The City of Houston FINANCIAL ANALYST IV in Houston, Texas






$62,000.00 - $72,000.00 Annually


601 Sawyer, TX

Job Type



Housing and Community Development

Job Number



9/21/2018 11:59 PM Central

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Applications Accepted from: All Persons Interested

PN 19933

Department: Housing and Community Development

Division: Finance and Administration

Section: Budgets

Reporting Location: 601 Sawyer, Houston, TX 77007

Workdays & Hours: 8 am - 5 pm Monday - Friday*

  • Subject to change


The City of Houston's Department of Housing and Community Development (HCDD) works to create safe, stable, and complete communities by funding projects related to affordable homes, public facilities, economic development, public services and infrastructure. Partnering with non-profit, governmental, and local entities, HCDD seeks to strengthen Houston's neighborhoods, provide true housing choice and execute the Mayor's vision for One Houston with complete communities throughout.

To achieve this vision, HCDD is seeking a Financial Analyst IV to join its team. In this position, you will oversee budgets for disaster recovery and special purpose grants.

Key Responsibilities

  • Prepare and coordinate financial and management information related to project accounting using various software and data tools.

  • Research, analyze, summarize and disseminate relevant financial and budget information to senior management.

  • Evaluate viability of projects, including management, organizational and financial analysis.

  • Exercise project control and regulatory oversight.

  • Provide timely response to internal and external inquiries, professional customer service and technical assistance.

  • Review and reconcile SAP, including subledgers, budgets, grants and project activities.

  • Prepare SAP budget transactions to set up contract funding, revisions, transfers, reprogramming, amendments, journal entries and other documents relevant to certifying funds for projects.

  • Assist in preparing, reviewing and interpreting policies and procedures.

  • Perform other duties as required

Essential Attributes

  • Detail Oriented: Job requires a high level of organizational, time management and prioritizing skills, attention to detail and innovative problem solving.

  • Motivated: Must be a self-starter who is well organized with strong analytical skills and works well in a team environment.

  • Computer Literate: Experience in SAP is required. Must be highly skilled in Excel and be able to create and generate reports in Word and Access. Must be fluent in MS Office suite.

This is a grant funded position subject to cancellation when funds are depleted and/or contract period ends.


There are no major sources of discomfort, i.e., essentially normal office environment with acceptable lighting, temperature and air conditions.



Requires a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Political Science, Psychology or a closely related field.


Six years of professional experience in finance, economics, budget analysis or a closely related field are required.

A Master's degree in Business Administration, Public Administration or a field closely related to the work being performed may be substituted for two years of experience.




Preference will be given to candidates with:

  • Strong SAP experience

  • Strong experience in managing and reporting on federal grants

  • Advanced MS Excel proficiency

  • High level of organizational, time management and prioritizing skills

  • Detail oriented

  • Innovative problem-solving skills

  • Professional experience in finance, economics, budget analysis

Preference shall be given to eligible veteran applicants provided such persons possess the qualifications necessary for competent discharge of the duties involved in the position applied for, such persons are among the most qualified candidates for the position, and all other factors in accordance with Executive Order 1-6.



Department may administer skills assessment relevant to job description.


If yes, this position is subject to random drug testing and if a promotional position, candidate must pass an assignment drug test.


Factors used in determining the salary offered include the candidate's qualifications as well as the pay rates of other employees in this classification.

Pay Grade 25


Only online applications will be accepted for this City of Houston job and must be received by the Human Resources Department during posting opening and closing dates shown. Applications must be submitted online at:

To view your detailed application status, please log-in to your online profile by visiting:

Due to the high volume of applications received, the Hiring Department will contact you directly, should you be selected to advance in our recruitment process.

All new and rehires must pass a pre-employment drug test and are subject to a physical examination and verification of information provided.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The City of Houston is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.

If you need special services or accommodations, please call 832.393.6090; TTY 7-1-1.

The city offers a competitive benefits program, including competitively priced health coverage and a defined contribution pension plan.

Benefits include:

• Medical

• Dental

• Vision

• Wellness

• Life insurance

• Long-term disability

• Retirement pension

• 457 deferred compensation plan

• Employee Assistance Program

• 10 days of vacation each year

• 10 city holidays, plus one floating holiday

• Flexible schedules

• Professional development opportunities

• Transportation/parking plan

• Section 125 pretax deductions

• Dependent Care Reimbursement Plan

• Healthcare Flexible Spending Account

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Are you a veteran who served on active duty in the Armed Forces (United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard) for more than 90 consecutive days and received either an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions?

  • Yes

  • No


Are you currently an employee of the City of Houston – Housing and Community Development Department?

  • Yes

  • No


Which scenario best describes your highest level of completed education and professional experience?

  • High school diploma or GED and less than ten years of directly related professional experience

  • High school diploma or GED and at least ten years of directly related professional experience

  • Associate's degree in a closely related field and less than eight years of directly related professional experience

  • Associate's degree in a closely related field and at least eight years of directly related professional experience

  • Bachelor's degree in a closely related field and less than six years of directly related professional experience

  • Bachelor's degree in a closely related field and at least six years of directly related professional experience

  • Master's degree or Ph.D. in a closely related field and less than four years of directly related professional experience

  • Master's degree or Ph.D. in a closely related field and at least four years of directly related professional experience


How much experience do you have in finance, budget and economics in a grant-funded environment?

  • None

  • Less than one year

  • At least on year but less than three years

  • At least three years but less than five years

  • Five years or more


What is your proficiency in SAP – Financial module?

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced

  • None


What is your proficiency in SAP – Grants module?

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced

  • None


What is your proficiency in MS Excel?

  • No experience with software/program

  • Beginner (e.g. moving/copying data, applying cell borders, simple formulas)

  • Intermediate (e.g. transposing data, creating outlines to summarize/consolidate data, using functions to format text)

  • Advanced (e.g. validating data, importing/exporting XML data, running/recording macros)

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