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Budget Analyst I, II, III, Senior

Company: Travis County Texas
Location: Austin
Posted on: January 16, 2020

Job Description:

Job SummaryThe Planning and Budget Office facilitates the efficient and effective use of county resources for the community's benefit. The department works on planning, researching, and evaluating budgetary and policy issues, integrating county-wide spending and strategic plans, and prepares the county's budget.Planning and Budget Analysts provide independent planning, budget, fiscal and policy analysis made directly and in public to the Commissioners Court. Works under only general direction with extensive latitude for independent judgment and action. Coordinates budget development, evaluation, and execution. Analyzes budget requests and develops funding recommendations throughout the budget process. Conducts highly visible and sometimes controversial fiscal and programmatic research on a wide variety of topics. Required to publicly defend analytic conclusions to Elected and Appointed Officials. Provides analysis and recommendations on the development of County strategic plans and special analytic projects. Proactively identifies problems and solutions. Initiates independent and group analytic projects. Conducts economic and programmatic research and makes recommendations on County finances and projects, as required.DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:This posting reflects a series of four budget analyst-related job classifications within the Finance job family. Incumbents typically perform moderate to highly complex professional financial and budget analysis duties that require the application of standard financial theories, principles and techniques, and require the appropriate skill levels including intermediate to advanced skill levels in computer, analytical and communication skills. Incumbents typically perform highly complex budget work that may result in the most severe consequences without supervision. This classification typically performs duties for various departments with countywide responsibility. This classification may require a flexible work schedule in order to meet the needs of the department.Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinates every phase of planning and development of the Adopted Budget for assigned departments. Conducts budget reviews and prepares analysis of departmental budget requests. Performs such reviews and analysis, independently and with little supervision, and as the member of work teams. Presents findings directly to Commissioners Court in a public forum and defends conclusions reached with Elected and Appointed Officials.
  • Works during the year with respective departments to develop budgets consistent with the departments' relevant strategic plans and available County resources. Determines the effectiveness of performance measures and identifies measures that best reflect departmental operations. Monitors the execution of departmental budgets, analyzes departmental expenditure patterns for anomalies, evaluates financial plans, interprets budget variances, and acts as liaison with County departments concerning budgetary and program matters. May function as a team leader on special projects and assignments.
  • Conducts independent departmental, programmatic, and functional evaluations, research, and analysis. Presents findings and recommendations directly to Commissioners Court for improvement, including departmental reorganizations, new programs and management analysis. May function as a member of interdepartmental problem solving teams to address high priority County issues with broad organizational impact. Prepares economic, social and programmatic research on countywide trends and finances, for evaluation of present and future components of County services.
  • Performs periodic revenue and expenditure forecasts, cost-effectiveness analysis, and other financial studies. Performs cost comparisons and cost/benefit analysis. Develops forecasts to facilitate short- and long-term financial needs. Develops evaluative and statistical methods to appraise operating results. Analyzes and interprets fiscal variances. Evaluates data from national, state and local resources to assist in the planning and evaluation process.
  • Assists County departments in the development of strategic plans, including establishing goals, objectives and performance measures and the assessment of internal and external environments.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.Minimum RequirementsEducation and Experience:We are considering all levels of experience for this role. The ideal candidate will have Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Finance or a directly related field such as Accounting; Experience with strategic planning, development of outcome measures, and financial forecasts; AND:Budget Analyst I - Three (3) years experience in the area of budget analysis and management, public administration and/or local governmental finance.Budget Analyst II - Five (5) years experience in the area of budget analysis and management, public administration and/or local governmental finance.Budget Analyst III - Six (6) years experience in the area of budget analysis and management, public administration and/or local governmental finance.Budget Analyst Senior - Seven (7) years experience in the area of budget analysis and management, public administration and/or local governmental finance.Work Environment & Other InformationPhysical requirements include the ability to lift/carry up to 10-15 pounds occasionally, visual acuity, speech and hearing, hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate a computer and office equipment. Subject to standing, sitting, walking, climbing, crawling, bending, stooping, crouching, kneeling, pushing, pulling, reaching, twisting, balancing, repetitive motion, and squatting to perform the essential functions.This job description is intended to be generic in nature. It is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. The essential duties, functions and responsibilities and overtime eligibility may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.Department: Planning & Budget Office.Location: 700 Lavaca St., Austin, TX 78701.Work Hours: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.Criminal and Educational Background Verifications are Required.Salary: $48,530.77 - $60,663.62 AnnuallyLocation: Austin, TXJob Type: Full TimeDepartment: Planning And BudgetJob Number: 20-05611Agency: Travis CountyAddress: 700 Lavaca Street, Suite 420 Austin, Texas, 78701Phone: 512-854-9165Website: http://www.traviscountyjobs.org

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