Fiscal Analyst I (Economist), NC General Assembly (closes 10/6/16)

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Closing: October 6, 2016
Hiring Range: $53,700-$75,000

Description

The Fiscal Research Division (FRD) seeks dynamic individuals with strong analytical skills who can think quickly under pressure.  FRD analysts are non-partisan and serve as the primary budget and finance staff to the North Carolina General Assembly’s 170 members as well as its funding and policy committees.  The budget issues are complex, diverse and cross multiple subject areas.  FRD analysts, along with other General Assembly non-partisan staff, have a unique opportunity to provide counsel to policymakers and participate directly in the policy development process.

Job Duties

This specific vacancy announcement is to recruit for a Fiscal Analyst I (Economist) position on the Division’s Economy and Finance team.  The position’s primary focus will be fiscal and economic impact analysis on various legislative proposals affecting state-level revenue. The anticipated duties and responsibilities for this position are as follows:
  • Preparation of fiscal and economic reports and briefing documents for a legislative committee.
  • Presentation of objective analyses of fiscal policy issues to legislative committees in a public setting before an audience of diverse interests and opinions.
  • Accurate interpretation of economic and fiscal data for substantive trends.
  • Analysis of the fiscal/economic impact of bills and preparation of fiscal/economic impact notes as may be required.
  • Evaluation of external economic impact analyses on various economic and fiscal policy proposals.
  • Assistance in updating and developing tax revenue estimating models.
  • Usage of in-house tax software to forecast the revenue impact from changes in tax policy.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Competencies

To meet the duties outlined above, candidates should be flexible, highly-motivated thinkers and communicators.  In addition, the successful candidate must detail the ability to do the following:

  • Understand and explain concepts related to fiscal and economic data analysis;
  • Demonstrate experience with or exposure to statistical software such as Stata or e-Views;
  • Demonstrate familiarity with economic impact analysis tools such as REMI or IMPLAN (this is not a necessary requirement for consideration);
  • Analyze and interpret economic data to determine trends and descriptive characteristics; and
  • Communicate effectively in writing and orally to non-technical audiences.

Management prefers individuals who are:

  • Energized about public policy and delivering nonpartisan objective policy analysis
  • Creative problem solvers
  • Skilled at quantitative analysis
  • Excellent writers
  • Equally capable of successfully working independently or in a team environment.
  • Proficient public speakers

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

  • Education & Experience: We will only consider candidates with a Doctorate in economics, political economy, public policy, or similar field from an accredited institution or a Master’s degree from an accredited institution and at least one year of experience in fiscal and/or economic analysis.  An advanced degree in economics is preferred.
  • Public Policy Background: Candidates are expected to have a working knowledge of government functions and experience in performing economic policy analyses.
  • Computer Skills: Candidates will be expected to demonstrate Microsoft Excel and Word proficiency in any potential in-person interview.

Supplemental Information

***NC General Assembly Positions are NOT SUBJECT to the State Human Resources Act***

Applicants must also include the following documents when submitting the application:
1.  A detailed cover letter that must address:
a)  all the applicant requirements listed above
b)  employment or educational experience relevant to the position
c)  reasons for interest in joining the FRD
2.  A current résumé (maximum length – 2 pages)