Budget Analyst, City of Hickory (closes 2/3/21)

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Closing: 2/3/21 11:59pm EST
Salary Range: $45,563 – $68,344 annually

Job Description:

For doers and makers seeking a well-rounded community, Hickory is a bridge between Asheville and Charlotte at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains along Interstate 40, where a collective spirit of craftsmanship strengthens any endeavor with detail, artistry and quality. Hickory, North Carolina, is a three-time All-America City on the Catawba River approximately one hour east of Asheville and one hour north of Charlotte. More than 40,000 residents call Hickory their home and Hickory is the hub of a 350,000 metropolitan area. Hickory has outstanding school systems, seven recreation facilities, two libraries, several golf courses, theaters, art museums, and eighteen gorgeous parks. Beautiful Lake Hickory is over 4,000 acres and has many public access areas. Please check out Hickory at www.hickorync.gov/employment or www.hickorywellcrafted.com for a web portal all about Hickory and the surrounding areas and what makes Hickory a “Well Crafted” City.

In 2012, Hickory recognized the need to develop a plan to economically revitalize the City.  This culminated in a $40 million dollar bond referendum, which was overwhelmingly approved by our citizens.  The approved bonds were intended to cover a Citywalk, Riverwalk, Bookwalk, and streetscape improvements, which are collectively known as the Hickory Trail.  The bonds also cover the construction of a class A business park, which is currently under development know with commitments from three large multi-national corporations.  The development of these projects are intended to be a catalyst for substantial economic growth, which the City is beginning to see.  New apartments and mixed use projects are under construction in downtown, and other areas of town.  The candidate that fills this position will have the opportunity to collaborate with citizens, fellow staff members, and consultants to make our community grow and thrive.

Qualified applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetics, or the presence of a non-job related medical condition or disability. U.S. Law requires all applicants to furnish proof of identity and right to work in the U.S. This position performs advanced professional work in the preparation and administration of the city’s operating and capital budgets and in the evaluation of city programs and departmental financial operations.  

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Manages the city’s operating and capital budgets function; prepares and executes the city’s operating and capital budgets.
  • Provides management consulting and analysis services to the City Manager’s Office (Assistant City Manager).
  • Reviews departmental budget requests for accuracy and for justification of personnel allocations and expenditures; reviews requests for supplemental appropriations or personnel; discusses with departmental officials; makes recommendations on requests.
  • Develops budget transfers and amendments to the budget ordinance.
  • Monitors, analyzes, and evaluates financial results of operations compared to budget estimates; recommends improvements, assists in the development of revenue estimates, evaluates the impact of economic variables.
  • Interprets, applies, and maintains laws, regulations, policies, and procedures related to financial and budget transactions.
  • Develops, formats, and produces an annual budget document.
  • Works closely with Finance Department staff to insure budget and financial transactions are processed timely.
  • Administers the North Carolina Performance Measurement Project for the city.  Works closely with affected departments on developing performance measures and subsequent reporting.
  • Provides annual and ongoing training to city personnel regarding budget matters.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of government finance, budgeting, and fund accounting.  
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of computerized financial information   management.
  • Knowledge of economic trend forecasting and analysis techniques.
  • Knowledge of government auditing procedures.
  • Knowledge of relevant federal and state laws, city ordinances, and department policies and procedures.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with administrators and employees and to partner with department heads to effectively budget and manage financial resources in order to leverage financial opportunities.  
  • Ability to express ideas effectively orally and in writing.
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Excellent communication skills with ability to seek input, listen and confirm mutual understanding; ability to explain complex budget information in understandable terms for non-budget staff.
  • Skill in utilizing financial computer software programs.
  • Skill in operating office equipment such as a computer and calculator.

Minimum Qualifications: Master’s Degree in Public or Business Administration; or a four-year degree in Public or Business Administration, Accounting or related field and three to five years of professional government experience working with the principles associated with Public Administration, budgeting, program or operational analysis.  Or, equivalent combination of education and experience.

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.

Supplemental Information:

Supervisory Controls:  The Assistant City Manager assigns work in terms of city goals and objectives. The supervisor reviews work through conferences, reports, and observation of city government activities.
Guidelines:  Work includes familiarity with the North Carolina Budget and Fiscal Control Act, relevant federal and state laws and city ordinances, and city and department policies and procedures.  These guidelines require judgment, selection, and interpretation in application.  
Complexity:  The work consists of varied administrative and technical duties, as well as an analytical ability to ascertain trends and patterns from various forms of data. The job requires exceptional organizational skills to facilitate the workflow required in both planning and executing the annual budget cycle.  It requires effective use of spreadsheets, schedules and managing detailed records.  The unpredictability of the budgeting process contributes to the complexity of the work.
Scope and Effect:  The purpose of this position is to manage the budget process of the city.  Successful performance helps ensure the sound financial position of the city government, and provision of city services at reasonable tax rates.
Personal Contacts:  Contacts are typically with other city employees (including budget managers and department heads), external auditors, elected officials, representatives of federal, state and local agencies, and the general public.
Purpose of Contacts:  Contacts are typically to give or exchange information, resolve problems, provide services, and justify, negotiate, or discuss financial/budget matters.
Physical Demands:  The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table.
Work Environment:  The work is typically performed in an office. The position sometimes involves exposure to confidential information; it is imperative that the individual maintains confidentiality when and where required.
Supervisory and Management Responsibility:  None.