A day in the life of a budget analyst
It takes many people wearing many hats to manage a social services agency like Neighborhood House. Have you ever wondered what a budget analyst does? We did, and so we asked Jon Christensen, who manages our budget, if he could explain what his job involves.
"I work with our finance director, controller, division directors, and program managers to help develop the annual budget for the entire agency, as well as Head Start and Early Head Start budgets which are on a different cycle,” Jon says.
What’s one thing people should know about our agency from your perspective?
Our broad array of programs allows us to meet many different needs. We help people find stable housing, employment, and career training. We provide early childhood education and home visiting. We help prepare for citizenship, provide assistance to senior citizens, offer afterschool and summer programs for students, and substance abuse prevention and promotion of public health, and much more. And as needs change, so do the services we offer.
What’s the most challenging aspect of your work?
Staying caught up. We’ve been growing steadily, which is great, but it brings increased demands on time. It’s especially challenging during budget preparation times to keep on top of all of the contracts, staying engaged in internal monitoring projects, and to keep other tasks from slipping through the cracks.
What’s the most rewarding part?
It’s very important to me to contribute toward making the community a better place for everyone. Every day in my own neighborhood and beyond, it is starkly apparent that many people face very difficult circumstances. I deeply appreciate that Neighborhood House is working tirelessly to promote the well-being of King County residents, and that I am able to support that work.
What factoid about yourself do you think your co-workers here would be surprised to find out about you?
I have an ample record collection. Not huge, but enough to be a nuisance every time I’ve moved. I’ve always loved browsing the vinyl bins for hard-to-find gems!