Senior Budget & Management Analyst, City of Raleigh (closes 10/27/17)

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Closing: October 27, 2017
Salary Range: $65,000 – $80,000 annually

The City of Raleigh is seeking a full-time Senior Budget and Management 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 and business planning efforts, manage special projects, and contribute to policy discussions.

Department staff have a rich variety of assignments and work closely with the City Manager, and Assistant City Managers, to set budget priorities, respond to City Council questions, manage one of six strategic plan key focus areas, and facilitate consensus-building among stakeholders. We work directly on major projects, such as new business planning processes, departmental reorganizations, and regional planning efforts. Analysts manage a portfolio of assignments, including operating departments and capital programs, enterprise and internal service funds, strategic planning and performance management initiatives, and special project management. Analysts also work directly with City departments to prioritize needs, resolve challenges, and plan service improvements.

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


Identifies the need for and performs complex analytical, quantitative and managerial work in the:

  • Preparation and development of annual operating and capital budgets;
  • Implementation and control of current operating and capital revenues and expenditures;
  • Analysis and evaluation of policy and management issues; and
  • Evaluation and measurement of the performance of City programs and strategic goals.

Provides professional consultation and guidance to departments by:

  • Reviewing budgets and long range financial and strategic plans including staffing, expense and revenue projections.
  • Recommending approaches for linking strategic objectives to performance targets; and
  • Identifying opportunities of cost savings/cost avoidance.

Work with assigned departments to identify, analyze, and prioritize operational needs, and evaluate those needs during the budget cycle.
Manages projects that are complex, cross-departmental, and have significant financial impacts, with minimal guidance.
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.

Education and Experience

A Bachelor’s degree in public administration, public policy, business administration, or a related field and five years of professional experience in financial, budget, management, or policy analysis.  A master’s degree in public administration, public policy, business administration, or related field is desirable and may be substituted for experience.


An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above, unless otherwise subject to any other requirements set forth in law or regulation.

Knowledge of:

  • Local government financial and management concepts, such as fund accounting, indirect cost allocation, program evaluation, strategic planning,
  • Principles and practices of program administration and management.
  • Principles and methods of qualitative and quantitative research.
  • Principles and applications of critical thinking and analysis.
  • Best practices, trends and emerging technologies.
  • Principles and techniques of effective oral presentations.
  • Project management principles.
  • Modern budget practices.
  • Applicable federal, state and local laws, codes, regulations.
  • Customer service principles.
  • Budget planning software systems and analytical tools.
  • Microsoft Office suite.

Skill in:

  • 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.
  • Planning, initiating and managing complex projects simultaneously.
  • Communicating effectively, both orally and in writing, including developing summaries, presentations, memoranda, and handouts.
  • 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.
  • Exercising political acumen, tact and diplomacy.
  • Working effectively under pressure, with multiple deadlines and changing priorities.
  • Authoring and preparing original reports, documents and presentations.
  • Facilitating group discussions and building consensus using persuasive reasoning.
  • Providing customer service.
  • Working independently and establishing effective working relationships with employees at every level of the organization.
  • Collaborating with others who have differing perspectives and viewpoints.
  • Analyzing programs and policies, synthesizing information, and presenting sound recommendations to executive staff.