Feb 07, 2021

Budget Division Team Lead

$63,103 - $83,298 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 Budget Division Team Lead will plan, assign, assist, and supervise the Budget Team in preparing required state and agency budgetary reports in compliance with the General Appropriations Act and other applicable state and federal statutes.  The work includes coordinating, examining, monitoring, and analyzing operating budgets, and providing technical advice and assistance to TEA staff on budgetary matters. This position works under the minimal supervision and performs highly advanced managerial budgetary work with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. This role reports to the Assistant Budget Director. 

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.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Budget Support: Oversees, coordinates, and participates in the preparation and development of internal/external budgetary reports; Legislative Appropriation Request (LAR), LAR database, base reconciliation, appropriation/CAPPS reconciliation, the legislative fiscal note process, external Operating Budget, internal administrative budget, and financial reports used by TEA's leadership, in conjunction with the Assistant Budget Director.
  • Reporting: Oversees, prepares, reviews, and analyzes financial reports related to general revenue, federal funds, reimbursements, fees, appropriated receipts, and other fund areas as assigned for review by management.  Maintains Budget Division's budgetary tools. Participates in collecting, organizing, analyzing, and preparing ad hoc reports as requested. 
  • Analysis: Determines methodologies and techniques for analyzing the operating budget; examines the operating budget for completeness, accuracy and conformance with policies, procedures, and methods; informs management of budget deviations, problems, and events likely to impact operations.
  • Fiscal Note Review and Analysis: Reviews and analyzes bill analysis submitted by TEA staff. Ensures Fiscal Notes are submitted to the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) on a timely basis. Participates and assists in reviewing and analyzing cost estimates and fiscal notes for proposed legislation.
  • Team Management: Supervises, assigns, and monitors the work of Budget Team and ensures completion of tasks within established deadlines; sets performance standards; conduct employee evaluations; trains or coordinates staff development; and counsels staff regarding any work rule violations.

 

Qualifications

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
 
Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in accounting, finance, or business.

Experience: At least five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in public/governmental financial management, budget development, and/or accounting. Two (2) years of supervisory and/or team lead experience is preferred.

Substitutions: Each additional year of related experience above the required minimum may substitute for education on a year-for-year basis
 
OTHER QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Prior public/governmental experience highly preferred.
  • Advanced understanding of budgetary, accounting, financial concepts, and management principles and practices.
  • Advanced analytical skills and problem-solving ability, with exceptional attention to details. 
  • Proven knowledge of CAPPS, USAS, and ABEST systems.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience with Excel (pivot tables, formulas, and macros).
  • Proven knowledge and experience in monitoring and analyzing operating budgets; preparing legislative appropriations requests; preparing/reviewing legislative fiscal notes. 
  • Aptitude in prioritizing assignments and working independently on multiple assignments, with a high level of accuracy.
  • Self-starter with an outcomes-based approach to management.
  • Ability to work and communicate in a team environment and train others.
  • Highly organized; expertise in managing multiple projects at once while meeting deadlines.
  • Skill in analyzing complex financial information and identifying and resolving issues.
  • Proficiency in communicating effectively verbally and in writing; possess excellent written and oral communication skills. 
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with internal and external customers. 
  • Able to prepare clear, concise, and accurate financial reports and schedules. 
  • Prepare, monitor, analyze and report on performance measures. 
  • Capacity to assess, interpret, and communicate financial data to customers.
  • 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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