Career Opportunity

Program Monitor (Principal Consultant #664)
Federal & State Monitoring
$55,251 - $69,821
$55,251 - $94,029
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
February 28, 2022
Open Until Filled

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Reporting to the Supervisor, will perform moderately complex work, applying practices and technical expertise in areas of accounting, audit, financial management and continuous improvement. As a member of a team, regularly coordinates monitoring programs with LEAs, ROEs, ISCS and other clients for the purpose of determining fiscal and programmatic compliance with applicable federal and state rules and regulations, agency guidelines and the enhancement of the quality of the programs. (This position will work primarily in northwest Illinois. Residency for this position is required within one of the following counties - Jo Daviess, Stephenson, Carroll, Ogle, Whiteside, Lee, Rock Island, Henry, or Bureau - to commence no later than 30 days following date of hire.)

  • ​​As a member of a team and regularly as the team coordinator: (a) initiates development of monitoring objectives and scope; (b) initiates development of the monitoring program or checklist; (c) reviews programmatic documentation to ensure compliance with state and/or federal laws, program regulations and guidelines for all types of state and federal education programs as assigned; (d) coordinates the team's monitoring work according to time budget; (e) compiles and writes detailed documentation for work performed including findings, conclusions and recommendations according to standards and assists others in same; (f) assists the monitoring team in completing the review; (g) develops and drafts findings; (h) performs quality control review of the team's work; (i) ensures adequate resolution of quality review questions; and (j) complies with professional standards.
  • ​​Suggests and participates in training opportunities to improve individual knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • ​​Assists in the planning and coordination of department activities including operational enhancements, data storage and retrieval, and analysis of data, and makes recommendations to the Director.
  • ​​Participates in workshops, conferences and task forces to disseminate information related to the monitoring function.
  • ​​Serves on project teams as approved by the Director.
  • ​​Performs other duties as assigned.​​
  • Master's Degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Auditing, Finance, School Business Management, School Administration, or Public Administration, or, a Bachelor's Degree in one of the listed areas plus two years of relevant professional experience, or, coursework which enables candidate to take the CPA examination in the State of Illinois plus two years of relevant professional experience. (COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED AT TIME OF APPLICATION)
  • Two years of experience (in addition to education requirements) in accounting, auditing, finance or business management in the compliance and regulatory environment.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and demonstrated ability in accounting, auditing, finance, or financial management practices and procedures.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to define problems and apply problem solving techniques to complex issues.
  • Demonstrated ability working in compliance and regulatory environments.
  • Demonstrated ability and success in conducting multi-task assignments and meeting deadlines.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Demonstrated ability in adhering to established policies and procedures.
  • Valid Illinois Driver's License and extensive travel. ​​​
  • Knowledge of school business financial practices and procedures.​​​​

ISBE provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. We actively foster a culture of inclusion and encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

Illinois has an urgent and collective responsibility to achieve educational equity by ensuring that all policies, programs, and practices affirm the strengths that each and every child brings within their diverse backgrounds and life experiences, and by delivering the comprehensive supports, programs, and educational opportunities they need to succeed.