The Budget and Fiscal Analytics team within Allegheny County Department of Human Services employs analytics in the budgeting process across all offices and programs. The key priorities of the team are to establish the goals and objectives of the budgeting process, maintain the organization’s budget and related tasks, maximize system integration including developing a long term strategy for enhanced efficiencies using automation, maintaining policies, procedures, and documentation related to the budget creation and review process, and communicating effectively throughout DHS.
A career with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) puts you on a rich and rewarding professional path. As a Budget and Fiscal Analytics Analyst, you will gain a unique perspective of local government management, with a high-level perspective of the broad spectrum of work undertaken each day to ensure a safe, healthy and thriving county. The annual budget is the most significant policy document that DHS produces. Our department takes this duty seriously, working to ensure that DHS is efficient, delivers the right services at the right cost, provides excellent core services, and meets citizen expectations when it comes to technology and modernization. Outside of budget season, the Budget and Fiscal Analytics Analyst will provide fiscal analytical support to staff in our program offices of Children, Youth and Families, Community Services, Behavioral Health, Developmental Supports, and Area Agency on Aging; department deputy directors, and the Executive Office; reporting on performance and assisting in revising strategies as necessary. Additional responsibilities will include:
- Collaborating internally with colleagues and leaders and with external stakeholders to develop a meaningful annual budget and completing other fiscal analysis, as requested.
- Developing forecasts and projections informed by scenario planning basics.
- Creating and tracking Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) which lead to actionable recommendations.
- Participating on various projects, providing the fiscal analytical support required.
- Providing insights on financial status by analyzing results, monitoring variances, identifying trends and recommending actions to management.
- Researching and understanding key organizational drivers exploring policy, market and operational factors.
- Performing research around best practices in human service budgeting and analysis.
- Collaborating across the department’s financial operations to understand the fiscal infrastructure and continually looking for ways to increase efficiencies and expand the use of automation.
- Communicating with program offices on a regular basis and engaging with providers as needed to support program office goals.
- Creating documentation to institutionalize policies and procedures.
- Performing other duties as needed.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Thorough knowledge of budgeting policies, procedures and methodologies.
- Thorough knowledge of evaluation techniques relating to service delivery and program performance measurements.
- Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of financial analysis tools and how both macro and micro trends impact the operations of our providers and clients.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective and collaborative working relationships with cross-departmental teams.
- Ability to prepare clear and concise objective analyses and recommendations as demonstrated by considerable analytical and decision-making skills.
- Ability to learn quickly and adapt to shifting priorities.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Demonstrated interest in public service and research.
- Experience working with both technical and non-technical teams.
- Ability to embrace and operationalize DHS’s mission and guiding principles in work practices and deliverables.
- Ability to think critically and effectively communicate results to a diverse audience.
- Strong time management and prioritization abilities to respond quickly to requests from DHS staff/administration and outside entities.
- Ability to interact professionally with DHS and provider staff, consumers and the public.
- Ability to take initiative and work with a high level of independence.
- Able to thrive in an environment that requires flexibility and multi-tasking.
- Able to sit at a computer for long periods (2 plus hours) and traverse the building carrying up to 10 pounds (files, books, etc.).
- Has both available and consistent access to reliable transportation and able to navigate in the community for work-related assignments, as needed.
Computer and Technical Skills
- Proficient in Microsoft Suite, specifically Excel and PowerPoint, advanced abilities preferred.
- Basic understanding of general ledger systems and budgeting software is a plus.
- Experience querying relational databases with SQL.
- Experience with data visualization (Tableau preferred).
- Experience working with a variety of information systems and data files, including large and complex files, and transforming raw data into finished products.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university in a finance-related field such as accounting, finance or economics, plus 3 years of data analysis and/or budget or accounting experience and previous experience in nonprofit finance.
Any equivalent combination of education and experience that meets the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
Salary range: $55,000-$65,000 plus comprehensive benefits package.
If hired for a position, candidates would work for Allegheny County, Department of Human Services and be employed by Great Lakes Behavioral Research Institute.
About Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS)
In Allegheny County, we appreciate people who think big, act boldly, and care about making a difference. You don’t have to be from here to feel at home, or to make your mark. With only 1.3 million people in the County, it is small enough for motivated people to get things done. Allegheny County’s Department of Human Services (DHS) is a perfect place to get things done that directly affect people in need in a positive and lasting way. We help children grow up safer and healthier, older adults remain able to live independently, and neighborhoods to thrive. Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of people in Allegheny County.
DHS is the largest agency in Allegheny County government, with a budget of nearly $1 billion. DHS serves over 200,000 people a year through services that include: Protecting children and youth from abuse and neglect and preventing future occurrences of maltreatment; improving child wellness through family support, home visiting, early intervention and in-home services; providing treatment for behavioral health issues such as substance use disorders and mental illness; managing the care of adults with intellectual disabilities; preventing unnecessary nursing home stays; and services that prevent homelessness and provide shelter and housing for families and individuals.
- It is innovative. Most recently, the national attention and awards we’ve gotten are for how DHS integrates data and uses them to improve the safety and well-being of children through tools that support front-line staff in making decisions (using predictive analytics).
- DHS is diverse, but we strive to be even more inclusive. Our director has made it his top priority that DHS is “the kind of place where a diverse group of talented people want to come, grow, and do their best work.” This includes equity in hiring and advancement, as well as in unleashing the creativity and ideas of staff at every level of DHS.
- It has strong, assertive leaders. We do not hire yes-people.
You can make a big impact here. We stand out as one of the best human services organizations in the country. But we need problem-solvers, innovators, and terrific leaders to make sure we are smart in how we use our funding so that we reach the people who most need our help to make their lives better.
“DHS strives to be the kind of place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come to grow and do their best work.”
-From the organization’s statement on Equity and Inclusion
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER – M/F/V/D