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Budget Analyst

Recruitment #191017-UNCD-126

Introduction

A resume and cover letter must be submitted along with your application.

The Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES) is a trusted, credible partner that empowers employees to provide valued business expertise allowing customers to focus on their missions across state government. OMES provides financial, property, purchasing, human resources and information technology services to all state agencies, and assists the Governor’s Office on budgetary policy matters.

Our mission is supporting our partners through unified business services.  The OMES mission requires a highly-qualified workforce committed to making government run in the most efficient, innovative manner possible. Achieving that mission takes team-oriented, solutions-driven professionals who understand the importance of partnering to achieve success.

OMES is seeking a full time Budget Analyst. This is an unclassified position in state government, located in Oklahoma City.  OMES offers a comprehensive Benefits Package, including a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents.  For more information about the benefit allowance [click here].The annual salary for this position is up to $41,500 based on education and experience.

Position Purpose:
This is technical and professional work in budget, program and policy analysis.

An employee in this class performs detailed work in the analysis of budget requests and in researching, analyzing, and making recommendations concerning various complex fiscal and public policy issues for a group of agencies including small, large and/or complex agencies. Duties also include tracking appropriations and policy legislation, making recommendations to the Budget Division Director and cabinet secretary on budget items, and monitoring agency expenditures. Work is performed under the general supervision of an administrative superior; however, the employee has latitude for exercising independent judgment and initiative.

Any one position may not involve all of the specified duties or knowledge, skills and abilities, nor are the listed examples exhaustive.

Principal Activities: Principal activities include the following:
• Attends Executive budget hearings to explain recommendations and alternatives; attends hearings of House and Senate appropriation committees and answers questions concerning Executive budget recommendations.
• Analyzes and examines budget submissions and requests from state agencies for completeness, accuracy, and conformance with procedures and regulations. This may also involve helping to develop forms and instructions for agency use in submission of budget related documents and providing technical assistance to agencies.
• Reviews programs of various state departments in terms of program priorities, expenditures of funds, and coordination of services. Examines requests to evaluate needs and priorities of agencies and to determine where funds may be cut and where additional funds may be necessary; examines alternatives available in funding agency programs. Develops recommendations for agency funding and prepares justifications for each recommendation for possible inclusion in the Governor’s Executive Budget.
• Accumulates and analyzes budget requests, income and expenditure data for preparation of budget-to-actual and other financial reports; maintains data on budgetary systems and financial programs.
• Tracks appropriation and policy legislation concerning assigned agencies and other issues; attends hearings; prepares reports on status of bills, and makes sign/veto recommendations to the Budget Division Director and/or the cabinet secretary.
• Researches and analyzes policy issues and develops specific recommendations.
• Examines budget estimates for completeness, accuracy and conformance with procedures and regulations. Assembles fiscal and statistical data for use in budgetary and program evaluations, and maintains files on budgetary information.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.
Supervisory Responsibilities: This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

QUALIFICATIONS:
To perform this job successfully, the individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/ or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. Adherence to work hours established for this position will allow for flexibility at the discretion of the supervisor or unit director. It is anticipated that an inability to attend on any given day due to illness etc., will prompt a telephone call to the supervisor in a timely manner. Request for annual leave will be submitted in with enough advance notice to enable appropriate unit staffing (excludes emergency situations).

Other qualifications: 
* Detail-oriented self-starter with superb follow-up skills. Travel in and out of state on an as needed basis. 
* Considerable knowledge of, or ability to learn, the principles and practices of budget administration with special reference to governmental procedures, practices, and objectives. 
* Considerable knowledge of, or ability to learn, the principles and practices of public administration.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE: (Applicants may be asked to complete a written budget exercise.)
Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with a Bachelor's degree in public or business administration, accounting, finance, political science, or economics. Other degrees may be considered if appropriate math, accounting and analytical skills can be demonstrated.

LANGUAGE SKILLS:
Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business and government periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, statutes, and governmental regulations. Ability to formulate questions as well as define policy issues and recommend funding and program solutions. Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present results of analysis, communicate recommended solutions and answer questions from members of the executive and legislative branches, state agencies, and the public.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS:
Organize and present the results of research or analysis effectively in oral, written, and graphic form.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department officials and staff associates.

Effectively work with internal and external stakeholders, customers, agency staff and other state agency staffs. Must be able to demonstrate a high degree of interpersonal skills in both verbal and written communications.

REASONING ABILITY:
Demonstrate an aptitude to develop working knowledge of program goals, objectives, and operations and be able to relate these to budget and program analysis. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions and make recommendations. Ability to conduct reliable statutory research and interpret basic legal documents.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:
Prepare and interpret budget and financial reports and statements. Demonstrate a working knowledge of research methodology including the use of statistics and data collection. Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference and apply the concepts to practical situations and to work with accounting and financial concepts.

COMPUTER SKILLS:
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Applications, intermediate and advanced spreadsheet knowledge.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to a variety of work environments in standard office situations.

NOTES

Please read instructions carefully and include all required documents when you submit your application.

No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.

Conclusion

Veteran’s preference points apply only for initial appointment in the classified service.



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