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Class Code: 147A
Category: Financial Services

Class Series Concept

Positions in this series perform budget analysis duties in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and the Office of Financial Management (OFM) regulations. This series uses and modifies complex computer budget models to make budget projections and allotments in developing and administering an agency’s or institution’s operating or capital budget.


This is the entry level of the series. Positions perform professional budget analysis work by compiling and interpreting fiscal data used to develop and monitor operating or capital budgets. Under general supervision, performs operating or capital budget development and administrative tasks by modifying computer budget models to make budget projections and allotments; conducts budget analyses using statistical formulas to consider numerous factors that vary among organizations; analyzes proposed legislation and prepares fiscal notes; prepares analyses in support of program plans and budget requests; recommends alternative budget and allocation formulas.

Typical Work

Conducts operating or capital budget analyses using statistical formulas to consider factors that vary among the organizations such as individually-negotiated salary schedules, widely different campus infrastructures, capital improvement projects, and varying student enrollments; 

Analyzes proposed legislation, project costs, and prepares fiscal notes on behalf of a multiple-campus institution or system of institutions; 

Prepares analyses in support of program plans and operating or capital budget requests submitted by the community college districts, organizational units of a university, or other organizations; 

Uses complex computerized systems to extract, summarize, and evaluate fiscal data; 

Assists, advises, and trains institution personnel regarding budgetary policies and procedures; 

Maintains complex computerized systems, such as, input journal vouchers, edit journal vouchers, and upload to computer information accounting system; review activity for accuracy and completeness; 

Develops procedures to effect more efficient budget reporting at the department level or in area of responsibility;  

Explains accounting and budgeting systems, procedures and processes;  

Positions may lead or supervise lower level staff.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Positions typically require a Bachelor’s degree in business, public administration, accounting, economics, or statistics and three to four years of professional experience in budgets, management, or program analysis. A Master’s degree can substitute for some experience.

Class Specification History

New class effective January 1, 2006; Budget Analyst 1 (replaces 3035 Budget Analyst I, 12360 Budget Program Specialist 1).