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Closing: June 28, 2019
Hiring Range: $47,902 – $65,000 annually
The Solid Waste Services Department is reorganizing its current structure to increase accountability, evenly distribute work, foster collaboration and optimize efficiency. The Fiscal Analyst will join the Budget & Finance Division which supports the departmental fiscal oversight, accountability and procurement. This position reports to the Fiscal Supervisor for Solid Waste Services.
The Fiscal Analyst will prepare a variety of budget and operational data reports and complete complex analytical work in support of developing and implementing the department’s annual $37.8 million operating budget. The Fiscal Analyst will also analyze operational data for the purpose of performance-based decision making to ensure resource alignment with the department’s Business Plan and the City of Raleigh’s Strategic Plan.
The work of the Fiscal Analyst involves the independent performance of complex duties which frequently require independent judgment based on knowledge gained through experience and training. The Fiscal Analyst may be empowered to develop and refine working procedures for themselves and are required to exercise some initiative and independent judgment in carrying out their work to completion. Work is reviewed through oral and written reports to Solid Waste Services leadership and staff.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Coordinates and administers the operating budget development process by preparing forms and instructions, analyzing requests and providing funding recommendations, and maintaining budget software system.
- Performs analysis of financial data and information of Solid Waste Services divisions and assists other members of the department in developing program budgets in preparation for annual budget development.
- Works with department staff to identify, analyze, and prioritize operational needs, and evaluate those needs during the budget cycle.
- Recommends approaches for linking strategic objectives to performance targets.
- Prepares special analyses to track and monitor expenditures including but not limited to travel, utility billing, and contractual services expenditures.
- Performs research and review of financial accounts, budget transfers, contract expenditures, and other complex fiscal information needed for the development of SWS’s budget and monitoring of future expenditure needs.
- Analyzes fiscal concerns, recommends, and coordinates problem resolutions with staff, vendors and/or other operational stakeholders.
- Provides professional and technical support to SWS staff in the areas of budgeting, forecasting and variance analysis.
- Special projects may include the development of a capital improvement plan, forecasting of major expenditures, training of various staff on monitoring and evaluating division budgets, and contract management to include writing request for proposals (RFPs), reviewing submittals, participating on evaluation committees and after award monitoring.
- Serves as the departmental liaison to Budget Management Services and works closely with assigned Budget Management Services staff to ensure budget deadlines are consistently met and that information requested is provided in a timely manner.
- Advises and makes recommendations to the Fiscal Supervisor regarding the need for budget transfers.
- Runs budget status reports and prepares monthly divisional budget reports to advise leadership and staff on the status of accounts.
- Identifies discrepancies, variances and financial irregularities, particularly those that affect large expenditure accounts.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Principles and applications of critical thinking and analysis
- Modern budget practices
- Financial analyses concepts and practices
- Principles and practices of program administration and management
- Project management principles
- Preparing and evaluating request for proposals (RFPs)
- Modern office technology
- Managing fiscal processes, projects and/or programs
- Gathering data, analyzing findings and applying logic and reason
- Researching industry trends, solutions and best practices
- Interpreting, monitoring and reporting financial information and statistics
- Authoring and preparing original reports, documents and presentations
- Coordinating deadlines and prioritizing competing demands
- Managing contracts and related budgets
- Utilizing a computer and relevant software applications
- Utilizing communication and interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisors, the public and others to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
- Providing excellent customer service
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business or public administration and two years of professional finance, budget analysis or accounting experience. Some assignments may require experience with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and/or public sector accounting and budgeting.
A Masters in Public Administration is preferred. Experience in government/public sector is preferred.
An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above, unless otherwise subject to any other requirements set forth in law or regulation.
- At least four years of professional experience performing complex analytical, financial functions, and/or program management functions, preferably in a public sector setting. Applicants may substitute additional relevant experience if desired.
- Must be able to set priorities, manage multiple projects and meet deadlines.
- Strong analytical and quantitative skills, to include an understanding of basic statistics and financial forecasting methods; technical proficiency at an advanced user level of spreadsheets (pivot tables a must), word processing software and internet research; strong oral and written communication skills; and interpersonal and customer service skills.