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WA - Senior Budget Analyst - Thurston County

  • 1.  WA - Senior Budget Analyst - Thurston County

    Posted 22 days ago
    Edited by Brukie Gashaw 22 days ago
    Senior Budget Analyst

    $6,958.00 - $9,277.00 Monthly
    Thurston County, WA
    Job Type
    Regular Full-Time Employee
    Job Number
    7/25/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

    Summary of Duties

    The Commissioner's Office for Thurston County is seeking a highly qualified and motivated candidate for the position of Senior Budget Analyst.

    Essential responsibilities of this position may include, but are not limited to the following: 

    • Plans, coordinates and manages the preparation and publication of the county-wide budget. Participates in the presentation of County budgets and mid-year budget reports to the Board of County Commissioners. Responds to questions regarding the information requested. 
    • Provides guidance and serves as a resource to county offices and departments on a wide variety of financial concerns and issues, including capital and operating budgeting plans and financing alternatives. Manages the development of, reviews, and approves budget forms and revisions of budget related documents. Reviews reports and statements developed by offices/departments for adherence to budget and legal requirements.
    • Develops policies and procedures, strategic plans, work programs, long term budget analysis and other programs as assigned. May prepare the financial sections of the Capital Facilities Plan Conducts analysis, interpretation of and recommendations on revenue and expenditure data and trends, funding needs and staffing levels; coordinates with offices and departments to collect data, prepare reports, and gather information relative to the Board's program and budget review needs. Implements improvements in the accounting systems used by the department to ensure transactions are properly controlled and management information requirements are met. Provides financial analysis for activities and projects.
    • Develops, analyzes, modifies and updates manual and computerized financial models and programs; develops cash flow and fiscal impact models. Analyzes expenditure and cost data to identify problems and achieve better economy in operations. Identifies and alerts the Assistant County Manager to major issues, activities and potential problem areas.
    • Oversees the preparation of special statistical, cost and financial reporting; develops, analyzes, evaluates and reports on cash flows, fiscal impacts and deferred revenue and other fund reserve designations. Provides financial research and analysis services, determines and applies research methods and analyzes and interprets cost accounting and financial data. Analyzes and interprets data and information that might affect administration and management and develops findings, conclusions and recommendations, and prepares internal reports as necessary. Serves as an advisor to the Board on information related to budgetary questions and issues.
    •  Participates in the inter-departmental budget team and assigned staff in the development of the annual work plan, goals, and objectives. Reviews, analyzes and coordinates the implementation of policies and procedures with offices/departments as necessary. Performs financial functions on behalf of the Office of the Board of County Commissioners and monitors funds that Commissioners directly administer.

     Why you'll love it here:
    You'll enjoy a high quality of life in Olympia. We are one of the fastest growing areas in Washington State and the nation. Housing is more affordable than Seattle or Portland. Our innovative schools are also highly rated. Locals enjoy hiking, kayaking, biking, and fishing, as well as great local food, coffee, and microbreweries. You'll only be an hour or two away from Seattle, Portland, and some of the most breathtaking scenery the Pacific Northwest has to offer--including sandy ocean beaches, powder-filled ski resorts, old growth forests, and alpine meadows.

    Our county is home to a unique blend of industries, including state government, health care, retail, military, education, construction, farming, fishing, and logging. You'll enjoy great employee benefits, including a retirement plan, pre-tax savings accounts, comprehensive health care, and dental/vision care for you and your family, as well as generous leave programs.


    • Bachelor of Arts in finance, accounting, business administration, or related field. 
    • Six (6) years of increasing responsible experience in analysis, design, forecasting, and planning of government budgets, budget management, and support processes. Two (2) years supervisory experience is required.
    • Ability to utilize a personal computer and applicable software to successfully perform the essential functions of the position.
    • Current Washington State Driver's License or have requested and obtained an appropriate accommodation.

    Desired Skills

    The ideal candidate will possess the following knowledge and abilities:

    • Graduate level course work in accounting or systems and/or possession of a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Washington is preferred. A minimum of 18 credits in accounting from an accredited college is highly desired. If indicated on your application, you must state the number of accounting credits earned.
    • Demonstrated ability to manage and coordinate the development of budgets within a rapidly changing and dynamic environment.
    • Ability to communicate effectively both in writing and orally.
    • Ability to interpret policies and procedures and to analyze complex problems. Demonstrated ability to provide financial analysis for public service activities and projects.
    • Demonstrated ability to motivate and direct the work of other employees. Demonstrated ability to prioritize work, organize tasks, set and meet deadlines, as well as plan and manage numerous projects simultaneously.
    • Demonstrated ability to design, implement and control complex accounting and financial systems.
    • Knowledge of BARS (Budgeting Accounting Reporting System), GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) and various reporting systems.
    • Knowledge of pertinent local, state and federal laws.
    • Ability to elicit cooperation, enthusiasm, solves conflicts and coordinate efforts smoothly amongst diverse participant members.

    Other Position Related Information

    Questions about this Recruitment?
    The contact person for this recruitment is: Denise Doty (360) 754-3355 Ext. 2251 

    This position is:

    • NOT Represented by a Union
    • NOT Eligible for overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
    • Eligible for benefits

    Items required for consideration:

    • Application
    • Cover Letter
    • Resume
    • Supplemental Questionnaire


    Jamie Caldwell
    Senior Office Assistant
    Thurston County Central Services
    Olympia WA