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EDUC FINANCE SPECIALIST 2 , Program Finance

$ 25.85-$ 38.35 hourly, $ 53,945-$ 80,075 annually

Date Posted:   01/08/2014
Closing Date:   01/27/2014
Hiring Agency:   Education Dept
Division/Bureau:   School Finance/Gen Ed Funding
Location:   Roseville
Who May Apply:   Open to all qualified job seekers
Posting Number:   14EDUC000001
Employment Conditions:   Permanent, Full-time
Work Shift:   Day Shift
Days of Work:   Monday-Friday , 08:00 AM-04:30 PM
Travel Required:   no
Job Grouping:   Finance Regulatory Econ Devel
Classified Status:   Classified
 
Job Description:   This position exists to: 1) coordinate the school district levy limitation and certification process; 2) administer components of the general education program; 3) develop projection systems, databases and narratives for budgeting for these programs; 4) provide support to state policy makers and consultation to local program administrators; 5) conduct education finance research, analysis, and policy development; and 5) provide lead direction to less experienced staff.
Minimum Qualifications:   ***Please see the "how to apply" section for complete application instructions in order to be considered for this opening***

Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in educational administration, finance, economics, statistics, mathematics, business administration, public affairs, accounting or related field; AND

Three years of professional experience involving the administration, development, or analysis of public finance policy at the federal, state, regional, or local level.

At least one year of this experience must involve (Master's degree may substitute for this year of experience): Work in a federal, state or regional agency with responsibility for providing direct assistance to local agencies with finance, financing and fiscal operations for K-12 programs or property tax administration; OR
Work which contributed directly to K-12 education funding or property tax policy decision-making at the state or federal level; OR
Work in a local agency providing K-12 or administering property tax calculations with responsibility for budgeting and fiscal operation.

Experience with data query and statistical software such as MS Access, SQL, SPSS, or related software and strong working knowledge of spreadsheets and word processing, preferably MS Excel and Word.

Skill in:
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Effective written and oral communications
- Human relations


Preferred Qualifications:   - Knowledge of laws governing Minnesota school district funding and property tax system
- Experience in large, complex database management, including design specification, query and analysis
- Proficiency in developing funding calculation models using MS Excel at a high level and/or SPSS
Selection Process:   The selection process is a resume-based, skill-matching process. Resumes of all applicants to this posting will be evaluated against the Minimum Qualifications stated above. If your skills match the required skills for this position, the department may contact you.

RECENTLY SEPARATED VETERANS (RSV): Effective July 1, 2009, legislation provides that the top five RSV applicants who apply and meet the qualifications for a vacancy shall be granted an interview. To qualify, you must meet the following: 1) have separated under honorable conditions from any branch of the armed forces of the United States; 2) have served on active duty for 181 consecutive days or more or for the full period ordered to active duty or have separated by reason of disability incurred while serving on active duty; 3) be a United States citizen or resident alien; and 4) have served in active military service at any time on or after September 11, 2001, as shown on your DD-214 form. To be considered under this legislation, you must: 1) meet all Minimum Qualifications identified in this posting; 2) meet all of the above RSV criteria; and 3) submit a copy of your DD-214 form by the closing date mail or e-mail to nathan.smith@state.mn.us or Nathan Smith, 1500 Hwy. 36, Roseville, MN 55213-4266. Failure to submit your DD-214 form will affect your consideration for an interview under this legislation.

How to Apply:   If you meet the requirements listed above, include either in your pasted resume or within the "job specific questions" field of the resume builder under the heading "Educ Finance Specialist-Program Finance" a description of your qualifications, knowledge, and experience in each of the following areas:
- Property tax administration and K-12 finance;
- Systems and processes used in budget development and administration;
- Database management and analysis, modeling, research methods and statistics;
- Ability to model, analyze and project the fiscal impact of proposed changes in state funding policy;
- Ability to communicate with diverse audiences, both orally and in writing;
AND
List coursework taken that relates to these qualifications.

After updating and submitting your resume, to complete your application and apply for this position, return to this posting and click the APPLY box and then the "apply to selected jobs" button at the bottom of this job announcement. For additional information about the State's selection process, go to <http://www.careers.state.mn.us/job-tip>.

Current State Employees: Please note that employment provisions (including but not limited to seniority and leave accrual) vary among the three branches of Minnesota State government. When considering a job with another branch of state government, you are highly encouraged to explore these differences. For assistance, please direct questions to both your current and anticipated Human Resources offices.
Contact for More Information:   terri.yetter@state.mn.us, 651-582-8766.