Closing: 5/31/2021 5:00pm EST
Salary Range: $55,000 – $70,000 annually
The North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management (OSBM) is the primary fiscal and budgetary advisor to the Governor and performs the following duties: 1) Works with senior officials across State government in developing the Governor’s recommended budget, negotiating the State budget with the General Assembly, and certifying the budget as approved by the Legislature; 2) Executes the enacted budget in accordance with the State Budget Act (G.S. 143C),special provisions outlined in Session Law, and other applicable general statutes; 3) Estimates and monitors revenue during the course of the fiscal year in order to insure availability of funds for expenditure by agencies; 4) Provides economic analysis for budget preparation and execution; 5) Controls the allotment of funds for compliance of maintaining a balanced budget; 6) Seeks to improve state government operations by coordinating agency strategic planning, overseeing performance management activities, evaluating program performance, and managing and reporting state data; and 7) Serves as staff and support to the Council of Internal Auditing in its implementation of the NC Internal Audit Act (Article 79, Chapter 143 of the NC General Statutes).
Budget Execution Analysts are primarily responsible for interpreting legislation and other governing language and developing and issuing budget policies and procedures to assist agencies. Budget Execution analysts provides technical assistance and guidance to agencies in carrying out their delegated responsibilities related to budget execution. Budget Execution Analysts also monitor and consider requests to make budget adjustments within the framework of the State Budget Act, other relevant state and federal legislation, and rules and policies.
The role and function of OSBM is to formally certify the legislatively enacted budget and to administer the budget to ensure that appropriations are expended for the purposes for which they were authorized. OSBM provides technical assistance and guidance to agencies in carrying out their delegated responsibilities related to budget execution. G.S. 143C-6-1(a) provides that all appropriations of state funds made to agencies and non-state entities shall only be expended for the purposes for which they were authorized as recommended by the Governor to the General Assembly, as amended and enacted by General Assembly. It further provides that the Governor is responsible for ensuring that appropriations are expended in strict accordance with the budget enacted by the General Assembly. Through the annual budget process, budget analysts become policy experts in their field and play a key role in helping inform North Carolina’s highest-level public policy decisions, the State budget, and legislation.
For the last 40 years, work at OSBM has been high-impact public service. As the primary fiscal advisor to the Governor, staff provide strategic and financial analysis in education, health care, criminal justice, economic development, mental health, environmental regulation, transportation, human services, energy and other public policy areas.
In a typical fiscal year, the State will collect more than $23 billion in taxes from North Carolina citizens and businesses. Through the budget, OSBM ensures the best use of public resources. This mission uniquely positions OSBM as an organization that offers its staff the opportunity to develop professional relationships with a variety of stakeholders across all state agencies and universities.
OSBM recently underwent an organizational restructuring, providing unique leadership and growth opportunities for motivated employees. Further, the Office invests in staff by providing business-solution application training and sponsoring the attendance of statewide and national knowledge-sharing and budget-related conferences. Lastly, telecommuting and flex-time opportunities enable OSBM staff to make a difference, while maintaining a healthy work-life balance and the flexibility to enjoy North Carolina’s high quality of life.
- Assist state agencies with budget implementation and compliance by interpreting statutes and session laws and developing policies to guide agencies.
- Work directly with the State Budget Director and agency leadership on important issues affecting the current year state budget
- Review and approve changes to the budget as enacted by the General Assembly.
- Perform continuous oversight and analysis of agency budgets and expenditures to ensure a balanced budget
- Conduct quarterly reviews with agency leadership to review the agency’s financial condition, discuss fiscal challenges, and identify emerging issues affecting the current year budget
- Analyze historical expenditures and revenues and propose solutions to structural budget shortfalls to ensure that the Base Budget is an accurate spending plan for the upcoming biennium
- Review proposed legislation and advise leadership on fiscal and policy impacts affecting budget execution
- Externally present information on existing or proposed programs and policies that impact the budget in area(s) of assignment
- With some supervision, analysts apply analytical knowledge and skills to: identify and solve problems; evaluate revenue streams and agency budgets and programs; review policy proposals; make recommendations to senior staff and officials; interact with legislators and their staff; and provide technical assistance to agencies.
- Collaborate with cross-functional teams to analyze both OSBM and agency programs for effectiveness and identify solutions that promote continuous improvement.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration and accounting
- Thorough knowledge of how state budgets are prepared and executed
- Proficiency in organizing and presenting clear oral and written reports
- Demonstrated skills in researching, analyzing, interpreting and summarizing complex data
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders
- Ability to maintain professionalism while working under pressure and delivering results under tight and changing deadlines
- Demonstrated skills in problem solving and project management
- Ability to work independently and to exercise discretion; maintain confidentiality and integrity
- Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook
- Bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, public policy or related field from an accredited institution and two (2) years of experience preferably in governmental accounting or budgeting, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Management Preference: Master’s degree in the disciplines of public administration, public policy analysis, planning, business, or economics. Governmental experience involving the executive and legislative budget processes.
Management is requesting that applicants submit the following documents attached to their online application:
1. A detailed cover letter that should address:
a) all the applicant requirements listed above
b) employment or educational experience relevant to the position
c) reasons for interest in working at OSBM
2. A current résumé (maximum length – 2 pages)
3. If you have a master’s degree and less than one year of applicable work experience, please list all internships you completed. For each internship, please identify if you received course credit or if the internship was required as part of a degree program.