Posting Date:  09/10/2019
Job Title:  Budget Analyst
Salary:  $77,315.28 – $94,201.20 annually
Entity:  City of Bremerton
Closing Date:  Open until filled

Description:

Under direction of the Director of Financial Services manages and coordinates development, implementation and monitoring of the City’s annual operating and capital budgets, capital improvement plan and staffing levels. In addition to monitoring actual financial performance by comparing to budgetary projections, the position analyzes and interprets variances and prepares a variety of custom and standard reports and analysis, with recommendations, on financial data to support monitoring and decision making by City Directors, City Council and Mayor. Visit www.BremertonWA.gov/169/Current-Jobs for a complete description of this position.

Primary Duties

Manages the development, implementation and monitoring of the City’s annual operating and capital budget and capital improvement plan; including document preparation.

Analyzes submittals from departments for conformance with instructions, objectives, City programs and goals. Performs fiscal analysis on a variety of issues in support of and to facilitate budgetary decision making.

Assesses fiscal impacts of alternative budget policies; new federal, state and local legislation; and administrative actions. Advises staff and elected officials of those findings and alternatives pertaining to City code, policies and procedures and provides recommendations.

Prepares and presents written and oral presentations for City Council meetings, annual budget workshops and Finance Committee meetings.

Prepares short and long-term financial forecasts, estimates and monitors the financial condition of the City. Leads revenue and expenditure forecasting based on current and economic trends, historical data and advises others of those findings.

Analyzes actual operating results including payroll of each department throughout the year and compares to projected performance. Interprets data and presents results to the Finance Director and Mayor.

Monitors and analyzes short and long-term trends of budgeted revenues and expenditures to determine future problems or opportunities facing the City operations. Develops options and makes recommendations to ensure that fiscal responsibility, control, and well-being are maintained. Elevates issues noted to the Finance Director.

Implements the adopted budget; coordinates and prepares budget amendments as required during the year, including coordination of the annual carryover process.

Provides financial data and analysis on special requests from elected officials and senior level staff on current and proposed projects and programs. This includes payroll data and analysis and information on current and proposed salary, benefits and labor contract provisions. Interprets results and formats to facilitate decision making.

Estimates city-wide personnel budget. Computes costs for all personnel in the City and estimates effects of potential retirees pay outs, excess compensation payments, labor negotiations and health insurance.

Analyzes actual payroll operating results of each department throughout the year and compares to projected performance and position control reports. Presents results for interpretation and action.

Manages position control database and default distributions and works directly with Human Resources to ensure that personnel vacancies are filled within authorized positions and authorized budget.

Assists the Director of Financial Services with City utility rate model.

Makes recommendations for efficiencies, strengthening internal controls, process changes and policy and procedure amendments as necessary.

Demonstrates the effects of alternative decision options by using financial modeling, studies and analysis.

Provides technical expertise to City departments and outside agencies. May represent the City at a meeting with external agencies.

In the absence of the Director of Financial Services and the Assistant Director of Financial Services may assume supervisory responsibility of the Finance Division.

Administer and maintain automated budget financial system and budget database and provide training for City staff.

Manages existing account structure and update financial system chart of accounts in accordance with BARS.

Provides financial support, advice and guidance to all departments of the City.

May be assigned finance or administrative support projects by the Finance Director.

Maintains confidentiality of work-related issues, client records, and City information.

Other Duties
– Regular attendance is an essential requirement
– Performs related work as assigned and/or required

Qualifications

Requires graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in accounting, finance, business or public administration, or a closely related field, and at least five (5) years finance experience in accounting or finance work. Experience in budget management is preferable.

Knowledge of:
• General business and financial management practices needed to operate effectively in the City’s business environment including finance administration, budget preparation and control and revenue projection principles.
• Strong knowledge of municipal government budgetary principles, practices, operations and procedures and revenue projection principles.
• State of Washington, Budgeting, Accounting and Reporting System (BARS) as it relates to municipal budgets and annual financial reporting in Washington State.
• Theory, principles and practices of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
• Union contracts and their effects on budgets.
• General business and payroll processing practices needed to operate effectively in a general business environment.
• Proficiency with PC including Microsoft Office Products (Excel, Word, PowerPoint & Publisher), experience with other application software is desirable.

Ability to:
• Perform budget, financial, research and administrative duties under little supervision with regular opportunity to apply independent judgement.
• Accurately interpret and apply federal, state and local policies, laws and regulations.
• Ability to set objectives, delegate, and prioritize workflow in such a way that the overall goals of the City/department are met.
• Use report writing software to develop custom reports as needed for all divisions of the City.
• Gather, organize and analyze large amounts of data accurately.
• Work efficiently in a fast-paced work environment subject to interruptions and unexpected top priority assignments.
• Show initiative in performing job functions and manage tasks and time effectively to meet rigid schedules and multiple demanding time-lines.
• Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
• Communicate complex financial information to a variety of audiences.
• Maintain confidentiality, discretion and situational awareness for effective performance.
• Create a work environment that fosters teamwork and collaboration within all divisions of the City.
• To effectively use Microsoft Office products such as Word and Excel.

Contact Information

Debbie Klinefelter, HR Analyst I
City of Bremerton Human Resources
(360) 473-5348
debbie.klinefelter@ci.bremerton.wa.us

Links

www.BremertonWA.gov/169/Current-Jobs

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