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Consultant / Local Government Administration

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GFOA seeks individuals with a passion for local government and desire to help organizations modernize, improve business processes, and promote financial management best practices. GFOA consultants work directly with local governments across the United States and Canada on a variety of improvement projects including business process improvement, policy development, budget assessments, and technology procurement and implementation. In addition, GFOA consultants support other member programs for GFOA including research, education initiatives, and networking opportunities.

Ideal Candidate

Ideal candidates for this position will have experience in local government, non-profit or consulting organizations, or be a recent graduate from graduate programs in public administration or public policy. Ideal candidates must also have passion for local government and helping improve processes, be interested in helping governments solve administrate challenges, and be self-motivated and thrive both working independently as well as part of small project teams. GFOA will consider applicants with a range of experience and skillsets and offers a range of project opportunities. We will invest in your professional and will provide training on specific technical subject matter.

GFOA Provides Unique Opportunity

GFOA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with mission to support best practices local government. Our approach to consulting involves aligning with our clients and ensuring that all consultants have well rounded experience that includes direct involvement with clients (local governments), ability to conduct research and continue to learn, and access to member programs and networking opportunities. Our focus is on getting results, leading the development of new practices and ideas, and serving our members – not on billable hours. This position allows for continued interaction with practitioners in the public sector, an opportunity to build a strong professional network, and opportunities for career advancement both within and outside of GFOA.

Consultants within GFOA’s Research and Consulting Center (RCC) provide direct support for a variety of GFOA programs including consulting engagements, training seminars, best practice research, member networking, program administration and more. Consultant/Analysts become subject matter experts in enterprise resource planning (ERP) procurement and implementation, risk management, budgeting, and other RCC core competency areas to support GFOA clients across the United States and Canada. Working in small teams, consultant/analysts help analyze local government business process, evaluate options, provide recommendations, and maintain GFOA know-how to support GFOA’s consulting practice. Other projects for Consultant/Analyst include serving as subject matter expert to lead research projects or coordinate training opportunities, promote GFOA’s membership, lead programming related to specific topics or target market segments, or provide data analysis or staff support across the organization. Consultant/Analysts are expected to manage competing priorities and deadlines, work independently, demonstrate knowledge and appreciation for local governments, advocate for GFOA best practices and support of GFOA’s mission to advance excellence in public finance.

Consultant/Analysts work from GFOA’s Chicago office and are expected to travel approximately 7-10 days per month.

Responsibilities

  • Staff GFOA’s consulting projects providing direct support, working independently, to local governments interested in preparing for, procuring, and implementing enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems
  • Coordinate development of GFOA conference sessions or training seminars.
  • Manage several “mini-projects” ensuring project organization, communication, and outcomes
  • Facilitate GFOA networking groups both online and in person.
  • Regularly present information and/or recommendations at meetings with clients, members, or staff
  • Produce high quality reports and consulting deliverables that leverage communication and data presentation skills
  • Communicate research findings and author GFOA research papers, issue briefs, or articles for Government Finance Review Preferred

Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in public policy, public administration or related field and prefer 3-5 years of working in public finance or local government administration
  • Ability to lead small teams and oversee creation of work products
  • Prefer subject matter expertise in any of the following: budgeting, treasury, risk, capital planning, procurement, or other topic areas in public finance.
  • Ability to apply GFOA best practices, research findings, and case studies to develop recommendations for local governments
  • Prefer knowledge and experience with ERP systems Government Finance Officers Association6 of 6
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-motivated and ability to work through ambiguity
  • Ability to collaborate with other staff on multiple priorities to meet both internal and external deadlines.

For further information, please visit GFOA website

GFOA seeks individuals with a passion for local government and desire to help organizations modernize, improve business processes, and promote financial management best practices. GFOA consultants work directly with local…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Application Deadline
    August 8, 2021
  • Education
    Master's Degree Required

Benefits

  • Competitive salary and benefits
  • Opportunities for professional development and growth
  • Participation in GFOA 403(b) retirement savings plan
  • Competitive salary and benefits
  • Opportunities for professional development and growth
  • Participation in GFOA 403(b) retirement savings plan

Location

On-site
203 N LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
Suite 2700

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