and administrative work in researching, identifying, developing, and responding to public and private grant opportunities
  • Conduct research on foundations and governmental agencies to identify and evaluate prospects for grant funding.  Responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals
  • Collaborate with departments to gather information necessary for writing compelling and accurate grant proposals.
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of programs and program needs
  • Take a proactive approach in providing leadership and assistance throughout grant application processes
  • Manage timelines and deliverables
  • Research and analyze potential grant funding to determine whether there is a match between the funder’s initiatives and a related County departmental need or potential opportunities for improvements
  • Provide clear communication of proper rules and regulations for approving grants, all specifications, requirements, and objectives across all departments of the organization and management

Grants Management

  • Develop a tracking mechanism/grants inventory system to account for, record, maintain, and report on existing grants and new grant awards within the County
  • Keep the relevant staff informed about upcoming deadlines and deliverables, thereby ensuring smooth completion of work responsibilities
  • Oversee grants to ensure implementation is occurring according to the grant specifications and in the most cost-effective manner while maximizing the grants financial benefits
  • Monitor program budgets and expenditures and communicate with program managers to ensure effectiveness of grants
  • Administer grant records and evaluate financial reports to analyze progress.  Ensure all costs are expended within grant guidelines and within timeframes/deadlines provided
  • Analyze all processes in grants submissions and provide suggestions to enhance grant program entry for efficiencies
  • Monitor and analyze grant budget trends and make recommendations for cost control.  When applicable, make recommendations for future sustainability of programs if/when grant funds are set to expire
  • Accept and complete financial and accounting related projects that may involve independent research and analysis, balancing and preparing reports, training personnel, providing excellent customer service by assisting with inquiries, and/or assisting other departmental personnel with grant reporting assignments; this may involve making recommendations of process improvements to increase efficiencies
  • Perform other duties assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Must have high-level writing and research skills, outstanding written and verbal communication skills, including proofreading
  • Thorough knowledge of the methods, procedures and policies of Cumberland County as such pertains to the performance of the essential duties of the Grants Manager position
  • Thorough knowledge of principles and practices of accounting work to include performing grants management, budget and accounting activities, and financial and grant reporting
  • Working knowledge of the County’s financial systems to include chart of accounts and daily/monthly financial transactions
  • Considerable knowledge of financial systems & have significant knowledge of financial systems to analyze and modify operations
  • Considerable knowledge of the laws, ordinances, standards, and regulations pertaining to the essential duties and responsibilities of the position
  • Considerable knowledge of the organization of the County government, and of related departments and grantor entities
  • Strong interpersonal skills, creativity, and critical thinking
  • Ability to maintain cooperative and effective relationships with intra- and interdepartmental personnel, as well as any external entities with which position interacts
  • Ability to work in collaboration with team members from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures
  • Maintain a high level of confidentiality

Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, accounting, finance or a directly related field and four years of progressively responsible professional level experience to include grants management; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.

Financial Business Manager, City of Asheville (continuous)

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Closing:  Continuous, with weekly review of applications
Salary: $66,000 – $95,000 annually

The City of Asheville is excited to hire a full-time, exempt Financial Business Manager to join the Public Works Department. The purpose of this position is to perform fiscal administrative duties in the management of the department’s finances and financial operations. The ideal candidate will have worked in the government sector managing the business and financial operations, providing excellent customer service to both internal and external stakeholders, have experience with fixed/physical asset management, have grant management experience and have a comprehensive background of financial and budgeting processes.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop, implement, manage and report on the department’s operating and capital project budgets and work-plans; monitor the budget throughout the year to investigate variances, reconcile discrepancies, make adjustments, etc. 
  • Projects and monitors departmental revenues, expenditures and assesses; conducts frequent analysis of budget-to-actual and provides update reports to management. 
  • Manages federal, state, county and local grants by understanding grants, preparing and submitting reimbursements, ensuring reports are submitted on time, maintaining supporting documentation, applying for new grants and coordinate with finance to ensure accurate financial grant reporting. 
  • Manages the department’s logistics, which includes monitoring, managing and providing recommendations regarding departmental equipment, gear, fleet and other fixed and physical assets. 
  • Develops and prepares materials/documents, statistics, reports, presentations and other items for City Council, other departments, boards and commissions and other internal and external entities. 
  • Supervises staff by assigning and reviewing work, conducting performance evaluations and supervising reimbursement of employee expenses. 
  • Conducts research and analysis on various financial, budget and grant related items.   
  • Ensures the department’s financial retention efforts are in compliance with State Retention Policy by maintaining database to track archived items and managing destruction of records. 
  • Attends city and public meetings to answer financial and budgetary questions; attends internal meetings to provide unit updates. 
  • Represents the department on special task forces and committees. 
  • Collaborates with various departments and agencies to coordinate effort and manage projects. 
  • Provides customer service to internal staff and external customers, which includes resolving concerns, attending meetings, participating in work groups, assisting customers as needed, etc.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Comprehensive understanding of the field and application of advanced principles, techniques and theory. 
  • Comprehensive knowledge of governmental finance and budgeting. 
  • General knowledge of grant management and reporting. 
  • General knowledge of asset management, to include fixed and physical assets.
  • Ability to interpret, process and use complex workplace data and graphics with abundant information and/or challenging presentations including detailed charts, tables, graphs and forms and/or complicated diagrams or maps. 
  • Ability to conduct comprehensive research on organizational polices and procedures, best practices and innovative techniques. 
  • Ability to compile data and prepare formal reports or recommendations which may be shared with others, verbally or in writing. 
  • Ability to think creatively for work practices, programs and policies. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written form. 
  • Ability to research program documents and narrative materials, and develop reports from information gathered. 
  • Ability to analyze situations to pinpoint problems and assist with solving problems or identifying sources of obstacles. 
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships as required by work assignments. 
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision. 
  • Ability to analyze and interpret policy and procedural guidelines and to apply this understanding to tasks. 
  • Ability to bring resources together to resolve a problem or provide a solution.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Business Administration, Public Administration or a related field; at least five (5) years of related work experience and at least one (1) year of supervisory experience. 
  • Experience working in a municipal, federal and/or state government is preferred. 
  • Experience managing federal, state, county and local grants preferred.

Finance Director/Town Treasurer, Town of Middleburg, VA (first review 12/16/19)

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Closing: first review of applicants on December 16, 2019; open until filled
Salary: Negotiable based on Experience

Middleburg is a historic community situated in southwestern Loudoun County. The Town is home to approximately 800 residents, who treasure its sense of authentic community and charming, small-Town feel. As the commercial hub for southern Loudoun and northern Fauquier Counties, Middleburg boasts a diverse service, retail, and hospitality-based economy. Examples include the 5-star Salamander Resort & Spa, as well as the Red Fox Inn & Tavern, America’s oldest original Inn. The Bull Run and Blue Ridge mountains create a scenic backdrop that perfectly complement the Town’s charm and warmth you’ll receive. Middleburg has an immediate opening and invites interested candidates to apply as its next Finance Director and Town Treasurer.

Middleburg is a full-service Town government with 15 full-time Town employees, including a 24/7 police force. The annual Town budget is approximately $4.8 million, which includes the general fund and the utility system operations. Meal Tax and Lodging Tax account for 50% of the Town’s General Fund revenues, primarily driven by tourism and visitor spending. The Town is governed by a Mayor and 7 Councilmembers, who also appoint numerous advisory Boards and Committees. The Town Council is focused on thinking and acting strategically, innovation, business enhancement, protecting quality of life, and customer service. Middleburg is embarking on a number of key initiatives, including long-term financial planning, development of a true Capital Improvement Program, and business process improvements. The Town is planning for the construction of a new Town Office building, which will be the largest capital project in the Town’s history.

The Town of Middleburg has an immediate opening for a full-time Finance Director who will also function as the Town Treasurer. The Town is seeking a dynamic leader with a desire to make a positive impact on a historic, tight-knit community. This key leadership position is responsible for financial planning and analysis, budgeting, cash management, accounting and financial reporting, debt management, procurement, and other municipal finance-related tasks. The Finance Director/Treasurer will perform complex professional and administrative work that will consist of developing comprehensive financial strategies and analysis including long-term planning of all Town funds; manage all accounting of taxes, other monies and revenue payable to the Town; prepare monthly financial statements, report the statements to the Council on a monthly basis, and ensure that the Departments are within the authorized budget amounts; prepare biweekly Town payroll, including receipt of employee time sheets and payment of all payroll taxes and insurance premiums; manage the water/sewer accounts, record any changes, and oversee the preparation of
bi-monthly water/sewer bills; implement continuous process improvement by using technology and evaluating business practices. Other crucial areas for the Director will involve developing debt management policies and financial strategies, coordinating and analyzing intergovernmental financial matters, overseeing and supervising the preparation and maintenance of financial and accounting records and files.

Requirements include any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degrees in finance, business administration or a related field. Treasurer certification or training is preferred or for those who desire professional development, support is available to achieve certification(s). A minimum of 3 years of experience in accounting practices and procedures, payroll and benefits management, revenue and accounts payable management is needed. Middleburg uses Southern Software Financial Management System (FMS). Experience with government financial systems and budgeting is strongly preferred. It is highly desirable that the applicant have experience as a Treasurer or Deputy Treasurer with proficiency in word processing, database management, and financial management software.

The hiring salary range is negotiable based on the candidate’s qualifications and experience. Benefits include, but are not limited to, participation in the Virginia Retirement System, vacation and sick leave, group life insurance, medical and dental insurance, professional dues and conference expenses.

This position is open until filled; however, candidates are encouraged to apply by the first review date of December 16, 2019. Following this date, applications will be screened against criteria outlined here. The Town will then review recommended candidates who most closely meet the established criteria

Finance Director, Town of Waxhaw (open until filled)

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Closing: Open Until Filled
Salary: Commensurate with Experience

General Description

Performs complex executive work planning, organizing and directing the financial activities of the Town, and related work as required. Work involves setting financial policies and goals under the direction of the Town Manager. Provides leadership and exercises supervision over department personnel.

Essential Functions / Typical Tasks

Plans, organizes and directs the operations of the Finance Department, including disbursement and accounting of municipal funds, and preparation of monthly, quarterly, and annual reports. Serves as a member of the team, along with the Town Manager in the preparation of the general operating and capital budgets; reviews departmental budget requests for accuracy and justification of resource allocation and expenditures; works with the Manager in directing the formulation of Town financial policies and in the preparation of the annual budget; prepares budget amendments and journal entries.

  • Plans, assigns, and supervises the work of finance department staff
  • Reviews and monitors ongoing administration of budget, monitors revenues and expenditures
  • Performs fiscal analysis, trend analysis, revenue forecasting, debt service planning, capital budgeting and planning, financial reporting, and related financial management tasks
  • Submits periodic statements of financial condition to Town Manager and Board, as directed
  • Meets with department directors to discuss financial issues, oversees maintenance of financial records for each department
  • Reviews budget system and financial conditions and develops methods of improvement
  • Assists auditors during the annual audit of Town financial records; follows up on findings to improve financial systems
  • Maintains a general accounting system for the Town
  • Recommends for approval budget amendments and transfers
  • Manages receipt and investment of Town revenues
  • Performs related tasks as required

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Comprehensive knowledge of general laws and administrative policies governing financial practices and procedures; comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of accounting
and budgeting in government. Must have thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of a local government purchasing system; the practices, methods and laws relating to local government bond financing; ability to evaluate complex financial systems and efficiently formulate and install accounting methods, procedures, forms and records; ability to prepare informative financial reports and develop long range financial plans; ability to plan, organize direct and evaluate the work of subordinate employees; ability

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree with coursework in accounting, finance, or related field and 7-10 years of extensive experience of an increasingly responsible nature in public financial management.
Government accounting experience preferred.

Special Requirements

Possession of Certified Public Accountant designation or ability to obtain.