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Elena Guevara

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Reporting to the Budget Director or Deputy Director, the analyst will provide varied support such as research, analytics, and report-writing for the development of the City’s $10-billion budget. The analyst will be expected to develop good relationships with key internal and external stakeholders while providing candid, confidential assessments of budgetary documents to the Director or Deputy Director.

Responsibilities for the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Managing and maintaining strong relationships with city government officials and other stakeholders
  • Consulting with internal and external experts to update financial and budgetary documents critical for this Office to make decisions on budget packages
  • Working with key department personnel to develop clear and appropriate direction relative to policies, programs, and initiatives
  • Representing the Budget Team at meetings with city leadership and front-line employees
  • Creating spreadsheets quickly, and frequently under pressure, to enable the Budget Team to make decisions 

THE CANDIDATE The ideal candidate possesses a passion for making meaningful, sustainable change in Los Angeles and is ready to work in a high-energy, collaborative work environment. Because the budget is deadline-driven, the candidate must be able to work under pressure, late, and sometimes on the weekends during “budget season” (January through May). The ideal candidate must be able to quickly perform financial analysis, research, and make recommendations, often under pressure and with incomplete information. Rev. 9/2021

The candidate must also demonstrate the following:


  • Passion for public service and making a difference in the lives of City residents
  • Track record of establishing targets and delivering results
  • Understanding of the mechanics of city government
  • Familiarity and knowledge of either public- or private-sector innovation
  • Experience working with senior government or private sector leaders
  • Ability to thoughtfully communicate with and respectfully engage diverse stakeholders around a shared vision for achieving results.
  • Cursory understanding of budgets/financial statements.

Personal Skills/ Attributes:

  • Energetic self-starter who inspires others to their best work
  • Problem-solver and change-agent
  • Highly ethical, likable and trustworthy
  • Excellent communicator
  • Innovative and flexible
  • Able to effectively represent the city with all of its constituencies
  • Work within a team made up of energetic, opinionated, and vocal members
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills, especially Word, Excel and PowerPoint

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE Undergraduate degree required. Advanced degree in business, public administration, economics, or law is a plus. One or two years of financial/budget experience is preferable.

COMPENSATION Salary will be commensurate with experience, along with additional benefits.

How to apply

Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Elena Guevara, Budget Analyst (elena.guevara@lacity.org) with “Budget Analyst Position” in the subject line by Friday, October 15, 2021.

In accordance with Los Angeles City Ordinance 187134, candidates must meet the minimum requirement of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or receive an exemption and report their vaccination status prior to being hired by the hiring City department. The ordinance is available at https://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2021/21-0921_ord_187134_8-24-21.pdf.

This is an exempt, at-will position. The individual appointed to this position will not accrue any civil service tenure, contractual employment rights, or due process rights. The incumbent may be removed, without any finding of cause, by the hiring authority. The City of Los Angeles is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to its programs, services and activities. Please call (213) 744-9300 if you need assistance.