Jul 27, 2020

FSP Operations Manager

$69,414 - $93,405 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 manager supports schools by performing complex financial analysis and regulatory work overseeing the daily operations and activities of the administration of the Foundation School Program (FSP) including charter school funding, the transportation and state compensatory education allotments and recapture provisions in the Division of State Funding, which is responsible for the distribution of nearly $25 billion annually in state funding and the collection of $2 billion in excess local revenue for public education. The manager works closely with the director and financial analysts in the division to ensure effective and efficient program implementation in compliance with applicable statues and regulations.

The work involves managing day-to-day activities of staff on the FSP team; overseeing the allocation of resources to achieve timely outcomes and measurable goals; monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of staffing levels; overseeing the implementation of changes resulting from new legislation; and coordinating special investigations, research studies, special projects, audits, and the implementation of special initiatives.

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.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Operations: Determine cost of operations for the state’s FSP by implementing applicable statutes and regulations to ensure that school districts receive (and the state recovers) appropriate amounts of funding; overseeing staff involved in the collection, review and reporting of school district information and data to determine compliance with applicable laws, regulations, policies, and procedures; and overseeing the calculation and distribution of FSP state aid.
  • Team Management: Lead, supervise and develop the division’s FSP team; this includes establishing team priorities, coordinating use of resources, ensuring standard operating procedures are up-to-date and in place, and building team capacity by creating succession plans and implementing intentional cross-training in an effort to increase flexibility and efficiency.
  • Coordination and Collaboration: Coordinate FSP activities between the agency, other agencies, school district administrators, legislators and other stakeholders.
  • Compliance and Transparency: Ensure transparency and effectiveness by applying funding formulas used to distribute money to school districts in accordance with the TEC and Texas Administrative Code (implementing changes to formulas or rules as necessary) and overseeing the development and maintenance of associated rules and web content; this includes the accuracy and reliability of the summary of finances reports, cost of recapture reports and payment ledgers.
  • Strategy and Process Improvements: Improve productivity by overseeing automation of accounting applications, coordinating development of system requirements, and prioritizing system changes.

 

Qualifications

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university; major coursework in business administration, public administration, public finance, accounting, or other field relevant to the assignment is preferred.

Experience: At least seven (7) years of professional experience in the management of a business function, division, or department relevant to the assignment. Five (5) years of experience with the Foundation School Program is preferred. Experience working with school district administrators, elected officials, and other policymakers is strongly preferred.

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Proven knowledge of relevant state laws and regulations, and principals of public administration and management
  • A track record of exemplary management and supervisory practices
  • 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
  • Ability to break down complex information into comprehensive parts, ask questions, synthesize and analyze
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills for a wide variety of customers
  • Ability to identify problems, evaluate alternatives, and implement effective solutions
  • Prior experience using data analysis software and communication tools including Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word to effectively synthesize, analyze and communicate vast amounts of data and documents effectively
  • Development of effective working relationships with diverse individuals and groups including district administrators, ESC personnel, school finance experts, and all other relevant stakeholders
  • Success leveraging different strategies and interpersonal skills to move the work forward, demonstrating flexibility and adaptability when presented with a change of course and deadline
  • A desire to self-reflect, give/receive feedback and continuously improve

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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