City of Ann Arbor
  • Public Services
  • Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  • 60,000 - $75,000
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Financial Analyst - Budget, Planning and Forecasting

Starting Salary Range: $60,000 - $75,000

Benefits offered with this position include:

  • Defined benefit pension plan
  • 401a with City match
  • Optional 457 Deferred Compensation plan
  • Reciprocal Pension Credit, available for pension-qualified applicants
  • Retiree health reimbursement account
  • Very generous medical/dental/vision/pharmacy plans
  • Paid vacation, personal time, floating holiday, plus sick days. Unused vacation and sick time rolls over
  • Short-term and long-term disability, life, and AD&D insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • You can earn up to $500 annually by participating in our Wellness Incentive Programs. These dollars will be deposited into a health reimbursement account (HRA), which can be used toward eligible health care expenses
  • Tuition reimbursement $5000, must be employed 1 year to be eligible
  • Employee assistance program
  • Voluntary benefits like accident coverage, critical illness, LegalShield, and Identify Theft

Role Summary

To support the processing, preparing, and analyzing of financial reports for the City, including the development of appropriate fees and charges. Liaison with and provide dedicated support to a Service Area for all of their financial needs.

Duties are performed under the direct supervision of the Budget & Finance Supervisor in Public Services and may include the following:

Essential Duties

  • Lead a Service Unit's budget development process
  • Support the analysis of utility revenue requirements for the development of adequate rates and charges
  • Support the development of a Service Area's business & strategic plan
  • Support operating management in the development and rollout of benchmarks and performance metrics
  • Coordinate office support staff and assist them with administrative needs
  • Manage projects, as assigned by CFO or Unit Manager
  • Train, motivate and provide financial direction to WTSU staff
  • Work cooperatively with internal and external customers to provide quality customer service
  • Drive continuous improvement in financial reporting
  • Prepare certain quantitative reports for presentation to senior management, City Council, or others, as appropriate
  • Generate timely budget/forecast statements
  • Monitor budget performance for Service Unit to insure their accuracy and create unique management reports as required
  • Independently analyze, predict, and solve problems
  • Conduct special studies affecting Service Units financial performance including fee analyses, overtime minimization, etc.
  • Analyze operational processes and procedures and recommend process and operational improvements

Related Work

  • Support ad hoc requests for financial analyses
  • Perform related financial work and special projects as assigned
  • Knowledge of: (position requirements at entry)
  • Managerial accounting principles, practices and procedures
  • Budget and planning methods and procedures
  • Sound internal control procedures
  • Computerized financial systems
  • Computers and software applications used in business settings (e.g. Microsoft Office, Excel, PowerPoint and Access)
  • Advanced mathematical and statistical analyses
  • General office management and procedures
  • Outstanding customer service principles and practices
  • Sound financial reporting practices and procedures

Skills and Ability to: (position requirements at entry)

  • Properly utilize accounting, finance and planning principles, practices and procedures
  • Ability to interact with operating personnel and apply finance principles to help solve operational challenges
  • Accurately interpret and implement policies, procedures and regulations
  • Problem solve and demonstrate decision making and analytical capabilities
  • Analyze and organize financial information and prepare reports
  • Effectively communicate through oral and written communication
  • Develop and maintain non-partisan, respectful and effective working relationships
  • Analyze complex budget and planning issues and assist in developing alternative solutions
  • Set priorities, coordinate multiple projects, work independently and meet critical deadlines
  • Listen to understand the intended meaning of the message
  • Demonstrate excellent customer service techniques

Training and Experience (position requirements at entry)


  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in finance, accounting, economics, business, public administration or closely related field
  • At least 3 years of experience in accounting and financial analysis
  • At least 3 years of experience in planning, budgeting and forecasting


  • Municipal experience
  • Master's degree with a major in finance, accounting, economics, business or public administration or a closely related field

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative to those that must be met by and employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

Positions in this class typically require: reaching, lifting, pushing, pulling, grasping, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

Move and lift light objects less than 20 pounds such as mail, files and supplies.  Operating office equipment requiring continuous or repetitive hand/arm movements.  The ability to remain in a sitting position for extended periods of time.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. 


We are proud of our diverse workforce and our commitment to equal opportunity.  We do not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived age, arrest record, color, disability, educational association, familial status, family responsibilities, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, height, HIV status, marital status, national origin, political beliefs, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, source of income, veteran status, victim of domestic violence or stalking, or weight in any aspect of our hiring or employment process. The City of Ann Arbor has earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Municipal Equality Index (MEI), which assesses lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality in more than 500 cities across the nation.

Related Titles: Staff Accountant, Operations Accounting Analyst, Rate Analyst, Controller, Forecasting Analyst, Financial Officer, Budget Coordinator, Budget Analyst. Corporate Accountant.

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