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Working at the Budget Division
For more than 80 years, the New York State Division of the Budget has been the primary fiscal advisor to the Governor, developing, negotiating and implementing one of the largest government budgets in the country. Encompassing criminal justice, economic development, education, energy, environment, healthcare, homeland security, housing, human services, mental health, transportation, and other public policy areas, work at the Division of the Budget is high-impact public service. The Division is synonymous with challenge, opportunity, responsibility, and quality.
We are located in Albany, which has grown over the past four centuries from a small Dutch settlement on the Hudson River to New York State’s capital city in the heart of burgeoning Tech Valley. The State Capitol – the historic centerpiece of New York State – is home to the Budget Division.
The Division’s budget examination staff must be able to demonstrate clear thinking, strong writing, and insightful analysis, all in a fast-paced environment. In developing, negotiating, and implementing the annual Executive Budget, budget examiners:
- Analyze State agency fiscal operations.
- Develop budgetary and policy recommendations.
- Evaluate proposed legislation.
- Negotiate with legislative staff.
- Monitor revenue and expenditures.
- Manage Federal, state and local government relations.
When filling budget examination positions, the Division looks for candidates who have excellent analytical and problem-solving skills as well as outstanding written and oral communication abilities. College graduates new to New York State government may apply to join our ranks as Budget Fellows. Experienced New York State government staff may be eligible for our Budget Examiner title series.
The Division of the Budget offers paid hourly internship positions (hourly rate dependent on education level), usually on a part-time schedule. To apply for one or more of these positions, please complete the Online Employment Application, and select “Internship.” Please check back for future internship opportunities
The Division invites outstanding college graduates with a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree to join our ranks as Budget Fellows. Starting salaries depend upon level or education and type of work experience, and annual salary increases are dependent on satisfactory performance:
- Budget Fellow I: $48,858. A Bachelor’s degree. Advances to Budget Fellow II after one (1) year of satisfactory service.
- Budget Fellow II: $53,500. A Master’s degree in public administration, economics, business administration, public policy, public affairs or a closely related administrative or managerial field; or, a Bachelor’s degree and two (2) years of professional work experience including one (1) year in a directly-related policy area or one (1) year in public administration. Advances to Budget Fellow III after one year of satisfactory service.
- Budget Fellow III: $57,880. A Doctoral degree as specified for a Budget Fellow II; or a Master’s degree as specified for Budget Fellow II and one (1) year of professional budgeting experience within a governmental jurisdiction; or, a Master’s degree in any field and two (2) years of professional work experience including one (1) year in a directly-related policy area or in public administration; or, a Bachelor’s degree and four (4) years of professional work experience including one (1) year in a directly-related policy area or in public administration. Eligible for annual salary increases based on performance.
The Division does not hire individuals who require sponsorship for employment.
State Agency Transfers
The Division also hires professionals who began their careers in other New York State agencies. Section 52.6 of the Civil Service Law permits State employees in competitive class administrative titles in related specialties to transfer or be reinstated to the Division’s Budget Examiner title series, provided that:
- They have one (1) year of permanent competitive service in an administrative title as defined by Section 52.6 of the Civil Service Law at or above salary grade level 18 (G-18); and,
- The transfer is not a second consecutive transfer resulting in an advancement of more than two (2) salary grade levels.
Examples of qualifying Section 52.6 titles include: Senior Budgeting Analyst (G-18) and Associate Budgeting Analyst (G-23); Senior Administrative Analyst (G-18); State Program Examiner 1 (G-18); Taxpayer Services Fellow 2 (G-18); Program Research Fellow 2 (G-18); and, Health Program Administrator (G-18).
The Division provides an extensive training and development program to all of its employees. New professional staff have multiple opportunities to develop and hone their skills as budget examiners. In the full-year Budget Examination Skills Training (BEST) classroom and on-line training program, agency subject matter experts help new staff gain the knowledge needed to succeed in their work, including: the Division’s structure and functions, the operations of New York State government, budget examination techniques and procedures, and analytical and management practices.
New professional staff also receive training related to the Division’s policies on ethics, sexual harassment prevention, workplace and domestic violence prevention, reasonable accommodations, and information technology security. Classes on communication, supervision, and management skills are also offered, along with a variety of online courses accessed through the Statewide Learning Management System. Computer courses on the Microsoft Office Suite and other software are conducted in our on-site computer training facility.
During their assignment, Budget Fellows accumulate the knowledge and experience to compete in the Civil Service examination through which a Budget Fellow transitions to career employment as a Budget Examiner (G-18, $57,880 – $71,823).
Budget Examiners may take promotional examinations to move up the career ladder to Senior Budget Examiner (G-23, $74,829 – $93,491), Associate Budget Examiner (G-27, $89,574 – $113,225), and Principal Budget Examiner (G-31, $109,956 – $138,763). In addition to these promotional opportunities, Budget Examiners can transfer to managerial positions in other State agencies through the Civil Service system.
The Division welcomes talented analysts interested in joining our elite team of professionals. Managers throughout the Division review applicant resumes in light of the specific assignment opportunities currently available. The Division is currently recruiting for the following full-time opportunities:
- Vacancy Notice #20-44 (PPU) Principle Budget Examiner - General Government Section (PDF)
- Vacancy Notice #20-43 Budget Fellow (PDF)
- Vacancy Notice #20-42 (ERU) Macroeconomist (PDF)
- Vacancy Notice #20-16 (PPU) Principle Budget Examiner - Criminal Justice Section (PDF)
To be considered for a current or future position with the Budget Division, please complete the Online Employment Application. Applications are held in the Division’s resume database for six months, after which candidates may reapply to be considered for future opportunities.
The Budget Division is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. It is the policy of the Division to provide reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities in all employment practices and actions.
Appointments to the Division’s positions are made in accordance with Civil Service Law. Permanent civil service appointments are made through eligible lists established through examinations or through transfers from other State agencies. State law prohibits discrimination based on race, color, creed, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, marital status, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristics, gender identity, domestic violence victim status, and prior arrest, youthful offender adjudications, sealed records, and/or previous conviction records.
Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at email@example.com.
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