Sr. Budget Analyst, City of Asheville (continuous)

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Closing: Continuous
Hiring Salary: $51,405-$65,799 Annually

Description
The City of Asheville’s Finance Department is looking for a full-time Senior Budget Analyst to join the team. The purpose of this position is to provide professional budgetary support to assigned departments, complete financial and economic research, provide analytical and forecasting support and conduct technical analytical work related to the planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluating of city-wide governmental operations. The position provides professional recommendations on fiscal policy and direction.

Job Duties

  • Plans, budgets, monitors and evaluates city-wide governmental operations for those departments assigned to include operating and capital projects to ensure efficient use of funds and to project for upcoming changes.
  • Assists and advises departments during the preparation and management of the budget; strives to develops and recommend cost effective and efficient budgets.
  • Collaborates with departments to analyze service delivery and departmental performance and to identify solutions for improvement or to more efficiently manage workload.
  • Compiles budgetary data and prepares summaries, analysis and recommendations for budgetary updates, requests, modifications, amendments, etc.
  • Assists in the preparation of the budget document by ensuring document data accuracy and ensuring timely submission of all documents and public notices; prepares quarterly financial reports as well.
  • Conducts financial and economic research to benchmark against agencies in order to understand best practices, realize external pressures and formulate recommendations.
  • Conducts statistical analysis to identify and recommend process improvements, prepare reports on administrative and financial issues, provide recommendations on program design, development and implementation.
  • Uses analysis of internal and external statistical trends, pressures and changes to forecast revenues and expenses over the short, mid and long range; develop models for analysis with multiple variables; update the current year fiscal forecast as needed.
  • Review the allocation and distribution of revenues and expenditures for city departments; provides recommendations on changes as appropriate.
  • Supports various work groups across the organization to include collaborating on budgetary items that arise, tracking funds, preparing for the capital improvement program budget, etc.
  • Supports the financial software for functional areas by providing ongoing support and managing any upgrades.
  • Attends and participates in budget meetings, hearings, trainings and other events for professional development.
  • Serve as a back-up on other financial functions in the budgeting and financial reporting groups.
  • Act as the Budget Manager in his/her absence.
  • Performs other similar duties as required.

Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Business Administration, Public Administration, or Management Science with at least three (3) years of professional experience in public finance or budget administration; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.

Knowledge

  • Advanced knowledge of procedures and practices to analyze and resolve unusual or difficult problems.
  • Advanced knowledge of budgets and financial systems.
  • General knowledge of governmental operations.

Skills

  • Ability to read and understand basic workplace data, such as simple forms, tables, graphs, schedules, etc.
  • 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 in all areas for the purpose of increasing efficiency and effectiveness.
  • 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.

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