Closing: January 3, 2016
Hiring Salary: $51,955-$92,291 Annually
This is a responsible professional position working independently at an advanced level to develop and maintain the annual operating and multi-year capital budgets, support strategic plan implementation and performance measurement efforts, and evaluate city programs. In addition to the work of a budget analyst (managing operating and capital budgets, utilizing the ERP system, conducting financial and statistical analysis, recommending actions), the Senior Analyst will lead complex, and often politically sensitive, program evaluation and special research projects, requiring considerable independent professional judgment and initiative. Work involves significant contact and collaboration with City departments and City management, and requires the exercise of emotional intelligence and tact, particularly when leading efforts of a sensitive nature. The Senior Analyst will be responsible for training new Budget Analysts on the City’s method of budget development and management and the relevant technology systems. Senior Analyst may act in the absence of the Operating Budget or Capital Budget Managers.
- Independently 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
- Manages projects that are complex, cross-departmental, and have significant financial impacts, with minimal guidance.
- Recommends strategies for balancing the budget to the City Manager.
- Interacts regularly with internal departments, senior management staff, Assistant City Managers, City Manager, City Council and public.
- Trains and mentors budget analysts and interns. May formally supervise part-time, temporary and intern staff.
- Collects and analyzes data from departments for benchmarking with comparable communities.
Education: A Bachelor’s degree in public administration, public policy, business administration, or a related field. A master’s degree in public administration, public policy, business administration, or related field is desirable and may be substituted for experience.
Experience: At least five years of progressively responsible experience working in public finance or budget administration. Applicants may substitute additional relevant education for the required experience.
Computer Skills: Advanced proficiency using:
- Budget planning software systems and analytical tools. Experience with PeopleSoft Financials, HCM and Hyperion are preferred;
- Microsoft Excel to conduct analysis, develop analytic models and to present results
- Word and PowerPoint to persuasively and effectively communicate context, issues, and recommendations.
The ideal candidate will have experience:
- 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 projections;
- Planning, initiating and managing complex projects simultaneously;
- Communicating effectively, both orally and in writing;
- Leading teams;
- Resolving complex issues involving multiple stakeholders or views, using independent judgment and tact in the workplace; and
- Articulating policy recommendations that well define the issue or problem; provide viable options; and present sound analysis justifying the recommended action/policy direction.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate:
- Knowledge of local government financial and management concepts, including fund accounting, indirect cost allocation, program evaluation, strategic planning, performance measurement, personnel compensation and benefits, risk management, etc.;
- Strong financial and data analysis skills and ability to format and present findings in ways that promote broad understanding;
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate with others who have differing perspectives and viewpoints;
- Excellent presentation; effective writing, planning, and time management skills;
- Ability to work independently and establish effective working relationships with employees at every level of the organization; and
- Ability to be innovative and resourceful.