Financial Analyst, City of Asheville (closes 12/30/16)

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Closing: December 30, 2016
Salary Range: $47,092-$56,510 Annually

Description

The City of Asheville Finance & Management Services Department is recruiting for a Financial Analyst to join the Budget Division. This new position will primarily work with the Fire & Rescue Department to support budget development, financial and program analysis, and performance management. Budget staff work collaboratively with department directors and Assistant City Managers to develop and manage the City’s $160 million budget. With a recently approved $74 million bond program (the first since 1986!), it’s an exciting time to join the City of Asheville. Asheville is frequently ranked as one of the best small cities in the U.S. and offers a wide range of amenities, from independent shops and restaurants in a bustling downtown to outdoor activities amid the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Performs analysis on City capital projects by analyzing project transactions to determine proper accounting.
  • Assists departments in formulating budget requests, estimating and projecting expenditures and revenues and preparing budget documents.
  • Performs preparation of benchmarking project by completing data and cost forms for services reported to the School of Government.
  • Gathers and submits data for consultant to prepare cost allocation plan.
  • Conducts MUNIS and operating budget request training.
  • Processes and posts all budget revisions and amendments citywide.
  • Updates Fees and Charge Manual by reviewing fees and charges submitted by departments during budget process and producing a summary of the proposed changes.
  • Creates summary reports related to the financial, budget and timeline of projects and determines capitalized expenses for projects.
  • Participates in strategic meetings concerning priority of capital projects.

Supplemental Functions

  • Work with the Budget Manager and assigned Department Director to develop, implement, manage and report on departmental personnel, operating and capital project budgets; monitor the budget throughout the year to investigate variances, reconcile discrepancies, and recommend adjustments as needed, etc.
  • Develop departmental procurement procedures and assist with ongoing departmental procurement efforts.
  • Performs other similar duties as required.

Education/Experience

Bachelor’s degree in public administration, public policy, accounting, business administration or a related field, with one (1) to three (3) years of professional experience in governmental budgeting, management analysis and consulting; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge

  • Comprehensive understanding of the field and application of advanced principles, techniques and theory.

Skills

  • Ability to interpret, process and use complex workplace data and graphics with abundant information and/or challenging presentations including detailed charts, tables, graphs and forms and/or complicated diagrams or maps.
  • Ability to conduct advanced research on organizational policies and procedures, best practices and innovative techniques.
  • Ability to compile data into a formal report or recommendation shared with others and often verbally presented.
  • Ability to think creatively for work practices, programs and policies.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written form.
  • Ability to research program documents and narrative materials, and develop reports from information gathered.
  • Ability to analyze situations to pinpoint problems and assist with solving problems or identifying sources of obstacles.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships as required by work assignments.
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret policy and procedural guidelines and to apply this understanding to tasks.
  • Ability to bring resources together to resolve a problem or provide a solution.