Senior Budget & Management Analyst, City of Raleigh (closes 6/3/19)

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Closing:  June 3, 2019
Hiring Range:  $51,822 – $80,000 annually

Description

The City of Raleigh is seeking a Senior Budget and Management Analyst within the Budget and Management Services Department.  This position works to develop and manage the annual operating and multi-year capital plan, support the City’s strategic and business planning efforts, manage special projects, and contribute to policy discussions.

Department staff have a rich variety of assignments and work closely with the City Manager, and Assistant City Managers, to set budget priorities, respond to City Council questions, and facilitate consensus-building among stakeholders.  Job duties include the following:

  • Work directly on major projects, such as new business planning processes, departmental reorganizations, and regional planning efforts
  • Manage a portfolio of assignments, including operating departments and capital programs, enterprise and internal service funds, and special project management
  • Work directly with City departments to prioritize needs, resolve challenges, and plan service improvements

Responsibilities

  • 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; and
    • Evaluation and measurement of the performance of City programs and strategic goals
  • Provides professional consultation and guidance to departments by:
    • Reviewing budgets and long range financial and strategic plans including staffing, expense and revenue projections;
    • Recommending approaches for linking strategic objectives to performance targets; and
    • Identifying opportunities of cost savings/cost avoidance
  • Work with assigned departments to identify, analyze, and prioritize operational needs, and evaluate those needs during the budget cycle.
  • Manages projects that are complex, cross-departmental, and have significant financial impacts, with minimal guidance.
  • Support the City’s strategic plan by helping departments collect data, refine performance measures, and communicate results to senior management.
  • Prepare communications, including memoranda, presentations, and talking points, to help senior management debate policy choices.
  • Assist department staff with crafting clear, concise agenda materials for City Council.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Local government financial and management concepts, such as fund accounting, indirect cost allocation, program evaluation, strategic planning,
  • Principles and practices of program administration and management.
  • Principles and methods of qualitative and quantitative research.
  • Principles and applications of critical thinking and analysis.
  • Best practices, trends and emerging technologies.
  • Principles and techniques of effective oral presentations.
  • Project management principles.
  • Modern budget practices.
  • Applicable federal, state and local laws, codes, regulations.
  • Customer service principles.
  • Budget planning software systems and analytical tools.
  • Microsoft Office suite.

Skill in: 

  • Articulating policy recommendations that well define the issue or problem; provide viable options; and present sound analysis justifying the recommended action/policy direction.
  • Resolving complex issues involving multiple stakeholders or views, using independent judgment and tact in the workplace.
  • Planning, initiating and managing complex projects simultaneously.
  • Communicating effectively, both orally and in writing, including developing summaries, presentations, memoranda, and handouts.
  • Developing and analyzing capital improvement programs and complex operating budgets, performing quantitative analysis, researching and preparing reports, reviewing and interpreting statistical information.
  • Performing complex financial analysis to include rate modeling, multi-year budget projections and personnel cost projections.
  • Exercising political acumen, tact and diplomacy.
  • Working effectively under pressure, with multiple deadlines and changing priorities.
  • Authoring and preparing original reports, documents and presentations.
  • Facilitating group discussions and building consensus using persuasive reasoning.
  • Providing customer service.
  • Working independently and establishing effective working relationships with employees at every level of the organization.
  • Collaborating with others who have differing perspectives and viewpoints.
  • Analyzing programs and policies, synthesizing information, and presenting sound recommendations to executive staff.

Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business or public administration and five years of professional finance, budget analysis or accounting experience which includes experience with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and/or public sector accounting and budgeting.

OR

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.