Nov 10, 2021

Charter School Finance Support

$51,613 - $68,046 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 Financial Analyst supports charter schools by performing complex financial analysis and regulatory work related to the state’s charter school funding through the Foundation School Program (FSP). This position supports the charter school funding team lead in conducting financial analysis, providing technical assistance, determining costs, and administering funds to charter schools operating under the Adult High School Charter School Program. The scope of work includes collecting and analyzing charter schools’ estimate and six-week attendance data, as well as supporting the charter school funding team lead in updating the Summary of Finances (SOF) report, generating FSP monthly, prior year and settle-up payments, and training charter school superintendents and business managers. The Financial Analyst works closely with the FSP operations manager, charter school funding team lead, and other program administrators in the Division of State Funding to ensure effective and efficient program implementation in compliance with applicable statutes and regulations. 

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; and providing expert technical assistance to charter schools, agency staff, government agencies, and the public. The work demands meticulous attention to detail, a passion for accuracy, and the capability of analyzing data and creatively applying the results. The successful candidate will have an aptitude for working with advanced financial concepts and a high proficiency using intermediate to advanced Microsoft Excel functions.

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.

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:

  • Supports the charter school funding team lead in collecting and analyzing charter schools’ estimate and six-week attendance data in accordance with established policies and procedures. Helps determine charter schools’ eligibility to receive payments through an accelerated payment schedule and the charter school facilities allotment in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, policies, and procedures. Assists in maintaining and updating the Charter School Estimate of State Aid template and in training adult high school program charter school superintendents and business managers. 
  • Determines cost of operations for the adult high school charter school program by implementing applicable statutes and regulations to ensure that the charter schools receive appropriate amounts of funding; reviews charter school data to determine compliance with applicable laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Increases transparency and effectiveness by developing and maintaining associated rules, web content and standard operating procedures for the adult high school charter school program.
  • Increases flexibility and efficiency by teaching skills and responsibilities to other positions to increase effectiveness and by cross-training for different skill sets.
  • Increases productivity by developing automated accounting applications and coordinating information requirements.

 

Qualifications

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
 
Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university. Major coursework in accounting, business administration, finance, economics, or a related field is preferred.

Experience: At least two (2) years of experience in financial analysis and regulatory work.

Substitutions: Each additional year of related experience above the required minimum may substitute for education 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
  • A strong customer-service mindset with a focus on engaging both internal and external stakeholders 
  • Ability to analyze, evaluate and interpret financial data and formulas
  • Ability to break down complex information into comprehensive parts, ask questions, synthesize and analyze
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail with an ability to produce high quality work in a dynamic environment
  • Highly organized; ability to manage multiple projects at once and meet deadlines
  • A desire to self-reflect, give/receive feedback and continuously improve
  • Develop and maintain productive and professional relationships with a variety of individuals and groups
  • Ability to engage in a collaborative, results-oriented team environment
  • Highly skilled in using data analysis software including Microsoft Excel
  • Knowledge of school district or charter school state funding 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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