Oct 29, 2021

Financial Analyst III

$59,004 - $77,862 yearly
  • Texas Education Agency
  • Austin, TX, USA
Full-time Accounting and Finance

Job Description

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.

POSITION OVERVIEW: The Texas Education Agency is seeking a talented, experienced financial analyst to join a team of professionals committed to improving educational outcomes for all public-school students in the state. This position reports to the Manager of Financial Accountability in the agency’s Financial Compliance Department.

The financial analyst performs highly complex, senior-level financial analysis work. The role supports the work outlined in House Bill (HB) 1525 for school districts that levy property taxes.  It requires reviewing data over multiple years, evaluating whether the approximately 1,000 school districts are in compliance, and providing guidance on corrective action plans.  

The work involves compiling, reviewing, analyzing, and evaluating financial data; interpreting statutes and regulations and accurately translating them into calculations and methodologies that determine funding as necessary; and providing expert assistance to school districts and their financial and legal advisors, agency staff, government agencies, and the public. A successful candidate must have a passion for providing outstanding customer service and be committed to understanding and maintaining compliance with applicable regulations. Just as importantly, a successful candidate must have an aptitude for working with advanced financial concepts and must be thoroughly proficient with intermediate to advanced excel functions.

The Financial Analyst is expected to help the division meet its performance goals and support the agency in fulfilling its strategic priorities.

Please note that a resume is a required attachment for applying to this position. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applicants who are strongly being considered for employment must submit to a national criminal history background check. 

Flexible work location within the state of Texas may be considered for qualified candidates.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Provides expert technical assistance and customer support to school districts, professional organizations, agency staff, government agencies, and the public.
  • Responds to information requests from various stakeholders, including legislators, by collecting, organizing, and analyzing data and writing reports and other documents that clearly explain complex formulas and concepts.
  • Analyzes district financial data reported to the state to ensure efficiency, continuous improvement, and compliance with applicable regulations; to identify trends, problems, and needed changes; and to ensure that the data used is complete and accurate.
  • Assists the division with preparing materials for legislative hearings, agency meetings, and outside meetings with various stakeholder groups.
  • Performs related work as assigned.

 

Qualifications

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
 
Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university.

Experience: At least three (3) years of experience in financial analysis work is required.

Substitutions: Education and experience may substitute for one another on a year-for-year basis.
 
OTHER QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Share the belief that all Texas students can achieve at high levels and are able to succeed in college, career, or the military.
  • Knowledge of financial analyses and examination procedures for regulated entities, of financial and industry terminology and practices, and of statistical analysis.
  • Skill in meeting the needs of a wide variety of customers, using a computer and applicable software, and data modeling.
  • Ability to perform and interpret numerical analyses. 
  • Experience and skill in interpreting statutes and regulations. 
  • Analyze, evaluate, and summarize financial and management records. 
  • Ability to understand abstract concepts and draw correlations between facts, processes, and mathematical formulas.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbally and in writing; ability to explain complex information to others.
  • Strength in developing and maintaining productive and professional relationships with team members.
  • Ability to think independently and creatively to solve problems.
  • A desire to self-reflect, give/receive feedback and continuously improve. 
  • Ability to engage in a collaborative, results-oriented team environment. 
  • Knowledge of school district financial data is preferred.
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) preferred.

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.


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