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MN - Legislative Budget Analyst I

  • 1.  MN - Legislative Budget Analyst I

    Posted 21 days ago

    The Legislative Budget Office (LBO) is growing and seeking candidates to fill multiple budget analyst I positions. The budget analyst I is a full-time benefit eligible position. Budget analysts at the LBO enjoy rewarding work supporting the Minnesota Legislature by providing timely and accurate information on the fiscal effects of proposed legislation.

    The LBO will review applications until the positions are filled. Interested applicants must submit a cover letter with their resume to the LBO Analyst Search Committee at lbo@lbo.mn.gov or mail to LBO Analyst Search Committee, Legislative Budget Office, B23 State Office Building, St. Paul, MN 55155. If you have specific questions, please contact Christian Larson at Christian.Larson@lbo.mn.gov.

    The LBO Analyst I position supports the work of the Minnesota legislature through the collection, evaluation, and distribution of fiscal estimates on proposed legislation. This primarily occurs through the fiscal note and local impact note process. LBO analysts are responsible for:

    • communicating to state agencies and institutions the priorities of the Minnesota Legislature to make sure information is collected in a timely manner
    • analyzing, evaluating, and approving the fiscal estimates for distribution to the legislature
    • collecting data from local units of government to develop fiscal estimates

    The Legislative Budget Office will determine the starting salary based on the successful applicant's qualifications. The recruitment range for the position is $66,300 to $82,400. A complete position description is available on the Legislative Coordinating Commission's Employment Opportunities webpage (https://www.lcc.mn.gov/jobs/) or call 651-297-7146 to request a copy. For more information regarding the LBO, visit the LBO website.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degree.
    • 2 years of experience or training in a fiscal analysis environment. An advanced degree may substitute for the experience or training requirement.
    • Knowledge of state finances, budgeting, or financial management.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
    • Non-partisan background and the ability to act in a politically neutral manner.

    Desired Qualifications:

    • Advanced degree in budgeting, public finance, public policy, law, or similar area.
    • Experience working in the development of a state, local, or federal budget.
    • Knowledge of Minnesota state government and familiarity with the legislative process.

    Why work for the LBO?

    The LBO is committed to build a staff complement that includes diverse perspectives and backgrounds. The LBO plays a meaningful role in the legislative process and provides elected officials with objective and nonpartisan analysis needed to make informed decisions. The budget analyst series offers a track of professional progression as a budget analyst I, II and III as well as the State of Minnesota's comprehensive benefits package.

    Comprehensive Benefit Package

    The State of Minnesota offers exceptional benefits including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, other optional insurance, optional pre-tax spending accounts, retirement plan, optional tax-deferred compensation, vacation and sick leave and paid holidays each year.

    The LBO recognizes there are key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life balance. These benefits, in addition to your salary, make up your total compensation.

    Health and Wellness

    The state encourages wellness and promotes preventive care, offering many benefits and resources to help employees and their families lead healthy, balanced lives. This includes:

    • Low-cost medical, dental, and vision insurance packages, including prescription drug coverage, to fit your needs to ensure you are happy and healthy.
    • Free, confidential help through our Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
    • Wellness programs and resources to help you reach your wellness goals.

    Financial Well-Being

    Financial well-being is about making good financial decisions today and planning for the future. The state offers savings and investment plans, time off, insurance options, and more to help employees meet their financial goals. This includes:

    • A pension and deferred compensation plan (MNDCP) with an employer-paid match to help you plan for your future.
    • Basic life insurance at no cost to you. Additionally, you have the option of choosing supplemental life insurance (including spouse and child life options), short- and long-term disability, and accident insurance.
    • Pre-tax benefits, including dependent day care, medical/dental spending accounts (MDEA), and parking and public transit options.
    • Student loan forgiveness under the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program for qualifying individuals.

    Professional Development

    Because employees are one of our most valuable assets, we encourage professional development that empowers employees to do the work they love and reach their career goals. There are a number of tools and resources to help employees explore career paths and expand their skill sets. This includes:

    • Training and development courses
    • Leadership institutes and programs
    • Coaching and mentoring
    • Career planning

    Work/Life Balance

    We believe hard work is important, but we also know balance is essential. These programs are designed to help you with your work and personal life. This includes:

    • Flexible work schedules
    • Compensatory time options
    • Employees start with 16.25 days of paid vacation each year based on a 5-hour accrual rate with opportunity for increased accruals as service time increases
    • 13 days of paid sick leave each year based on a 4-hour accrual rate
    • Optional vacation leave and sick leave bank credits offered to new employees
    • 9 paid holidays and 2 floating holiday each year
    • 6 weeks of paid parental leave to help you bond in the important weeks after you bring your child home.

    The LBO Budget Analyst position offers a unique mix of opportunities to contribute to the legislative process. During the legislative session the analyst can expect long work hours and constant deadlines requiring the ability to stay composed under pressure. The interim offers increased flexibility, engagement in research and data analysis projects, ability to create and participate in individual professional development plans, as well as time to reflect on the previous session and prepare for the next session in an office environment that strives for continuous improvement.

    The mixture of these varied responsibilities provides new and interesting challenges, professional growth, and opportunities to deepen your government process, budget and public policy knowledge while working as a member of a supportive and collaborative team.

    The LBO values the unique contributions that candidates with diverse experiences, knowledge, and backgrounds can bring to our work. Our differences make us stronger and leveraging them helps us create a workforce where everyone can thrive. The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to embedding diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility at our workplace. We do this by developing strong leaders and advocates, increasing cultural competence and understanding among all employees, and removing institutional barriers and attitudes that prevent employees from advancing as far as their talents will take them. The LBO believes that everyone has the right to a workplace that is free of discriminations and harassment and is committed to creating and maintaining a work environment in which everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

    An Equal Opportunity/ADA employer

    Diane Henry
    Deputy Director
    Minnesota Legislative Coordinating Commission
    (573) 526-8120