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Senior Budget and Financial Analytics Analyst

Allegheny County Department of Human Services
Pittsburgh, PA
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
  • Benefits: life insurance, medical, vision, 401k, dental,
Job Description

The Fiscal Policy and Analytics team within Allegheny County Department of Human Services employs analytics (data analysis and visualization, forecasting, scenario analysis, variance decomposition) to improve the allocation of our $1 billion budget across all offices and programs. The team is responsible for establishing the goals and objectives of the budgeting process; maximizing system integration through developing a long-term strategy for enhanced efficiencies using technology and automation; maintaining policies, procedures, and documentation related to the budget creation and review process; and communicating funding priorities effectively throughout DHS.


We are looking for a Senior Budget and Financial Analytics Analyst to join our growing efforts to develop objectives-based, prospective budgets to drive better decision-making of how we invest in improving outcomes for our clients. The Senior Budget and Financial Analytics Analyst will own creating insightful, actionable financial plans and analytics that help leaders and program managers optimize their funding strategies. In addition to financial analysis, the role will collaborate closely with program offices and planners to help implement feedback mechanisms connected to the budget, such as continuous quality improvement cycles. The Senior Budget and Financial Analytics Analyst will be a trusted advisor to the DHS leadership team for their perspective on the return on investment and quality of our service offerings and funding decisions, including consistently identifying areas of under-/over-performance to refine our strategy over time. The role demands strong knowledge of fundamentals in financial analysis and a track record of leading change at other organizations of enforcing new processes around finances and performance and earning trust across a variety of internal customers and partners.


A career with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services puts you on a rich and rewarding professional path. As a DHS employee, you will be part of a culture of innovation and data-driven decision-making within local government, with a high-level perspective of the spectrum of work undertaken each day to ensure a safe, healthy, and thriving county. The annual budget is the most significant policy document that DHS produces. Our department takes this duty seriously, working to ensure that DHS is efficient, delivers the right services at the right cost, provides excellent core services, and meets citizen expectations when it comes to technology and modernization. Outside of budget creation, the Senior Budget and Financial Analytics Analyst will provide analytical support to program staff (Children Youth and Families, Community Services, Behavioral Health, Intellectual Disabilities, Area Agency on Aging), department deputy directors, and the Executive Office; reporting on performance and assisting in revising strategies as necessary. Additional responsibilities will include:


  • Working with fiscal and program offices to develop a meaningful annual budget.
  • Developing forecasts and projections informed by scenario planning basics.
  • Creating and tracking Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) which lead to actionable recommendations.
  • Leading project teams as necessary (e.g., administration of the CARES CRF funding).
  • Researching and understanding key organizational drivers exploring policy, market, and operational factors.
  • Collaborating across the finance function to understand the fiscal infrastructure and continually look for ways to increase efficiencies and expand the use of automation.
  • Communicating with program offices on a regular basis and engaging with providers as needed to support program office goals.
  • Creating documentation to institutionalize policies and procedures.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Thorough knowledge of budgeting policies, procedures, and methodologies, and supporting performance measurement processes.
  • Track record of implementing financial analysis tools and understanding both macro and micro trends impact the operations of our providers and clients.
  • Ability to distill complex data analyses into clear recommendations.
  • Ability to learn quickly and adapt to shifting priorities.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Basic understanding of general ledger systems and budgeting software a plus.
  • Experience querying relational databases with SQL and data visualization (Tableau preferred).




Work requires broad knowledge of accounting, budgeting, or finance. Knowledge is normally acquired through four years of college resulting in a Bachelor's degree or equivalent.


Three years of data analysis and/or f budget or accounting experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


The preferred candidate will possess:


  • A Bachelor’s degree in a finance-related field such as accounting, finance, or economics.
  • Previous experience in nonprofit or public sector finance.



If hired for a position, candidates would work for Allegheny County, Department of Human Services and be employed by Great Lakes Behavioral Research Institute.



In accordance with the Allegheny County mandate effective August 9th, 2021 individuals being made conditional job offers with the county will have to be vaccinated from COVID-19 as a condition of employment, subject to applicable federal and state laws. The prospective employee will need to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19 before beginning work. Please note you will be required to provide proof of full vaccination.

Fully vaccinated from COVID-19 is defined as:

• 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or

• 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine



About Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS)

In Allegheny County, we appreciate people who think big, act boldly, and care about making a difference. You don’t have to be from here to feel at home, or to make your mark. With only 1.3 million people in the County, it is small enough for motivated people to get things done. Allegheny County’s Department of Human Services (DHS) is a perfect place to get things done that directly affect people in need in a positive and lasting way. We help children grow up safer and healthier, older adults remain able to live independently, and neighborhoods to thrive. Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of people in Allegheny County.

DHS is the largest agency in Allegheny County government, with a budget of nearly $1 billion. DHS serves over 200,000 people a year through services that include: Protecting children and youth from abuse and neglect and preventing future occurrences of maltreatment; improving child wellness through family support, home visiting, early intervention and in-home services; providing treatment for behavioral health issues such as substance use disorders and mental illness; managing the care of adults with intellectual disabilities; preventing unnecessary nursing home stays; and services that prevent homelessness and provide shelter and housing for families and individuals.



Why DHS?

  • It is innovative. Most recently, the national attention and awards we’ve gotten are for how DHS integrates data and uses them to improve the safety and well-being of children through tools that support front-line staff in making decisions (using predictive analytics).
  • DHS is diverse, but we strive to be even more inclusive. Our director has made it her top priority that DHS is “the kind of place where a diverse group of talented people want to come, grow, and do their best work.” This includes equity in hiring and advancement, as well as in unleashing the creativity and ideas of staff at every level of DHS.
  • It has strong, assertive leaders. We do not hire yes-people.



You can make a big impact here. We stand out as one of the best human services organizations in the country. But we need problem-solvers, innovators, and terrific leaders to make sure we are smart in how we use our funding so that we reach the people who most need our help to make their lives better.

DHS strives to be the kind of place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come to grow and do their best work.”

-From the organization’s statement on Equity and Inclusion




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