State of Oregon Fiscal Analyst 2 (Budget Analyst) in Salem, Oregon

Fiscal Analyst 2 (Budget Analyst)



Fiscal Analyst 2 (Budget Analyst)


$50,592.00 - $73,884.00 Annually


Salem, OR

Job Type



Public Utility Commission

Job Number



1/4/2019 11:59 PM Pacific

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Are you an expert at reviewing financial data and preparing a company's budget? Are you skilled with financial query tools and Microsoft Excel spreadsheets? Do you want a rewarding career with great benefits, great work-life balance, and ample growth opportunities with an employer that has a supportive team-focused work environment? If so, PUC has a job opportunity were you can utilize your skills and make a difference in the lives of millions of Oregonians!

The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) is seeking a highly-qualified candidate to fill the position of Budget Analyst, Fiscal Analyst 2.

Duties & Responsibilities

The Budget Analyst is responsible in providing professional level expertise in the development, execution and monitoring of the Oregon Public Utility Commission's biennial budget, forecast and financial plan.

The Budget Analyst acts as budget advisor for the agency management staff to assist in decision making by providing advanced fiscal analysis, revenue and expenditure projections, and alternatives in resolving budgetary problems, and potential financial impacts.

The Budget Analyst performs a number of highly technical functions and reconciliations in the financial systems (e.g. ORBITS, PICS, and SFMA), produces ad hoc financial reports as requested by management staff, tracks of allotment and spending to ensure expenditures are within budget limitation, and creates calculations and analysis to support the preparation of fiscal impact statements for bills affecting programs during legislative sessions.

Major duties include:

  • Prepares the financial data, essential and policy packages, and budget templates to support the agency's budget. Consults with program managers and staff on goals, financial objectives, program plans, and policy changes in the development of PUC's biennial budget.

  • Works collaboratively with Human Resources in reconciling position information in Position Inventory and Control System (PICS) against the budgeted personnel expenses for the completion of position actions, data entry into finance plans, appropriations and allotments.

  • Analyzes and forecasts trends in revenue and expenditures. Monitors the fiscal performance of the agency, recommends budget adjustments as necessary, and is responsible for computing and executing budget allocations.

  • Modifies the budget in response to funding or policy changes and prepares supplemental budget requests including supporting documentation.

  • Performs query of actual expenditures, identifies areas of budget surplus or deficiency, creates allotment memo for management approval, and prepares accounting entries of the appropriations and quarterly allotments into the accounting system (SFMA).

  • Provides assistance to Senior Accountant in approving and releasing payments to vendors. Reviews SFMA batches and determines appropriate and proper coding of processed transactions. Assists with SFMA profile maintenance, printed reports maintenance and report ordering. Verifies records accuracy by monitoring financial data through SFMA reports and Datamart Query results.

  • Analyzes and interprets federal and state regulations relating to accounting and budget issues. Monitors expenditures affecting federal grants to ensure appropriate use of funds and spending is within approved budget limitation and purpose.

  • Independently prepares the fiscal impact statements; quarterly allotment plans and expenditure reports; monthly agency cash balances, monthly budget-to-actuals, reconciliation of database files with accounting system as it relates to budget; and budgetary and funding status reports.

Working Conditions:

Work is performed in a standard office environment, with frequent use of a computer. Must be able to lift and carry up to 25 pounds. Occasional travel is required; must have a valid driver's license and maintain an acceptable driving record, or provide an alternate reasonable method of transportation. May be required to work occasional evenings and weekends to meet budget deadlines.


The PUC offices are located in downtown Salem, in close proximity to the State Capitol. PUC prides itself in being a great place to have a career. As a mid-size State of Oregon agency, we provide opportunity for employees to get to know each other in a comfortable and friendly environment. We offer benefit plans that pay up to 99% of the health care premiums for coverage of employees and dependents, membership in the Public Employee Retirement System; 11 paid holidays per year; 24 hours of personal leave per year; vacation leave earned at a minimum rate of 8 hours per month, and sick leave earned at a rate of 8 hours per month; and many other benefits. PUC receives no General or Lottery funds. Commission responsibilities are funded through a per month fee on regulated natural gas, electric, telecommunication, and water utility bills.

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

Minimum Qualifications

Five years of progressively responsible experience that included the preparation, analysis, and administration of a budget or fiscal system.


Five years of professional-level experience in accounting, fiscal auditing, management or program analysis. Experience must have included modeling, forecasting and analyzing fiscal information.


Successful completion of the Department of Administrative Services Budget and Management Public Administrative Trainee Program.


A Bachelor's Degree in Business, Public or Non-Profit Management, Finance, Accounting or a related degree (such as Public Policy, Political Science, Public Administration, Economics or other analytical or technical degree) may substitute for three years of the required experience.

A graduate-level degree in Business, Public or Non-Profit Management, Finance, Accounting or a related degree (such as Public Policy, Political Science, Public Administration, Economics or other analytical or technical degree) may substitute for four of the five years.

Requested Skills

  • Work experience and understanding of complex financial management and budgetary principles and practices.

  • Work experience that demonstrates advanced knowledge of accounting standards and generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).

  • Work experience effectively communicating complex fiscal information, both orally and in writing, to a diverse group of customer and decision makers within a professional organization.

  • Work experience using the financial query tool, "IR Studio/Hyperion" to extract data from mainframe database, export to readable format (e.g. Excel, Word, PDF), and produce financial reports for management.

  • Work experience with State of Oregon Budget Information Tracking System (ORBITS), Position Control Information System (PICS), and Oregon Statewide Financial Management System (SFMA).

Only candidates who meet the above "Minimum Qualifications" for the position and whose work experience most closely matches the requested skills of this position will be invited to an interview.

Additional Information


Click the "Apply" button above to complete the online State of Oregon employment application. Only complete applications submitted by the closing date/time posted on this announcement will be considered. PUC does NOT accept paper applications, email applications or supplemental information/attachments not submitted as an attachment to the online application. Updates regarding candidates' application status will be provided via email only.

Your application must clearly show how you meet the minimum qualifications and requested skills for this position. Be sure to complete the following sections: "Work Experience" and, if applicable, "Education." The "Work Experience" section must include the specific position(s) you have held, organizations for which you have worked, complete start and end dates of your employment (month and year), and a detailed description of your duties and level of responsibility. A resume is not required to apply for this position and it will not replace the completed "Work Experience" section.

Note: Grammar, clarity, conciseness, and professionalism of application materials will be considered as part of the evaluation process.

If you require an alternate format in order to complete the application process, please call PUC Human Resources at (503) 378-6265 Monday through Friday between 8 AM and 5 PM (PST).

The pay and benefits on all announcements may change without notice. If you are hired, you may be required to provide facts about past employment and present financial interests if they could be connected with the businesses regulated by the PUC.

This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates; this list will be used to fill the current opening and may be used to fill other openings as they occur.


The PUC does not offer VISA sponsorships. Within three-days of hire, you will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security's I-9 form confirming authorization to work in the United States.


Eligible veterans who meet the minimum qualifications of the position will be given veterans' preference. To receive preference you MUST attach to your electronic application the following documentation:


A copy of your DD214 or DD215; OR

A letter from the US Department of Veterans' Affairs indicating you receive a non-service connected pension.

Disabled Veteran

A copy of your DD214 or DD215; AND

A copy of your veterans' disability preference letter from the US Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Additional information on veterans' preference in employment may be obtained from the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs website at: or by calling 1-800-692-9666.

The Oregon Public Utility Commission is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer Committed to Workforce Diversity.

Core benefits

Medical, vision and dental insurance

  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans for the employee and qualified family members

  • $5,000 in employee basic life insurance

Retirement benefits

  • Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP)

  • Employer paid defined benefit and defined contribution programs

**Effective November 1, 2016, SEIU represented employees who are Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) participating members will have their base salary increased by 6.95%. Upon becoming a PERS participating member, SEIU employees pay the employee 6% contribution to PERS.

Paid leaves and other benefits

  • Sick leave earned at the rate of 8 hours per a month with no maximum accumulation

  • Vacation leave earned at a minimum rate of 8 hours per month with accrual rate increases at 5-year increments

  • 24 hours personal leave earned each fiscal year

  • Ten paid holidays a year

The state also provides access to an innovative Employee Assistance Program that offers work-life counseling, along with homeowner, legal and family resources.

Optional benefits

  • Term life (employee, spouse or domestic partner, and dependents

  • Long-term and short-term disability

  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment

  • Long-term care (self and eligible family members)

  • Flexible spending accounts

  • Option to enroll in the Oregon Savings Growth Plan, a deferred compensation program offering a wide variety of investment options.

The following information describes typical benefits available for employees. Actual benefits received may differ by position or branch of government or be prorated for other than full time work.