U.S. Courts Budget Analyst in Atlanta, Georgia

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The Circuit Executive's Office of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit is accepting applications for the position of Budget Analyst.Applications are being accepted through March 23, 2018 (or until filled). The Budget Analyst performs administrative, budget, technical and professional work related to budgetary activities for the Circuit Executive's Office (CEO) and Court, including ensuring compliance with the appropriate guidelines, policies, and approved internal controls.

  • Assist with the formulation, evaluation, and implementation of policies, procedures, and protocols related to budget plan execution for the Court. Provide input to the Consolidated Court Unit Budget Organization Plan (CUBOP). Advise staff, executives, and judges on budget matters.
  • Assist in the development of an annual spending plan for the CEO and the Court.
  • Execute approved budget plans. Review spending and fund balances routinely and recommend reprogramming actions to cover projected shortfalls. Ensure allotment levels are not exceeded and obligations are not made in advance of an appropriation, allotment, or reprogramming transaction. Participate in advance review and approval of major purchases.
  • Serve as a liaison to the Administrative Office (AO) of the U. S. Courts on matters pertaining to budget.
  • Prepare quarterly report of unliquidated obligations for review and signature by the Circuit Executive.
  • Enter allotments, adjustments to allotments, and reprogramming's, into the Judiciary Integrated Financial Management System (JIFMS) and maintain oversight and approval documentation.
  • Prepare and electronically submit the CEOs Electronic Status of Funds reports on a monthly basis, or as required.
  • Provide budget forecasting reports to the Circuit Executive in advance of Court Administrative Meetings (October, February, and June) and when requested in order to track spending priorities and ensure that the total court unit allotment will not be exceeded.
  • Serve as Primary Travel Reviewer for the CEO.
  • Arrange for and provide guidance relating to staff and judge travel in accordance with applicable travel authorizations and regulations.
  • Interpret and provide guidance and assistance on regulations regarding judiciary travel and financial procedures to court employees and judges.
  • Ensure that allowable expenses are included on travel authorizations and that fiscal information, estimates, account classifications, and other information are correct. Learn more about this agency
  • Review and process travel authorizations and vouchers in JIFMS in accordance applicable travel regulations.
  • Monitor travel fund obligations and provide authorization and assistance to travelers using the court's Centrally Billed Account.
  • Serve as time and attendance record keeper for designated Court Unit Executives and for the CEO and provide associated support as requested.
  • Serve as Court's primary property disposal officer concerning the transfer, donation, sale, or abandonment of non-expendable personal property in accordance with the provisions of the Guide to Judiciary Policy.
  • Prepare financial, budget, procurement, administrative, and judicial conference memoranda, reports, and other documentation as needed.
  • Serve as primary for the recording of incoming cash receipts for the non-appropriated funds and distribute copies of the log and cash receipts to appropriate financial staff.
  • Assist with the maintenance of the Internal Control Manual (ICM).
  • Review, monitor, and ensure compliance with judiciary regulations related to budget, finance and travel.
  • Demonstrate and create an environment of teamwork, excellent customer service, and support for staff, executives, judges and chambers staff.
  • Provide assistance in carrying out the biennial Judicial Conference, which requires some travel.
  • Serves as backup Level 1 Contracting Officer (Purchase Cardholder) for the CEO.
  • Perform other functions and special projects within the CEO as assigned.
Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


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Conditions of Employment
  • Bachelor's degree from accredited college or university.
  • Required to undergo a background investigation.
  • 3+ years of financial, budget, and analysis experience.
  • U.S. Citizen or eligible to work for the federal government.
  • Previous federal court experience desired.
  • Intermediate or advanced Excel skills preferred.

REQUIREMENTS: Incumbent must present a professional demeanor and possess exceptional interpersonal and organizational skills, as well as extensive knowledge of budgeting and how to use automated systems to perform day-to-day activities. The substantial amount of interpersonal communication required in the fulfillment of the duties and responsibilities of the position makes it necessary that the candidate manifest the highest degree of professionalism, poise, courtesy and tact at all times. Skill and accuracy in working with numerical calculations. Ability to understand relationships among accounts and how budgeting procedures relate to the overall business of the CEO. Ability to troubleshoot errors and their probable causes. Skill in monitoring and reconciling accounts and ledgers. Skill in reconciling allotments, obligations, and available balances. Ability to learn and adhere to standards and objectives of internal controls, and the purpose and processes related to budget decentralization. Knowledge of the overall fiscal reconciliation process. Ability to learn judiciary regulations and the CEO's processes and practices related to budget planning, execution, and funds management. Ability to ensure accuracy and completeness of data and comply with internal controls, regulations, and policies to prevent legal or personal liability. Ability to conduct internal reviews of financial activities and develop written recommendations for improvements. Ability to make decisions based on thorough knowledge of the policies, practices, and guidelines related to budget, travel, and property management. Ability to communicate effectively (orally and in writing). Ability to interact effectively with individuals and groups. In addition, must be dependable, a team player, and capable of working effectively in a high volume, fast paced office. Ability to lift and move files, materials, furniture, and equipment (approximately 50 pounds). Occasional travel required.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: * A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. * At least three years of progressively responsible financial experience which demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. * Three years specialized experience, including at least one year equivalent to work at the classification level 26 (CL-26). PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS: * A bachelor's degree in Accounting or Finance from an accredited college or university. * Previous budget experience in a federal court or court. * Government financial, budget, procurement, and property management experience. * Skill in using a variety of computer applications (WordPerfect, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and/or other applications). * Skill in the use of the following or similar databases:Judiciary Integrated Financial Management System (JIFMS),Judiciary Inventory Control System (JICS), and the Human Resources Management Information System (HRMIS) for leave recording. * Intermediate or advanced Excel skills.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Applicants must be a United States citizen or eligible to work for the federal government. All applicant information is subject to verification. The appointment is provisional and contingent upon the satisfactory completion and approval of a ten-year background investigation with periodic updates every five years thereafter. It is the policy of this court that all new personnel are hired for a twelve-month initial probationary period, at the end of which time their work and progress will be evaluated. All court employees are required to adhere to a Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees, copies of which are available upon request. Employees of the United States Circuit Courts are considered "at-will" employees, and, as such, may be terminated with or without cause. The Office of Personnel Management civil service position classification standards and appeal procedures do not apply to federal court employees. The Federal Financial Reform Act requires direct deposit of federal wages for court employees.


EMPLOYEE BENEFITS**: Judiciary employees are entitled to benefits similar to those of other government employees including:

Paid Vacations Paid Holidays Sick Leave Health Insurance Dental/Vision Insurance Life Insurance Flexible Benefits Long-Term Care Insurance Within-Level Salary Increases Time in Service Portable Retirement Plan with matching contributions Flexible Work Schedule Professional Environment

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Applications will be screened for the best qualified applicants.

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Required Documents

Resume, cover letter, and writing sample (3 pages or less).

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How to Apply

A cover letter with resume and a self-edited writing sample of no more than three pages should be mailed to:

Cheryl Vessels Assistant Circuit Executive for Human Resources United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit 56 Forsyth Street, NW Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Emailed submissions will not be accepted.

The selected candidate will be subject to a background investigation as a condition of employment.

Reimbursement for expenses associated with interview(s) and/or relocation is not available.

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Agency contact information
Debbie Walker





US Court of Appeals-Eleventh Circuit 56 Forsyth Street, N.W. Atlanta, GA US

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Next steps

The best qualified applicants will be selected for an interview and will be contacted to schedule the interview. No other applicants will receive notification.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/493032100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 03/05/2018 to 03/23/2018

Salary: $51,408 to $83,613 per year

Pay scale & grade: CL 27

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent