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Administrative Analyst, Principal

Salary: N/A

DEFINITION: Under direction, acts as the lead worker in the analysis of County services and programs; directs and coordinates projects conducted by the County Administrator's Office and other staff; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is distinguished from the Administrative Analyst IV in that the Administrative Analyst, Principal assumes the lead in the development of the annual operating and capital budgets, and/or assumes more complex and specialized assignments and may have coordinating and training responsibilities. In addition, incumbents at the Principal level may direct the work of staff during development of the County's Operating and Capital Improvement Program budgets, management audits, and special projects, and may have supervisory responsibilities.


  1. Coordinates overall budget and financial activities within the County Administrator's Office; conducts or coordinates management audits and program evaluations by means of organizational structure analysis, productivity analysis, cost-benefit analysis, comparative analysis, and sampling techniques; coordinates projects by defining tasks to be performed and directing implementation of resulting programs, policies, or procedures; assists in implementing Board-approved policies by defining necessary tasks, identifying accountability centers, and following up with responsible parties; prepares and presents reports and recommendations for the County Administrator and the Board of Supervisors.
  2. Trains staff in management analysis techniques; may assign work to administrative analysts and other staff; may orient, train, supervise, and evaluate administrative analysts.


  1. Four years of increasingly responsible professional experience that includes fiscal, organizational, and operational analysis related to governmental agencies; or,
  2. one year of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Administrative Analyst IV with Santa Barbara County; or,
  3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Knowledge of: principles and practices of business or public administration, public finance, and fiscal management in local governments; budget development in public agencies, including organizational and staffing analysis and performance-based budgeting; principles and practices of strategic planning; management theory and practice in public agencies; interrelationships among levels of government; principles and practices of project management, team-building, and leadership techniques; computer applications used in general office settings, including word processing, spreadsheet, database management, and presentation software and Internet search engines; basic math; standard English grammar and usage; methods and practices of conducting management audits and program evaluations; structures and operations of County departments; County organizational structures and financial operations; legal requirements regarding government programs; research methods and analytical techniques, such as cost-benefit analysis, productivity analysis, comparative analysis, and sampling techniques; current trends in public administration and literature in the field; current and pending legislation which might impact county government; long-range financial projecting and forecasting techniques; negotiation techniques, organizational development, and public financing methods.

Ability to: identify problems, gather and analyze appropriate data, draw logical conclusions, make recommendations, and facilitate solutions; coordinate and implement projects through the work of others; facilitate the training of management staff; plan, direct, coordinate, prioritize, and delegate the work of self and others; communicate effectively and persuasively, verbally and in writing; make presentations before decision-making bodies; develop and implement policy decisions and accomplish intended results; employ creativity in solving problems and resolving conflicts effectively; establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, subordinates, representatives of other County departments and agencies, and elected officials; represent the County with tact and diplomacy; use personal computers, including word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software; write clear documents using correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling; read, interpret, and apply complex legislation and regulations; maintain confidentiality of information.

Desirable Qualifications:

Knowledge of: descriptive and predictive statistics; principles and practices of governmental accounting; public policy analysis; and public personnel practices and regulations.

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