Senior Budget Analyst (Confidential)

  • City of Costa Mesa, CA
  • Costa Mesa, California
  • Dec 17, 2023
Full Time Accounting and Finance Administrative Analysis and Research
  • Salary: $109,548.00 - $146,796.00 Annually USD

Job Description


  • Current: $109,548 - $146,796 annually ($9,129 - $12,233 per month)
  • July 2024: $112,836 - $151,200 annually ($9,403 - $12,600 per month)


This is a professional/technical position involving detailed, challenging and advanced work in providing complex analysis, reporting, reviewing, researching, developing, implementing and administration of budgetary and management reporting systems.


Work involves complex financial and statistical analyses, studies, and reports; advanced development of budgetary systems; development of efficient and effective work measurement systems; and preparation of financial justifications. Work also involves research and development of: work simplification systems; improved and new sources of revenue; expense reduction and cost control systems. Other duties will include responsibility for: cost and benefit analysis of various proposals arising out of labor negotiations; cost versus benefit justification analysis and review of various budget requests; program and special fund cost analysis; and assisting in preparing cost and statistical analyses required for presentation to staff, departments, City Manager and the City Council. The Senior Budget Analyst position is distinguished from the Budget Analyst position by the difficulty, scope, complexity, and autonomy of the work performed. Work is performed under the general direction of the Budget and Purchasing Manager, Finance Director, and/or Assistant Finance Director, and is reviewed through conferences and reports. May provide functional or lead supervision to professional, technical or administrative staff.


An employee in this classification may have access to decisions or the decision-making process of the City concerning matters related to labor negotiations and employer-employee relations and may have access to or may prepare confidential materials and/or information and/or recommendations on behalf of the City in matters relating to labor negotiations and employer-employee relations.


Applications must be completed and submitted online. This recruitment will remain open until filled and may close without prior notice, therefore prompt application is encouraged.

First application review date is November 2, 2023.

Candidates are requested to provide specific information regarding their education and experience as it relates to the position by completing all fields of the application. Applications may be rejected if incomplete . Do not include "see attached resume" in your responses, as they will not be accepted or reviewed in the application process.

Based upon the information presented on the application, a limited number of candidates who possess qualifications most pertinent to the position will be invited to participate in the selection process. The selection process may include, but is not limited to the following components: application review and evaluation, written examination or exercise, physical examination, practical exercise and interview evaluation. Please notify the Human Resources Division 72 hours in advance of the test date if you have a disability which requires accommodation for the testing process. The eligibility list will be in effect for one (1) year, unless exhausted sooner. The eligibility list established from this recruitment may be utilized to fill other lower level vacancies which occur during the life of the list.

It is recommended you use a personal email address on your application instead of a work email address. Notifications during this recruitment will be sent by email only (regardless of the notification preference selected during the online application process). Notifications will be sent to the email address that is listed on your online application.

All employment offers made by the City are contingent upon establishing proof of a prospective candidate's legal authorization to work in the United States and successfully passing all components of the pre-employment process which may include, but is not limited to: comprehensive background check, criminal history check (livescan fingerprint check), polygraph examination, post-offer psychological evaluation and post-offer medical evaluation (may include drug screen). Based upon current and/or future assignments, an employee may be subject to pre-employment, random, reasonable and post-accident drug and alcohol testing pursuant to the Department of Transportation Regulations.

Note: The provisions of this job bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provisions contained within may be modified or revoked without notice.

Essential Functions

These functions may not be present in all positions in this class. When a position is to be filled, the essential functions will be noted in the announcement of position availability. Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind work assignments as needed.

Assists the Budget and Purchasing Manager in planning and coordinating the development and installation of complex budgetary, and work measurement systems. Prepares reports involving complicated cost and statistical analyses, including project specific requests of the City Manager and Finance Director.

Conducts surveys, performs extensive research and analyzes results for use in design and installation of work simplification systems, cost control systems and revenue administration and control systems.

Assists with implementation of City Council directives regarding financial policies, research projects and analyses.

Guides and assists department directors and division managers in developing work measurement, evaluation, and work simplification systems.

Confers with administrative personnel of all departments regarding budgetary system installation, operation, administration, and review, oversee a variety of budget development and administrative processes and review, revise, recommend, and approve routine budget requests.

Serves as a liaison to all City departments during the preparation, development and implementation stages of the annual and mid-year budget processes and coordinates services with other City departments and divisions.

Plans, organizes, analyzes and communicates the City's annual operating budget development process; recommend and prepare budget amendments, analyze, cost and forecast trends related to City budget and assists in budget hearings.

Monitors compliance with the City's Operating and Capital Improvement Budgets; maintains continuing review of budget expenditures and recommends appropriate action in response to budget variances.

Assists in planning, prioritizing, assigning, and monitoring the work of other budget personnel; provides or coordinates staff training, coaches employees to improve job performance and to correct deficiencies.

Provides excellent service to internal and external customers; receives and investigates complaints and recommends corrective action, as necessary, to resolve complaints

Prepares and delivers oral and written presentations to department heads, City Manager, City Council, boards, commissions, and the general public.

Performs extensive research and analysis and prepares reports on various pay and employee benefit proposals advanced by management and employee labor organizations.

Prepares reports analyzing and evaluating various budget proposals..

Performs various administrative and budget coordination tasks..

Performs other related work as required.

May provide functional or lead supervision to professional, technical or administrative staff.

Qualification Guidelines

A typical way to obtain the requisite knowledge and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of this classification is as follows:


Responsible professional experience equivalent to five (5) years of full-time experience performing complex budgeting or financial analysis, forecasting and administrative research or three (3) years of full-time experience performing budgeting or financial analysis in a public agency. Supervisory or lead experience is desirable.

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in finance, business administration, public administration, or directly related field, including or supplemented by course work in accounting and statistics. Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in accounting, finance, business administration, public administration or a directly related field, is desirable.

An equivalent combination of education and relevant experience that provides the desired knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform essential functions may also be considered.


Class C California Driver's License. Revocation of license during employment may result in disciplinary action or reassignment.


For detailed information on the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this classification, please refer to the specific job description. The job description can be viewed by clicking the link below:

Senior Budget Analyst

Supplemental Information


In accordance with Government Code Section 3100 - all City of Costa Mesa employees are required to perform assigned disaster service worker duties in the event of an emergency or a disaster.


Please contact Human Resources for a summary of the essential tasks and environmental factors for this classification.

Employee accommodations for physical or mental disabilities will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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New employees contribute 9% of their salary on a pre-tax basis towards the 2%@60 or 2%@62 CalPERS retirement formula depending on eligibility.

Salary Increases:
  • Effective July 2024: 3% increase

Employees receive the following health insurance flexible benefits contribution:
  • Current: $1,600monthly
  • Effective January 2025: $1,650monthly

The City does not participate in the Social Security system; however, federal mandate requires new employees to contribute 1.45% of wages to Medicare. As a condition of employment, all new employees are required to enroll and participate in the direct deposit program.

Closing Date/Time:

Job Address

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