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Budget and Policy Analyst/Economist

Posted by The Governor's Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) ; Posted on 
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The Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) is seeking a Budget and Policy Analyst/Economist to join its team. The economist will perform analysis of complex and critical issues impacting the State of Utah budget and operations. The responsibilities may include forecasting and predicting econometric data,evaluating risk in financial liabilities,examining and validating major research findings and/or designing research studies. In addition,the budget and policy analyst/economist may be evaluating state agency budget requests,reviewing and interpreting proposed legislation and optimizing state agency program operations.

Examples of analysis include:
forecasting revenue and budget drivers such as Medicaid and public education growth
evaluating infrastructure investments
assessing pension and other liabilities
analyzing federal grant funding

The budget and policy analyst/economist must provide a high level of expertise in research design, analysis, and data needed to examine issues, trends and program evaluations; errors in data/recommendations may have significant impact on the state budget and operations. This is a high level position and receives very little instruction from supervisor on overall workload and the execution of analysis.

Principal Duties
Uses econometric and other statistical methods to analyze and forecast revenue and expenditure drivers; apply data analysis protocols to reach accurate conclusions.
Analyzes the impacts of changes in agency policy, business practices, federal or state laws and regulations, etc
Perform queries on relational databases to extract relevant data for summary or analysis
Access and analyze public use data files such as the Public Use Microdata Sample and the Annual Social and Economic Supplement to the Current Population Survey
Uses research data to improve existing programs and utilization of resources.
Assesses agency budget requests and makes recommendations on the allocation of scarce resources
Writes policy and position memos ,technical reports, or other documents based on research, investigation or analysis
Presents analysis results and makes recommendations to senior management and policymakers
Effectively represents the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget before agency departments and on committees and task forces and maintains good working relationships.
Presents information to appropriations subcommittees,and tracks assigned legislation

Ideal Candidate
Master’s degree or PhD in economics or related field
Expertise in using common statistical analysis software such as SAS,R and SPSS
Show an exceptional ability to relate to and work well with legislators,agency officials,legislative staff,and the general public under varying circumstances and potentially stressful situations
Ability to make sound judgments under pressure

Why You Should Join Our Team
The Governor’s Office of Management and Budget supports the pursuit of professional growth and development through a culture that encourages great employees, great attitudes, and teamwork. We offer a competitive benefits package. We are a small office staffed with an excellent team that supports the Governor and all state agencies by ensuring that the programs and services offered by the state are managed effectively at the best value to the tax payer.

The Agency
The mission of the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget is to create more and more value for every tax dollar invested. The foundation and success of our work begins with the belief that every system and process has room for improvement. We also believe in empowering our staff with the knowledge and framework to contribute to and improve their work processes and skills.

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