Budget Analyst IV

    Texas Health & Human Services Commission
    701 W 51ST ST, AUSTIN, TX

    Job Description

    The Budget Analyst IV performs advanced (senior-level) budget preparation and analysis work. Work involves planning, organizing, coordinating, and evaluating budgetary activities. Works under minimal supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

    Essential Job Functions:
    Prepares the annual operating budget for assigned strategies. Develops, monitors, reviews, and analyzes operating budgets and methods of finance. Works with program leads to identify priorities. Ensures funding sources are allocated and budgeted correctly. Monitors, reviews and analyzes expenditure patterns and trends to determine potential for reallocation, realignment, or adjustments to accomplish programmatic goals. Prepares, reviews, and analyzes financial information related to general revenue, federal funds, reimbursements, fees, appropriated receipts, and other funds as assigned. Analyzes trends and variances and tests for reasonableness, identifies any unusual financial activity and coordinates with management to resolve. Recommends improvements to the efficient utilization of funding. Uses Microsoft/Excel/Word, CAPPS, ABEST, and USAS to perform essential job functions. (30%)

    Prepares reports to provide management with expenditure data, trends and recommendations on the use of funds to meet operational goals. Establishes work methods and analyzes expenditure patterns and provides recommendations on the use of funds in assigned strategies. Analyzes and provides explanations concerning budgetary issues that affect the agency's resources. Serves as a resource to department staff and provides guidance/technical assistance related to budgetary matters. Meets routinely with program to provide operating budget status and recommendations on utilization of funds. Informs management of budget deviations, problems, and events likely to affect operations within the assigned strategies or critical functions across strategies; explains causes; and measures effect on the agency's mission and resources in coordination with program management. Researches, analyzes, and prepares charts and reports related to internal/external ad hoc requests as required. (20%)

    Provides technical assistance to program staff preparing cost estimates and fiscal notes. Analyzes the impact of existing and proposed state and federal legislation on DFPS programs. Oversees the development of fiscal analyses to identify potential implementation costs of proposed state and federal legislation, regulations and administrative rules, including the anticipated method of finance. Prepares ad hoc reports requested by management, department staff, the Legislative Budget Board, the Governor's Office of Budget and Planning, the State Comptroller, and the State Auditor's Office. Responds to inquiries from the legislature. (15%)

    Prepares legislative appropriation requests (LAR) for assigned strategies. Compiles draft appropriation requests; makes necessary revisions for accuracy and conformance with instructions; and assembles into five year budgetary schedules to include Strategy Requests, Sub-strategy Requests, Exceptional Item Requests, Federal Funds Supporting Schedules, and Revenue Collections Supporting Schedules. Works with program to ensure requests are appropriate and accurate. Maintains documentation used for supporting schedules and strategy requests. May verify information to be used in the agency's Annual Financial Report (AFR) and Data Book. (15%)

    Works with management to establish work methods, priorities, and methodologies/techniques for performing budget evaluations. Develops policy, procedures, and instructions concerning budget functions. (10%)

    Represents DFPS Office of Finance on internal and external workgroups including local, state and federal entities regarding funding, payment and performance metrics issues. Oversees the timely completion of initiatives received from DFPS leadership and other stakeholders. (10%)

    Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned. Flexibility in work hours, including overtime and/or extended hours, may be required for this position.

    Knowledge Skills Abilities:
    Knowledge of accounting, budgetary and management principles, practices and procedures. Skill in analyzing financial data and in the use of applicable software and automated financial systems. Ability to coordinate the gathering and analysis of data. Ability to develop and evaluate fiscal policies and procedures. Ability to communicate effectively. Ability to identify critical issues and develop solutions.

    Registration or Licensure Requirements:

    Initial Selection Criteria:
    Experience in budget preparation or analysis, financial management, fiscal policymaking or closely related paid work experience. Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with major coursework in accounting, finance, business administration, public administration or a related field is preferred. State of Texas experience preferred.

    Additional Information:
    Requisition # 452672

    Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include, but not limited to 36B, LS, SK, 3432, 6FOX1. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx

    MOS Code:
    An in-basket exercise designed to assess Excel skills will be administered prior to interview.

    HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.

    I-9 Form - Click here to download the I-9 form.

    In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.

    Posting ID: 556640614Posted: 2020-05-21