Principal, Budget Program Analyst/ Budget Analyst
San Rafael, CA 
Posted 1 month ago
Job Description
$92,310.40 - $160,555.20 Annually
San Rafael, CA
Job Type
Regular, Full-Time
District Division
Job Number
Position Summary

Under general direction of the Director of Budget and Electronic Revenue and the Auditor-Controller, leads Agency budget process and participates in complex, sensitive, and detailed analytical work in the areas of budgets, finances, program operation and economic, regulatory and administrative policy. Performs other position-related duties as assigned.

The Budget unit has a Professional Development Program which allows consideration and appointment of eligible candidates at the appropriate position level. The unit has the following position levels:

1) Associate Budget Analyst; $92,310.40 - 111,550.40
2) Budget Analyst; $109,553.60 - $132,433.60
3) Senior Budget Analyst; $118,268.80 - 142,916.80
4) Principal Budget Analyst. $124,529.60 - 160,555.20

To allow us to assess the level that you will best qualify for, please respond to the Supplemental Questionnaire.
Essential Responsibilities

  • Leads Budget Team in the annual budget process and takes a lead role in performing annual long-term financial projection
  • Performs a wide variety of complex financial analysis, including financial forecasting, revenue projection, revenue analysis, modeling and cost/benefit analysis
  • Performs and leads special studies for the District as well as coordinates assigned activities with other District departments, divisions, and outside agencies
  • Analyzes financial impacts of District plans, facilities, services, operations, expenditures, funding programs, and strategies for Board, staff and public
  • Leads the preparation of the District's budget including baseline projections, goals, objectives and performance measures
  • Work with other managers to assist in preparing the departmental budgetary requests, ensures accuracy and timely completion
  • Maintains and tracks the Budget issues in the Financial Systems that includes Budget Transfers, Budget Adjustments, and Monthly Budget Reports
  • Takes the lead on examining current program operations and makes recommendations to management on efficiency and effectiveness improvements
  • Reviews and creates contracts as needed as well as provides technical assistance to staff on financially related policies, procedures, and requirements
  • Analyzes existing and proposed administrative financial policies and procedures
  • Performs regular and year-end budgetary analysis for management and the Board of Directors
  • Leads and works closely with analysts in other departments
  • Assists in examining all fiscal analysis performed on decisions before the Board of Directors for clarity and accuracy
  • Must maintain confidentiality of District information at all times
  • Plans, coordinates, researches, and prepares reports for special studies such as impact on revenues, cost reduction, and operating and capital budget analysis
  • Performs complex administrative and financial analyses, including problem identification, selection of methodology, evaluation of alternative solutions, and presentation of findings to management
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with District employees, customers, vendors and all others contacted during the course of work using principles of excellent customer service
  • Performs additional related duties as assigned
  • Regular and reliable performance and attendance is required
Minimum Qualifications

Education and/or Experience:

A combination of college level training and position related experience equivalent to:

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Public or Business Administration or related field from an accredited college or university. Master's degree in a related field is highly desirable. Additional qualifying position-related experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis in lieu of the education requirement
  • 5 years of progressive full-time, recent position-related experience in budget preparation, budget analysis, financial analysis, economic analysis, examination of large construction contracts, or relevant administrative policy analysis
  • Supervisory experience and public sector experience is highly desirable
  • Strong computer experience with accounting systems and controls including strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint)
  • Principles, procedures, and methods of government auditing is desirable.
  • Experience in implementing or converting to enterprise wide automated budgeting and accounting systems is desirable

Physical Requirement:

Must have sufficient strength to lift and carry boxes of materials weighing up to 30 pounds. Must be flexible in working to meet short turnaround deadlines. Mobility to work in a typical office setting. Vision to read printed materials and a computer screen. Hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone. Routine use of computer, telephone and other office equipment. Ability to travel to District facilities.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Working knowledge of:

  • District financial functions
  • Governmental fiscal and financial management principles, methods, and systems
  • Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration; statistical techniques; pertinent federal, state, and local regulations; principles and procedures of financial record keeping and reporting; and technical report writing styles

Ability to:

  • Reason logically and creatively as well as utilize a variety of analytical techniques to resolve complex and specialized managerial issues; develop sound solutions to management problems; persuade, justify, and project consequences of decisions and/or recommendations; consult with and advise management on a wide variety of issues; deal tactfully and persuasively with others in controversial situations; plan, organize, and conduct work assignments under minimal direction; collect, interpret, and evaluate data of a complex and specialized nature
  • Find solutions to complex budget, financial, administrative, and technical issues.
  • Use excellent written and oral communication skills; strong management and organizational ability; critical and analytical thinking, and time management abilities
  • Collect, synthesize, and analyze a wide variety of information while using discretion
  • Plan, prepare, review, and present clear and concise findings and reports to management
  • Maintain effective professional relationships at all organizational levels, with District Officers, managers, and with other agencies
  • Demonstrate business acumen, integrity, and good judgment
  • Examine large capital contracts
  • Effectively use personal computer and learn software applicable to the department
  • Demonstrate strong customer service skills
  • Lead, coach, and/or support interdisciplinary teams to complete complex, long-term projects
  • Work in a team environment as well as independently
  • Follow the safety and health rules and safe working practices applicable to the job


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
5+ years
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