Budget Analyst

Budget Analyst
Poudre Fire Authority Budget and Administration Department
 Fort Collins, Colorado
Job Description

Position Title: Budget Analyst
Division: Budget and Administration
Job #: BA 09152021 - Open to Public
Salary Range: Bi-Weekly $2,961 – $4,000 with benefits
Closing Date: Open until filled or until adequate qualified applications are received
FLSA/Career Status: Exempt/Classified
Work Schedule: 40-hour work week
Selection Process: Will include one or more of the following assessment tools:

  • Review and Screening of On-Line Application.
  • Resume Review and Screening.
  • Written Exercise(s) and Screening Evaluations
  • Interview(s).
  • Background Investigation(s) – acceptable/unacceptable.
  • Drug Screen - acceptable/unacceptable.

SUMMARY:

The Budget Analyst performs work related to the preparation and administration of the Authority’s annual operating budget, capital improvement plans and annual financial audit process.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The following duties and responsibilities are illustrative of the primary functions of this position and are not intended to be all inclusive.

  • Creates Resolutions and Agenda Item Summaries
  • Liaison to program managers on budget development and related issues, policies, and procedures.
  • Coordinates development of various documents and analysis such as the budget document, analysis of forecasted revenue, etc.
  • Responds to questions; provides training to employees on budget systems, policies, and procedures.
  • Leads preparation of sections of the annual budget; provides research and analysis for budget development and for the management of funds.
  • Contributes to budget vs actual variance analysis and narrative assessment reports; may lead investigation of variance root causes, proposed course of action, and communication of impact and results with management.
  • Data mine and compile data from various sources and systems and support the analysis of business issues, concerns and opportunities (e.g. analysis of enhancement spending, year-over-year budget comparisons, annual underspend analysis); develop recommendations on business decisions based on financial analysis.
  • Participates in financial ad hoc projects and reporting with Authority-wide impacts.
  • Processes accounting journal entries per documented procedures; reconcile accounts, and verify data integrity.
  • May participate on, or lead, financial research projects depending on complexity.
  • May identify issues and opportunities to make recommendations for improvement; works with program managers to identify corrective actions, as needed.
  • Assists with reviews on budget systems, policies, and procedures for continuous improvement and contributes to modifications to those systems and documents, as necessary.
  • Partners with program managers and City finance departments to resolve business issues.
  • Assists in the compilation of financial data and production of annual Financial Report in compliance with Government Finance Officers Association standards.
  • Compiles and completes applications for grants from various sources, including assisting other department representatives in completing grant applications.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:

  • Works under the general direction of the Budget and Administration Director.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED:

  • This position is not responsible for the supervision of Authority employee(s).

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the necessary functions of this position.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS AND OTHER

  • Bachelor' degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration or related field from an accredited college or university.
  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • Four years of experience in finance or accounting, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Current COVID-19 vaccination. Required for initial hire and continued employment.

LANGUAGE SKILLS

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex documents. Ability to respond effectively to sensitive inquiries or complaints. Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style. Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to management and public groups.

REASONING ABILITY

  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

NECESSARY KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs)

  • Knowledge of municipal government accounting principles; ability to understand financial statements like balance sheets and income statements.
  • Possess critical thinking, analytical thought processes and business acumen.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects with minimal guidance and various priorities
  • Intermediate skill level in Microsoft Office software such as Excel, PowerPoint and Word; experience learning new software.
  • Intermediate critical thinking in approach to problem solving, issue resolution and solution development, drawing upon business acumen and perspective gained from experience; desire to understand the ‘big picture.
  • Ability to summarize and communicate financial issues both orally and in writing to supervisors.
  • Intermediate data query and extraction skills. Proficient at incorporating and utilizing data in a variety of reporting tools and financial software packages.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of staff including peers and management.
  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and applicable laws.
  • Knowledge of various financial software and their applications.
  • Working knowledge of investment programs, debt management, sales tax, mill levies and budget management.
  • Skill in computer software applications including spreadsheets and word processing
  • Communication and interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to walk. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

WORK ENVIRONMENT AND GENERAL INFORMATION

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee would encounter while performing the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to a normal office environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and the employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Note: Some information in your application may be public information under the Colorado Open Records Act.

If you have questions, please contact hr@poudre-fire.org

YOUR APPLICATION (WITH ATTACHED RESUME) MUST BE SUBMITTED AT
https://www.poudre-fire.org/joining-pfa/civilian-job-postings TO BE CONSIDERED

THE POUDRE FIRE AUTHORITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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