MISSION: The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will improve outcomes for all public-school students in the state by providing leadership, guidance, and support to school systems.
This position is funded through September 30, 2024, with federal stimulus funds. Continuation of the position beyond that date is contingent upon available funding. This federally funded position will provide critical support for the agency to urgently address student learning loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
POSITION OVERVIEW: The Texas Education Agency is seeking a talented and dynamic individual to join a team of professionals dedicated to improving the educational outcomes for all public-school students in the state of Texas. This position reports to the Assistant Director in the Budget and Planning Division, which oversees all the agency’s budgetary functions. The budget analyst will work predominantly on projects that are funded by the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund of the American Rescue Plan Act and that are intended to support school districts and open-enrollment charter schools as they respond to the challenges and aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This position will work on a variety of budgetary tasks to help facilitate the efficiency and effectiveness of ESSER related tasks and processes.
Please note that a resume and tailored cover letter are required attachments for applying to this position. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Additionally, please be sure to respond to the short answer prompts found in the supplemental questions. These responses should be added in a separate Word or PDF document in the attachments section of the application.
Flexible work location within the state of Texas may be considered for qualified candidates.
- Budget Development and Maintenance: performs ESSER budget monitoring and coordination with Grants and Program teams; monitors expenditures against funding expiration date to maximize fund expenditure; assists with emergency procurement memo review and communication with agency staff; provides organizational maintenance through annual Current Year Budget Review (CYBR) and Annual Operating Budget (AOB) processes; processes new subdivision setups through Requests for Budget Revisions (RBRs) and Funding Source Abstracts (FSAs) related to ESSER funding; processes Consolidated Administration funding source abstracts and journal postings.
- Financial Reporting: Reports COVID financial information to the Legislative Budget Board; prepares Consolidated Administration monthly reconciliation; gathers ESSER audit responses and research auditor requests as required; complies with Comptroller of Public Accounts (CPA) reporting requirements by establishing ESSER appropriations and budget setups in conjunction with TEA staff.
- General Budget Activities and Process Improvements: Develops ESSER budget related guidance, including FAQ, process flowchart, training guides; documents ESSER-related processes; develops and communicates solutions; attends meetings with Budget Division leadership pertaining to ESSER or consolidated administration topics; determines methodologies and techniques for analyzing ESSER activities by examining for completeness, accuracy and conformance with policies and procedures; informs management of any deviations, problems, and impacts; participates in collecting, organizing, analyzing, and preparing ad hoc reports requested; provides thorough and accurate customer service and technical support to agency stakeholders; communicates clear and concise financial data to customers.
- Time and Effort (T&E) Oversight: Collects, tracks, monitors, analyzes, and provides outreach for ESSER positions required to report time and effort through the automated T&E system; conducts workgroup sessions to promote understandability; works with IT staff on development of ESSER Time and Effort Certification Report and T&E system enhancements or modifications for efficient retrieval of ESSER data.
Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university. A degree in Accounting or Finance is preferred.
Experience: At least five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in financial management, budget development, or accounting.
Substitutions: Each additional year of related experience above the required minimum may substitute for education on a year-for-year basis
- Share the belief that all Texas students can achieve at high levels and are able to succeed in college, career, or the military.
- Prior public/governmental experience highly preferred.
- Advanced knowledge of budget, accounting, financial concepts, and management principles and practices.
- Advanced analytical skills and problem-solving ability with exceptional attention to details.
- Skill in analyzing complex financial information as well as identifying and solving associated problems.
- Experience with CAPPS, USAS, and ABEST systems.
- Advanced knowledge and experience with Excel (pivot tables, formulas, and macros).
- Ability to work independently; prioritize assignments and work on multiple assignments with a high level of accuracy and adherence to strict timelines.
- Demonstrated skill in engaging in a collaborative, results-oriented team environment and training others.
- Self-starter with an outcomes-based approach
- Meticulous attention to detail with production of high-quality work in a dynamic environment.
- Highly organized.
- Capacity to break down complex information into comprehensive parts, ask questions, synthesize, and analyze.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to assess, interpret, and communicate financial data to customers.
- A desire to self-reflect, give/receive feedback and continuously improve.
- Ability to engage in a collaborative, results-oriented team environment
As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, or veteran status, unless an applicant is entitled to the veteran’s preference.
Additional Military Crosswalk (occupational specialty code) information can be accessed here.
This position requires the applicant to meet Agency standards and criteria which may include passing a pre-employment criminal background check, prior to being offered employment by the Agency.
No phone calls or emails, please. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not accept telephone calls and cannot reply to all email inquiries. Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.