Feb 18, 2020

Compliance Specialist

$60,000 - $77,000 yearly
  • Texas Education Agency
  • 1701 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX, USA
Full-time Accounting and Finance Data Evaluation and Analysis Other

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 Compliance Specialist works in the Federal Fiscal Compliance and Reporting Division, which is responsible for overseeing activities to determine whether organizations are in compliance with federal grant requirements. This individual performs advanced (senior-level) financial analysis and regulatory work related to federal grant programs such as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Act, Part B (IDEA-B).  Work involves administering financial processes/systems and understanding/applying regulations to ensure that grant subrecipients (school districts, charter schools, and education service centers), as well as the state, comply with federal requirements such as maintenance of effort (MOE) and comparability. The Compliance Specialist will be responsible for developing/executing review systems and providing superior customer service to grant subrecipients on a variety of compliance issues, including the following:  Indirect Cost Rates; IDEA-B local educational agency (LEA) MOE; ESSA LEA MOE; and Title I, Part A Comparability of Services. This position plays a critical role in promoting TEA’s Strategic Enablers by ensuring fiscal compliance and increasing financial transparency, fairness, and rigor.


Ideal candidates will have excellent project management and organizational skills, strong communication skills with a customer-service mindset, and will thrive on analyzing data and supporting end-users to understand how they can become compliant with relevant federal and state regulations related to grant eligibility.


Please note that a resume and tailored cover letter are required attachments for applying to this position. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


  • Coordinates the development, analysis, and review of financial and non-financial records to determine if grant subrecipients are in compliance with applicable federal and state regulations

  • Provides timely and courteous customer service to grant subrecipients on compliance issues, conducting additional research as needed, and providing guidance and technical assistance

  • Coordinates and oversees the analysis of indirect cost rate applications submitted by school districts, open-enrollment charter schools, and other entities, verifying data and applying appropriate calculations

  • Develops and maintains systems to collect, compile, analyze, and validate data that is submitted to federal entities as part of the agency's federal reporting requirements

  • Develops and revises training modules, procedures, guidance handbooks, forms, manuals, and reports, with the goal of continuous improvement



Education:  Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university; major coursework in accounting, finance, business administration, education, or related field preferred.


Experience: At least three (3) years of experience performing monitoring or auditing functions, performing accounting functions in financial systems, or interpreting and applying federal or state compliance regulations.


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



  • Experience as a business manager or financial analyst at a school district, open-enrollment charter school, or education service center preferred

  • Prior experience working with federal fiscal compliance and reporting requirements preferred

  • Experience analyzing complex financial data across multiple categories in a chart of accounts (such as revenues and expenditures) preferred

  • Ability to interpret and apply guidelines, policies, procedures, laws, and regulations

  • Experience reviewing and analyzing financial records, including identifying the need for additional or supporting documents

  • Capability to manage time, prioritize tasks, and meet established deadlines

  • Ability to communicate clearly, effectively, and appropriately, both verbally and in writing, to a variety of audiences

  • Ability to use tact and diplomacy to explain complicated requirements and regulations to a variety of audiences

  • A desire to self-reflect, give/receive feedback, and continuously improve

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external customers and collaborate effectively with colleagues within the division and across the agency

  • Knowledge of federal or state grant regulations and the TEA Financial Accountability System Resource Guide (FASRG)

  • Experience using software programs such as Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint                       

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