State of Massachusetts Fiscal Policy Analyst in Boston, Massachusetts
The Executive Office for Administration and Finance (A&F) executes fiscal and administrative policies to ensure the financial stability, efficiency, and effectiveness of state government. A&F develops, analyzes, and manages the Commonwealth’s financial planning and resource allocation activities, including the Governor’s annual budget submission to the Legislature. This is a fast-paced, high pressure environment. Successful candidates must be self-motivated and responsible team players, who are willing to work nights and weekends during peak budget periods.
Fiscal Policy Analysts review programs, operations, and policies; analyze agency requests and assumptions; track spending, revenue, and staffing; and make budget-related recommendations based on their independent analysis. Analysts partner with agency staff to develop appropriate annual budget recommendations, identify potential risks for increased spending or decreased revenue, and present corresponding solutions.
For their specific department portfolios, analysts are responsible for:
preparing the Governor’s annual budget recommendation and other related legislation;
identifying and monitoring budget and policy issues, including changes to state and federal laws, programmatic variables, and economic factors;
working with departments to implement administrative policies and priorities;
working with legislative budget staff including House and Senate Ways and Means Committees;
proposing and analyzing savings initiatives;
learning and using multiple databases to analyze current and historical budget information; and
supporting other analysts on the team by sharing information and assisting others with technical skills and analysis.
The following are the preferred qualifications for this position:
undergraduate degree or higher with relevant work experience;
interest in public service as demonstrated through education, work, or volunteer activities;
excellent analytical skills and experience in research, including gathering, interpreting, and summarizing data;
ability to write and communicate clearly, comprehensively, and concisely;
strong interpersonal and teamwork skills;
self-management and the ability to work independently;
proven ability to handle multiple competing priorities;
creative thinking about cost-effective ways of providing services; and willingness to work evenings and weekends during peak work cycles.
As a complete budget cycle spans a full year and the position involves significant training, A&F is looking for candidates interested in joining the budget office for a minimum of two years. The expected starting salary is $56,000.
NOTE: This position will remain open until filled. Preference will be given to candidates who apply within 14 days of this posting. Candidates who apply 15 days after the date of posting may not be reviewed and are strongly encouraged to apply by October 25th.
MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants must have at least (A) four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience in financial management work, the major duties of which included at least two or more of the following functions: budgeting, accounting, auditing, management analysis, program evaluation, financial reporting, or statistical reporting of program results and (B) of which at least three years must have been in a supervisory or managerial capacity or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.
I. A Master's or higher degree with a major in public administration, public policy, accounting, business administration, economics, finance, hospital administration, industrial engineering, or business management may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required (A) experience.*
*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: None.
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Organization: *Exec Office of Administration and Finance
Title: Fiscal Policy Analyst
Location: Massachusetts-Boston - State House
Requisition ID: 170005YB