Financial & Policy Analyst (Financial Analyst I)

City of Portland, Oregon
September 15, 2020
Portland, OR
Job Type


The Position

The City Budget Office (CBO) is seeking to add a Financial & Policy Analyst (Financial Analyst I) to their team. The City Budget Office manages the City's budgeting processes, monitors bureau budgets and performance data, supports bureau finance managers in achieving common goals, and provides analytical support and recommendations to City Council. Through our analyses and support, the CBO seeks to help build a financially resilient, effective, and equitable City.

We are seeking a highly motivated Financial & Policy Analyst who is eager to apply their skills to the technical and the policy aspects of municipal budgeting. Analysts are involved in all phases of the budget process, from the development of operating and capital budgets to the formulation of policy and program recommendations for the Mayor and Council. Financial & Policy Analysts are assigned a portfolio of bureaus and are responsible for providing the Mayor and Council with thorough yet concise evidence-based analyses of significant City issues. CBO analysts work closely with bureau staff to provide assistance in managing funds and making sound business and financial decisions.

The successful Financial & Policy Analyst possesses strong problem solving, interpersonal, and communication skills as well as a sense of leadership and initiative. The work requires an understanding of budget and finance principles, methods, and techniques; sound policy analysis; and the ability to clearly and concisely communicate evidence-based recommendations to bureau management and elected officials. The work also requires an aptitude for operating with a variety of database and software systems. The Financial & Policy Analyst, under general supervision, is expected to carry out individual responsibilities with initiative and creativity while exercising professional judgment and strong interpersonal and communication skills. The successful candidate will be able to function both independently and as part of a small team.

The City Budget Office relies upon the unique experiences and knowledge of our staff to help evolve and improve our processes and deliverables, and encourages candidates with the knowledge, ability and experience working with a broad range of individuals and diverse communities to apply. The City Budget Office is interested in empowering fiscally responsible, equitable, and anti-racist practices and decisions and encourages candidates with diverse abilities and backgrounds to apply to help us achieve these goals.

City of Portland Core Values:
Anti-racism | Communication | Collaboration | Equity | Transparency | Fiscal Responsibility
These values guide our actions as we serve the community and engage our workforce. To learn more about the City's core values, please click here .

Why work at the City of Portland?
The City of Portland workforce serves a population of over 650,000. We are culture- and solutions-driven, viewing every challenge as an opportunity to learn, improve, and share our expertise. We are committed to removing systemic barriers to resources, access, and opportunity.The City is a believer in ALL people and continues to actively recruit and retain diverse top talent every day. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to medical, dental, vision, basic life, short- and long-term disability coverage to eligible employees and their families. If you are open-minded, motivated, community-focused, and self-aware, please apply yourself at the City of Portland today.

Work Location
Currently, many positions with the City of Portland are being performed remotely due to COVID-19. Some employees are working from home full-time, while other roles cannot be filled in a remote status (firefighter, vehicle mechanic, street maintenance, etc.). In the future, current positions classified as "full-time remote" could: 1) remain full-time remote, 2) become a remote/onsite mix, 3) revert to full-time at a city work location. As the situation evolves, the exact work location of the position in this recruitment may change based upon leadership direction and approval.
The City is offering an optional information session for this recruitment. Please see the Additional Information section below for details.

To Qualify

Applicants must specifically address and demonstrate in their answers to supplemental questions and résumé how their education, training, work experience, and/or lived experience, meets each of the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders such as Bureau/Office managers and staff, representatives of other governmental agencies, the public, and others encountered in the course of work.
  2. Ability to perform thorough analysis of financial, budgetary, policy, operational, and/or organizational problems; evaluate alternatives; and reach sound, logical, evidence-based conclusions and recommendations.
  3. Experience preparing clear, concise, and comprehensive reports, correspondence, and other documents involving technical, budgetary, and financial data in a manner appropriate to the audience.
  4. Knowledge & understanding of issues of racial and disability equity and the ability to assess potential equity impacts of policies or programs.
  5. Knowledge of principles, practices, and methods of budget development and management.

The Recruitment Process

An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their resume and answers to supplemental questions, weighted 100%. Do not attach materials not requested . Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information.Additional evaluation may be required prior to establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.

** PLEASE NOTE : The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies**

Recruitment Timeline:

  • Posting: 9/14/20 - 9/28/20
  • Applications Reviewed: 9/29/20 - 10/7/20
  • Eligible List: week of 10/7/20
  • Selection Phase Begins: week of10/19/20
  • Job Offer:Early November 2020

**Timeline is approximate and subject to change without notice**
Application Instructions
Applicants must submit a professional résumé and answers to supplemental questions specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement in accordance with the following application instructions:

  • Your résumé and answers to the supplemental questionswill be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
  • Your answers to each supplemental questionshould include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications.You may want to prepare your answers offline and then cut and paste into the text box provided.
  • Your résumé should support the details described in your answers to the supplemental questions.
  • If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your cover letter and résumé any transferrable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the "To Qualify" section above.
  • All completed applications for this position must be submitted no later thanthe closing date and timeof this recruitment.
  • E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted .

Additional Information

Work Status:Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.

Veterans' Preference:If you are requesting Veterans' Preference, attach a copy of yourDD214/DD215and/or Veterans Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veterans' Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment to which you apply. Veterans' Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.

ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations:If you identify as a person with a disability, are pregnant or nursing, or observe a religious practice(s), and would like to request a reasonable accommodation when applying for this job, please contact the Recruiter below for assistance.

Equal Employment Opportunity:It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply.

Did you know?The City of Portland offers How to Apply Classes that are free and review best practices for applying to the City. Follow the link for the most recent list of scheduled
To assist you in understanding this position and the recruitment process, we will offeranOptional Information Session that will provide you with details about the position and about the application process. You are not required to attend to apply for this job. You are welcome to join us on:

Thursday, September 17, 2020
5:00-6:00 P.M. Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join here:

John DiGrazia, Senior Recruiter
Bureau of Human Resources
(503) 823-4034Closing Date/Time: 9/28/2020 11:59 PM Pacific

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