Are you a curious, data driven analyst with a proven track record providing high-level budgetary, management and financial expertise in the preparation of a complex budget? Do you have strong technical and analytical skills; as well as excellent customer service and relationship building skills? Are you excited by the idea of working in a public sector environment where you are encouraged and empowered to constantly improve processes?
If so, then your search may be over.
Multnomah County’s Central Budget Office is seeking an experienced Budget Analyst Senior to join its team. In this role you will:
- Assist in the preparation of the County’s annual budget and support the Chair, Board of County Commissioners and County leadership with their budgeting decisions.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with Department of County Management leaders, elected Officials, and other County Department Directors and leaders.
- Ensure Countywide compliance with Oregon budget law.
- Provide technical support for Budget IT systems and serve as a technical expert to the County on budget and financial analyses.
- After budget submission, during the period of March - June, this position tracks and assists departments preparing policy analysis and technical changes that take place in response to the Chair’s proposed budget and Board budget amendments, including budget adjustments and amendments.
- Following budget adoption, and throughout the remainder of the fiscal year, this position tracks necessary changes to departmental appropriation, and provides support for any required supplemental budget and budget modifications.
- Develop in-depth knowledge of programs and budgets for 1-2 departments, while maintaining working knowledge of countywide issues and activities.
- Provide technical assistance to department staff regarding Workday and Questica budget compliance, and position maintenance
- Perform ad hoc budget and financial analyses and forecasts, monitor budgeted expenditures and revenues versus actuals, and analyze potential impacts from County policy and state legislative changes.
- Provide data-driven analysis and strategic advice regarding County finances and operations.
- Prepare or lead complex, countywide studies and projects related to financial and operational issues and budget development. Present the results and recommendations from the analysis to internal and external audiences orally and through reports, memos, graphics and tables.
- Provide costing support for labor negotiations during collective bargaining.
- Analyze new and existing County policies and initiatives, programmatic options, and departmental recommendations.
- Prepare and present oral and written reports to the Budget Director, the County Economist, the Chief Financial Officer, the Chair’s Office, the Board of County Commissioners and their staff regarding analysis and evaluation projects and their implications to County policy.
- Monitor legislative and policy developments at the local, State and federal level. Coordinate issues/changes with the Office of Government Relations, legislative coordinators, and County departments.
- Identify potential budgetary impacts from local, State, and Federal policy or legislative changes.
- Work on special projects as requested.
The successful candidate will possess the following attributes:
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
- Approach assigned work with a sense of curiosity and inquisitiveness. Ability to go beyond initial requests to explore higher level implications and highlight issues for Budget Director and County Leaders.
- Ability to design and complete complex financial and/or policy analysis, apply conclusions and develop recommendations.
- Ability to build and maintain positive relationships with internal/external customers and stakeholders
- Ability to adapt to changing circumstances and quickly respond to changing requests and priorities.
- Attention to detail and ability to review accuracy of work products.
- Commitment to principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion
Our Team: The Budget Office plans, coordinates and prepares the annual County budget, financial forecasts and budget projections, ad hoc analyses for County decision-makers, cost control analyses. Budget staff serve on countywide task forces related to budget, finance and other fiscal matters; identify and resolve financial problems; and partner with County Labor Relations in collective bargaining research, analysis and in preparing labor cost projections.
We will consider any combination of relevant work experience, volunteering, education, and transferable skills as qualifying unless an item or section is labeled required. Please be clear and specific about how your background is relevant.
Minimum Qualifications/Transferable Skills:
- Bachelor’s degree in finance, economics, statistics, business administration, public administration or related field. (In lieu of a degree, we will consider equivalent years of related experience.) AND
- Four (4) years of progressively responsible budgeting, financial management, business or related experience.
Preferred Qualifications/Transferable Skills: You do not need to have the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills to qualify. However, keep in mind we may consider some or all of the following when identifying the most qualified candidates. Please clearly explain on your application how you meet any of the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills.
- Master’s degree is highly desirable.
- Experience and training in the principles and techniques of budget and financial analysis with specialized knowledge and experience in government financial planning and operations, strategic planning, and/or policy analysis.
- Advanced experience analyzing, organizing, and interpreting data from various sources and drawing logical conclusions.
- Experience with public policy, including the knowledge of legislative processes and law.
- Experience interpreting and applying budget-related laws, ordinances, rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
- Advanced knowledge of Excel, including pivot tables, v-lookups, charts, and other tools to analyze data.
- Familiarity with ERP systems (Workday), databases (SQL Server), and publishing and data visualization software.
- Knowledge of principles and practices of governmental auditing.