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5215 - Finance Analyst - Principal - Finance Department
at Pima County
- Position Description
This position is in the General Government Services Administration (GGSA) Department.
Salary Grade: 60
This classification, used primarily by the central Finance and Risk Management Department, or other department/work unit approved by the County Administrator, prepares, analyzes, reviews, monitors and/or forecasts Countywide and departmental budget, financial and operational data.
Proof of education will be required at time of interview.
(Work assignments may vary depending on the department's needs and will be communicated to the applicant or incumbent by the supervisor.)
Conducts Countywide and departmental budgetary and financial studies concerning current and projected fiscal and operational matters, and develops recommendations on the feasibility of initiating new programs and maintaining or expanding existing services;
Establishes work plans, gathers and analyzes financial and operational data, and prepares reports, listing assumptions, methodologies, findings and recommendations;
Conducts revenue and expenditure forecasting studies and conducts financial impact analyses;
Reviews, analyzes, monitors, evaluates and reports findings related to specifically designated County expense and revenue contracts;
Prepares, analyzes, reviews, evaluates, and monitors Countywide and multiple departmental operating and Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budget requests;
Analyzes Countywide and multiple departmental requests for capital improvement expenditures, obtains information for new requests, and recommends appropriate levels of funding;
Updates Countywide and multiple departmental operating and capital budgets to reflect operating and funding changes;
Researches, analyzes and makes recommendations on departmental requests for additional funding;
Researches, analyzes, and develops recommendations on departmental requests for amendment(s) to the approved CIP;
Monitors and evaluates Countywide and multiple departmental operating and CIP budgets and develops a report on findings with appropriate recommendations;
Provides technical assistance to multiple departments engaged in budget preparation by explaining budget procedures and processes to ensure mutual understanding of the budget requests and in the use of the budgeting system;
Provides zero base budget training (e.g. program/services structure, line-item justifications, goals/objectives/performance measures etc.) to all County departments;
Analyzes the fiscal impact of changes to legislation considered or enacted by the federal, state and local government;
Designs econometrics models to forecast departmental expenditures and revenues, identifies anomalies and prepares monthly and annual reports on long-term projections;
Develops projections and trends using microcomputer software for modeling and forecasting;
Interprets and applies established policies and procedures relating to the operating and CIP budgets and develops recommendations for their revision;
Interprets the budget amendment process for departments;
Participates in the design, development and testing of the budgeting system, screens, and reports;
Prepares the budgeting for annual distribution and use by all County departments;
Researches and gathers various benefits and other information for inclusion in the budgeting, including health, social security, workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, and retirement;
Contacts all taxing jurisdictions in Pima County and compiles listings of property tax rates and levies, as part of the annual Tax Assembly process;
Answers tax payer's questions concerning property taxes;
Prepares multiple sections for the annually published Pima County Recommended and Adopted Budget Books.
KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS:
- data collection, research and fiscal audit methods, designs and technique;
- mathematics and statistics as applied to budgetary control and financial management;
- general governmental financial and budgetary principles and practices;
- automated accounting systems, word processing, spreadsheet and database applications.
- methods and techniques of financial management, budget preparation and analysis;
- federal, state and local laws and regulations as applied to budget and financial management.
- researching, analyzing, interpreting and auditing financial and budgetary data and preparing reports on findings;
- developing logical conclusions and preparing recommendations;
- performing applicable statistical and mathematical analysis;
- communicating effectively, both orally and in writing;
- identifying budgetary problems and developing concise recommendations for revision and improvement;
- developing long-/short-term financial forecasts;
- using a computer to produce reports and spreadsheets;
- analyzing management systems and operating efficiencies;
- use of computer-based resources to facilitate assigned work.
- Minimum Qualifications
(1) A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in public or business administration, finance, accounting, economics, or a related field as defined by the appointing authority at the time of recruitment and two years of professional level budget, auditing or accounting analysis, financial management research, or fiscal administration experience.
(A Master's degree from an accredited college or university in one of the required disciplines may substitute for one year of the required experience.)
(2) Three years of experience with Pima County as a Finance Analyst-Senior or Accountant-Senior.
(3) Two years of experience with Pima County as a Finance Accountant-Principal or Finance Analyst-Principal.
Qualifying education and experience must be clearly documented in the "Education" and "Work Experience" sections of the application. Do not substitute a resume for your application or write "see resume" on your application.
Preferred Qualifications: (Be specific in describing your experience in your application. Ensure the descriptions provided illustrate your competencies, specifically addressing the required and preferred qualifications.):
- Experience writing reports using Crystal, Webi, Excel or other software.
- Experience using SQL or other query languages.
- Experience researching, as well as, drafting policies and procedures.
- At least five (5) years experience working with Word, Excel and other MS Office products.
Pima County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates that meet the minimum/desired qualifications. All applications will be assessed based on an evaluation of the listed education and experience. Candidates meeting the minimum/desired qualifications may be further evaluated/scored against any advertised Preferred Qualifications. The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidate from a referral list provided by Human Resources. Additional assessments/testing may be required as part of the selection process.
- Supplemental Information
Physical/Sensory Requirements: Physical and sensory abilities will be determined by position.