Ways & Means Committee Fiscal Analyst
Senate Committee Services (SCS) is seeking candidates for a Fiscal Analyst position with the Senate Ways and Means Committee. This is a full-time, nonpartisan position, exempt from civil service. For more information on SCS, please visit our website at:
This position is open continuous until filled, but applicants are encouraged to submit materials as soon as possible as screening, interviewing, and selection will begin July 22.
SCS provides nonpartisan staff support to the members and committees of the Washington State Senate in Olympia, Washington. Duties include:
- Reviewing and evaluating operating and capital budget requests submitted by state agencies and the Governor.
- Creating and manipulating complex fiscal models to assess costs and alternatives of budget proposals.
- Developing thorough understanding of agency revenues and expenditures using tools and reports extracting data from statewide accounting and budgeting systems.
- Being an expert-level resource to Senators on assigned agency programs, activities, and budgets.
- Analyzing legislation with fiscal impact and following the progress of bills through the legislative process.
- Drafting bills, amendments, and other legislative documents.
- Developing and evaluating policy alternatives to assist Senators in meeting their goals.
- Presenting legislation and other budgetary matters to the Committee.
- Responding to inquiries on pertinent budget and fiscal issues.
- Developing appropriate professional relationships with state agency staff and interest groups.
Desirable qualifications include:
- Experience with or knowledge of public sector budgeting and procedures is desired but not required.
- Excellent analytical, quantitative, writing, problem solving, and oral communication skills.
- A creative, flexible, and service-oriented approach to work.
- Capability to handle the complex, difficult situations that are common in the fast-paced, results-oriented, high-pressure legislature environment.
- Proficiency in multiple computer applications, including applications involving complex spreadsheets and databases for fiscal/budget modeling purposes, word processing software, presentation applications, and online research.
- Ability to develop methods or models to analyze and evaluate fiscal impacts of policy proposals using available information and data. Ability to understand and assess the quality and methodology of fiscal analyses created by others.
- Knowledge of the legislative process.
- Proven ability to perform high-quality, objective research and analysis in a position requiring high levels of self-direction.
- Willingness to work the long, irregular hours that are common during a legislative session.
- Proficient in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word.
A master’s degree in public administration, business administration, political science, economics, or related field is desirable.
Salaries for professional legislative staff are competitive. The specific salary will depend on the successful applicant’s education and experience.
Employee benefits include: vacation and sick leave; paid state holidays; health, life and other optional insurance; retirement; social security; and military leave.