Financial/Policy Analyst - Regional Growth Program

Job Description: Utah Association of Counties (“UAC”) has one of the strongest networks and deepest track-records across rural Utah. UAC has worked for decades in all 29 counties across the state, building a pipeline of best practices on county management, governance, and economic development. With a membership base comprised of elected county officials, UAC brings experience in advancing county issues with the state and federal government, improving public understanding of these initiatives, and in assisting all counties to develop and share solutions through research and education.

UAC recently launched the Regional Growth Program, focused on bolstering economic development and public/private partnerships across targeted geographies in rural Utah. The position is to support the expansion of the Regional Growth Program, assist in securing public and private investment, and work to support the program’s success.


  • Research: Deliver high quality research outputs for state, regional and county projects, including financial & economic analysis, benchmarking, policy analysis, data collection and analytics, literature reviews, scenario analysis, custom modelling, and presentations

  • Develop new methods and approaches for research that will help to scale up the regional growth program and to ensure consistent quality of output

  • Recommend actions by analyzing and interpreting data and making comparative analyses; study proposed changes in methods and materials

  • Financial Analysis: Maintain a strong financial analysis foundation creating forecasts and dynamic models

  • Partnership Management: Support the senior management team in developing and maintaining strong investor relationships. Act as key point of contact and coordinate follow-up communication and deliverables. Work collaboratively with partners to deliver projects on time and to a standard of excellence

  • Maintain effective relationships with statewide partners, including Counties, Association of Governments, Federal & State agencies, Private Industry, Foundations, Academic Institutions and Financial Institutions

  • Identify and drive process improvements, including the creation of standard and ad-hoc reports, tools, and Excel dashboards

  • Increase productivity by developing automated reporting/forecasting tools

  • Perform market research, data mining, business intelligence, and valuation comps

In addition to the above, given the early stage nature of the program, the role will invariably include additional responsibilities not identified above – this will, to some extent, be determined by management’s needs, but the role also presents opportunities for a candidate to take ownership of tasks in-line with individual interests and skills.

Basic Qualifications

  • BA/BS degree required (Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting/Finance/Economics preferred)

  • 0-3+ years of experience in a professional work setting, preferably within the financial services / investment industries

  • Strong interpersonal skills, an interest in developing and managing external relationships, and the ability to appropriately communicate with stakeholders across multiple sectors

  • Excellent organizational and task management skills, with the ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously

  • Strong proficiency in Excel, financial modeling

  • Strong analytical and data gathering skills

  • Ability to streamline functions and passion to learn and grow

  • Comfort dealing with ambiguity and the ability to work independently

  • Experience working with, and presenting to, senior executives

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills; be comfortable interacting with executive-level management




5397 S Vine St.

Salt Lake City, UT 84107


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