Budget Analyst II

City of Cedar Rapids

Do you have strong accounting skills, an eye for detail, and want a position that will provide meaningful and challenging work that supports City financial operations?  The City of Cedar Rapids seeks an experienced professional to perform a variety of tasks including accounting functions, preparing budgets and financial plans, as well as performing a variety of complex research, analysis, and reporting responsibilities including identifying financial issues and recommending solutions.  If this sounds like you, apply today! At the City, we are committed to employing individuals who reflect our community’s diverse backgrounds and this position is crucial in the success and strategic direction of a growing and evolving community. 

We appreciate and leverage the vast experience individuals bring beyond the technical requirements of a job. If you are an individual with similar experience listed here please consider applying. Experience and skills combined with commitment to our core values is key to building a greater community now and for the next generation; therefore, we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to this position. Any person who anticipates needing accommodations for any part of the recruitment process please contact Katie Ulmer (k.ulmer@cedar-rapids.org or 319-286-5138).

What is in it for you? 

The City provides outstanding pay, benefits and time off. With participation in the Wellness Program, the Choice Family PPO plan cost is only $63.88 per month for 2022! Additionally we offer:

  • Medical co-insurance for participating providers of 90% plan / 10% employee
  • Iowa Public Employee’s Retirement Pension plans (IPERS) (Download PDF reader)  with a 9.44% City contribution and 6.29% employee contribution
  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • Up to $3,000 per year in educational assistance
  • 4 weeks of paid parental leave
  • Generous flex leave (paid-time off)
  • Annual pay increases
  • Typically receive annual cost of living increase depending on budget
  • 100% City paid basic life insurance
  • Dental, vision, long-term disability, and supplemental life insurance
  • Commitment to professional development


About the Position:

Performs complex research, review, analysis, and reporting responsibilities within the Finance Department. An ideal candidate would be very detail and accuracy focused.

Position Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

Salary: $71,260.80 annually to commensurate

This position will be advertised until filled.

Successful completion of a pre-employment background check, physical examination (if applicable) and drug screen are required prior to employment with the City of Cedar Rapids.

The City of Cedar Rapids does not offer sponsorship for employment authorization.

Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills

  • Maintains City capital improvement project information in City financial system and ensures proper use of capital project funds.
  • Coordinates, prepares and maintains the city operating and capital improvement project budgets and budget amendments and ensures proper use of funds and budget.
  • Creates detailed written reports and financial summaries of financial information or performance.
  • Performs a variety of detailed budget and actual review, research, analysis, and reporting.
  • Reviews detail of transactions and maintains financial information in City Financial system.
  • Responsible for mid-month and month end processes to ensure the integrity of the Financial system.
  • Reviews and approves City journal entries.
  • Identifies problems and issues and provides solutions, recommendations, and alternate options.
  • Prepares long term financial plans, complex calculations, and rate structures.
  • Provides a variety of department and finance training and guidance.
  • Leads departments such as Internal service areas  and Public Works through annual budget and planning processes while setting fees and ensuring financial sustainability of operations and capital improvement projects.  This requires understanding of business operations, fund accounting, capital assets requirements, and being current on laws and regulations.
  • Performs internal audits to monitor accounting and budget records.
  • Ensures compliance with all established City policies.
  • Assists with special projects such as cost/benefit analysis.
  • Performs related work as required.

Minimum qualifications & Requirements

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, or a related field and
  • Three (3) to five (5) years of experience in accounting, research, analysis, building cost of service rates, and making conclusions and recommendations or
  • An equivalent combination of education and/or experience
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse population

Job ID: 80648

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