Senior Budget Analyst

  • City of Santa Monica
  • Santa Monica, California
  • Jan 08, 2019
Full Time Accounting and Finance
  • Salary: $95,436.00 - $117,828.00 Annually

Job Description

Job Summary

The City of Santa Monica's Finance Department is seeking a highly motivated and qualified Senior Budget Analyst to join our team. The ideal candidate must have strong analytical and organizational skills to assist in the development and monitoring of the City's biennial budget. This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced professional to contribute to the City's transition to a performance-based budget that integrates performance management into resource allocation decisions. 

Monitors, researches, analyzes and implements complex programs and research projects related to the City's budgetary operations.  

Major Duties

Facilitates the preparation of the City's annual budget by serving as a liaison to assigned departments during budget preparation and providing technical information and guidance.
Reviews and analyzes budget requests submitted by departments and prepares recommendations concerning departmental budget requests.
Assists in the creation, distribution, and explanation of City budget preparation instructions, including annual, mid-year and end-of-fiscal year processes.
Participates in the preparation of mid-year and end-of-fiscal year budget reviews, and prepares related budget revision recommendations for City Council approval.
Participates in the preparation of City revenue and expenditure forecasts.
Coordinates the preparation of the City's Cost Allocation Plan to reimburse the General Fund from enterprise funds and recover overhead costs through grant programs.
Assists departments in budget implementation and budget change activities; and monitors the budget of assigned departments.
Assists other City staff in the preparation of staff reports having fiscal and/or budgetary impacts.  Prepares reports for management review; assists in the preparation of and reviews organizational performance data for reports.
Participates in developing and evaluating accounting procedures and fiscal practices; and recommends changes to departmental work methods and practices.
Recommends and assists in implementing new or revised financial systems modules, procedures and records. 
Makes presentations to City Council and/or represents supervisors at City Council and/or civic or professional group meetings, as directed.
Leads and coordinates the work activities of staff.
Performs other related duties, as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills :
Knowledge of:
Basic accounting and auditing concepts, principles, and practices.
Budget development and management.
Budgeting policies, practices and analysis.
Project management principles and practices.
Business administration.
Quantitative and management analysis techniques.
Program and project development, implementation and evaluation.
Relevant local, state, and federal laws and regulations.
Report writing techniques.
Effective leading and coordinating techniques.
Effective customer service techniques.
Ability to:
Select, supervise and train staff.
Analyze and solve administrative and budgeting problems.
Plan, develop, implement, administer and evaluate projects and programs.
Perform a wide variety of accounting and financial analysis work.
Act as a resource for Finance and other department staff members.
Keep abreast of current developments in municipal budgeting and accounting trends.
Review, analyze and prepare data.
Prepare and maintain accurate reports.
Plan, organize and ensure the completion of work assignments and, as applicable, the
work of others.
Work independently under minimal supervision.
Provide effective customer service.
Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with City employee and the public.
Skill in:
Using a personal computer and applicable software applications.
Effective written and verbal communication.
Education, Training and Experience:
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Business, Public Administration or a closely related field.
Three years of recent, paid work experience in budget analysis, budget preparation and budget administration.  A Master's degree in Business, Public Administration or a closely related field may substitute for one year of the required budget-related experience. Public sector budget experience is desirable.
Licenses and Certificates:

Selection Process

HOW TO APPLY :   All applicants must submit an online City application and required supplemental questions to be considered for this position. Please note, applications may be rejected if incomplete. Resumes, CVs and cover letters are not reviewed as part of the application screening process and should not be submitted.  
NOTE: You must submit a copy of your college diploma/transcript. Applicants who indicated receipt of degree from a foreign institution must provide United States degree and credential equivalency verification along with a copy of your college diploma/transcript. All materials must be received in the Human Resources Department no later than close of business on the application closing date. You may attach a scanned copy of your college diploma or transcript to your online application, e-mail a scanned copy of your college diploma or transcript to or fax a copy to the attention of Rosie Cruz at (310) 656-5705. Failure to do so may result in your application being disqualified. 

SELECTION PROCESS :  All applicants must submit clear, concise and complete information regarding their qualifications for the position.  All applicants will be reviewed and only those candidates determined to be most qualified on the basis of experience and education, as submitted, will be invited to participate further in the selection process.  Testing will consist of the following:

Writing Project/Oral Interview: 100%

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS : Candidates who have successfully completed all prior phases of the selection process will be subject to a thorough background investigation.

NOTE : If three or more qualified City employees apply and pass the examination, a promotional list will be established in addition to an open-competitive list. If fewer than three qualified City employees pass the examination, the appointing authority, in accordance with the City's civil service rules and regulations, can decline to use a promotional list, in which case a promotional list will not be established for this position.
Closing Date/Time: 1/31/2019 5:30 PM Pacific

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