The Office of Financial Management's Budget Division has an opening for the position of Budget Assistant to the Governor in the General Government unit. The Budget Assistant to the Governor analyzes budget requests; develops funding recommendations; assists in developing long-term financial and program strategies; monitors expenditures and revenues; and proposes operational improvements to ensure efficient and effective resource use. This position reports to the Senior Budget Assistant to the Governor for General Government. This position is an entry-level budget analyst position. It is designed for someone who is interested in budget work, who may not have significant experience, but who is eager to be trained to become a valuable contributor to the OFM budget team.
Major responsibilities include:
* Developing and presenting recommendations to OFM management and the Governor concerning the costs and effects of budget-related fiscal and policy proposals, proposed legislation and management initiatives.
* Reviewing and analyzing budget and other fiscal-related requests submitted by state agencies.
* Assisting state agencies in budget implementation.
* Monitoring program performance and spending patterns.
* Supporting development of performance measures and monitoring progress toward goals established to support the Governor's priorities.
* Participating in task forces and committees on assigned topic areas.
* Making legislative presentations, attending meetings, and responding to inquiries on budget and fiscal issues from various sources, including the Governor, senior staff, legislators, legislative staff, state agency staff, the public and the media.
* Participating actively in formal and informal training and mentoring opportunities. Is a keen observer of other analysts, other executive and legislative staff, learning from their interactions to gain valuable experience and skills to prepare for increasing responsibilities in state budgeting.
* A bachelor's degree in public administration, political science, business or closely allied field.
* Two years' experience in a state or local government fiscal, administrative, policy role, or similar work experience preferred.
Demonstrated knowledge and abilities should include:
* Familiarity with governmental budget concepts and the Washington state budget and legislative processes.
* Strong analytical and organizational skills.
* Excellent communication skills, including solid listening skills, and an ability to address conflicts openly and appropriately.
* Proficient use of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
* Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
* Successful experience in managing projects and groups.
* Ability to meet tight deadlines and manage competing demands.
* Ability to work long hours during peak times, including some evenings, weekends, and holidays.
The preferred candidate will have:
* Completed, or be currently enrolled in, a graduate degree program in public administration, political science, business or closely allied field.
* Experience in some aspects of budgeting, including performance-based budgeting, strategic planning, and performance measures.
* Familiarity with public agency organizations and issues.
* An interest in state government budgets and policies.
* Experience with governmental financial systems.
* A comfort level with math and a working-level understanding of the concepts of data and trend analysis.
* The ability to be resilient and professional under pressure, coachable, analytical, and willing to learn new things quickly.
* The ability to make recommendations, often within a short timeframe.
* An interest in building effective working relationships with agency, legislative, and stakeholder colleagues.
* An interest in learning how to deal effectively with senior management, legislators, legislative committees, and others in positions of authority and be capable of presenting information to these audiences clearly and effectively.
* A commitment to actively support a Lean culture of continuous improvement.
The top candidates will be contacted directly to interview for this position. Because the selection will be based on information provided by you, it is in your best interest to identify the knowledge, skills and abilities that address the mandatory and desirable qualifications described below.
Interested applicants should submit the following:
* A letter of interest describing specific qualifications.
* A current resume detailing applicable experience, education and current salary.
* A list of at least three professional references with current telephone numbers.
* Personal Data sheet: http://ofm.wa.gov/jobs/SupplementalProfileData.doc
Please send completed application packets by mail, fax or email to:
Office of Financial Management
PO Box 43113
Olympia, WA 98504-3113
The Office of Financial Management is a non-represented agency. If you have previously applied for a position and are interested in this position, please reapply.
Special note: In accordance with WAC 357-19-195, employees who left classified service to accept exempt employment have the right to return to the highest class of position in which the employee previously held permanent status, or to a position of similar nature and salary, provided the employee was not terminated from an exempt position for gross misconduct or malfeasance.
The Office of Financial Management is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, and ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, and disabled and Vietnam-era veterans are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application process, or who wish to receive this job announcement in an alternative format, may call 360-725-0158 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf: 711 Relay.
About State of Washington
The Tenants Union operates with a small budget and a small, dedicated staff-so volunteers are always welcome.
Are you interested in volunteering? Call us at 206-722-6848 or fill out the form below with your name, contact information, and any special skills you may want to offer, and we'll get in touch with you when we have volunteer opportunities that fit your interests.