Budget Analyst – Contributing Level, NC Office of State Budget & Management (closes 4/6/18)

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Closing:  April 6, 2018
Hiring Range:  $47,000-$62,000 annually

The Office of State Budget and Management (OSBM) is excited to announce that we are looking to fill up to two State Budget Management Analyst positions: 60083279 and 60008570 at the Contributing level.

Description of Work

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.

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. Work is performed under the supervision of an Assistant State Budget Officer.

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 may:

  • Prepare nonpartisan, accurate, and timely fiscal/policy analysis
  • Review, analyze and make independent recommendations on funding requests from state agencies
  • Evaluate and conduct cost benefit analysis and analyze adequacy of rates and/or fees for government services
  • Propose legislative changes necessary to carry out the proposals in the Governor’s Budget
  • Present and explain the Governor’s proposals in legislative committee hearings and meetings with legislative staff
  • Review proposed legislation and advise leadership on fiscal and policy impacts
  • Work directly with senior policy staff and agency leadership on important policy issues
  • Monitor program performance and identify opportunities to improve program efficiency and effectiveness
  • Perform continuous oversight of agency budgets
  • Assist state agencies with budget implementation and compliance with state laws and budget policies
  • Externally present information on existing or proposed programs and policies that impact budget in area(s) of assignment
  • Participate in cross-functional teams on initiatives that involve multiple agencies or policy areas
  • Develop recommendations on continuation and expansion of funding levels for biennial and supplemental budgets
  • Perform in-depth program and fiscal analysis to identify fiscal and/or administrative issues and challenges and develop effective solutions

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities / Competencies

  • 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.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration, accounting, or a related field from an appropriately accredited institution.  Demonstrated knowledge, skill, and abilities gained through at least three years of budget or management analysis experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

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.