Budget Analyst I

City of Sunnyvale, CA - Sunnyvale, CA

26 days agoFull-time


The City of Sunnyvale is searching for a Budget Analyst I in the Department of Finance. The Budget Analyst will join a small team dedicated to developing and monitoring Sunnyvale's performance-based budget. The candidate selected for this position will be the first point of contact for fiscal inquiries from City departments and provide analytical support for recommendations made to the Office of the City Manager. The candidate must be detail-oriented, a strategic and dynamic thinker, and have excellent customer service and strong presentation skills. A candidate must be a savvy Excel user, that can generate process and operational efficiencies, maintain strong data integrity, and present big-picture analysis.

Budget Analyst I is the entry-level classification in the professional Budget Analyst series. Initially, incumbents perform assigned duties under general supervision, while learning related policies and procedures. Budget Analyst I is distinguished from the Budget Analyst II classification by the performance of less than the full range of duties assigned to the Budget Analyst II. As experience is gained, there is greater independence of action within established guidelines.

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Essential Job Functions

(May include, but are not limited to, the following):
Participates in the development of the annual City budget by reviewing and analyzing budget submittals; makes recommendations related to revenue sources and funding levels; and prepares long-range financial plans.
Conducts analytical studies of complex and sensitive financial or organizational issues; analyzes proposals for immediate and long term policy and fiscal impacts on specific departmental operations and on a Citywide basis; makes recommendations based on findings.
Prepares expenditure and revenue recommendations in oral and written form.
Maintains a current understanding of financial and policy and program issues in the assigned area of responsibility; maintains awareness of the impact of such issues on a Citywide basis.
Conducts fiscal investigations and prepares written and oral reports with recommendations for action.
Facilitates budget process in cooperation with other City department managers, department directors, and executive management; schedules and coordinates meetings with operating departments in order to review and finalize budget submittals.
Reviews budget related documents prepared by operating departments for completeness and accuracy; provides feedback and direction regarding budget related documents to all levels within the organization.
Analyzes and develops process, procedures, work simplification, computer applications and methods of achieving intended outcomes.
Prepares reports, documentation and correspondence; coordinates and assembles a variety of financial and statistical information for inclusion in reports and presentations; may make presentations.
Collaborates with other City staff by providing consultation services in areas of expertise.
May represent the Finance Department in interdepartmental, interagency and public meetings; serves on committees and task forces as assigned.
May coordinate interdepartmental teams and complex projects and studies; manages programs and projects of a complex and varied nature.
May supervise other professional, administrative and support staff as assigned.

Position requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting and stooping in the performance of daily activities. The position also requires grasping, repetitive hand movement and fine coordination in using a computer keyboard. Additionally, the position requires near and far vision in reading reports and work related documents and using a computer. Acute hearing is required when providing phone and personal customer service. The need to lift, drag and push files, paper, and documents weighing up to 25 pounds is also required. Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodation.
Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:
The minimum qualifications for education and experience can be met in the following way:

A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in economics, accounting, finance, business administration, public administration or a closely related field; AND

Three years of increasingly responsible management and/or administrative analytical work experience, including two years of experience related to budget management or financial analysis.

A Master's degree in economics, accounting, finance, business administration, public administration or a closely related field from an accredited college or university may substitute for one year of management and/or administrative analytical work experience.

Knowledge of:
Theory, principles and practices of budgeting and finance.
Principles, programs and practices of fiscal analysis and research methodology.
Financial systems software and the general application of information technology systems to forecasting and analysis.
Concepts and techniques of costing services and products.
Office methods, procedures, software and equipment.

Ability to:
Learn to collect, interpret and evaluate narrative and statistical data pertaining to fiscal and management matters and translate results into coherent, well-written reports.
Analyze and understand complex issues related to assigned area of responsibility and develop effective recommendations.
Learn City of Sunnyvale performance-based budgeting concepts and apply these concepts to all fiscal issues.
Manage and organize large amounts of data in an accurate and easily understandable manner; effectively design accurate and complex spreadsheets.
Perform financial analysis utilizing current technology comparable to that employed by the City of Sunnyvale.
Communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain and promote positive and effective working relationships with employees, other agencies and the public.
Demonstrate initiative and exercise good judgment in the performance of duties.
Work independently and as a team member; recognize and set priorities and meet deadlines.
Observe safety principles and work in a safe manner.

Willingness to:
Work irregular hours as necessary in order to meet deadlines and achieve objectives.

Possession and continued maintenance of a valid California class C driver's license and a safe driving record, or the ability to provide alternate transportation which is approved by the appointing authority.

Performance-based budget experience and advanced computer skills
Master's degree in Public or Business Administration
Application and Selection Process

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a City of Sunnyvale employment application and responses to the supplemental questions to the Department of Human Resources no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 3, 2018. (postmarks or faxes are not accepted).

Candidates are asked to fully describe any training, education, experience or skills relevant to this position. Electronic applications may be submitted on-line through the City's employment page at Sunnyvale.ca.gov and click on Jobs or application materials may be submitted to: Department of Human Resources, 505 West Olive Avenue, Suite 200, Sunnyvale, CA 94086. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Applications will be competitively screened based on the minimum qualifications of this position. Based upon a review of the application materials, the most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the examination process, which may consist of an oral examination and written exercise, scheduled for December 17 or 18, 2018. (The examination process may be changed as deemed necessary by the Director of Human Resources.) Those candidates who receive a passing score on the examination will be placed on an eligibility list for up to one year, in accordance with the City's Civil Service Rules and Administrative Policies.

Any candidate selected by the hiring department will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, which may consist of a comprehensive background investigation, as well as medical exam(s) administered by a City-selected physician(s) before hire. Prior to starting work, all newly-hired employees will be fingerprinted to check conviction history. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose conviction history will result in refusal of employment or termination. Positions which are covered by the Department of Transportation regulations are required to submit to a pre-employment drug test and to random drug and alcohol testing.

Any successful candidate selected by the hiring department will be required to submit proof of education (i.e., original copy of the diploma or college/university transcripts).

Positions in this job classification are represented by the Sunnyvale Managers Association (SMA).

The information contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

The City of Sunnyvale is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the City of Sunnyvale not to discriminate against all qualified applicants or employees on the basis of actual or perceived race, religion (including religious dress or grooming practice), color, sex (includes gender, pregnancy, childbirth, medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, breastfeeding or medical conditions related to breastfeeding), gender identity and/or gender expression, sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality), ethnic or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, uniformed service member status, marital status, family relationship, age, cancer or HIV/AIDS related medical condition, genetic characteristics and/or genetic information, and physical or mental disability. Applicants needing special accommodations for testing should submit a request to the Department of Human Resources at time of application.