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POLICY & BUDGET ANALYST

POLICY & BUDGET ANALYST

Requisition ID 
2017-3290
Department 
FINANCE
Minimum Salary 
USD $55,453.00/Yr.
Maximum Salary 
USD $75,712.00/Yr.
Post End Date 
12/28/2017
Location 
US-UT-Salt Lake City

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Overview

Reporting to the City Budget Director, incumbent assists in the analysis of budgets and policies of assigned city departments. Consults with assigned key management personnel on major spending plans and programs, monitors departmental expenditures, participates in all phases of budget formulation and implementation, and works with Budget and Policy associates to formulate recommendations.

 

In addition, works with Departments to establish performance measurements to determine the effectiveness of individual programs. Helps to drive continued improvement throughout the City through analysis of the established measurements. Helps to ensure measurements are in line with citywide goals set forth by the Mayor and City Council.

 

This position requires knowledge of policy analysis, research methodologies, program evaluation, and performance management. Essential to this position is the ability to use creative problem solving skills, in-depth analytical and research skills, extraordinary written and oral communication skills, as well as the ability to determine the political and fiscal implications of differing recommendations.

 

Incumbent also may advance new initiatives from public policy trend analysis. Manages and coordinates complex, multi-agency, implementation of large-scale, long-term, City-wide policy initiatives. Serves as an impartial driver and mediator of public policy issues, attaining community consensus from numerous sources with widely divergent positions.

Responsibilities

  • Assists departments in analyzing and evaluating projected budgets consistent with departmental and City wide strategic planning goals, policy objectives, resource availability and statutory requirements or restrictions.  Helps departments plan their expenditures in the form of both a capital and operating expenditure budget.  Utilizes current city practices and procedures to formulate and compile budgetary data, and prepares accurate budget numbers for inclusion in the City’s annual budget documents.  Monitors department budgets and policy proposals to ensure compliance with policy and fiscal directives.  Provides technical consultation and training on budget matters as needed.
  • Analyzes and recommends policy, practice, and service delivery options.  Conducts studies and compiles reports on a wide variety of project assignments and policy issues. Formulates recommendations on new or revised service delivery methods providing for the most economical and appropriate means to achieve departmental and city wide policy objectives.
  • Develops proposals for departments regarding work coordination and performance measures and indicators.  Collects and compiles information to formulate departmental measures and ensures that measures are pertinent and useful indicators of departmental performance.
  • Explores and develops creative concepts, ideas, plans, or processes to address citywide project issues, through study of national public policy trends. Develops project parameters such as time frames, funding options, budget requirements, staffing needs, methods, procedures and schedules for project implementation. Drives project progress to ensure tasks and applications follow agreed upon decision path and time frames.
  • Performs analysis of the legal, fiscal and political impacts of public policy issues and develops models or scenarios to simulate City-wide economic, land use or legislative impacts. Articulates and generates decision paths, and prepares formal written findings and recommendation for action by City Administration.
  • Serves as a facilitator with diverse groups from the community and other governmental agencies in order to gain information and negotiate a balanced resolution to city policy issues. Mitigates negative impacts to the City during policy development and implementation.
  • May serve as the team leader on assigned policy or project implementation teams.  Assigns general project areas and facilitates each team’s ability to meet project goals and time lines. Monitors team performance and makes recommendations regarding project decision path, methods and progress.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Public Administration, Political Science, Business administration, Finance or a related field and five to eight (5-8) years paid experience in budget planning and policy analysis. Education and experience may be substituted one for the other on a year-for-year basis.  Preference will be given to candidates with public sector budget planning and policy analysis.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in statistical analysis and research methods.
  • Demonstrated ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. 
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of personal computers for word processing and spreadsheet analysis.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with initiative, self-reliance, and dependability.

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