Recruitment #2112-0872-002



The Budget Division within the Business Services Department is seeking an experienced and motivated Lead Budget Analyst. This position assists in the overall process of preparing and administering the City's annual operating budget and multi-year revenues/expenditures forecasting for the City and responds to budgetary inquiries from management and satellite departments. The selected candidate may also be assigned special projects. We are looking for a person with a positive attitude and proactive planning skills to join our team.

General Description

Lead Budget Analysts compile and analyze both statistical and fiscal data as the basis for preparing, reviewing, and administering the City budget; evaluates fiscal impact of budget submittals and related issues on departmental budgets and Citywide budget. Approves adjustments in funding levels.

Essential Functions

This is a lead position affording guidance to other positions performing the same tasks. This lead position involves a high level of interaction with other City departments' management personnel and encompasses a wide range of tasks that require independence of action and have an impact on City operations.

Establishes and reviews budgets by developing a performance to establish a base budget for department needs, conducting a budget review of past budget requests, evaluating budget needs, past expenditures, program expansion, project needs and projected revenues, discussing and resolving issues and variances, developing budget recommendations, preparing documentation, conducting presentations and incorporating changes and assisting in the preparation of the published budget document.

Monitors and authorizes budget expenditures by reviewing submitted budget documents, verifying available funding, evaluating, analyzing and authorizing expenditures, researching expenditure levels and preparing reports. Reviews and approves departmental budget charge requests.

Monitors and evaluates budget implementation by conducting analysis of  expenditures, developing financial and budgetary forecasts, developing funding responses to resolved budget surpluses and deficits and compiling reports. Makes adjustments to funding levels by increasing or decreasing funding levels when unplanned needs occur and projects have exceeded authorized funding amounts, evaluating the impacts of reducing funding levels, making recommendations for funding sources, preparing documentation and implementing approved funding changes.

Plans, organizes and oversees the development and preparation of a city department's operating and capital budgets to appropriate legal requirements.

Reviews operating and capital budget related documents prepared by city departments for completeness and accuracy; provides feedback and direction regarding budget related documents to all levels within the organization.

Provides information to appropriate parties regarding policies.

Establishes and recommends procedures and prepares reports.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor's Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At Least 3 years of experience in developing and preparing operating and capital budgets

Special Job Requirements

Equivalency of experience in lieu of education will be accepted.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Accounting or Finance
  • Over 3 years' experience in professional level governmental accounting including audit, preparation and/or analysis of financial statements

Selection Plan

Please note: all applicants will be required to submit a resume under the "Resume" tab as part of the online application, as your resume will be reviewed and scored during the testing process.  Please ensure your application contains the required resume prior to submission.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in a Writing Assessment.

  • Writing Assessment materials will be sent out January 27, 2022 and due back February 2, 2022.
The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in the Oral Board Interview.

  • Virtual Oral Board interviews will be held February 10, 2022.

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:      

  • 5% of your rating for education and work experience
  • 10% of your rating for your resume
  • 10% of your writing assessment
  • 75% of your oral board interview   

This recruitment will establish a civil service list that will be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within the next 6 months.

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must present your documentation prior to your oral board interview. The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.  

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please email Curtis Rohlfs Curtis.Rohlfs@tucsonaz.gov at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.

**The City of Tucson values the safety of our employees, our residents, our community, and our visitors. In support of these values, if you are selected for this job, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs. If you are invited to join our team, you must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to your initial HR representative, or you must request an exemption from your representative. New employees must either provide proof of vaccination or be granted a medical or religious exemption before working with the City of Tucson.**


Communications throughout this process will be sent via email exclusively so please ensure your browser accepts emails from jobs@tucsonaz.gov and check your email account regularly. Failure to respond or follow instructions will result in disqualification. All email inquiries should be directed to Curtis Rohlfs at Curtis.Rohlfs@tucsonaz.gov.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements


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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.