Budget Analyst, City of Asheville (closes 6/12/19)

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Closing:  June 12, 2019
Salary Range:  $47,092 – $73,463 annually

The City of Asheville’s Finance Department is seeking a motivated and talented Budget Analyst to support the management and development of the city’s capital and operating budgets.  This is a professional position requiring strong analytical ability, effective communication skills and a penchant for collaboration. Budget Division staff work as a team to support city management, department directors and other staff in prioritizing goals, evaluating programs and policies, and planning service changes.

The ideal candidate will possess one (1) to three (3) years’ experience in governmental budgeting, management analysis or consulting and possess a bachelor’s degree in public administration, public policy, and/or business administration. Must be a self-starter, strong communicator, flexible, customer-focused, skilled in problem-solving and project management, and have the ability to work collaboratively.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Working with departments to identify, analyze, prioritize and evaluate needs.
  • Providing professional consultation and guidance to departments in formulating budget requests, estimating costs, and projecting revenues.
  • Developing recommendations in response to questions from directors, city management, and City Council by analyzing financial, staffing and other data.
  • Supporting significant interdepartmental projects and plans by assessing financial and organizational impact.
  • Gathering and analyzing information for annual projects, including data for benchmarking, changes to fees and charges, and the cost allocation plan.
  • Reviewing departmental and capital project budgets during the fiscal year, including requests for budget revisions and amendments.
  • Developing and preparing internal and external reporting, including budget documents, presentations, staff reports and other publicly available information about city services and projects.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge:

  • Local government financial and management concepts, including fund accounting, indirect cost allocation, program evaluation, strategic planning, performance measurement, personnel compensation and benefits, etc.

Skills:

  • Communicating effectively, including developing presentations, memoranda and summaries of complex data.
  • Analyzing programs and policies, synthesizing information, and presenting sound recommendations to management.
  • Providing complex financial analysis including debt modeling, multi-year budget projections and personnel cost projections.
  • Customer service to support departmental partners, management, elected officials, boards and commissions, and the public.

Abilities:

  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with employees at every level of the organization, including collaborating with others from across the organization to assess options and optimize solutions.
  • Plan, initiate and manage complex projects simultaneously.
  • Clearly and concisely articulate policy recommendations based on advanced research of organizational policies, procedures, best practices and innovative techniques.
  • Work independently with limited supervision, delivering work products on time and meeting expected outcomes.
  • Conduct advanced research on organizational policies and procedures, best practices and innovative techniques.
  • Resolve complex issues involving multiple stakeholders or views, using independent judgment and tact in the workplace.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in public administration, public policy, business administration or a related field, with one (1) to three (3) years of professional experience in governmental budgeting, management analysis and consulting.
  • A Master’s degree in public administration, public policy, business administration, or related field is desirable and may be substituted for experience.