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Budget & Performance Analyst
City of Brighton
 Brighton, Colorado
Job Description

Organization Overview

Brighton is a vibrant, close-knit community that deeply values its history and agricultural roots while embracing progress, innovation and sustainability. Just 20 miles north of downtown Denver and less than two hours from Colorado’s famous mountain towns, Brighton is ideally located at the crossroads of everything. This connection has helped drive robust population growth, seeing the community double from 21,000 to over 41,000 residents in just two decades. Other draws include over 235 acres of parkland, 37 miles of trails, and beloved regional events including Summerfest, 4th of July, Egg Dash, Art in the Park, Brighton BBQ, Turkey Trot and Festival of Lights.

The City of Brighton’s Finance Team values professionalism, customer service, and fiscal responsibility. There is a strong team dynamic and commitment to continuous improvement and professional development. The Budget and Performance Division is an award winning team that is reinventing the traditional budget process to emphasize innovation, collaboration, accessibility, and data analysis. It is responsible for developing and reviewing the City’s $138M annual budget, executing the City’s performance metrics program, and monitoring the City’s strategic plan.

Summary of Position

The Budget and Performance Analyst position is designed to provide talented individuals with an interest in local government the opportunity to gain practical and diverse real-world experience in municipal budgeting, finance, and project management. This position works under the direction of the Budget Manager in preparing and monitoring the City’s annual budget, strategic plan, and performance metrics program. The Budget and Performance Analyst is responsible for reviewing expenditures, monitoring budget levels, assisting in the development and implementation of budget policies and procedures, and providing analysis and recommendations on special projects. This position works directly with department staff and directors to resolve budgetary concerns, develop strategies for delivering services more efficiently, and execute strategic plan initiatives.

Working under the direction of the Budget Manager, the Budget and Performance Analyst can expect to lead projects from initial research to implementation, take an active role on inter-departmental teams, and present before the City Council. Previous Budget and Performance Analyst special projects include:

  • Development of the City’s performance metrics program
  • Creation of the City’s Strategic Plan Report Card and Capital Project Dashboard
  • Execution of COVID-19 grant programs
  • Digitizing the annual budget process
  • Design of budget education materials
  • Fleet audit, creation of a fleet policy, and development of a fleet model

Supervision Received and Exercised

Receives general supervision from the Budget Manager. This position does not supervise others.

Examples of Important/Essential Responsibilities and Duties

  • Assists in the development, implementation, and administration of the City’s annual operating budget and Capital Improvement Plan. This includes assisting in the creation and distribution of budget preparation materials and guidelines, verifying completeness of submitted budgets, and participating in departmental budget reviews.
  • Supports the creation of the annual budget book including data pulls, and development of narrative, graphs, and/or tables.
  • May assist in applying for the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Award.
  • Assists in departmental budget projections and discussions to identify budget trends and issues.
  • Assists in tracking and reporting of the City’s performance metrics program.
  • Assists in tracking and reporting progress on the City’s Strategic Plan and 5-year CIP.
  • Works collaboratively with departments to solve budget concerns.
  • Make recommendations to the Budget Manager on budget issues, policies, and procedures.
  • Provides analytical support to the Finance Department through a variety of efforts.
  • Provides consultative/educational support to City departments to assist in the delivery of services within the City’s adopted budget and annual Strategic Plan.
  • Assists the Budget Manager in preparing and presenting communications to City Management staff and City Council.
  • Attend City Council or other board meetings as necessary.
  • Provides assistance to other Finance Department staff and/or departments as requested.
  • Performs special projects upon request.

Qualifications:

Knowledge of:

  • Theories, methods, and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration
  • General principles and practices of public administration, including organizational development and budgeting.
  • Knowledge of basic principles of finance.
  • Skill in performing research, evaluating options, and performing complex mathematical computations.

Ability to:

  • Create and distribute budget preparation information, guidelines, materials, and forms.
  • Effectively collect, review, verify, and analyze financial data.
  • Use standard office equipment, computer equipment and software including word processing, presentation, database management, spreadsheet applications, and electronic mail.
  • Use automated financial systems.
  • Interpret, understand, and comply with ordinances, regulations, standards, and laws.
  • Listen well and communicate effectively orally and in writing with various audiences.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, management, and members of the general public.

Education/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s in Public Finance, Public Administration, Public Policy, Business Administration, or a closely related field. Preferred courses of study including public budgeting, public finance, economics, analytics, policy analysis, and/or business administration. Master’s preferred.
  • One year of professional finance, budgeting or accounting experience, preferably in local government.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.
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