Senior Budget Analyst
JOB CODE: 1428
PAY GRADE: 2240
SALARY RANGE: $45,329 - $76,818
LOCATION OF WORK
Under the direction of a higher classification, performs advanced level professional work in fiscal budget formulation and administration. Work involves responsibility for the highly complex phases of the budgeting process, including budget planning, preparation of budget manuals, budget preparation and review, budget monitoring and ensuring compliance with City-Parish budgeting procedures. Work requires the exercise of independent judgment in accordance with established policies, rules and regulations. Work is subject to review through discussion and observation of results obtained. Supervision may be exercised over lower level personnel through the inspection of completed work. Employees of this classification are distinguished from Budget Analysts by a greater level of experience, as well as a greater degree of authority and responsibility exercised. Performs other work as requested.
ESSENTIAL WORK TASKS
Assists in preparation of the various components of the annual operating budget of different departments; estimates various types of costs, determines needs for supplies, equipment, services and estimated revenues. Reviews all purchases and expenditures of certain complex departments and agencies to ensure compliance with established policies and procedures; monitors departmental spending to ensure compliance with the approved budget. Reviews budgets for grant applications; represents the Finance Department at Preliminary Grants Review and Contract Review Committee meetings. Prepares complex financial analyses used by management in its decision-making process. Prepares and assists in preparing Federal and State budgets. Meets with, and explains budgeting procedures to department heads and elected officials. Performs special projects for managers. Trains subordinate analysts and student interns, reviews their work and provides guidance when necessary.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of modern municipal budgetary methods and techniques. Knowledge of the various City-Parish departments and agencies, constitutional offices, state fiscal agencies, and non-departmental activities of the City-Parish government. Knowledge of the laws, ordinances and regulations governing the financial operation of the jurisdiction involved, particularly as applicable to budgetary activities. Ability to analyze accounting, financial and statistical statements and reports. Ability to plan and carry out the accumulation, collation and analysis of fiscal and operational data for budgetary and administrative purposes. Ability to make decisions based on recognized precedents and procedures, and to use resourcefulness and tact in meeting problems. Ability to complete special projects independently. Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with department heads and other officials, and to exercise initiative and judgment in difficult situations. Ability to use a computer for word processing and spreadsheet applications. Ability to supervise and provide assistance to subordinate staff as needed. Ability to apply good work habits such as punctuality, reliability, preciseness, and dependability in order to effectively complete assigned tasks and contribute to the smooth operation of the department and division.
Bachelor's degree with at least twenty-four semester (thirty-six quarter) hours of a university professional accounting curriculum or Master's degree with at least twenty-one semester (thirty-one and a half quarter) hours of a university professional accounting curriculum, and two years of professional level experience in budgeting (accounting, auditing, revenue collection, etc.).
Equivalent higher education in accounting may substitute for work experience; CPA may substitute for one year of work experience.
CERTIFICATIONS / LICENSES / REGISTRATIONS
(Unless otherwise specified below, must possess at the time of appointment and must be maintained current throughout employment in this classification.) None.
OTHER JOB ASPECTS
The work examples described in this specification are intended only as an illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from job performance requirements if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the job.