Budget and Finance Analyst

Department/Agency of position: 
Northwest Fire District Finance Department
Location of position: 
Tucson, AZ
Wage/Salary: 
$49,450 - $58,650
Date Posted: 
Thursday, September 5, 2019
Closing Date: 
Friday, September 20, 2019
Job Description: 

POSITION SUMMARY

The fundamental reason this classification exists is to assist with performing a variety of professional level administrative and analytical work involving the preparation, study and application of District budgets and finances.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Participate in annual operating, capital and District budget preparation and administration; conduct fiscal/economic impact studies and cost/benefit analyses; coordinate the preparation of manuals and comprehensive and timely budget documents.
  • Assist with the preparation and administration of the District capital improvement program, debt management plan, and annual financial report; assist department and division heads in developing and improving policies, procedures, methods, and systems of operations.
  • Perform comprehensive multiyear econometric models and scenarios, financial projections, and plans involving revenue and expenditure forecast analysis.
  • Monitor District budget patterns and prepare and distribute budget reviews.
  • Advise management, departments, and divisions on budget problems, policies, and procedures, and assist them in the maintenance of proper budgetary controls.
  • Prepare and present formal and informal instruction to personnel.
  • Write clear, complete and accurate reports from analysis of research or investigation.
  • Research economic trends at national, regional, state and local levels.
  • Conduct administrative and systems studies; evaluate and prepare reports and recommendations for improving policies, procedures, methods, and systems of operation.
  • Conduct performance measurement/benchmarking and productivity studies; review performance and program direction; evaluate and recommend changes to improve productivity.
  • Design and conduct surveys, economic impact studies, and prepare proposals on financial and staffing requirements; design, develop and perform various independent statistical and research studies to monitor economic processes affecting the budget.
  • Utilize principles of cost accounting to monitor and update District fee schedules.
  • Research special projects as assigned and prepare detailed financial analyses (ie. financial impacts related to grant applications, meet/confer proposals, expansion projects, etc.)
  • Perform the costing of memorandum of understanding agreements.
  • Complies with the rules, policies and procedures as set forth by the District.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge of:

  • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles for governments.
  • Theory of governmental accounting, including cash, accrual and modified accrual bases of accounting.
  • Principles and practices of fund accounting.
  • Principles and methods of cost accounting.
  • Principles and practices of financial record keeping, control and reporting.
  • Principles and practices of workflow and systems analysis.
  • Methods and techniques of analysis and investigation.
  • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations.
  • Principles of business letter writing and report preparation.
  • Principles of practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.
  • Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases; automated business computing systems.

Ability to:

  • Analyze systems and procedures accurately and logically and implement improvements.
  • Operate a variety of standard office equipment requiring continuous or repetitive arm-hand movements such as a calculator or computer keyboard.
  • Remain in a sitting position for extended periods.
  • Enter data or information into a terminal, PC or other keyboard device.
  • Make independent decisions as they may relate to accounting and budget.
  • Use good judgment and make difficult independent decisions without direct supervision.
  • Prepare and administer budgets.
  • Maintain sustained attention to detail, prioritize workload, manage multiple tasks with competing deadlines.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Work under pressure, handle significant problems and tasks that arise simultaneously and/or unexpectantly.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in the English language with customers, clients, employees and the public in face-to-face, one-on-one settings, in group settings, or using a telephone on both technical and non-technical matters.
  • Produce written documents in the English language with clearly organized thoughts using proper sentence construction, punctuation, and grammar. o Understand and follow oral and written instructions in the English language.
  • Comprehend and make inferences from written materials in the English language.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships by working cooperatively with others.
  •  Enforce all District policies. o Maintain a positive and professional work environment.
  • Work safely and courteously to promote a strong team atmosphere.

Skills in:

  • Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

MINIMUM EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in Accounting, Finance, Statistics and Research, Economics, or related field.
  • Three (3) years of full-time, professional experience in budget, finance, economics, management analysis, or accounting work demonstrating increasingly responsible budget and finance experience in government.