Financial Analyst

Pima County Government   Tucson, AZ   Full-time     Finance
Posted on June 28, 2024
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5267 - Financial Analyst III - Central Services (Financial Management Division)

OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Salary Grade: 15

Salary: $66,536.00 Annually



Pima County's Department of Finance and Risk Management is seeking a dynamic, motivated professional to join its Financial Management Division (Cash and Debt Management Section). Pima County offers many great benefits including an alternative work schedule and telecommuting up to two days per week after successful completion of the probationary period.

The successful candidate will work independently to prepare and analyze statements of cash flow for various County departments and assist in the management and reconciliation of operating transfers for debt, capital project funding, and the general operations of the county along with review of reports for accuracy and creating and analyzing data sets using Microsoft Excel formulas. We are looking to hire a team player with a positive attitude who is proactive, detail-oriented, and reliable. If you enjoy working collaboratively with a team of dedicated professionals and have a passion for learning, growing, and serving others in a fast-paced business environment, then this may be the perfect opportunity for you to join our team.

 

Duties/Responsibilities

(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 budgets 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 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 budgets 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:

Knowledge of:

  • data collection, research, and fiscal audit methods, designs, and techniques;
  • 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.

Skill in:

  • 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 accounting, finance, economics, public or business administration, or a closely related field as defined by the appointing authority at the time of recruitment and two years of professional level experience in accounting, budgeting, auditing, financial analysis or financial management.

(Additional relevant education from an accredited college or university and/or experience may be substituted.)

(A CPA designation may substitute for one year of required experience.)

OR:

(2) Two years of experience with Pima County as an Accountant – Senior, Finance Analyst-Senior, Grant Accountant and Compliance Specialist, Financial Operations Specialist – Central Finance, Internal Auditor I or Finance Accountant – 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.):

  1. A Bachelor’s degree or higher in finance, accounting, or business administration.
  2. Minimum two (2) years of professional-level experience in accounting, budgeting, auditing financial data, financial analysis, or financial management.
  3. Minimum two (2) years of experience compiling, analyzing, and interpreting financial or budgetary data including preparation and analysis of financial statements.
  4. Minimum two (2) years of experience reconciling cash and other balance sheet accounts.
  5. Experience working within a governmental accounting environment.