Current Employment Opportunities with the City of Meridian:
Job Title: Financial AnalystDepartment: FinanceReports To: Budget ManagerOpen Date: March 2, 2021Close Date: Open Until FilledHiring Salary: $3,985.44 to $5,090.90 per month, DOESalary Range: $3,985.44 to $5,976.35 per month, DOEJob Summary: This position performs various professional and technical financial duties requiring application of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), standards for governments and private industry, and duties requiring application of budgeting theory, principals, and practices. This position will prepare, analyze, and audit financial records for accuracy. Prepares financial reports for submission to City staff, City Council, and citizens. Assist with the development of short and long-term forecasting. Develops and maintains various financial ratios in conjunction to financial analysis. Participates in or design, modify, and implement financial systems. Researches and analyzes data for accuracy, trends, and variances to ensure that acceptable business practices and procedures have been followed and that federal, state, and local laws and regulations have been followed.Essential Duties & Responsibilities:Assist with the development of the Budget division goals, objectives, priorities, policies, procedures, and work plan, ensuring that established goals and priorities are achieved;Establish positive working relationships with representatives of community organizations, state/local agencies, City management and staff, professional organizations, and the public;Provides consultation related to information technology issues in order to support department requirements;Prepares special research requests and special reports at the request of the Budget Analyst, Chief Financial Officer, City Staff, City elected officials, and the public;Prepares other operational analytical and statistical reports as requested and prepares and updates public informational materials related to Budget division;Prepares and presents oral and written reports to Elected officials, City Leadership, City staff, and the public;Manages the administration of the City’s annual priority-based budgeting process; including but not limited to; preparing annual schedule, providing training and direction to city staff;Participates as a member of City’s Committee/Commission as assigned by Chief Financial Officer or Elected Officials;Updates Budget Analyst and Chief Financial Officer on issues or concerns and seeks guidance as timely as possible;Assist with the development of systems supporting all functions related to responsibilities of the Budget division;Assist with the development of training materials and learning opportunities for all City employees related to responsibilities of the Budget division;Advises, guides, and consults as a subject matter expert on all matters related to responsibilities of the Budget division;Researches, recommends, and implements improvements in practices and processes;Reads, writes, interprets, applies, and explains City ordinances, policies, rules, Federal and State regulations, procedures, generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and business best practices as necessary to City staff, Elected officials, and the general public;Maintains fee development models for each department; Prepares complex bank reconciliations;Prepares cash forecast for each fund and makes recommendations to maintain positive cash flow;Prepare complex cost analysis and forecasting for City growth, planning and modeling;Assist with the planning and management of the Impact Fee Committee;Performs monthly payroll reconciliations using the City timecard program;Understands and applies the City’s annual budget and strategic planning process and adheres to all policies related to budget development;Assists with the development of a tentative budget for the fiscal year for the Budget division;Executes assigned City-wide strategic plan objectives and tactics associated to the Budget division;Recommend goals, objectives, and tactics for adoption to the City-wide strategic plan associated with the Budget division;Assists with the administration of the City’s annual budget development process; including but not limited to; preparing annual budget schedule, budget development manual, schedule, forms, executive and legislative budget books and public budget documents;Assists with the maintenance of the budget in accounting system including preparation of budget to actual reports, amendment preparation and tracking, and forecast budget to actual;Performs other duties as assigned;Provides back-up to the Budget Manger.Job Specifications:Minimum Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, Finance, or Business Administration;Minimum of 2 years of experience in general ledger accounting (prefer for government experience);Minimum of 2 years of experience in financial budgeting.Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:Knowledge of pertinent Federal, State and local laws, and regulations;Knowledge in management and internal control systems;Knowledge of public administration;Knowledge of computerized accounting systems at an advanced level and experience using personal computers to enter, retrieve, and edit spreadsheets;Knowledge of the preparation and presentation of reports containing financial and non-financial information along with experience preparing and presenting oral and written reports in a clear and concise manner;Knowledge of records administration and maintenance techniques and procedures;Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar;Knowledge sufficient to operate standard office equipment including computer, copier, fax machine and postage machine;Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Generally Accepting Auditing Standards (GAAS), Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), and Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS);Knowledge of financial and fund accounting best practices; Knowledge with public budget development and implementation;Skills in resiliency, technical writing, policies, and positive customer service;Skill in use of Microsoft Office Professional software and programs, i.e. Word, Excel, Outlook at an advanced level;Skill in data entry with minimal errors;Skill in editing documents for accuracy, clarity, and correct grammar;Skill in communicating effectively with others, both orally and in writing, using both technical and non-technical language for the needs of the audience;Skill in public speaking in order to convey information effectively;Skill in managing own time;Skill in completing assignments accurately and with attention to detail;Ability to serve as an effective liaison by establishing and maintaining an effective working relationship with department heads, elected official, other City employees and the general public;Ability to handle customer complaints skillfully and respectfully;Ability to work and deal with a wide range of individuals with professional composure;Ability with managing situations in which the individual may be upset;Ability to work effectively with frequent interruptions in a team environment as a team player;Ability to collaborate with others and adapt to changes;Ability to provide sound information, guidance and recommendations to the Mayor, City Council, department heads, and others;Ability to analyze and interpret financial and non-financial data, draw conclusions, and prepare clear and concise reports/recommendations;Ability to analyze problems, discern and resolve discrepancies, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, exercise sound, independent judgment, and implement recommendations accordingly;Ability to understand and follow oral and/or written policies, procedures, and instructions;Ability to use logical and creative thought process to develop solutions according to written specifications and/or instructions;Ability to project cash flow needs and resources and to recommend appropriate action;Ability to prepare and analyze financial statements;Ability to analyze investment performance and make appropriate recommendations;Ability to apply and understand new accounting pronouncements and standards.Work Environment and Physical Demands:Work is performed primarily in an office environment with moderate noise level with many interruptions. The employee in this class is frequently subject to inside environmental conditions, which provide protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes, and is occasionally subject to outside environmental conditions; Constantly requires sitting at a desk for long periods of time, up to 8 hours and ability to lift up to 20 lbs.;Constantly requires clarity of speech and hearing, which permits the employee to communicate effectively;Constantly requires clear vision to read printed materials and computer screen to accomplish work; Constantly requires repetitive movement of the arms, wrists, hands, and/or fingers;Constantly requires sufficient personal mobility and physical reflexes, which permits the employee to function in a general office environment to accomplish tasks.Travel RequirementsLocal travel may be required.