Finance Specialist I ...

Reports To: Director/Lead Financial Services
Financial Services
FLSA Status:
Contingent Upon ESC Salary Schedule
Preferred Start Date: January 3, 2022
** Position will remain posted until filled**

Education Service Center Region 15 is dedicated to excellence in education through leadership, partnership, and service.

Essential Functions:  
  • Finance/Accounting Principles and Understanding: Exhibit deep knowledge specific to General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Finance Accountability System Resource Guide (FASRG), Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) and administrative and business procedures to maintain compliance with all daily fiscal operations. Stay informed and up-to-date on the most current accounting and payroll practices, Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS), government regulations and state and federal laws.   
  • Financial Management: Comply with all financial requirements, regulations and procedures; ensuring accuracy in the procurement and expense process.  Assist in the development, implementation, administration and management of funds to ensure resources are used appropriately and are extensively regulated for the purpose of fiscal efficiency.  Support all realms of school business operations.    
  • Partnership, Support and Training: Deliver and facilitate technical assistance and support on a day to day basis for all LEAs and stakeholders served; including but not limited to:
    1. Guidance that builds a shared understanding of responsibilities, duties and requirements of fiscal and compliance operations.
    2. Support for clients to confirm understanding of legal requirements and mandates through practice, additional explanation, observation, and real-time feedback.
    3. Face-to-face sessions that identify participant successes and specific needed areas of growth and reinforcement.
  • Culture & Growth: Contribute to maintaining and improving the culture of the ESC through customer service, respect for confidentiality, displaying self-initiative, and modeling a growth mindset through self-reflection and feedback reception.
Major Responsibilities and Duties:
  • Respond to inquiries from LEAs by phone, email, and other correspondence as requested or contracted. 
  • Provide on-site visits as necessary to support business office operations. 
  • Maintain accurate and complete payroll accounting and budget records for LEAs participating in the ESC Region 15 School Financial Services Cooperative. 
  • Prepare monthly payroll and related reports. 
  • Assist LEAs in the ESC 15 School Financial Services Cooperative with daily finance related issues. 
  • Prepare and maintain accurate and complete records and reports as required by law, state directives, ESC policy and procedural directives. 
  • Provide technical financial benchmarking reports. 
  • Utilize databases from LEAs and templates prepared by ESC 15 staff to generate reports and data to be used by School Financial Services. 
  • Provide financial oversight services to LEAs.  
  • Equip LEA administration with information and resources to better monitor their financial condition. 
  • Maintain knowledge of current legislature. 
  • Attend training and monitor websites necessary to maintain a current knowledge of legislative and reporting requirements. Websites include: Texas Education Agency (TEA), Teacher Retirement System (TRS), Internal Revenue System (IRS), Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) and Texas ISD. 
  • Support internal ESC Region15 functions and core values. 
  • Participate in ESC Region 15 and/or other professional development opportunities that will enhance the position and allow for personal growth.
  • Perform other duties delegated by the Finance Services Lead, Finance Services Director, Deputy Director or Executive Director.  
Special Knowledge/Skills:
  • Knowledge and experience in ESC supported accounting software (ASCENDER) 
  • Knowledge of school LEA accounting and payroll practices and procedures 
  • Self-driven to read, interpret, and communicate information relating to technical procedures and / or governmental regulations 
  • Proficient in Windows applications, MS Office Suite, internet and email 
  • Exhibit prudent principles and practices of accounting knowledge 
  • Experience in using accounting coding systems 
  • Ability to work with numbers with accuracy and a rapid manner in order to meet established deadlines 
  • Possess integrity, judgement, responsiveness, and strong attention to detail 
  • Ability to maintain accurate and auditable files, required
  • General knowledge of state and federal employment laws, preferred 
  • Demonstrate excellence in self-motivation and strong organizational skills 
  • Ability to read and interpret technical procedures and/or governmental regulations 
  • Ability to write reports and business correspondence required 
  • Ability to maintain confidential records and files 
  • Experience with PEIMS and TSDS data standards preferred
  • Ability to establish and maintain a professional and effective working relationship with LEA staff, grant managers, auditors, federal, state, and LEA financial officials
Three (3) years School District Business Office experience (preferred)
Three (3) years general bookkeeping/accounting experience