Budget Analyst

  • Missoula, Montana
  • Dec 01, 2023
Full Time Accounting and Finance Administrative Analysis and Research
  • Salary: $33.15 - $38.54 Hourly USD

Job Description


This is a full-time opportunity with many benefits! As a Missoula County employee, you will be part of a team that is committed to positively impacting the community. The pay range for this position is $33.15 - $38.54 DOE.

The Financial Services Department is seeking a BUDGET ANALYST to join their team. This position will perform professional work to plan and implement a comprehensive budgeting program to monitor and evaluate the management of public funds for the Financial Services Department.

Details: Priority screening will begin on Friday, December 15, 2023. It is in your best interest to apply by this date. Applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established or the position has been filled.
To Apply:
  • Please complete all sections of the online application, even if a resume is requested.
  • Please attach to your completed application: College Transcripts (unofficial accepted), a letter of interest, and a resume.
  • Incomplete applications may be disqualified.
  • Complete job description available upon request to the Department of Human Resources.

Representative Examples of Work

Prepares budgeted salary and benefit information; compiles revenue and expenditure projections and historical data; and has primary responsibility for the preparation of the final budget document. Serves as the subject matter expert on the County budget and related processes. Performs analysis through a business intelligence approach to develop data driven solutions to project costs, analyze budget performance, and prioritize the allocation of funds to maximize the operational impact of the budget. Conducts research and analysis of complex technical accounting and makes recommendations for action. Prepares analytical financial documents to support the evaluation of departmental budgets. Examines budget estimates for completeness, accuracy, and conformance with procedures and regulations. Provides advice and technical assistance to department heads and other staff with budget development, processes and procedures. Explains and interprets budget and programs, policies, and activities to the Board of County Commissioners; negotiates and resolves sensitive issues with department heads. Delivers training on budgeting processes to staff, department heads and the Board of County Commissioners. Identifies and evaluates problems and develops alternative solutions regarding budgetary issues. Assists Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Financial Services Director with process of issuing debt on behalf of local governments including financial analysis, selection of finance team and issuing General Obligation, Limited Tax General Obligation Bonds, Revenue, Lease Back, RSID, Private Placement and other debt instruments. Collaborates with staff and serves as the project lead for drafting and design of the summarized annual budget publication. Analyzes and evaluates budget activities and processes to identify efficiency improvements, enhance communication across departments and make recommendations for improvements to and development of budget policies.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Requires a bachelor’s degree. Degrees best suited to this position are accounting, finance, management and information systems, and business administration. Master’s degree in accounting desired.
  • Requires two years of progressively responsible experience as an accountant or budget analyst. Government accounting experience desired. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Physical/Environmental Demands

The work is primarily performed in an office setting using a computer work station. May require occasional lifting in the light range (up to 20 lbs.) May require occasional travel, locally and out of town to conferences or meetings. May require work outside normal business hours.
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This summary outlines the benefit programs; actual benefits may vary depending on bargaining unit and employment status.

Missoula County will reward your contributions to our community with competitive compensation and generous benefits, including but not limited to:

Excellent Medical Health Benefits– Group health benefits, including dental and vision coverage, are available to eligible County employees. The medical health benefits premium is covered for full-time employees. The County contribution is pro-rated on hours paid for part-time employees. The employee pays the premium portion for dependent coverage. Family health benefits coverage is $258.00 per pay period.

Medical deductible is $500 for an individual and $1,000 for a family.

Flexible Benefits Plan– Pre-tax out-of-pocket medical expenses and day care expenses.

Voluntary Life Insurance Coverage, Long and Short-Term Disability, Critical and Accident Insuranceare offered through Mutual ofOmaha.

Public Employees Retirement System– Montana public employees of the state, university system, local governments and certain employees of school districts are covered by the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). New members to the PERS have an opportunity to choose between two retirement plan options: the Defined Benefit Plan or the Defined Contribution Plan.

Sheriffs' Retirement System (SRS)– A public pension plan for all Montana Sheriffs hired after July 1, 1974 and Detention Officers hired after July 1, 2005.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness- Working for Missoula County may qualify you to receive student loan forgiveness. Look here to learn more and understand whether you may be eligible.

Supplemental Retirement Benefitsare offered through Valic or Nationwide.

Sick Leave– Full-time employees accrue 7.38hours per month and are eligible to use sick leave once you have been an employee for 90 days.The accrual is pro-rated for part-time employees.

Vacation Leave– Full-time employees accrue 9.24 hours per month and are eligible to use leave after continuous employment for a period of 6 full months. The accrual is pro-rated for part-time employees.

Holidays– The County observes eleven legal holidays in even numbered years and ten legal holidays in odd numbered years.

Paid Parental Leave (PPL)-In recognition of the importance of bonding and care of a newborn child or a child placed for adoption, Missoula County 6 continuous weeks of PPL to eligible full-time employees that have been with the county for 180 days. The hours are pro-rated for part-time employees.

Tuition Assistance- Because we value the professional and personal development of our employees, Missoula County is proud to offer reimbursement of certain education expenses.

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