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State of Montana Fiscal Analyst I or II, D.O.Q. in Helena, Montana

This non-partisan position works directly with legislators and is involved in the legislative process by researching, analyzing, summarizing and presenting a variety of data and other information. The analyst works for the Legislative Fiscal Division of the Legislative Branch and reports to one of two managers working for the division’s director, the Legislative Fiscal Analyst. An analyst can expect to: · Work directly with legislators on identifying policy issues and ways to measure fiscal impacts · Perform original research at the behest of legislative committees · Address potential implications of legislative proposals · Provide verbal and written reports to the legislature The work cycle in the Legislative Fiscal Division changes throughout the two-year legislative calendar. During the legislative session, work is intense with analysts staffing legislative committees and subcommittees, responding quickly to legislator requests for detailed analysis, and monitoring appropriation legislation. In the off-season, analysts staff interim committees, conduct detailed original research, and report on implementation of legislation from the previous session. Analysts can expect to research and interpret results on a wide variety of topics. Like the legislative body itself, legislative priorities continually change. Analysts respond by acquiring new knowledge in various topics to provide the most current and accurate information. _C__ompetencies:_ An analyst must have the ability to: · Conduct independent analysis and research · Prioritize and manage multiple projects at any one time · Interpret and analyze legislative proposals and emerging fiscal issues to provide a better understanding of current and future implications to Montana’s budget · Analyze revenue and expenditure information, state and federal statutes, and financial materials to identify issues for legislative consideration including creation of options to resolve those issues · Understand, query, and analyze data from statewide databases and financial management systems · Relay complex information, verbally and in writing, to diverse audiences in a manner that can be clearly understood _Special Information_: Legislative Fiscal Division analysts are expected to work considerable overtime (comp) hours for the four months before and during the regular legislative session as well as before and during special legislative sessions. Additionally, some overtime hours are required to prepare for and participate in interim legislative committee meetings. Analysts establish work plans to use any excess comp time throughout the interim providing considerable work flexibility during summer months and holiday seasons. While not frequent, some travel may be required for legislative or training purposes. Entry salary (base) for this position is $71,000. Most individuals applying for this position should expect to start near this salary. Applicants with specialized knowledge or experience with state agency budgeting and budget analysis may qualify for higher entry. Screening of applications and scheduling of interviews may begin prior to the closing date of this advertisement. _Supplemental Questions(please include in cover letter or email 1) Please describe your experience in defining, manipulating, and analyzing information to make and defend assumptions and conclusions. Provide a specific example to show experience in defining issues and presenting practical options and conclusions both orally and in writing. 2) Please provide details about which software programs you have used in this process and your level of proficiency with these programs. _Education/Experience_: Bachelor’s degree and four years of relevant work experience. Or Master’s degree and two years of relevant work, research, or teaching experience. Preferred backgrounds include: · Experience presenting to or teaching others in either formal or informal settings · MBA or MPA, accounting, statistics, economics, or other financial and math related fields, with a proven ability to clearly communicate those same concepts · State government experience in budgeting, SABHRS, administration, or other areas that would prepare you to communicate state government processes and procedures to legislators and the public *Title: *Fiscal Analyst I or II, D.O.Q. Location: Helena Requisition ID: 24140911