Financial Specialist

Recruitment #211011-UNCE-704




The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 public education in Oklahoma.  We work directly with the state’s 500+ school districts and the legislature to ensure that Oklahoma students receive the quality education they deserve.  If you are looking for a rewarding career that positively affects the lives of children, you are in the right place!  For more about OSDE please visit our website at

Under direction, assist in the planning, organization and direction of the activities necessary for implementing a school financial accounting system and various other requirements and aspects of school finance for the State Board of Education.  Develop, implement, and refine the accounting and reporting system, performing complex accounting work involving financial statement analysis and management interpretation. Maintain and report diversified financial records. Perform related duties as required.

• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in Accounting or related field [official transcripts required] ;
• Three (3) years of experience in accounting, public school finance or knowledge of federal programs.

PLEASE NOTE: Up to four (4) years financial, business management or related experience in a school setting may be substituted for the required education.

• Five (5) years of experience in accounting or public school finance;
• Five (5) years of experience with finanacial statements and audits.
• Experience in public speaking and the ability to prepare presentations;

• Considerable knowledge of principles and practices of accounting and business management, particularly as they pertain to public school finance; of local, state, and federal school laws; and rules and regulations of the State Board of Education;
• Skill in applying accounting principles and in discussing financial management problems with non-financial management;
• Proficiency in the use of computer software such as PowerPoint, Excel and Word including experience with the retrieval of data through mainframe computer queries, all as evidenced by practical demonstration and/or interview;
• Keep abreast of current trends and practices regarding local, state, and federal financial accounting and auditing systems;
• Ability to exercise good judgment in analyzing situations and making decisions; to manage multiple varied tasks of a semi-complex nature; to organize and present facts and opinions clearly and concisely; to establish effective working relations with other employees and the public; to exercise tact, courtesy and initiative;
• Conscientious commitment / willingness to provide courteous and efficient service through the performance of prescribed job duties;
• Applicants must be willing and able to perform necessary job related travel.

• Provide technical assistance to the Executive Director on special projects;
• Provide technical assistance on a statewide financial cost accounting system, including an assessment of the status of local school district financial reporting;
• Work with local boards of education, administrators, business managers, bookkeepers, auditors, state agency personnel and others as needed to determine coding, edit checks, and submission by Web site;
• Prepare or assist in the preparation of reports necessary to fulfill the requirements of local, state, and federal guidelines for financial reporting;
• Assist public school administrators with procedures; analyze income sheets and expenditure reports from districts; work under the direction of the Financial Accounting Executive Director on matters pertaining to school finance;
• Assist in planning statewide workshops.

5% travel required

This position is eligible to telework up to two (2) days a week. A Telework Agreement is required upon hire.

General office setting 

N (Not Applicable) - Activity is not applicable to this position
O (Occasionally) - Position requires this activity up to 33% of the time (0 – 2.5+ hrs/day)
F (Frequently) - Position requires this activity from 33%-66% of the time (2.5 – 5.5 hrs/day)
C (Constantly) - Position requires this activity more than 66% of the time (5.5+ hrs/day)
Physical Demands  Physical Demands  Lift/Carry 
Stand F Reach Over Shoulder O 10 lbs or less F
Walk F Speak F 11-20 lbs F
Sit F Climb O 21-50 lbs O
Listen F Crawl O 51-100 lbs N
Grasp O Squat or Kneel O Over 100 lbs N
Reach Outward O Bend O  


Generous benefit allowance in addition to salary to off-set insurance costs
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11 Paid Holidays
15 days of vacation and 15 days of sick leave the first year
Teacher’s Retirement System (TRS) participation with all contributions paid by the employer
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Employee Assistance Program
Longevity Bonus for years of service

The Oklahoma Department of Education provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, OSDE complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

This job description has been reviewed and approved by the Hiring Manager.  It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee.  Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.


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Veteran's Preference Points apply only for initial appointment in the Classified Service.