The Budget Analyst is responsible for providing assistance to assigned agencies in biennial budget preparation and fiscal management. This position is governed by state and federal laws and institution policy.
Researches, analyzes, and evaluates agency operations, funding sources, programs, and fiscal records to determine budgetary needs and effects of new programs.
Reviews budget requests from agencies to determine completeness, accuracy, compliance with current regulations, and problem areas.
Meets with agency directors and/or fiscal personnel to obtain additional information, discuss budgetary needs, and to provide advice on budgetary procedural problems.
Evaluates agency requests and makes recommendations to executive and legislative officials and staff based on analysis, justification, and program knowledge.
Attends various executive and legislative meetings to respond to technical questions and to clarify information.
Participates in drafting legislation and monitors and revises legislation during legislative sessions.
Provides technical assistance to agencies concerning a variety of fiscal-related activities.
Performs other duties as assigned.
SPECIAL JOB DIMENSIONS:
Occasional overtime required. Limited in-state and out-of-state travel is required.
KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES, AND SKILLS:
Knowledge of principles and practices of accounting. Ability to prepare, present, and review oral and written information and reports. Ability to research and analyze programs and fiscal records, determine needs, and make recommendations. Ability to interpret and apply budgetary and fiscal policies and procedures.
MINIMUM EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in accounting, economics, finance, financial management, general business, or a related field; plus two years of experience in accounting, budgeting, finance, or a related field.
Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Arkansas Division of Higher Education.
OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.