Budget Analyst, City of Durham (closes 1/17/18)

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Closing: January 17, 2018
Hiring Range: $50,386-$60,463

Description

Provide an overall review of operational issues, administer and prepare City budgets, and manage analysis of City programs. This is accomplished by evaluating budgets, conducting cost-benefit, productivity, and management analyses, conducting research, evaluation, and assessment of City programs, and assessing community needs. Other duties include performing special projects as assigned.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develops annual operating budget systems by gathering and analyzing data; demonstrating financial understanding; monitoring financial budgets; analyzing cost-benefit productivity and funding appropriation; and providing reports and documentation of annual budget.
  • Performs special projects by planning and performing management analysis; providing budget analysis; communicating with other City employees and the general public; evaluating alternative solutions; and recommending actions and follow up tasks to a resolution.
  • Provides staff support by solving analytical problems; analyzing information; developing conclusions and recommendations; improving departments’ financial understanding; and preparing financial reports.

 

Minimum Qualifications & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Two or more years of related experience

Additional Preferred Skills

  • Master’s Degree (MPA, MBA) preferred
  • Local government and enterprise system experience
  • Knowledge of performance measurement / management, priority based budgeting, and using data to make budget decisions

 

Financial Strategy Analyst, Town of Cary (close not listed)

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Closing: not listed
Salary Range: $60,382-$99,652

Description

Produces high level, analytical work independently and in a team environment across all departments with limited daily direction.  Collaborates in a fast paced, evolving environment.  Manages daily variety in tasks.  Adapts to change through continuous learning and empowers others through shared knowledge.  Position performs responsible professional work involving budget preparation, financial and operational analysis, including project management and process improvement; communications to Town Council through staff reports and presentations, and special projects.  Work is performed under the regular supervision of the Financial Strategy Manager.

Major Duties & Responsibilities

Typical Tasks

  • Prepares operating and capital budget in accordance with state law;
  • Assists departments in formulating operating and capital budget requests;
  • Collaboratively conducts special analysis and develops recommendations for special areas such as fleet, employee compensation and benefits and grant funded programs;
  • Forecasts revenues;
  • Evaluates capital project requests and forecasts capital project spending;
  • Prepares modern budget documents in accordance with state law and organizational preference;
  • Drafts and/or edits staff reports directed to Town Council;
  • Prepares PowerPoint and/or other such presentations directed to a variety of audiences including internal, Council and citizens;
  • Collaborates with department staff throughout the organization in the development of concise and well organized written business cases, cost benefit analysis and presentations;
  • Completes special studies, surveys and analytical projects for a wide range of audiences both internal and external Prepares meaningful charts and graphs to depict information efficiently for a variety of users;
  • Participates in responses to budget questions from the Council and public;
  • Develops and delivers training on budget preparation, process improvement and related management topics to Town colleagues;
  • Maintains outstanding working relationships throughout the organization to facilitate collaboration and successful budget preparation, communication and execution;
  • Performs other job-related tasks as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Thorough knowledge of revenue forecasting and expenditure analysis; proven ability to analyze budgets, financial information, policies and procedures and make recommendations; thorough knowledge of research techniques and sources and availability of information; strong written and oral communication skills; ability to convey written thoughts accurately and concisely in an analytical manner; demonstrate a mastery of commonly used analytical skills within Excel including formulas, VLOOKUP’s, the combination of multiple functions into a single formula, data tools, graphing and importing/exporting data to and from various sources; proven data organizational skills; ability to create spreadsheets in a manner extending beyond single use and ability to demonstrate a high degree of Excel proficiency.

Minimum and Preferred Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree required.  Degree focus in business administration, public administration, management science, or a related field preferred but not required.  Must have considerable experience in finance or budget administration. Position requires a mastery of ability to be organized and systematic in completing work; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with department directors, supervisors, and employees of all capacities.

A master’s degree in business administration, public administration or related field is helpful, but experience may serve as a substitute.

Experience with Salesforce and SAS is preferred.  Understanding of systems such as Power
BI, Box, Office 365 and SharePoint is desirable.

Requires drug testing and background check (which may include criminal check, education verification and credit history review) prior to employment.

 

 

Data Program Manager, City of Charlotte (closes 12/21/17)

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Closing: December 21, 2017
Salary Range: up to market rate of $87,342 DOQ

The City of Charlotte’s Office of Data and Analytics drives excellence citywide through collaborative problem-solving based on data, information, and evidence. We work across city departments and with community partners to meet strategic goals, solve challenging problems, build a more effective government, and improve outcomes for the people who live and work in Charlotte.

The Office of Data and Analytics is seeking a Data Program Manager to lead the cross-departmental Data Program, compile and analyze data for analytics projects, and facilitate the use of data and information across the city for creative problem-solving, strategic planning, continuous improvement, and community engagement. The Data Program Manager will work closely with city departments and partner organizations/institutions including county and state, regional research institutions, the business community and nonprofits, and the local civic tech community.

Major Duties & Responsibilities

DATA PROGRAM

  • Lead the cross-departmental Data Governance Team in the development and adoption of data policy, processes, and technical standards; manage dataset inventory and prioritization of datasets to be shared internally and externally.
  • Coordinate across city departments to facilitate data sharing and data integration for citywide solutions.
  • Partner with external stakeholders to identify new data sources and cultivate opportunities for collaborative problem-solving.
  • Coordinate and support the continued development of the City’s external data/engagement tools including the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Quality of Life Explorer, Virtual Charlotte, and the Open Data portal.
  • Develop and deliver training to city staff on a variety of data topics as part of OpEx Academy, the city’s peer-led training platform.

DATA ANALYSIS & BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE

  • Integrate and prepare large, varied datasets from internal and external sources for analysis and visualization.
  • Analyze spatial and non-spatial data using a range of methods and strategies; communicate findings through presentations, dashboards, web maps, story maps, and other compelling visualizations.
  • Turn data into actionable insights that support decision-making; work with and across departments to determine priorities, define metrics, and share data through dashboards and reports.

Minimum Qualifications

Requires a Bachelor’s Degree and major course work with an emphasis in public administration, mathematics, business, social or behavioral science, statistics, computer science, geography/GIS or related field, and seven (7) years of experience or a Master’s Degree with four (4) years of experience in analysis/statistical research, or equivalent combination of education, work experience, and relevant industry/job specific knowledge, skills, and/or certifications may be considered.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Proven experience managing mixed-discipline, decentralized teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate, clean, analyze, and interpret data from disparate data sets.
  • Proficiency with software programs that aid in data access and preparation, statistical analysis, and graphical presentation of data (for example, Excel, GIS, R, SPSS, SAS, Python, SQL, Tableau, etc.).
  • Must have excellent attention to detail and strong organizational, analytical, and project management skills.
  • A collaborative leader with a good sense of humor, a love of numbers, a passion for cities, and a curiosity about the world.

 

Budget & Performance Manager, City of Salisbury (closes 1/3/18)

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Closing: January 3, 2018
Salary Range:  $58,534 – $76,094 annually

Description

The Finance Department is seeking motivated candidates who will perform difficult professional work planning and coordinating all functions associated with preparing the 80 million dollar annual budget, assisting with budget monitoring and expenditure reviews, and managing the City’s debt program. Main duties include but are not limited to: ensures approved budget conforms with state and federal regulations concerning budget; manages budgetary oversight throughout the fiscal year; directs and oversees short and long term fiscal planning; manages and coordinates the City’s 10 year capital improvement plan; coordinates and conducts management analysis projects and reports; directs, oversees and develops budget staff; and develops recommendations for improving policies and procedures. Join the City of Salisbury for a rich benefit plan and the opportunity to work with a fast paced team that aims to exemplify the City’s values by showing purpose, passion and priority.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree with coursework in accounting, public administration, or related field and extensive experience in budget management and accounting including some supervisory experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Must have a valid NC Driver’s License
  • NC Budget & Evaluation Certification and/or Master’s Degree preferred
  • Excellent analytical, reporting, presentation and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently in a high pressure environment and meet deadlines
  • Previous supervisory experience preferred
  • 3-5 years of government budget experience strongly preferred

 

Finance Director, Greene County (closes 1/10/18)

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Closing: January 10, 2018
Salary Range: $$75,000+ annually DOQ, plus benefits

Greene County, NC is seeking highly qualified candidates for the position of Finance Director to perform the administrative, supervisory and fiscal control work for the County. Working with a total budget of approximately $17M, the Finance Director will plan, coordinate and direct all aspects of County financial management and administration which includes the receipt, disbursement and accounting of revenues and expenditures; managing the investment of funds; and, coordinating closely with the County Manager with the preparation of the budget. Independent judgment and initiative along with strong financial reporting skills are required to ensure compliance with laws, ordinances and financial operation directives.

Description

The successful candidate will value the impact finance has on a local government and the services which it serves its residents. Utilizing accounting software, qualified candidates will have experience in budgeting, governmental fund accounting, managing enterprise funds, and long-range fiscal planning. The Finance Officer is responsible for managing the financial operations of all functions within Greene County Government in accordance with the NC Budget and Fiscal Control Act. These functions include the General Fund, Utility Fund (Water and Sewer Department), the transportation fund, the Landfill, Fire Districts, Capital Projects and School Construction Projects. The director is also responsible for the personnel and payroll duties for county employees and the purchasing function.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from a four year college or university with a degree in accounting or business and considerable experience in public finance administration including supervisory experience. Five to ten years of experience in a similar jurisdiction is desirable. A Finance Director Certification and/or a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensure are preferred.

Budget and Management Analyst II, Orange County (closes 12/18/17)

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Closing: December 18, 2017
Salary Range: $51,175 – $59,345 Annually

Description

Orange County Finance and Administrative Services Department has an opening for a Budget and Management Analyst II. Under general supervision, performs advanced professional analysis in the overall review, preparation, and administration of the County’s Operating and Capital Investment Plan Budgets. Work involves reviewing, analyzing, and evaluating County departmental, Capital Investment Plan, and enterprise fund budgets and monitoring budgets throughout the fiscal year to ensure compliance; performing advanced professional analysis in conducting User Fee studies for departments; and conducting special management studies of County programs, activities, and practices.

Examples of Duties

  • A position may not include all the work examples given, nor does the list include all that may be assigned.
  • Reviews, analyzes, and monitors the County’s operating budget by making periodic reviews of departmental revenues and expenditures; provides status reports to assigned department heads and to the Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Financial Services Director.
  • Assists the Deputy Financial Services Director with the review, analysis, and monitoring of the County’s Capital Investment Plan.
  • Reviews and evaluates line item transfers submitted by departments to ensure that all necessary supporting documentation is collected; processes in computer business system approved line item transfers within three days of receipt.
  • Analyzes and evaluates departmental requests for budget amendments; compiles and prepares budget amendment abstracts along with applicable attachments for agenda review for upcoming Board of County Commissioners meeting; processes budget amendments within one week following approval by the Board of County Commissioners to ensure an accurate budget throughout the fiscal year.
  • Establishes new account codes; maintains existing account codes in computer business system; contacts all applicable parties with new account codes.
  • Answers inquiries from departments regarding current and historical budget data and procedures.
  • Reviews assigned departmental revenues and expenditures requests for justification and accuracy; discusses requests with departments; makes recommendations based on analysis regarding their requests.
  • Provides summary information of each departmental request to the Deputy Financial Services Director, as well as the County Manager, showing comparisons to their current approved budget with detailed justifications of variances.
  • Reviews and analyzes departmental statement of objectives; assists departments in developing productivity measures; offers recommendations for final development of objectives and measures for inclusion in the budget documents.
  • Forecasts twelve month revenue and expenditure projections for assigned departments; analyzes the departments’ projections to reach a consensus of the most accurate projections to use which helps determine the amount of available fund balance at the end of the fiscal year.
  • Assists in the creation of the Manager’s Recommended Budget, the Board Approved Budget, and the 10-year Capital Investment Plan documents.
  • Directs training sessions for department representatives to attend to learn how to input their budget requests in the computer business system and to provide on-going assistance to departments for general ledger inquiries and printing various budget reports throughout the fiscal year.
  • Assists in the reconciliation of County and School capital projects to ensure projects are accurate and are consistent with the corresponding capital project ordinances.
  • Reviews and monitors the County and Schools capital projects by periodically reviewing actual expenditures to ensure budget compliance throughout the life of the project.
  • Attends periodic Board of Commissioners meetings throughout the fiscal year, budget work sessions, and public hearings during the budget season of April – June.
  • Conducts and analyzes User Fee studies for departments on a regular basis to determine the full costing of services, comparisons to other counties, and develop various cost recovery opportunities.
  • Creates spreadsheets to support user fee studies such as full costing, indirect costing, and cost recovery scenarios; prepares analysis report to the Board of Commissioners for their discussion and consideration.
  • Researches and conducts special management studies of County programs, activities, and practices.
  • Receives and/or reviews various records and reports such as budget requests from departments, line item transfer requests from departments, budget amendment requests from departments, User Fee study information from departments, and tax valuations for Fire Districts.
  • Prepares and/or processes various records and reports such as approved line item transfer requests, budget amendment abstracts and attachments, User Fee analysis reports, year-to-date budget reports, and revenue and expenditure projections.
  • Refers to Budget Ordinance, Grant and Capital Project Ordinances, approved budget and Capital Investment Plan document, approved fee schedule, Local Government Budget and Fiscal Control Act, policy and procedure manuals, codes / laws / regulations, publications and reference texts, etc.
  • Operates a variety of office equipment such as telephone, printers, copy machine, fax machine, binding machine, computer, etc.
  • Uses a variety of supplies such as writing instruments, notepads, copier and printer paper, notebooks, printer cartridges, general office supplies, etc.; and a variety of computer software such as Munis, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Macromedia Contribute, Crystal Reports, Microsoft Access, Adobe Acrobat, etc.
  • Interacts and communicates with various groups and individuals such as the Chief Financial Officer, Deputy Financial Services Director, department heads, Budget team members, County Management Team, Fire District Chiefs, Board of County Commissioners, and the general public.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Knowledge of the theories, principles, practices and techniques of public administration, budgeting, public finance, and local government budget and fiscal policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of the laws, ordinances, standards and regulations pertaining to the specific duties and responsibilities of the position.
  • Knowledge of the functions and structure of County government and State and Federal laws relevant to County operations and finance.
  • Knowledge of computerized budget and financial systems and controls.
  • Knowledge of special requirements pertaining to accounting and investment of government funds.
  • Knowledge of modern accounting and office procedures and equipment, including the application of electronic data processing to the maintenance and analysis of fiscal and management data.
  • Knowledge of the current literature, trends, and developments in the fields of governmental accounting and public budget administration.
  • Knowledge of mathematical computations, analytical skills, budget and cost accounting theories, and evaluation/research techniques and methodology.
  • Knowledge of how to maintain effective relationships with personnel of other departments, professionals and members of the public through contact and cooperation.
  • Ability to analyze and develop budget estimates.
  • Ability to develop and conduct technical program evaluations.
  • Ability to conduct detailed research and prepare reports and findings.
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise reports, and to compile and analyze financial statements and reports.
  • Ability to exercise independent and sound judgment, discretion, initiative, creativity, and resourcefulness.
  • Ability to use computers and applicable software.
  • Ability to maintain standard accounting and control measures for local government.
  • Ability to read and interpret complex materials pertaining to the responsibilities of the job.
  • Ability to learn and utilize new skills and information to improve job performance and efficiency.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and initiative in completing assigned tasks.

Qualifications

  • Requires a Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business, public administration, or a related field and three (3) years of experience in financial management or accounting.
  • Prefer a Master’s of Public Administrative degree, and experience in local government budgeting.
  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license issued by the State of North Carolina for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.

 

Financial Reporting Manager, City of Alexandria, VA (closes 12/12/17)

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Closing: December 12, 2017
Salary Range: $65,786 – $96,515 annually

The City of Alexandria is located in northern Virginia and is bordered by the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington and Fairfax counties. With a population of approximately 150,000 and a land area of 15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Alexandria has a charming waterfront and is a unique and historic place to live and work.  About one-quarter of the City’s square miles have been designated as a national or local historic district.  We proudly embrace our rich history and seize the endless opportunities that lie ahead.  If you are interested in working for the vibrant City of Alexandria, we invite qualified candidates to apply for our Financial Reporting Manager position.

What we do and how we do it is driven by our 4 Guiding Principles:

  • Aligning the work we do with our strategic plan
  • Executing against our strategy and ensuring accountability for our results
  • Promoting and encouraging a culture of leadership and ownership at all levels of the organization
  • Promoting a culture of service excellence, creativity and entrepreneurship

An Overview

The City of Alexandria’s Finance Department is looking for a detail oriented, hands-on, and collaborative Financial Reporting Manager to join our team. As a member of the Accounting Division, the Financial Reporting Manager directly supervises and manages our financial reporting team which is responsible for the accurate preparation of the City’s comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR), in addition to other critical financial reporting tasks and deliverables. This position partners with the Comptroller to ensure all of the Accounting Division’s deliverables are of high quality. A significant aspect of this work involves use of the City’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, Munis. In general, the Financial Reporting Manager is an expert in the accounting field who takes ownership of and advocates for the City’s ability to produce accurate and complete financial reports in a timely matter.

The Financial Reporting Manager leads a team of four professional accountants with responsibility for the accurate and timely production of the City’s CAFR, capital assets, year-end closings, grant and bond accounting, and other regulatory and financial reporting tasks, as well as the successful research and resolution of all discrepancies. This position ensures that the financial reporting team continuously improves their expertise through training and practice. Additionally, the Financial Reporting Manager, along with the Comptroller, is the primary point of contact for the City’s annual audits. The Financial Reporting Manager has considerable latitude for independent judgment under the general supervision of the Comptroller. The day-to-day work of the Financial Reporting Manager is generally self-directed and determined by the City’s overall financial reporting needs.

What You Should Bring

The ideal candidate is an expert in the field of public or governmental accounting and has experience successfully managing teams of financial professionals tasked with producing complex, critical financial reports and documents. Additional skills and abilities include:

  • Thorough knowledge of accounting theory, principles, and practice and their application to a wide variety of transactions and problem solutions;
  • Ability to analyze complex financial information with attention to detail to accurately prepare complex financial and administrative reports;
  • Highly proficient in the utilization of Microsoft Excel for financial analysis (i.e. pivot tables, vlookup)
  • Highly proficient in the utilization of an ERP system for financial reporting;
  • Experience with GASB and FASB pronouncements and their applications, as well as preparation and analysis of financial statements in accordance with GAAP;
  • Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate the technical work of accountants and provide technical training;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of management and external business partners.

The Opportunity – Examples of Work

  • Manages the production of the City’s CAFR and preparation of all relevant supporting documentation including deliverables for the annual external basic financial statements and single audits;
  • Oversees the printing and distribution of the CAFR to individuals and organizations;
  • Supervises the grant and bond accounting processes;
  • Hires, assigns duties, supervises and evaluates progress, and sets direction for the City’s financial reporting program including co-managing the monthly and year-end accounting close process;
  • Ensures staff is cross-trained and empowered to continually take on more responsibility in an effort to grow professionally
  • Interprets changes to accounting processes and procedures and recommends courses of action;
  • Effectively communicates with staff to ensure that new practices, processes, and procedures are implemented appropriately;
  • Co-manages the maintenance of the general ledger and reconciliation of accounts;
  • Responds to financial reporting requests from internal and external sources; and
  • Performs related work as required.

About the Department

The City of Alexandria’s Finance Department is a fast-paced, diverse, and customer service focused operation that serves both members of the public and the other departments of the City itself. The Finance Department has seven divisions and in fiscal year 2018 is operating with a total budget of $14 million and 104.5 FTE positions. The main responsibilities of the Finance divisions are as follows:

  • The Revenue Division assesses personal property, meal sales, transient lodging and other taxes, and also issues business and professional licenses;
  • The Treasury Division bills, collects, invests, and manages all City monies;
  • The Real Estate Assessments Division appraises each parcel of real estate in the City, the value of which is used to bill for the real estate tax;
  • The Purchasing Division is responsible for centralized City procurement;
  • The Accounting Division maintains records on the financial operations of the City and prepares the City’s monthly and annual financial reports;
  • The Pension Division manages pension plans for City employees; and
  • The Administration Division provides executive-level strategy and direction via the Director and Deputy Director and also administers the department’s budget, human resources, and performance management. This division also provides risk management services for the City and manages the City’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, Munis.

Minimum & Additional Requirements

Four year college degree; five years of experience in professional accounting work, including at least one year of experience in a supervisory capacity; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Preferred Qualifications

Four year college degree in accounting, finance, or related field; certified government financial manager (CGFM), certified public accountant (CPA) certification, or other relevant professional financial certification; five years professional work experience in financial reporting with at least two years in a local government specifically working on the development of the comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).

Notes

This position requires the successful completion of pre-employment background checks including but not limited to drug testing, criminal background.

 

Financial Systems Specialist, City of Alexandria, VA (closes 12/11/17)

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Closing: December 11, 2017
Salary Range: $59,674 – $87,546 Annually

The City of Alexandria is located in northern Virginia and is bordered by the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington and Fairfax counties. With a population of approximately 150,000 and a land area of 15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Alexandria has a charming waterfront and is a unique and historic place to live and work. About one-quarter of the City’s square miles have been designated as a national or local historic district. We proudly embrace our rich history and seize the endless opportunities that lie ahead. If you are interested in working for the vibrant City of Alexandria, we invite qualified candidates to apply for our Financial Systems Specialist position.

What we do and how we do it is driven by our 4 Guiding Principles:

  • Aligning the work we do with our strategic plan
  • Executing against our strategy and ensuring accountability for our results
  • Promoting and encouraging a culture of leadership and ownership at all levels of the organization
  • Promoting a culture of service excellence, creativity and entrepreneurship

An Overview

The City of Alexandria’s Finance Department is looking for a detail-oriented, independent, customer-focused Financial Systems Specialist to join our team. As a member of the Administrative Services Division, the Financial Systems Specialist supports our financial operations by providing functional support for all financial systems. An employee in this position will work closely with department staff, City staff, and external vendors, to troubleshoot issues and facilitate solutions.

The Finance Department maintains dozens of financial systems to efficiently and effectively administer the diverse array of services involved in the City’s financial management. The Financial Systems Specialist directly supports the operations and employees of the Finance Department, from entry-level to department director, who are system end-users. As a primary point-of-contact for staff, vendors, and ITS officials, this position provides functional, responsive, and specific solutions for the department’s many information technology needs.

The Financial Systems Specialist works under the general supervision of the Deputy Director of Finance.

What You Should Bring

The ideal candidate works well independently and on a team; is able to multitask in a fast-paced environment; skilled in communicating clearly and effectively (both verbally, in writing, and in group and individual settings); and willing to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and customers. Additional skills and abilities include:

  • ability to thinking critically to analyze technical issues;
  • experience and skill using, troubleshooting, and configuring financial systems;
  • skilled at developing training manuals and materials for system end-users;
  • ability to be proactive, reactive, and effectively multitask in a fast-paced environment;
  • skill in working effectively with all staff (from director-level to entry-level), vendors, and other City departments; and
  • skill at communicating in a professional, courteous, and effective manner, both orally and in writing.

The Opportunity – Examples of Work

  • Functional support for all financial systems, to include interfacing with vendors and department staff;
  • Establishing and troubleshooting all functional issues for employees and vendors;
  • Serving as primary point-of-contact for department’s HelpDesk requests;
  • Working with the ITS Department to establish software requirements and hardware requirements;
  • Maintaining a good understanding of general accounting and financial reporting to successfully interface with the Accounting Division;
  • Maintaining department inventories of systems and hardware access;
  • Liaising at all levels with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Planning, developing, executing and administering department-wide IT training for staff;
  • Prepares project proposals for implementations and upgrades; and
  • Performing related work as required.

About the Department

The City of Alexandria’s Finance Department is a fast-paced, diverse, and customer service focused operation that serves both members of the public and the other departments of the City itself. The Finance Department has seven divisions and in fiscal year 2017 operated with a total budget of $13.9 million and 104.5 FTE positions. The main responsibilities of the Finance divisions are as follows:

  • The Revenue Division assesses personal property, meal sales, transient lodging and other taxes, and also issues business and professional licenses;
  • The Treasury Division bills, collects, invests, and manages all City monies;
  • The Real Estate Assessments Division appraises each parcel of real estate in the City, the value of which is used to bill for the real estate tax;
  • The Purchasing Division is responsible for centralized City procurement;
  • The Accounting Division maintains records on the financial operations of the City and prepares the City’s monthly and annual financial reports;
  • The Pension Division manages pension plans for City employees; and
  • The Administration Division provides executive-level strategy and direction via the Director and Deputy Director and also administers the department’s budget, human resources, and performance management. This division also provides risk management services for the City and manages the City’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, Munis.

Minimum & Additional Requirements

Two Year College Degree; working knowledge of City information management systems and previous experience providing technical support or training to end users; considerable experience in analysis of departmental activities and functions, and in the design of systems for accomplishing work through computer and telecommunications technology; completion of college-level courses in computer science, information management, accounting, and/or business administration or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Requires management/supervisory skills and customer support relationship skills, ability to interface with higher management as well as outside department vendors and agencies in support of department technology needs.

Preferred Qualifications

Four-year college degree; five (5) or more years of professional experience; three (3) or more years of financial systems experience; six (6) or more credit hours of college coursework in accounting; professional experience implementing systems training programs; professional experience using, troubleshooting, and configuring financial systems; thorough knowledge of project management, accessing methods, equipment types, applications, management principles, policies and system design approaches used in management information systems; good knowledge of departmental management information systems and related work processes; good knowledge of network and stand alone computer based systems, and of the methods and procedures used in operating those systems; skill in detecting, tracing and eliminating mistakes in computer programs; hardware failures, network interface issues, ability to coordinate and work effectively with key officials and employees; ability to train employees in the methods and procedures used in the operation of management information systems; ability to be a change agent to select products to assist department as well as city in reaching its goals; strong leadership and supervisory skills.

Notes

A cover letter detailing interest in the position is preferred as part of the application. This position requires the successful completion of pre-employment background checks including but not limited to criminal records background check and reference check. The recruitment and selection process for this position may include a phone interview, panel interview, and written or technical exercise.

 

Budget Analyst, Gaston County (closes 12/5/17)

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Closing: December 5, 2017
Salary Range: $22.00 – $27.00 per hour (Non Exempt – Eligible for Overtime)

Gaston County is actively recruiting to fill a Budget Analyst position. Gaston County’s Budget & Purchasing Department is a team of 7 dedicated employees. Analysts manage a portfolio of assignments, including operating departments, capital programs, and special projects.

Essential Duties

The duties listed below are not all of the duties that may be assigned but are those that are considered as essential for an employee to perform.

  • Independently identifies the need for and performs complex analytical, quantitative, and managerial work in the preparation and development of annual operating and capital budgets; implementation and control of current operating and capital revenues and expenditures; analysis and evaluation of policy and management issues.
  • Provides professional consultation and guidance to departments by reviewing budgets and long range financial and strategic plans including staffing, expense and revenue projections; identifies opportunities of cost savings.
  • Works with departments to identify, analyze, and prioritize operational needs, and evaluates those needs through out the FY.
  • Assists with innovation and continuous improvement projects while providing exemplary customer service.
  • Compiles documents for Manager’s recommended budget book to present to Board of Commissioners and after adoption by BOC. Compiles an adopted budget book for staff, citizens, and GFOA review.
  • In-depth knowledge of NC local Government budget laws to be able to manage projects that are complex, cross-departmental, and have significant financial impacts with minimal guidance.
  • Expert use of Microsoft Excel to extract financial data for the purpose of developing financial models, graphs, etc,
  • Prepare communications, presentations, and talking points to help budget manager with policy choices.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, or closely related field and at least one (1) year of relevant experience involving the research and analysis of budgetary work. A Master’s Degree or significant progress toward a Masters Degree can be substituted for required experience. The candidate selected must undergo a criminal background check and pass a drug screening test prior to employment.

Strategic Initiative Analyst, Durham County (closes 12/11/17)

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Closing: December 11, 2017
Salary Range: $43,560 – $78,408 annually

Seeking a driven, nimble, service-minded self-starter: Durham County is hiring a new Strategic Initiative Analyst for Durham County Strategic Initiatives, an internal consulting and capacity-building team based in the County Manager’s Office. We’re looking for a curious, positive and ambitious public servant who is laser-focused on bringing out and building up the best in our workforce. The analyst will lead departmental consulting projects; assist with innovation and continuous improvement trainings and forums to help employees analyze problems, explore opportunities and test ideas; aid performance measurement and management systems building; support the County’s employee idea management process; and help in strategic planning implementation efforts. This position serves as a model for positive change in County operations and culture. Strong writing, speaking, analytical and interpersonal skills are a must.

Responsibilities

Performs responsible professional and administrative strategic planning and change management work designed to improve County-wide community and governmental initiatives; performs related work as required. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Strategic Initiative Manager as part of the Strategic Initiatives team within the County Manager’s Office.

Typical Tasks

  • Assists with project management of performance improvement and community/governmental strategic initiatives;
  • Assists Budget and Management Services and other stakeholders to build and sustain performance measurement/management system;
  • Assists portfolios with performance management;
  • Works with variety of internal and external stakeholders to develop feasible solutions to issues;
  • Assists with the development of project communication and engagement strategies;
  • Assists with strategic planning and strategy implementation efforts;
  • Assists with innovation and continuous improvement projects and strategies;
  • Identifies, researches and analyzes no and low-cost solutions to issues;
  • Creates presentations and reports for the County Manager, the Board of County Commissioners and other officials as directed, including but not limited to performance, innovation and
  • continuous improvement reports;
  • Schedules meetings, maintains office records and provides clerical support for the office; and
  • Performs related tasks as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Thorough knowledge of the organization and functions of County government; thorough knowledge of the principles of public administration and strategic planning; strong business, analytical, planning, interpersonal and critical thinking skills; ability to analyze community and administrative issues or approaches and offer sound recommendations; ability to plan and facilitate effective meetings; ability to define objectives, assign priorities, and meet completion deadlines; ability to clearly communicate complex material in writing and verbally in a professional manner; the ability to create and make effective public presentations; ability to gather, analyze, and evaluate information and to prepare concise and informative reports; and the ability to effectively collaborate with government officials, community agencies, the general public, and others at all organizational levels.

Education & Experience

Requires any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in public administration, business management or a related field and two years of professional administrative experience in government, business or non-profit sector.