CLASSIFICATION NO. 005
Under direction, to conduct comprehensive research and analysis of department policies, practices and operations; to develop and recommend policies and procedures; and to do other work as required.
The Policy Analyst conducts comprehensive studies and projects to analyze issues, problems and proposed changes to the operations of a County department. Incumbents review, examine and evaluate organizational structures, administrative policies and management systems to determine the most effective methods of accomplishing work or implementing changes.
The Policy Analyst generally reports to the director of the department, but may have considerable interaction with division directors and managers on specific issues or assignments. Incumbents may also supervise and/or coordinate the work of consultants or professional and clerical staff.
The Policy Analyst differs from positions in the Administrative Analyst series which provide analysis and assistance to divisions or smaller departments in administrative, fiscal and operational matters, generally within a specific area of specialty.
Duties may include but are not limited to the following:
- Analyzes department policies and operating procedures to identify problem areas; gathers, organizes and analyzes information on problem: identifies possible solutions and their impact and recommends appropriate action.
- Organizes and documents findings; prepares comprehensive reports and presentations; recommends the implementation of new/revised policies, systems, procedures or organizational changes.
- Develops and recommends program definitions and performance measures; evaluates performance in relation to department/division goals and budget; conducts audits to assist divisions with performance management.
- Coordinates the work of consultants and/or professional staff conducting studies or surveys of organizations, programs, systems and methods; develops and organizes work program and time lines; provides organizational support, research and materials for committees.
- Analyzes pending legislation and proposed administrative rules to determine impact on department/division: assists in preparing department's position on issues; assists in lobbying efforts.
- Analyzes budget requests, evaluates fiscal and operational impact; reviews for compliance with federal, state and local legal guidelines: prepares reports to document impact and recommend approval or denial; advises division directors on cost analyses and fiscal allocations.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
Thorough knowledge of: Principles and practices of public administration, personnel management, organizational processes and design, budget preparation and administration techniques; legislative processes and local government operation; government accounting practices; techniques of contract and grant preparation and administration; office methods and procedures; quantitative analysis and statistical research methods, techniques and procedures; English grammar and composition; applicable federal, state and local statutes, regulations and rules; principles of public and community relations.
Skill to: Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; supervise or coordinate the work of professional staff; evaluate and develop improvements in operations, policies, procedures and methods; plan and conduct research projects; analyze issues and problems from multiple perspectives; identify alternative solutions and recommend appropriate action; prepare clear and concise reports; evaluate budget and grant proposals, establish and maintain effective working relationships with State and local elected officials, lobbyists, County employees and the public.
Positions within the County's Criminal Justice agencies must successfully pass an extensive background investigation which may include national fingerprint records check; Some positions within Non-Criminal Justice agencies must successfully pass a criminal history check which may include national or state fingerprint records check.
All positions within the County's Criminal Justice agencies must pass a pre-employment drug test.
Driving may be necessary for County business. For position(s) with occasional/incidental driving, incumbents must possess a valid driver's license. Accommodation requests for an acceptable alternative method of transportation will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation. For position(s) with regular driving, incumbent(s) must also possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.
MINIMUM RECRUITING STANDARDS
Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.