State Budget Management Analyst II, OSBM (closes 8/13/18)

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Closing:  August 13, 2018
Recruitment Range:  $66,000 – $95,000 annually

The Office of State Budget and Management (OSBM) is excited to announce that we are looking to fill a State Budget Management Analyst I position within our Budget Execution division.

OSBM is the primary fiscal advisor to the Governor. The Office works with senior officials across State government in developing, negotiating and implementing the State budget, and to ensure proper management of state resources.  Work at OSBM is high-impact public service, with staff providing 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.

Through the annual budget process, budget analysts become policy experts in their field and play a key role in helping inform public policy decisions, the state budget, and legislation.  After the budget is enacted, they also ensure the budget is executed consistent with the State Budget Act.

Budget analysts serve as the liaison between OSBM and state agencies, as well as the legislative appropriations committees and other governmental and non-governmental entities. Budget analysts will focus on either budget execution or budget development and work is performed under the supervision of an Assistant State Budget Officer.

Budget Executions Analysts are primarily responsible for ensuring that the state budget is implemented consistent with state laws while assisting the State Budget Director and agency leadership in responding to unanticipated circumstances during the fiscal year. Budget Execution Analysts are responsible for developing the Governor’s Recommended Base Budget.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • 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
  • Participate in cross-functional teams on initiatives to streamline budget processes, enhance budget analysis, and increase the use of data analytics in implementing the state budget.

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.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, public policy or related field from an accredited institution and four (4) years of experience preferably in governmental accounting or budgeting, including one (1) year in advanced and responsible analysts or administrative capacity or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Management preference for a Master’s degree in the disciplines of public administration, public policy analysis, planning, business, or economics; and/or governmental experience involving the executive and legislative budget processes.