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Chief Financial Officer

Austin, TX, USA | Non Profit Organization

  • Industry:
    Non-Profit / Social Enterprise
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    Accounting / Control
    Finance (Internal)
    General Management
  • Experience:
    10-12 years
Job Description:
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The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) reports to the Deputy Commissioner of Finance and has direct oversight over the Budget & Planning and Accounting Divisions. The position serves as the chief fiduciary officer for the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and is responsible for ensuring compliance with state and federal laws, as well as maintaining an internal controls framework to safeguard and effectively allocate agency resources. The CFO plays a critical role in providing leadership, oversight, direction, guidance, innovation, strategic planning, training, and quality assurance related to all fiscal operations of the agency. This position performs advanced, senior-level managerial work and works under minimal supervision with extensive latitude for initiative and independent judgment.

Please note that a resume and tailored cover letter are required attachments for applying to this position. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Stakeholder Support: Ensures agency leadership, program staff, and other internal customers have access to adequate information to inform operations and decision making.

Strategy and Process Improvement: Continually reviews and improves budget and accounting processes to achieve efficiency and excellent customer service.

Compliance and Internal Controls: Oversees TEA’s system of internal controls and the preparation of state/federal financial and legislative reports; ensures compliance with applicable statues, financial policies and procedures.

Team Leadership: Leads, supervises and develops a high-performing Budget & Accounting Team focused on superior customer service and data-driven practices.

Support for Legislative Session: In conjunction with other divisions, directs the preparation and review of TEA fiscal notes on all non-school finance related matters and responds to other external requests for information/analysis as appropriate.


Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university required; a degree in finance, accounting, economics, or related field is preferred. Preference given for an advanced degree with major coursework in management, finance, public relations or a related field.

Experience: At least ten (10) years of experience in successful, progressively responsible fiscal management.

Substitutions: An advanced degree may substitute for two years of required experience.


A proven record of successfully leading organization-wide changes and financial process re-engineering; managing large, cross-functional teams and building consensus; and superior project and time management with the ability to advance multiple projects concurrently and meet deadlines.

Ability to act decisively and with a purpose that positively influences the perceptions, thinking, and actions of others; set challenging goals and reach high standards of performance; establish clear expectations; and hold others accountable for performance.

Strong problem solving and critical thinking skills, including ability to simplify complex problems, identify the most significant issues, and integrate qualitative and quantitative data into analysis and recommendations.

A desire to self-reflect, give/receive feedback and continuously improve, and the ability to create and engage in a collaborative, results-oriented team environment.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to navigate political processes with professional maturity and to make high-quality presentations that explain complex concepts to a variety of audiences.

Strength in developing best practices for financial management and related fiscal policies, with an emphasis on efficient implementation of new initiatives.

Ability to run the day-to-day financial operations of a large and diverse organization in which funds are allocated through highly complex formula distributions and cost allocations.

Knowledge of governmental accounting and fiscal management, financial projection and estimation methodologies, and business process analysis and re-engineering methodologies.

Experience preparing complex documents, such as legislative appropriations requests, annual financial reports, and internal operating budgets.

Extensive familiarity with Texas state budgets and appropriations processes, state and federal funding sources, and related regulations strongly preferred.

Current accreditation as a Certified Public Account preferred. 

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