DPS - FIN - Senior Financial Analyst


Full-time | Commission$4,600 a month
DPS - FIN - Senior Financial Analyst (00007053)


Primary Location: Texas-Austin

Work Locations: AUSTIN HQ (MAIN) PO BOX 4087 5805 N LAMAR BLVD, AUSTIN TX 78752 Austin 78773

Job: Business and Financial Operations

Employee Status: Regular

Schedule: Full-time

Standard Hours Per Week: 40.00

Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time

State Job Code: 1158

Salary Admin Plan: B

Grade: 23

Salary (Pay Basis): 4,598.66 - 6,000.00 (Monthly)

Number of Openings: 6

Overtime Status: Exempt

Job Posting: Oct 18, 2019, 9:02:55 AM

Closing Date: Nov 17, 2019, 11:59:00 PM



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Perform advanced (senior level) financial analyst work, budget preparation, financial research and financial data gathering to include report design and report preparation. Work includes analyzing all aspects of financial data to formulate forecasts and determine trends. Work involves reviewing, analyzing, and evaluating financial data; preparing reports and responding to inquiries; recommending appropriate action to resolve financial problems. Communicate with, Assistant Director, division staff, and other state agencies to determine issues, gather financial data, and organize reports. May assign and/or supervise the work of others. Work under minimal supervision with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

The following Military Occupational Specialty codes are generally applicable to this position. Applicants must fully complete the summary of experience to determine if minimum qualifications are met. 36B, 36A, 020, 21, 30, 31, 32, 3402, 3404, 3408, 3450, 8844


1. Gather, analyze, interpret, organize, and report financial data.

2. Analyze expenditure patterns and make recommendations based on financial research, and leads and assist other analysts with budget preparation and may lead other sections with major projects.

3. Communicate and coordinate work requests with Assistant Director, division staff, and other state agencies if needed.

4. Oversee and participate in the coordination, collection, and compilation of data for external reporting the Departments’ Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR), fiscal notes, and performance measures; e.g. enters into ABEST, cost analysis of personnel, research exceptional items, riders, capital projects, and correspondence with Department entities or the LBB. Assemble budget data, research historical data, and respond to questions from the legislative staff in reference to the agency’s LAR.

5. Analyze the General Appropriations Act (GAA) as it progresses in the House and Senate and prepare informative reports for executive management to understand and keep up to date pertaining to agency legislative activity. Balance base request, exceptional items, riders, and contingency Appropriations Riders, by strategy to the GAA. Lead and participate in processing and preparing the Operating Budget each year by reconciling the GAA.

6. Coordinate, oversee and assist in forecasting budget expenditures on a monthly basis, cash analysis, and reconcile unexpended balances to division estimates, which include but not limited to preparing Centralized Accounting and Payroll/Personnel System (CAPPS) and USAS journal entries.

7. Prepare and/or review monthly financial analysis which presents the Department’s financial position, year-to-date to be presented to the Public Safety Commission in meetings as required.

8. Attend Executive Director Staff meetings as required; participate on internal committees and interview boards as designated.

9. Oversee and assist in the preparation of the Operating Budget for the Governor’s Office.

10. Attend work regularly and observe approved work hours in accordance with agency leave and attendance policies.

11. Perform other duties as assigned.



Education – Graduation from a standard high school is required. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in Accounting, Auditing, Business Administration, Management, Public Administration, or related field is preferred.

Experience – Minimum of three (3) years’ progressively responsible work experience in accounting or closely related activities.

Substitution Note: One (1) year of additional related education may be substituted for each year of experience required, up to four (4) years. Note: thirty (30) semester hours will be considered equivalent to one (1) year of education.

Licensure and/or Certification – Must possess a valid driver license from state of residence.

Regulatory knowledge – Financial administration, budget control, fiscal accounting, the agency’s financial program, governmental accounting, policies, procedures, laws, legal restrictions, and regulations pertaining to fiscal operations and funding. Accepted accounting principles and practices. General Appropriations Act (GAA) guidelines and restrictions of expenditures. Rules, regulations, policies, and procedures of the State Comptroller. Interpreting state and federal rules, regulations, policy formulation, and development.

Accounting skills – State financial reporting requirements. Plan, organize, and analyze accounting programs to interpret laws, regulations, and the application of accounting theory. Make correct determinations of agency disbursements and commitments to disburse funds. Read and interpret complex laws, rules, regulations, directions, and instructions in normal, technical accounting, and legal terminology. Learn and effectively apply changes regarding the GAA rules and procedures. Identify and compile data from Department and State Comptroller’s records. Establish effective accounting controls.

Interpersonal Skills – Must demonstrate an ability to exercise poise, tact, diplomacy and an ability to establish and maintain positive, working/professional relationships with internal/external customers.

Organizational and Prioritization Skills – Must be organized, flexible, and able to effectively prioritize in a multi-demand and constantly changing environment; able to meet multiple and sometimes conflicting deadlines without sacrificing accuracy, timeliness or professionalism.

Presentation/Communication Skills – Must be able to construct and deliver clear, concise, and professional presentations to a variety of audiences and/or individuals.

Research and Comprehension – Must demonstrate ability to quickly and efficiently access relevant information, and be able to utilize and/or present research and conclusions in a clear and concise manner.

Analytical Reasoning/Attention to Detail – Must demonstrate an ability to examine data/information, discern variations/similarities, and be able identify trends, relationships and causal factors, as well as grasp issues, draw accurate conclusions, and solve problems. Analyze problems, factors, elements, and identify causative factors in management budget problems; and apply actions to effectively resolve, prevent recurrence of problematic conditions and present alternative solutions that may be effective for problem resolution. Perform and interpret numerical analysis, statutes, evaluate, and summarize financial and management records for accuracy and conformance procedures, rules, and regulations.

Technology (computers/hardware/software/operating systems) – Must possess appropriate levels of proficiency with utilized software and systems and be able to learn new software/systems. Capabilities and limitations of computerized accounting systems used by the agency to include the Centralized Accounting and Payroll/Personnel System (CAPPS) and the Uniformed State Accounting Systems (USAS).

Confidentiality and Protected Information – Must demonstrate an ability to responsibly handle sensitive and confidential information and situations, and adhere to applicable laws/statutes/policies related to access, maintenance and dissemination of information.

Travel and/or Schedule – Availability for after-hour and weekend work is required.


The physical and environmental demands described here are representative of those encountered and/or necessary for the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job; reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Environment: Office, Vehicle;
Ambulatory skills, e.g. stand, walk, sit;
Hand-eye coordination and arm/hand/finger dexterity;
Ability to speak, hear, and exercise visual acuity;
Ability to transfer weights of twenty-five (25) pounds anticipated for this position;
Driving requirements: Low frequency (ten [10%]).
State of Texas Benefits and Retirement Information: https://www.ers.texas.gov/

DPS employee who is selected for a position in their current salary group and state title will be transferred with no salary change.

DPS employee who is selected for a position in their current salary group with a new state title may receive an increase up to 3.4%.

Salary is contingent upon qualifications and is subject to salary administration and budgetary restrictions.

Travel: 5%


State of Texas retirees may be rehired for full-time, non-commissioned positions only under very specific circumstances.