Budget & Public Policy Analyst

  • SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CA
  • San Jose, California
  • Sep 23, 2021
Full Time Accounting and Finance Administrative Analysis and Research
  • Salary: $69,222.40 - $143,312.00 Annually USD

Job Description


With minimal supervision, in the County Executive's Office of Budget and Analysis (OBA), to perform professional level budget and public policy related analysis.
Typical Tasks
Depending on the area of assignment and within the working level limitations outlined above, positions are assigned a combination of the following tasks. The following list is not intended to represent the full array of tasks an incumbent may be assigned, but rather is reflective of the general nature of the work and scope of responsibility inherent in positions allocated to this class.

  • Participates in the development of the annual county budget by making recommendations on revenue sources and funding levels; analyzes and evaluates agency/department budget requests and other proposals for immediate and long- term policy and fiscal impacts; and prepares expenditure and revenue recommendations for assigned agency/departments;
  • Successfully utilizes the budget preparation technology to generate accurate data in the budget document;
  • Conducts analysis and prepares written and oral reports with recommendations on resource allocation, organizational structure, program evaluation, and other matters of concern for presentation to the County Executive, the Chief Operating Officer, Deputies to the County Executive, agency/department management, and/or Board policy committees;
  • Represents the County Executive's Office in work with management staff in all central service departments (Finance, Employee Services, Facilities and Fleet, County Counsel, Information Services) on issues of concern related to specific agency/department initiatives and/or countywide policy goals;
  • Prepares short-term and long-term economic projections and develops recommendations for contingency plans to address changes in revenue and expenditure requirements;
  • Recommends guidelines for the development of spending plans, including both one- time and ongoing resources for programs, capital expenses, technology improvements, and reserves;
  • Monitors expenditures and revenues for assigned agency/departments; investigates and reports on unusual occurrences; evaluates and provides recommendations on mid-year adjustments;
  • May act as staff to one or more Board policy committees, working cooperatively with Board of Supervisors staff and the Clerk of the Board to prepare and maintain committee workplans; plan committee agendas; track committee referrals and requests for information;
  • May be assigned continuing responsibility for the maintenance of budget development software and budget production process;
  • Monitors and reviews contracts executed by assigned Agency/Department(s) for compliance with County policies and practices;
  • May be assigned continuing responsibility for coordinating the countywide contract administration process;
  • Reviews agency/department transmittals to the Board of Supervisors for accuracy, completeness, and fiscal/policy implications and provides recommendations to the Agenda Review Committee regarding agenda placement;
  • May be assigned continuing responsibility for agenda review administration;
  • Monitors agency/department reports to the Board of Supervisors and/or Board policy committees, reviews reports for accuracy, completeness, and fiscal/policy implications;
  • May act as project leader on assignments that involve supervision of assigned professional and clerical staff and coordination with various county agency/department staff and/or outside consultants;
  • May be assigned continuing responsibility to administer and oversee human resources functions for the County Executive's Office under the direction of the Administrative Services Manager III;
  • Evaluates State and Federal legislative and regulatory proposals for assigned county departments and prepares written and oral reports regarding fiscal, policy, and/or programmatic impact;
  • May be assigned as a Disaster Services Worker, as required;
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Employment Standards
Education, training, and/or experience that directly demonstrates the ability to perform the above typical tasks, and the attainment of the following knowledge and abilities:

Experience Note: The following knowledge and abilities would typically be acquired through completion of a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college in Economics, Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, Public Administration or a closely related field and four (4) years of increasingly responsible management analytic work experience.

Two (2) years of public sector budgeting experience is highly desirable.

A Master's Degree in Public Administration, Business Administration or a related field may be substituted for two (2) years of the management analytic work experience.

Knowledge of:
  • Principles and practices of budgeting and fiscal management necessary to develop spending plans and evaluate funding sources;
  • Principles of management analysis and organizational design necessary to formulate administrative policies and procedures;
  • Principles and practices of research, data collection, and evaluation necessary to develop effective recommendations;
  • Principles and practices of contract administration;
  • Principles and practices of spreadsheet design and analysis;
  • The relationship between county, state, and federal government;
Ability to:
  • Collect, interpret and evaluate narrative and statistical data pertaining to fiscal and management matters and translate findings into coherent, well written reports with effective recommendations;
  • Successfully present findings and recommendations orally before OBA management, county agency/department management, the County Executive, the Board of Supervisors, representatives of other governmental agencies, and the public;
  • Analyze and understand complex issues in an assigned area of responsibility and develop effective recommendations in the areas of budget, organizational structure, administrative procedure, and public policy;
  • Take initiative in determining issues of concern and executing appropriate response;
  • Successfully utilize standard professional office software and more specialized budget preparation software;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other members of the County Executive's Office, elected officials, and departmental staff;
  • Function effectively with minimal supervision.
Employment Standards (advancement)
Prior to advancement to the higher levels of this classification, incumbents must have demonstrated a high degree of proficiency in each of the above know ledges and abilities in specific assignments where the issues and recommendations have major countywide or multi-departmental impact and were controversial or sensitive for the County.

Closing Date/Time: 10/20/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

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