Budget and Management Analyst, Wake County (closes 6/23/19)

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Closing:  June 23, 2019
Hiring Range:  $56,000 – $60,000 annually

Budget and Management Services is pleased to advertise a Budget and Management Analyst position within our office. The Budget and Management Analyst will collaborate with departments to develop, evaluate, and analyze county operating and capital budgets, lead and serve on county-wide special projects, and help effectively communicate information throughout the organization. Budget and Management Services seeks motivated and talented professionals to join its team. We’re looking for more than a number cruncher. We are seeking a team player who can collaborate with others to help build a $1.47 B General Fund budget for our fast-growing county, which is growing by 56 people a day. A passion for public service is essential and an ability to excel with Excel is required, too.

Duties and Responsibilities

Performs complex and detailed analysis of expenditure and revenue trends. Formulates annual projections and three to five-year forecasts. Evaluates departmental operating and capital budget requests, recommending funding to management. Provides advice and assistance in the areas of business plans, fiscal responsibility and best management practices.

  • Manage a portfolio of assignments consisting of a combination of operating departments, capital programs, special revenue, enterprise funds.
  • Assist in the development of the County’s annual operating and capital budgets.
  • Use budget software to capture and evaluate requests. Manipulate data and develop a command of the Financial, Budgeting and Human Resources ERP system, as well as other systems.
  • Evaluate funding and program requests, develop alternatives in collaboration with department staff, and recommend prioritized strategic options.
  • Develop and perform countywide revenue and expenditure projections.
  • Monitor budgets throughout the fiscal year, working with County departments, outside agencies, etc., to ensure funds are used in alignment with established goals, guidelines, and strategies.
  • Review and execute budget adjustments, contract approvals, and position authorization actions in accordance with organizational policy.
  • Provide management consulting and analysis to the County Manager’s Office and departments.
  • Assist departments in achieving goals and objectives by providing programmatic counsel and analytical support.
  • Serve on master planning, County-wide policy planning, RFP development committees, among others.
  • Work with Budget team to draft budget message, publications, Board work session materials, Board agenda items, and other strategic communications.
  • Lead or provide staff support to investigate county-wide issues.
  • Conduct special projects.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Teamwork and Interpersonal Skills

  • Ability to actively participate as a team member to achieve goals; with Budget and Management Services, Wake County government and external partners.
  • Ability to build and to maintain ongoing, collaborative relationships with others to achieve continuous incremental improvement toward shared outcomes.

Customer Focus

  • Ability to assess options transparently and to collaborate with candor with stakeholders.
  • Optimize solutions to balance citizen, Board and county executive interests.

Personal Accountability

  • Ability to be relied on to ensure deliverables are completed on time and as communicated.
  • Ability to monitor programs and activities independently and to recognize when your work impacts others.
  • Ability to manage routine activities with little supervision.

Project Management

  • Ability to establish and carry out a timeline of tasks to accomplish an intended outcome and timeline.
  • Ability to ensure actions are performed to achieve intended project results.

Flexibility

  • Agility in adapting to change.
  • Resilience and persistence to continue to adapt in a high-growth environment.
  • Ability to adjust course when provided feedback or circumstances change.
  • Ability to triage priorities when responding to multiple deadlines.

Problem Solving

  • Ability to identify problems, determine appropriate and possible solutions, and actively works to resolve the issues.

Communication

  • Ability to convey information clearly and concisely to various audiences — from large groups to individuals — both verbally and in writing, ensuring they understand the information and the message intent.
  • Ability to listen actively and respectfully, to confirm mutual understanding, and to respond appropriately.
  • Willingness to ask for assistance and clarification.

Education and Experience

Required

Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, or Finance. Two years experience in finance, budgeting, policy or management analysis. Equivalent education and experience combination accepted.

Preferred

Experience working in a financial/budgeting role in a centralized budget office, a department/agency or in a City or County Manager Office in local, state or federal government. Master’s degree in Public Administration, Public Policy or Business Administration.