Planning and Budget Analyst
Dept of Behavioral Health & Developmental Sv - Richmond, VA

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The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services' Office of Budget Development and Analysis is seeking a highly skilled, motivated, self-started professional to foster and encourage efficient and effective financial policy, planning and resource allocation decisions through objective analysis, budget development, and the strategic planning process. Assist in the development and preparation of annual budgets as well as provide financial policy review and analysis of the community-based network delivery of behavioral health and developmental services, to include Medicaid-related services. Additionally, coordinate, manage, and direct as necessary the agency's state strategic planning and performance measures process. Prepare/complete detailed analytical and planning reports and special projects as requested. Conduct and follows through with fiscal, programmatic & policy analysis and research. Position will work closely with department programmatic staff and community-based representatives to develop budget and policy requests and recommendations for review by the Commissioner and other senior governmental officials. Coordinate with programmatic staff and key state stakeholders to include the Department of Planning and Budget and Governor's Office on the development of the state strategic plan, to include description of agency service delivery programs, systems, and processes, identification of agency goals and objectives, aligning tasks and agency operational approach with desired outcomes, as well as measuring and tracking agency budgeted resources and performance outcomes.

Minimum Qualifications
Advanced working knowledge of: government administration and financial systems, budgeting and programs, state strategic planning processes and tools, automated systems, and computer technology; mathematical methods, statistics, logic, reasoning; principles and practices in planning and budgeting, financial management, financial policy analysis and program evaluation. Knowledge of: word processing and data management packages, such as Excel, Access, etc, and ability to utilize sophisticated computer-based techniques to conduct database development, management, and analysis. Ability to: anticipate problems and issues; conduct policy, issue, and systems analyses and develop creative recommendations; interpret and project fiscal and programmatic data; prioritize projects with critical deadlines; adapt to a work environment where priorities and instructions frequently must be changed; initiate research and analysis without prompting from superiors; be assertive in presenting options and recommendations; be accurate and thorough in all work; and be inquisitive about data, information, conclusions, and recommendations presented by agencies and others. Ability to: work effectively with officials of federal, state, and local governments; communicate effectively, orally and in writing; negotiate and resolve conflicts, build consensus on policy and funding recommendations among individuals with different viewpoints; handle sensitive issues and difficult situations with tact and good judgment. Advanced degree in public administration, finance, political science, or related field; or comparable experience. Considerable professional-level experience conducting planning, budgeting, evaluation, research, or other staff-support requiring similar knowledge and abilities. Should be able to work independently; should be able to articulate highly complex financial and planning issues to different audiences.

Preferred Qualifications

Special Requirements
DBHDS is a tobacco-free, smoke-free work environment.