Chief Budget Analyst



JOB CODE: 1430

PAY GRADE: 2260

SALARY RANGE: $49,975 - $84,385

LOCATION OF WORK
Finance Department

GENERAL DESCRIPTION
Under the direction of the Budgeting Manager and Assistant Budgeting Manager, performs responsible professional supervisory and administrative work in fiscal budget formulation and administration. Work involves responsibility for the highly complex phase of the budgeting process including budget planning, preparation of budget manuals, budget preparation and review, ensuring compliance with City-Parish budgeting procedures, as well as assisting in the formulation of major policy decisions. Work is performed with relative independence in accordance with established policies, rules and regulations. Work is reviewed through observation, consultation and monthly reports. Performs other work as requested.

ESSENTIAL WORK TASKS
Assists in preparation of the various complex components of annual operating budgets of various departments; estimates various types of costs, determines needs for supplies, equipment, services and estimated revenues. Assists in the preparation of property tax revenue estimates for the general fund and all special taxing bodies. 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 application; represents the Finance Department at Preliminary Grants Review and Contracts Review Committee meetings. Recommends policy matters to the administration or Council. Reviews complex financial analyses used by management in its decision-making process. Prepares complex detailed revenue and expenditure projections and estimates of fund balance for various departments. Prepares and assists in preparing Federal and State budgets. Meets with and explains budgeting procedures to department heads, elected officials, and governing boards. Performs special projects for managers; monitors computer system to ensure proper operation. Supervises the office staff in the absences of managers; trains subordinate analysts, 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 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.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

EDUCATIONAL AND EXPERIENCE
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 four years of professional level experience in budgeting (accounting, auditing, revenue collection, etc.).

SUBSTITUTIONS
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
None.


NOTE:
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.