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GA - Program Analyst, Senate Budget & Evaluation Office

  • 1.  GA - Program Analyst, Senate Budget & Evaluation Office

    Posted 07-17-2019 11:12 AM
    The Senate Budget & Evaluation Office (SBEO) is looking to hire a Program Analyst to staff two Senate Appropriations subcommittees. At this time, we are looking specifically for candidates to staff both of the subcommittees for budget policy in Fiscal Management & General Government and in Human Development. Fiscal Management & General Government is comprised of state agencies that either collect, manage or account for state funds; or to provide administrative oversight across state self-insurance programs or to regulate business and professional licensing. Human Development is comprised of state agencies that provide services to populations across developmental disabilities, behavioral health, the aged, adult and children within protective situations, TANF, public health, and veterans.

    Analysts focus on budget-related research, evaluation, and analysis as well as the development of the budget for the State of Georgia. The analyst will report to the Deputy Director of SBEO. All job functions are located at the State Capitol in Atlanta, Georgia; the position requires limited in-state travel. The incumbent should expect periodic extended work hours during legislative session or any special session.
    The purpose of the office is to give the Senate the independent capacity to develop the annual budget for the State of Georgia and to evaluate the programs comprising the state budget. The mission of SBEO is to support an informed, policy-driven budget process. The Office is committed to producing an accurate and transparent budget document and to the development of accurate, objective, timely, non-partisan, and thorough budget and policy analysis for the Georgia State Senate.
    Additional information about the SBEO can be found at http://www.senate.ga.gov/sbeo .

    The employee will be responsible for the following tasks:
    Budget Development
    • Maintain budget development system for one or more specified committees, which can include accurate entry of proposed budget-related changes and post hoc final year-end expenditures
    • Obtain comprehensive information on proposed budget changes from Agencies, Governor and House of Representatives for specified committees
    • Act as the point person and administrator for Appropriations Sub-Committees, and support the Full Committee and Full Senate Meetings by providing documentation as needed, answering questions and analyzing relevant data as needed by Senator
    Budget Review and Evaluation
    • Develop a deep understanding of programs within specified committees and how emerging issues and changes can impact programs as well as the purpose of each program
    • Understand target population of each program
    • Develop effective relationships with agencies and demonstrate skill in requesting, obtaining and analyzing agencies' relevant data
    • Create and execute projects in off-session that develop tangible recommendations on program expenditures and/or revenue production and utilization
    • Attend Board meetings for agencies and organizations
    • Attend external meetings with agencies to learn about programs
    • Answer individual Senator requests about specified agencies, which could include quickly analyzing and compiling data summaries and authoring reports, and contributing to periodic columns and publications throughout the year
    Internal Operations
    • Arrive at scheduled time
    • Communicate and coordinate with other analysts on an as-needed basis
    • Master Microsoft Office Suite of products
    • Maintain and protect office equipment (including PC/laptop) and furniture
    • Dress in appropriate professional attire and/or business casual attire
    • Demonstrate professional behavior at all times, which also includes respecting others and valuing diversity
    • Consistently check email and voice mail during office hours
    • Adhere to office policies as stated in the Policy Manual
    • Other duties as assigned
    Minimum Requirements
    • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
    • Knowledge of and/or aptitude for understanding general accounting and budgeting concepts and terms; including demonstrable experience professionally or academically in performing basic and advanced quantitative analysis
    • Knowledge of and/or aptitude for understanding policy and implications at the State Level
    • Familiarity with and ability to create and manipulate spreadsheets and databases
    • Experience with relevant policy area(s) is preferred, but not required
    • Professional experience working with the state budget is preferred, but not required
    Application Process
    In a single PDF file, please compile and send the following information to Brent Churchwell, Deputy Director at
    brent.churchwell@senate.ga.gov by August 31st, 2019.
    • Cover letter explaining why your experience and education makes you a competitive candidate for this position
    • Resume
    Relocation assistance is not available and will not be provided. Rest assured, we retain all transmitted information for up to one year, and due to volume of interest we may not be able to acknowledge receipt of the application – therefore, please do not request a follow-up. If selected for an interview, transcripts will be requested of the applicant.

    Melody DeBussey