The New Jersey Department of the Treasury’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) seeks to hire State Budget Specialists. OMB’s primary mission is to advise the Governor and Treasurer in preparing the multi-billion-dollar State Budget and to supervise its administration among various State agencies. OMB operates in a fast-paced environment investigating issues that are complex, politically sensitive, and frequently involve millions of dollars in resources. OMB State Budget Specialists use their professional experience and academic training to assess programmatic costs and benefits, effectiveness, alternative service-delivery strategies, and relative funding priorities. They also develop recommendations for specific planning and budgeting actions. State Budget Specialists responsibilities include:
- Help prepare the State Budget by reviewing agency budget submissions for technical and conceptual accuracy, including budget format and completeness.
- Identify opportunities for future budget savings, including management efficiencies.
- Monitor and project agency spending to identify potential surplus funding as well as programs where budgeted funding may fall short of actual need.
- Evaluate policy initiatives of one or more State agencies.
- Provide program analyses to senior OMB management and Treasury officials on specific, high-profile issues.
- Click here to watch the State Budget Analyst Recruitment Video created by the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO).
Working in sections of 4 to 5 professionals, State Budget Specialists interact with senior staff from OMB and various State agencies. Such interactions provide a unique glimpse of the critical issues facing State government and the forces that shape public policy.
OMB provides formal, in-house training on technical budgeting, OMB data systems, revenue analysis, and other key tasks. Section managers conduct regular performance evaluations to identify areas for staff growth. While work demands are extensive, especially during the preparation of the Governor’s proposed Budget and the Appropriations Act, high-performing candidates can look forward to a well-defined career ladder with opportunities for advancement.
The standard workweek is Monday through Friday. The position offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, prescription, and prescription drug coverage, benefit leave, Pension, supplemental pension plan, tax saving programs, and paid holidays.
Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Management Science, Economics, Accounting, Public or Business Administration, Political Science, Finance, Mathematics, Public Policy, Government Administration, Actuarial Science, Statistics, or Budgeting. Proof of degree is required.
Note: Possession of a Master’s degree in one of the above areas from an accredited college or university will satisfy the education requirement irrespective of the area of concentration at the Bachelor’s level.
Trainee Titles: Appointees to a Trainee title will serve a four (4) month working test period and a one (1) year training period concurrently. Upon successful completion of one (1) year training period, the incumbent will be advanced to the journeyman title. A Civil Service examination is not required for this advancement.
SAME Applicants: Candidates applying under the New Jersey “SAME” program, must include a Schedule A or B letter with other supporting documents (resume, proof of degree, etc.) by the closing date indicated above. For more information, please visit https://nj.gov/csc/same/overview/index.shtml, email: SAME@csc.nj.gov, or call CSC at (833) 691-0404.
Veteran’s Preference: Veterans must provide proof of New Jersey Veteran’s Preference with their initial application by including a copy of their New Jersey Civil Service Commission Notification of Veteran’s Status. For more information, please visit: http://www.state.nj.us/csc/seekers/veterans.
Residency: In accordance with the New Jersey First Act, P.L. 2011, c.70, new public employees are required to establish and maintain principle residence in New Jersey within one (1) year of employment. For more information, please visit: https://www.nj.gov/labor/research-info/njfirst.shtml.