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The New York City Council’s Finance division is seeking to fill a Principal Financial Analyst position in its Budget Unit.


$74,786 to $94,786


  • Review, monitor, and provide detailed and consistent budgetary oversight for one or more City agencies.
  • With limited supervision, prepare reports and special research projects, and provide expert financial analysis and input on budget and fiscal matters.
  • Staff City Council Committee task forces which prepare legislative, budget and oversight hearings, monitor agency performance, and follow a broad range of public policy issues.
  • Maintain robust tracking and historical analysis of actual and projected agency spending for each covered agency’s expense, contract, revenue, and capital budgets. This includes project planning, implementation, and costs.
  • Prepare fiscal analyses for proposed legislation independently.
  • Demonstrates enough knowledge of the City’s budget process and the Council’s role in it to teach others and advise elected officials and senior staff on budget and policy matters.
  • Comprehensive oversight and tracking of Council designated funding across the fiscal year.
  • Able to anticipate Council priorities and execute these priorities with the support of supervisors.
  • Represent the Finance Division and Council at high-level meetings and events with City agency Commissioners, union leaders and advocates.
  • Create and make presentations to Council Members and staff on key budget and agency issues.
  • Able to create, edit and support the creation of presentations/memos to Council Members and staff on key budget and agency issues.
  • Possesses the ability to effectively communicate to a diverse array of stakeholders.

Preferred Skills and Qualifications:

  • Excellent quantitative and analytic skills, with the ability to clearly and concisely express oneself both written and orally.
  • Proven ability multitasking on several projects at a time.
  • Capacity to conduct, coordinate, and or/lead specialized analyses on topics ranging across multiple analyst assignments.
  • Proven ability to conduct detailed budgetary analysis with limited supervision.
  • Prior experience with strategic decision-making.
  • Experience mentoring junior colleagues and guiding work.
  • Superior organizational and research abilities, capability to establish work plans that include a timeline and deliverables.
  • Proven ability to complete projects on time and with limited supervision.
  • Ability to independently prioritize workload based on timeline, importance, and sensitivity of the assignment.
  • Experience with teaching, training or doing virtual and in person presentations with a large audience.  
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to establish effective relationships with agency counterparts and external stakeholders.
  • Self-motivator with the ability to proactively identify projects that further the Council’s budgetary oversight work.
  • Superior attention to detail.
  • Ability to support Unit Heads and the Assistant Director proactively and during busy times.
  • Prior knowledge of Council Members, Committee Chairs, and the districts they represent beneficial.
  • Must be able to work on the weekends and/or during the evening hours as needed.


  • Master’s degree from an accredited college with a concentration in accounting, financial management, financial analysis, and/or public policy required with at least five years of post-college work experience.
  • Demonstrated interest in public service and superior writing skills.   
  • Fluency with Microsoft Suite. Familiarity with Tableau and other graphic software is a plus.


New York City residency required within 90 days of appointment.

As of November 15, 2021, all new hires must be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus to work at City Hall and/or 250 Broadway offices, or at any Council Member district office, unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religion or disability. If you are offered employment with the New York City Council, this requirement must be met by your date of hire, unless a reasonable accommodation for exemption is received and approved by the New York City Council.

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Qualified candidates should forward their resume and a cover letter to:


MAIL:             New York City Council

Attn: Personnel Services/Recruiting (PFABU)

250 Broadway, 16th Floor

New York, New York 10007

FAX:               12124014711

While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

The New York City Council is an inclusive equal opportunity employer 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, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.