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VA - Senior Policy and Program Analyst

  • 1.  VA - Senior Policy and Program Analyst

    Posted 01-12-2024 01:32 PM
    Edited by Brukie Gashaw 01-18-2024 03:21 PM

    Senior Policy and Program Analyst Recruitment 

    Virginia Department of Planning and Budget

    DPB Home Page


    Agency No.:  122

    Recruit Ad Date:  January 11, 2024

    Position No:  DPB00119

    Application Closing:  January 24, 2024

    Working Title:  Senior Policy and Program Analyst

    Salary Range:  $71,093 - $115,000


    The Department of Planning and Budget (DPB) advises the Governor, the Governor's staff, and cabinet secretaries on fiscal, policy, program, and legislative issues involving Virginia state agencies. DPB is seeking up to two senior level Program and Policy Analysts for its newly created Program Evaluation Unit.

    The primary responsibility of these positions is to work with DPB management and DPB budget divisions to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of existing state programs and develop recommendations to improve program and agency performance.

    This will involve a variety of research and program evaluation activities, including:

    1. Analyzing statutes and regulations, as well as budget, expenditure, staffing, performance, and other policy information and data;
    2. Evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of agency programs and operations;
    3. Producing and defending detailed short- and long-range recommendations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of programs and identify opportunities to reprogram resources;
    4. Identifying best practices from the public and private sectors;
    5. Developing and recommending possible legislation and budget requirements to achieve recommended goals; and,
    6. Documenting in clear and concise reports and presentations the conclusions, recommendations, and supporting analysis of the evaluation.

    The successful candidate is expected to be self-reliant and to work well within a team-centered environment. In addition, the successful candidate will be required to develop a thorough knowledge of agencies and programs to be evaluated, to conduct a variety of review and evaluation functions, and perform analytical program, budget, and policy reviews with limited supervision. The successful candidate is also expected to be proactive and creative in identifying opportunities to improve the administration, effectiveness, and efficiency of programs for state agencies. The successful candidate is expected to brief high-ranking officials on their analysis and findings.

    The successful candidate will be able to think critically and effectively communicate workable and creative recommendations, both orally and in writing. Moreover, the successful candidate will be able to work effectively with short deadlines. The successful candidate must also be comfortable making recommendations with limited information. The successful candidate is able to provide a leadership role when called upon for special assignments.

    The successful candidate must possess the following:

    • Professional level training and experience in public administration, business administration, program evaluation, research methods, planning, or government. 
    • Experience working in the area of public sector finance, budgeting, audit, procurement, policy analysis, program evaluation, or quality assurance.
    • Experience with automated software to prepare and present analysis such as with Microsoft Word and Excel.
    • Experience communicating effectively with individuals at various levels of a complex organization both orally and in writing.
    • Experience with handling multiple complex assignments simultaneously under aggressive deadlines.
    • Experience in conducting complex program evaluation and financial/budgetary analysis.
    • Experience working independently and as a team member.

    Additionally, the following characteristics are preferred:

    • Significant experience in government program management and/or evaluation. 
    • Experience with the manipulation of data sets.

    Interviewed applicants may be given a work sample to complete just prior to the start of the interview process.

    To be considered for this position, the applicant must submit a completed application, along with a resume and a cover letter. Failure to submit a completed application, resume, and cover letter will result in an applicant not being considered for the position.

    Application information can be found at:

    Virginia DPB - Employment Opportunities

    (Please note:  You must apply through the links above as this position is posted on the website of the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management – www.dhrm.virginia.gov)


    The Virginia Department of Planning and Budget offers telework options to its employees to address work life balance issues.  The amount of and schedule for telework offered to employees varies depending upon the needs of our customers (Governor's office and Cabinet, state agencies, and General Assembly) and the amount of time that staff may need to be at the physical workspace to address these needs, and other external factors such as inclement weather or health concerns.  Typically, non-supervisory staff at the department telework two days per week.  All telework schedules must comply with state policy, which can be found at:  pol1_61.pdf (virginia.gov).