Budget Analyst I, Buncombe County (closes 10/21/18)

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Closing:  October 21, 2018
Salary Range:  $60,296 – $76,227 annually

Description

Performs research and analytical work to assist in preparation of the County budget, including examining departments’ budget requests and making recommendations to County Management/Budget Director.

Distinguishing Features of the Class

An employee in this class performs financial research and analytical work to assist County management in preparing the annual budget. Work involves reviewing budget requests as submitted by individual County departments, analyzing such requests, and preparing reports or oral presentations to explain recommendations for preparation of the County budget. Employee is also expected to perform various studies requiring the compilation and analysis of various financial and other data, individually or as member of a team, and preparing written or oral reports of findings. Employee is expected to conduct assigned areas of responsibility with a high degree of independence, receiving instruction only on matters involving significant departures from established policy. Employee must be able to make independent decisions by frequently applying knowledge of accounting and budgeting principles and practices. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Budget Director, and is evaluated through conference, observation, and review of reports produced for the efficiency and effectiveness with which duties are performed.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assists in planning and implementing procedures for developing annual budgets for the County.
  • Collects and analyzes program, budgetary and related fiscal data concerning departmental operations; advises and assists department heads in the development of budget requests; analyzes operating and capital outlay budget requests submitted by individual departments, and makes recommendations to County Management/Budget Director or others as appropriate, concerning revision or adoption of departments’ budget requests; prepares and presents written and oral presentations of findings and recommendations.
  • Reviews, analyzes, and monitors assigned departments’ budgets, ensuring compliance with established policies and procedures, and assisting with budget transfers and budget amendments, as necessary.
  • Conducts analytical studies, individually or as member of a team, utilizing expertise in financial and budgetary areas; prepares and presents oral or written reports on findings and recommendations for improvements, as appropriate.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of public finance administration and the budget process.
  • Thorough knowledge of standard research techniques, methods and procedures.
  • Thorough knowledge of federal, state and local laws and policies concerning County fiscal operations.
  • Considerable knowledge of accounting concepts, principles and practices as applied to local government.
  • Considerable knowledge of the operations of County government including taxation and other sources of income.
  • Considerable knowledge of County rules and regulations regarding the budget and fiscal practices.
  • Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of statistics with particular reference to their application to financial, budgetary and operational activities.
  • Considerable knowledge of the current literature, trends, and developments in the field of public finance and budget administration.
  • General knowledge of modern office practices and procedures.
  • General knowledge of the current literature, trends, and developments in the fields of governmental accounting, budgeting, and public finance administration.
  • Skill in statistical analysis.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret fiscal and accounting records and complete financial statements and reports from such records.
  • Ability to prepare and submit clear, complete, and concise reports.
  • Ability to provide leadership and coordinate the work of other professionals involved in special projects.
  • Ability to express ideas effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships as necessitated by work assignments.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Excel and Microsoft SharePoint.

Education and Experience

Experience in budget analysis and preparation work. Graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in business administration, public administration, or a closely related field; or an equivalent combination of experience and training.