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Department:  Operations/Finance/Local Finance

Classification (Payroll Title):  Senior Director of Local Finance

Position Number:  00077968

Reports to:  Chief Financial Officer (Maryanne Durski)

Anticipated Salary Range:  $95,000 - $100,000

Last Revised Date:

Location Notes:  Nashville

Department of Education Vision: We will set all students on a path to success.

Priorities: Academics: All Tennessee students will have access to a high-quality education, no matter where they live. · Student Readiness: Tennessee public schools will be equipped to serve the academic and non-academic needs of all students. · Educators: Tennessee will set a new path for the education profession and be the top state to become and remain a teacher and leader.

Position Summary: The director of local finance is responsible for leading a team that is the primary interface between the department of education and the finance personnel in the LEAs, state special schools, the Achievement School District and the Public Charter School Commission. The director is one of the leads on the calculation of the TISA allocations for districts, as well as a provider of technical support to LEAs in explaining and supporting district allocations.

The director supervises the work of regional finance consultants who provide support, training and technical assistance to district finance personnel. The director also manages the fiscal content of ePlan, including allocations, payments, and reporting. The director provides oversight for a number of federal, state and local reports prepared by the local finance team, including, but not limited to, federal reports of revenues and expenditures, per pupil expenditure reporting for the state report card, the annual statistical report and certified personnel reporting in TN Compass.

This position contributes to the Best for All strategic plan by supporting LEAs to ensure that resources are maximized in support of all students succeeding in whatever path they choose.

Minimum Qualifications:

Degree in Finance or Accounting

Minimum 5 years’ experience in education or governmental finance

Minimum 3 years supervisory experience

LEA experience desired, but not required

Essential Functions

  • Supervision of Local Finance Staff – 25%
  • Lead the calculation and dissemination the Tennessee Investment in Student Achievement (TISA) formerly named the Basic Education Plan (BEP; aka TN school funding). (25%)
  • Lead TISA training and consultation work with school leadership across the state. (15%)
  • Lead yearly reporting of state Local Education Agency financials to national grant providers. (10%)
  • Train and consult with divisional budget managers on state budgeting processes. (5%)
  • Streamline and modernize practices in the Federal Grant Management function. (10%)
  • Re-establish critical internal data governance management and reporting in the TDOE. Drive leaders and divisions towards to a solution that ensures TDOE regulatory and funding data is accurate, documented and efficiently accessed and maintained. (10%)

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Ability to set and communicate high expectations, to delegate tasks effectively, and to motivate and develop others in a manner that maximizes productivity and morale.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and to manage workflow effectively.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Strong collaboration skills, including the ability to work with varied stakeholders in achieving team goals.

Supervisory Responsibility

Position will supervise regional finance consultants (currently 6, projected to expand to 8) in their support of Local Education Agencies (LEAs) in fiscal accounting, reporting, budget development and fiscal monitoring.

Position will supervise 3 other employees – Director of Local Disbursements, Finance Data Manager and Finance Data Analyst in their work of grants management, payment processing, and federal, state, and local reporting.

Work Environment

The duties will primarily be carried out indoors, in environmentally controlled conditions. The employee will be required to perform general physical abilities and handle and move objects.

Physical Demands

Physical demands include walking, standing, bending, lifting, climbing stairs, and moving during working hours.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position. Expected work hours are 37.5 hours per week, from 8-4:30pm with an hour lunch break.

Travel

Some travel may be required to provide professional development to LEAs, or to speak to various stakeholder groups throughout the state.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for their job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

To Apply

Please send resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references to:

Maryanne.Durski@tn.gov.

Pursuant to the State of Tennessee’s Workplace Discrimination and Harassment policy, the State is firmly committed to the principle of fair and equal employment opportunities for its citizens and strives to protect the rights and opportunities of all people to seek, obtain, and hold employment without being subjected to illegal discrimination and harassment in the workplace. It is the State’s policy to provide an environment free of discrimination and harassment of an individual because of that person’s race, color, national origin, age (40 and over), sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status or any other category protected by state and/or federal civil rights laws.

Tennessee Department of Education also provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. If you need an accommodation during the application process, please contact the Tennessee Department of Education, Attn: Human Resources Division, 710 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville, TN 37243.

Job Title: Budget Specialist

Department: Finance

Classification (Payroll Title): EDUC CONSULTANT 2 Position Number: 1005766

Reports to: Budget Director Last Revised Date: 1/18/2023 Location: Remote/Nashville Office

Department of Education Vision: We will set all students on a path to success.

Priorities: Academics: All Tennessee students will have access to a high quality education, no matter where they live. · Student Readiness: Tennessee public schools will be equipped to serve the academic and non-academic needs of all students. · Educators: Tennessee will set a new path for the education profession and be the top state to become and remain a teacher and leader.

Position Summary: The Finance Consultant – Budget is responsible for a variety of routine financial (budget) processes and projects that require the application of well-established budget principles, theories, and concepts in one or more phases of the budgetary process to support division program teams.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance and, at least two years of full-time work experience in accounting and/or finance, and/or budget.
  • OR
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree including 30 hours in accounting and, at least three years of full-time work experience in accounting and/or finance, and/or budget.
  • OR
  • Master of Business Administration with concentration in accounting or finance and at least one year of full-time work experience in accounting and/or finance, and/or budget.

Essential Functions

  • Assist the Budget Director with divisional budget planning
  • Assist the Budget Director with monthly budget monitoring and business manager meetings
  • Assist the Budget Director with position management
  • Update and maintain datasets, budget check and process procurement and contract requests, and perform special projects as assigned
  • Act as extra capacity support as assigned (Procurement, Fiscal Note Review, Operations) and complete special projects as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Active learning
  • Data and systems analysis
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Critical thinking, mathematical and deductive reasoning
  • Ability to take initiative and be proactive in problem solving
  • Strong time management skills, exceptional organization, and meticulous attention to detail
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook)

Supervisory Responsibility

None

Work Environment

The duties will primarily be carried out indoors, in environmentally controlled conditions. The employee will be required to perform general physical abilities and handle and move objects.

Physical Demands

Physical demands include walking, standing, bending, lifting, climbing stairs, and moving during working hours.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is a full time position. Expected work hours are 37.5 hours per week, from 8-4:30pm with an hour lunch break.

Travel

No travel is required for this role at this time.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for their job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

To Apply

Please send resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references to: Maryanne.Durski@tn.gov

Pursuant to the State of Tennessee’s Workplace Discrimination and Harassment policy, the State is firmly committed to the principle of fair and equal employment opportunities for its citizens and strives to protect the rights and opportunities of all people to seek, obtain, and hold employment without being subjected to illegal discrimination and harassment in the workplace. It is the State’s policy to provide an environment free of discrimination and harassment of an individual because of that person’s race, color, national origin, age (40 and over), sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status or any other category protected by state and/or federal civil rights laws.

Tennessee Department of Education also provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees  with disabilities. If you need an accommodation during the application process, please contact the Human Capital team at  615-741-5158. You can also direct your request for accommodation in writing to the Tennessee Department of Education,  Attn: HR Division, 710 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville, TN 37243.