Budget Analyst, Union County (closes 4/21/19)

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Closing:  April 21, 2019
Salary Range:  $46,293 – $71,755 annually

The Budget Analyst, under general supervision, performs a wide variety of professional level budget development and analysis involving preparation, administration, maintenance, review and control of County-wide budgets. The position is responsible for performing managerial budget preparation and analysis work; performs statistical and comparative analysis of spending; evaluating best practices for budget development and budget documents; analyzing and reviewing budget request; maintain specialized financial records and statistics and prepare financial reporting documents.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Prepares various work papers for audit field work, service area budget amendments, journals, and postings for budgeted transactions, transfers, etc. for assigned service areas.
  • Prepares and reconciles interdepartmental charges for Internal Service Funds; prepares projected year end service area revenues, expenditures, and budgetary impacts; reconciles and prepares estimates for fleet maintenance charges and year-end true-up.
  • Compiles service area requests for year over year budgetary rolls for contracts, purchase orders, projects, and program balances.
  • Reviews pre-procurement (requisition) forms.
  • Prepares and assists with other reports as necessary.
  • Prepares Contract Deputy Billings and monitors revenue receipts; reviews and updates annually the contract deputy cost estimates.
  • Assists in preparing, analyzing, and coordinating the annual budget process with a holistic approach for a $430 million budget.
  • Serves as primary point of contact for assigned departments for budget analysis matters.
  • Works independently to complete assignments that require thorough complex management, budgetary, financial, organizational, problem solving skills.
  • Works in an environment that will require serving on a team of budget analysts to complete major assignments.
  • Prepares departmental budget training and instructions; answers questions and provides analysis.
  • Analyzes submitted data for year-end estimates and next year budget request for consistency, reasonableness, directives, etc., and enters budget data.
  • Supports departments with detailed and summary reporting; and related reconciliations.
  • Reviews contracts for payment/encumbrance terms; prepares encumbrance of budget for contracts; confirms appropriate funding of contracts.
  • Assists departments with following financial policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Conduct pre-audits all personnel changes that affect cost for compliance and budget availability purposes.
  • Reviews capital asset additions, deletions, and transfers as prepared by staff; reviews capitalized interest rate and amounts for capital construction work in progress (CWIP) projects; reviews and reconciles CWIP roll forward schedules of additions, closures, and capitalized interest prepared by staff; reviews and/or prepares audit report notes and schedules related to capital assets and CWIP.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of financial systems and/or statistical analysis tools.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products.
  • Thorough knowledge of principles of public administration including organization, public policy and fiscal management.

Education and Experience

Minimum

Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Economics, Business or Public Administration, Accounting or other closely related field required, and two (2) years of budgeting and/or accounting experience performing financial data analysis and reconciliations, preferably in a governmental setting; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred

Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Finance, Economics or Accounting and two (2) years of experience in capital financing and markets, debt service and planning, bond issuance, enterprise strategic planning, and financial performance management planning and evaluation.

North Carolina Budget & Evaluation Officer Certification or North Carolina Finance Officer Certification.