Public Service Coordinator II – Senior Budget Analyst (2 positions)

Augusta, Maine, United States Full-time

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Bureau of the Budget

Public Service Coordinator II – Senior Budget Analyst (2 positions)

CODE: CA32                PAY GRADE: 32 - $64,001.60 to $87,859.20 annually

OPEN FOR RECRUITMENT:  October 4, 2019

CLOSES:  October 18, 2019

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

Maine’s Bureau of the Budget provides central budget and position planning and control in support of gubernatorial objectives and legislative intent. The Senior Budget Analyst serves as the subject matter expert in creating and managing the budgets for assigned policy areas. This professional services work involves: instructing and advising state departments and agencies in formulating budget and program requests; analyzing, implementing, and administering budgets and work programs; and conducting budget-related analyses, forecasts and projects. This position also acts as a primary resource for the Bureau, and others in the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, regarding the programs and financial structure of assigned state agencies. This requires an in-depth understanding of the current programs, departmental plans and goals, and trends (programmatic and fiscal) that could have budgetary impact. The Senior Budget Analyst’s responsibilities require a high degree of discretion, independence and objectivity. This professional must be capable of staying productive and making sound decisions with minimal supervision, as well as adjusting to constantly shifting priorities. In performing the duties of this position, the Senior Budget Analyst is expected to:

  • Motivate and foster professionalism and teamwork among Bureau staff;
  • Demonstrate reasoned judgment, creativity and initiative in problem-solving and developing recommendations for executive consideration; 
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and the management and staff of various departments and agencies;
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude and high degree of personal initiative and motivation; and
  • Adhere to Bureau policies, procedures, standards and values.

 

REPRESENTATIVE TASKS

This position reports to the Deputy State Budget Officer. Position duties include:

  • Directs and participates in the creation and review of department/agency budget requests and revenue forecasts to develop a budget proposal consistent with goals and objectives set forth by the Governor and within available resources.
  • Guides departments and agencies through the annual work program distribution based on the enacted budget laws to ensure funds are sufficient to meet obligations.
  • Evaluates department/agency requests for changes in the annual work programs, including financial orders and budget orders, using knowledge of programs, objectives and available resources. Makes recommendations to the State Budget Officer on the appropriate action to be taken, including proposing appropriate alternatives.
  • Responds to technical and procedural questions on budgetary matters and the state’s budget process and system.
  • Monitors legislation in assigned policy areas including staying informed on activity in legislative committees and House and Senate sessions. Reviews all enacted legislation pertaining to assigned departments/agencies, and performs fiscal analysis as necessary, to assess programmatic and budgetary impact.
  • Conducts research on State laws and queries and analyzes data from State financial systems to problem solve and provide information to inform policy and decision-making at executive levels.
  • Analyzes and reports on revenue and expense patterns and trends within assigned departments/agencies which could have an impact on state budget requirements.
  • Participates in the preparation of the Maine State Government Annual Report and the 4-year expenditure and revenue forecasts.
  • May represent the State Budget Officer on a variety of committees, task forces and study groups.
  • Assists in providing on-the-job training and guidance to Budget Analysts. May direct and coordinate other Bureau staff when they are directly assigned to the Senior Budget Analyst for accomplishment of specific projects.

 

KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration and public finance.
  • Knowledge of State laws and regulations.
  • Knowledge of governmental accounting procedures and practices.
  • Knowledge of governmental operations, organizations, procedures and practices.
  • Knowledge of budgetary processes and techniques.
  • Ability to evaluate, revise and implement managerial procedures.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and express ideas clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.
  • Ability to interact diplomatically and effectively with staff, department and agency personnel and the public.
  • Ability to evaluate facts, reach logical conclusions and make sound recommendations and decisions.
  • Ability to analyze and project payroll, revenue and expenditures.
  • Strong analysis, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills including active listening, facilitation, negotiation and sensitivity to a political environment.
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office suite software such as Outlook, Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to easily learn various computer applications, including the State’s budget, accounting and human resource systems and related data retrieval and analysis tools.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

A Master’s degree with at least two (2) years of relevant experience or Bachelor’s degree with at least four (4) years of relevant experience. Preferred degree concentrations are public or business administration, accounting, finance, economics or closely related field. Relevant experience is budgeting, business administration, public administration, accounting, finance, and fiscal or economic analysis. Prior experience working with the State’s Budget and Financial Management System is desirable. 

In addition to the standard application form, you must address each of the following items in your cover letter in order to be considered for this position. 

  1. A brief description of those aspects of your work experience most relevant to the key knowledge and experience areas for this position and the number of years you have held such roles.
  2. A brief example of a project(s) in which you performed analysis of financial data (please describe the analysis and its purpose).

 

HOW TO APPLY:

Please apply online at:   https://www.maine.gov/fps/opportunities/

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

 

Melinda Hansen, HR Generalist

General Government Service Center

Melinda.Hansen@maine.gov

207-624-7430 (T)

207-287-4032 (F)

 

BENEFITS

 

The value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement:  19.27% for Confidential Positions.   The value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $14.31 biweekly.  The value* of State-paid Health Insurance:

 

Level 1:  100% State Contribution (employee pays nothing):  $461.75 biweekly

Level 2:  95% State Contribution (employee pays 5%):  $438.66 biweekly

Level 3:  90% State Contribution (employee pays 10%):  $415.58 biweekly

Level 4:  85% State Contribution (employee pays 15%):  $392.49 biweekly

 

*The level of the actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on the employee’s wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium program.