Director III (Budget Director)

Texas Education Agency

Posting Closes at 5:00 PM February 15, 2018

Monthly Salary Range $6,999.25 – $11,837.66

The Texas Education Agency is seeking a talented, experienced individual to join a team of professionals

who are dedicated to improving educational outcomes for all public school students in the state.

Successful applicants must be committed to the agency’s strategic priorities and ensuring that the

agency maintains compliance with all applicable regulations, effectively implements legislation, keeps

policy-makers informed, and continuously strengthens the agency’s organizational foundations.
The position serves as the director of the Budget and Planning Division, which is responsible for

preparing required state and agency budgetary reports in compliance with the General Appropriations

Act and other applicable state and federal statutes. The director reports directly to the agency’s chief

financial officer and performs complex and highly advanced managerial and budgetary work. A

successful candidate must have excellent budget preparation skills and outstanding customer service

and interpersonal communication skills and be committed to providing expert and comprehensive

support to the entire agency and its strategic priorities. Works under minimal supervision with

extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

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Essential Job Functions:
The director is responsible for the following tasks:
Provides oversight, direction, and day-to-day management to a division of nine employees. Work involves strategic planning; establishing performance goals and evaluation tools; and recruiting and mentoring employees; and developing and improving policies, guidelines, procedures, rules, and regulations.
Oversees advanced budget preparation activities including analysis, appropriation control, and financial projection and estimation. Agency funds are allocated through highly complex formula distributions and cost allocations. Agency budgets include program and administrative budgets, capital budgets, federal grant budgets, position control, and salary budgeting.
Provides 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 and meet deadlines.
Develops and implements effective procedures to ensure that the agency complies with applicable federal and state statutes, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations, such as the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts accounting policy statements, Texas legislative appropriation rules, and federal Uniform Grant Guidance.
Ensures agency compliance with federal time and effort rules under the federal Uniform Grant Guidance by maintaining an automated time and effort collection system, verifying that quarterly cost allocations are processed from the Cost Allocation Feeder (CAF) system, monitoring activities for accuracy and timeliness, and providing training to budget team and to program staff as needed.
Oversees the development, set up, and monitoring of TEA’s internal administrative and program budget using an internal budget system, the Centralized Accounting Payroll and Personnel System (CAPPS), and the Uniform Statewide Accounting System (USAS).
Monitors agency’s budget, identifying budget variances and problems and implements or recommends solutions and communicates results to management.
Maintains all required supporting documentation and responds accurately and quickly to requests for information from agency staff, legislative staff, and other stakeholders.
In even-numbered years, responsible for the development of the agency’s Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR); monitors and reports on appropriations requested compared to recommendations from the Legislative Budget Board (LBB), Senate Finance, House Appropriations, and the Conference Committee.
Coordinates the development of performance measure revisions, deletions, and/or additions proposed in the agency’s strategic plan, including the coordination of the measure approval process with the LBB.
In odd-numbered years, responsible for the development of the agency’s Operating Budget submitted to the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) and the Governor’s Office of Budget and Planning.
Work involves budget analysis and forecasting, and extensive collaboration with the agency’s executive management team.
Coordinates fiscal note process for the agency during the Texas legislative session. Work involves preparing cost analysis of bills proposed by the Legislature.
Coordinates the monthly reconciliation and distribution of Foundation School Program (FSP) funds.
Oversees the annual indirect cost rate proposal development and negotiation with the US Department of Education.

 Minimum Qualifications:
Education: Graduation from an accredited four year college or university.
Experience: Seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in governmental financial management, governmental budget development, or governmental accounting, with at least three years in a supervisory or management capacity.
Preferred: At least three (3) years of experience in complex budgetary preparation and analysis at a supervisory level.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA’s):
Knowledge of:  Governmental finance administration, budget, and accounting practices; state or federal laws and regulations relevant to public funds and governmental finance; and financial projection and forecasting methodologies.  Preferred knowledge of CAPPS and USAS systems.
Skill in:  Analyzing complex financial information and identifying and solving associated problems; interpreting and applying laws, policies, and procedures; developing and maintaining effective professional relationships with internal and external customers; leading and motivating teams; advanced use of Excel, including pivot tables; and advanced use of MS Access.
Ability to: Prioritize tasks and manage multiple assignments with accuracy and high attention to detail; be flexible and respond quickly and effectively to change; communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing to a variety of audiences; identify agency training needs, prepare high-quality training materials, and make engaging and effective presentations; explain complex financial information to a variety of audiences; improve and design financial reports that meet the needs of a variety of audiences; set clear expectations, establish performance measures, and hold others accountable for performance; demonstrate initiative and make sound, independent judgments; navigate political processes with professional maturity, diplomacy, and tact; and work under minimal supervision.

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Posted: February 05, 2018