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Budget Analyst II

Performs a variety of budget, planning, analysis, research, reporting, rate model, cost of service, special projects, and accounting duties. Monitors for proper use of City funds and budgets. Provides input in development and changes to financial policies and processes and creates methods to extract information from City financial system.

Considerable leeway is granted for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative. This class is distinguished from other Budget Analyst classes and accounting positions due to the complexity, proficiency, and high level of involvement with budget and financial software, involvement with financial policy and procedure creation and implementation, and the leadership and supervision skills required.

Position Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

Salary: $63,128.00 - $74,921.60 Annually

Examples of Essential Duties:
  • Coordinates and prepares the city operating and capital improvement project budgets and budget amendments and related documents
  • Ensure proper use of budgets, fund accounting, and compliance with laws and City policies
  • Performs budget and actual research and analysis
  • Coordinates and prepares the city financial plan for operating budgets
  • Responsible for maintaining City capital improvement project information in City financial system ensuring proper use of funds
  • Provides departments finance onboard training to educate departments on Finance policies, processes, and their role as a department
  • Reviews and provides feedback on policies and processes as well as provides feedback for new policies and processes
  • Performs various research, review, and analysis of budget and actual financials creating written reports and financial summaries including identifying concerns, provide recommendations
  • Performs various calculations and reports on fund balance, debt coverage/compliance, and other compliance requirements to ensure City policy expectations are met
  • Reviews transactions in City financial system for proper use of accounts and funds and handles necessary clean up
  • Creates complex rate models for services provided by departments to other departments or to external customers
  • Assists with special projects such as cost/benefit analysis, testing for City financial system software upgrades/maintenance updates, special reporting needs or reporting tools, or special tasks as assigned
  • Reviews publications and attends training to remain current on governmental accounting principles and practices
  • Performs tasks and job duties as requested by Assistant Finance Director in absence of other Budget Analyst classes
  • Develops and delivers presentations and attends meetings, conferences and workshops
  • Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with City policies, procedures and safety practices
  • Attends work regularly at the designated place and time
  • Supports continuous process improvement initiatives
  • Performs related work as required

Required Knowledge and Abilities:
  • Ability to determine appropriate accounting methods for control, recording, and reporting purposes
  • Thorough knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
  • Ability to perform research, analyze information, interpret complex financial data and make recommendations, conclusions, and report
  • Ability to prepare and provide accurate and reliable information and ability to review information for correctness, appropriateness
  • Thorough knowledge of computer and data processing technology including ability to manipulate and use City Financial system, reporting tools, and software
  • Understanding of governmental fund accounting
  • Able to build team relationships with departments supported
  • Ability to communicate effectively and maintain working relationships
  • General understanding of cost accounting
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to handle confidential information
  • Ability to interpret requests and needs and translate into concepts and end products
  • Ability to train others
  • Ability to quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology
  • Ability to prioritize own workload to meet various deadlines
  • Ingenuity and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks

Acceptable Experience and Training:
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting or a closely related field; and
  • Minimum 3 years related experience including budget, analysis and cost accounting with government accounting experience highly preferred; or
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work.