The Virginia Department of Planning and Budget (DPB) is seeking an entry level Budget and Policy Analyst. The position will work with senior DPB staff to assist the Governor's Office, the Governor's cabinet, the General Assembly, and other state agencies when developing and executing the Commonwealth's budget. Initially, the analyst will be expected to assist with developing and reviewing budget and policy information, conducting detailed short and long range budget analysis, monitoring agency expenditures, organizing strategic planning and related performance information, reviewing legislation for fiscal impact, conducting special studies and program evaluation as needed, and communicating findings and recommendations.
The successful candidate will develop the skills and knowledge base to progress toward gaining independent assignments. In addition, the successful candidate will be required to develop a thorough knowledge of assigned agencies and to conduct a variety of oversight and review functions and perform analytical and special reviews involving budget and policy issues. The new analyst will be paired with mentors to assist in gaining knowledge and experience that will be needed ultimately to work independently in this role. Accordingly, the new analyst must work well within a team centered environment while being self-reliant.
The successful candidate will be able to think critically and effectively communicate creative recommendations, both orally and in writing. Moreover, the candidate also will be able to develop in-depth analysis and provide rapid responses when necessary. The successful candidate also must be able to multi-task effectively and be comfortable making recommendations with limited information. The position is intended to provide the candidate with the opportunity to advance in the agency upon satisfactorily demonstrating the above knowledge, skills, and abilities and to continue advancing as these skills become more developed and refined.
The successful candidate must possess the following:
- Undergraduate degree in public policy, political science, public administration, government, finance, business administration, or planning or related field; or, an equivalent combination of professional level training and experience in public administration, business administration, program evaluation, research methods, planning, or government.
- Understanding of the principles of planning, budgeting, policy analysis, and financial management.
- Evidence of the ability to use automated software to prepare and present analysis such as with Microsoft Word and Excel or similar software.
- Evidence of the ability to communicate effectively with individuals at various levels of a complex organization both orally and in writing.
- Evidence of the ability to handle multiple complex assignments simultaneously under aggressive deadlines.
Additionally, the following characteristics are preferred:
- Advanced degree such as a master's degree or Ph.D. in a related field
- Evidence of the ability to use additional analytical, statistical, database, and/or presentation software applications.
How to Apply
Applicants selected for an interview may be given a topic about which they will be asked to create a work sample demonstrating their analytical and communication skills as part of the interview process. If utilized as part of the interview process, candidates should expect probing questions from panel members regarding the work sample during 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.
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