Management & Budget Intern, Wake County (closes 2/10/20)

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Closing:  February 10, 2020
Hiring Range:  $15.00 per hour, 20 hours per week

Description

In the summer of 2020, Wake will be upgrading its budget development software just after upgrading the Accounting and Human Resources systems in the spring. There will be significant opportunities to develop core analytical skills – data validation techniques; process improvement reviews; financial, personnel and performance reporting; etc.

Prior interns have

  • Lead and facilitated special projects
  • Prepared management and discussion analysis for the CAFR.
  • Conducted analysis to optimize the financial chart of accounts
  • Created tools to streamline budget development and management
  • Rewritten the department budget development guidance (aka, the Budget Manual)
  • Researched best practices in performance management, GFOA budget documents, etc.

Responsibilities

Assist with Board work-sessions, public hearings, year end close out, budget upload to the financial system, contract review, pre-audit, business planning and financial forecasting. All summer interns are invited to attend site tours to learn about diverse County operations, including the jail, animal shelter, fire training center, landfill, EMS, crime scene investigation, etc.

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.

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.

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.

Education and Experience

Graduate student in a Master’s degree program in Public Administration or Public Policy.