Senior Budget and Management Analyst, Guilford County (continuous)

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Closing:  continuous
Salary Range:  $58,088 – $78,419 annually

Description

The Senior Budget & Management Analyst provides customers with the support and analysis they need to ask better questions that lead to better answers that build a better community.  This position works with internal and external stakeholders to ensure they have the operational, financial, and performance insight and resources they need to achieve their goals.  The position has more complex departmental assignments and broader county-wide assignments than the Budget & Management Analyst position.

Distinguishing Features of the Class

This position performs responsible professional work in the overall review, preparation, administration, and evaluation of the County’s Operating and Capital Improvements Program (CIP) budgets; conducts management analyses; conducts evaluations of County programs, departmental procedures and operations; aids in strategic planning; assists in the development and review of benchmarking, performance measures and objectives; assists in the development of short and long-range financial plans and forecasting related to fiscal and program requirements; conducts general research; and participates in county-wide productivity improvements efforts. Employee participates in the preparation of the County budgets through review and analysis of complex and sensitive departmental/program requests and issues and the presentation of recommendations to the appropriate county officials.  Assists departments in preparing proposals, reports, contracts, and gives advice on management issues.  Reviews contracts for compliance with established policies.  This is a professional non-supervisory classification.

The position has more complex departmental assignments and broader county-wide assignments than the Budget & Management Analyst position.  An employee in this position serves as a senior resource to and lead worker to other Analysts, overseeing and coordinating more complex county-wide initiatives and projects including performance measurement and management, program and service evaluation.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assesses, reviews and analyzes assigned departmental budget requests and makes appropriate recommendations as to funding levels using objective analytical methodology and established policy criteria.
  • Coordinates assigned processes and programs of the department such as management and evaluation efforts, multi-year planning processes, and components of general budget development.
  • Periodically reviews departmental expenditure and revenue collection patterns to identify potential financial problems and recommends corrective action.
  • Assists in the development of long range expenditures and revenue forecasting, including the Capital Investment Program (CIP), to aid financial planning and the establishment of public and financial policies.
  • Reviews, analyzes, and makes recommendations on the fiscal and programmatic impact of operational and service initiatives.
  • Evaluates county programs and services to determine efficiency and effectiveness and to assess the achievement of established goals and objectives.
  • Assists in the development and review of benchmarking, performance measures and strategic planning as an integral part of an outcome-based budgeting system.
  • Conducts special management studies as assigned and presents findings and recommendations.
  • Assists departments in preparing requests for proposals and contracts and helps to evaluate consultant qualification and compliance with identified specifications.
  • Reviews and assesses new and pending legislative changes and their resulting fiscal and programmatic impact on county departments and services.
  • Assists and coordinates as needed the work of other analysts and employees in the completion of assigned duties and tasks.
  • Assists in the maintenance, operation, and troubleshooting of budget software.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration, budgeting, public finance and local governmental budget and fiscal policies and procedures.
  • Thorough knowledge of the functions and structure of county government and federal and state laws relevant to county operations and finance.
  • Working knowledge of mathematical computations, analytical skills, budget and costing accounting theories, principles and methods and evaluation/research techniques and methodology.
  • Ability to analyze complex administrative and organizational problems, prepare and clearly present appropriate recommendations and working procedures in written or oral form.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to guide and coordinate the work of other staff members.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate an effective work schedule.
  • Ability to exercise independent and sound judgment, discretion, initiative, creativity, and resourcefulness.

Education & Experience

Minimum

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Public Administration, Accounting, Business Administration, Economics or a field related to one of the County’s services and four years of experience in budget development, strategic planning, program/process analysis and/or evaluation or any combination of experience, education, and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities outlined in the job description.  Must have detailed knowledge of business processes of governmental operations.

Preferred

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in evaluating services to determine efficiency and effectiveness, recommend and implement improvements, and assess the achievement of established goals and objectives.  Master’s degree in a related field preferred, but not required.