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 Budget Director reports to the Chief Financial Officer and has direct oversight over the Budget and Planning Division, which includes supervising a team of eight budget analysts. This position is responsible for providing leadership and guidance for preparing required state and agency budgetary reports in compliance with state and federal statutes. Additionally, the Budget Director will provide leadership innovation and strategic planning support related to all budgetary operations of the agency. This position performs advanced managerial work and works under minimal supervision with extensive latitude for initiative and independent judgement. The Budget Director plays a critical role in ensuring TEA complies with state legislation in service to Texas’ 5.5 million students.
Please note that a resume and tailored cover letter are required attachments for applying to this position. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
- Team Management: Provides oversight, direction, and day-to-day management to division staff; this includes strategic planning, establishing performance goals and evaluation tools, recruiting and mentoring employees.
- Budget Preparation: Oversees advanced budget preparation activities including analysis, appropriation control, and financial projection and estimation; this includes identifying budget variances or problems and implementing/recommending solutions to leadership.
- Budget Analysis and Forecasting: Performs budget analysis and forecasting and collaborates with the agency's executive team to develop the Legislative Appropriation Request (LAR), Operating Budget, and fiscal note process for the legislative session.
- Stakeholder Support: Provides direct support to the agency's executive leadership team, including preparing and presenting reports and providing clear guidance and advice about complex processes, and ensures agency stakeholders have the knowledge to manage their budgets.
- Strategy and Process Improvements: Develops, implements and identifies opportunities to improve budget-related policies, procedures and processes, ensuring that the agency complies with applicable federal and state statutes, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations (LAR, Time and Effort, Uniform Grant Guidance, Comptroller accounting statements).
Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university; a degree in accounting, finance, or business is highly preferred.
Experience: At least seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in governmental financial management, governmental budget development, or governmental accounting, with at least three (3) years in a supervisory or management capacity.
- A proven record of successfully leading a budget division for an agency that has a multitude of state and federal funding sources is preferred.
- A track record of exemplary management and supervisory practices
- Prior experience leading advanced budget preparation activities including analysis, appropriation control, and financial projection and estimation.
- Proven experience developing cost allocation distribution methodologies using a complex formula of distribution and allocations.
- Meticulous attention to detail with an ability to produce high quality work in a dynamic environment, maintaining required supporting documentation and responding accurately and quickly to requests for information from agency staff, legislative staff, and other stakeholders.
- Skill in identifying opportunities to improve practices and processes based on stakeholder input and quantitative data and implementing improvements that are compliant with applicable federal and state statutes, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations.
- Skill in providing direct support to the agency’s executive management team, including preparing and presenting reports, providing clear guidance and advice about complex processes, and ensuring that team members have the necessary tools and understanding to manage their budgets appropriately.
- Proven knowledge of State of Texas appropriation process such as LAR, Strategic Plan, performance measures, fiscal notes, and External Operating Budget and relevant state laws and fiscal policies.
- Knowledge of Indirect Cost Rate proposal requirement and development.
- Proven knowledge of governmental finance administration, budget and accounting practices; state or federal laws and regulations relevant to public funds and governmental finance.
- A desire to self-reflect, give/receive feedback and continuously improve
- Ability to self-manage and independently monitor workflow progress and productivity against timelines.
- Effective oral and written communication skills.
- Proven knowledge and experience using CAPPS and USAS systems.