Career Opportunity

Regional Financial Consultant (Principal Consultant #1873)
School Business Services
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
April 8, 2024
Open Until Filled

​Reporting to the Supervisor, provides specialized consultative services in the primary areas of school finance and business services. Some travel will be required.

  • ​Conducts outreach and provides technical assistance to regional offices of education, district personnel, financial oversight panels, other administrative entities, and agency staff using a variety of indicators (e.g. annual financial report data, budget data, financial profile information, etc.). 
  • Serves as primary contact on financial matters related to cost analysis, business management, general facilities information (e.g. maintenance and capital issues), and budget development, including all aspects of revenues, short and long-term debt, expenditures, and financial reporting.
  • Conducts financial and trend analysis of school districts and other administrative entities, particularly financially distressed districts (e.g. oversight panel monitoring) to track their fiscal solvency and compliance with rules, regulations and generally accepted accounting procedures.
  • Assists in the on-going development, implementation, and assessment of training/professional development to assist regional offices of education, school district personnel, and other administrative entities improve their financial management practices. 
  • Recommends the development of broad, state-wide financial management and fiscal policies and procedures. 
  • Makes recommendations for technological systems development at the department level.
  • Functions as a team member and/or team leader for diverse agency, center, and department teams. 
  • Coordinates fiscal, staffing and material resources to complete assigned projects. 
  • Coordinates efforts with interdisciplinary team members for the completion of assigned projects for departmental activities. 
  • Monitors projects and activities of team members. 
  • Assists so that projects are on schedule and completed with assigned timelines.
  • Collects and analyzes data and compiles reports for review, executive approval and implementation. 
  • Applies technical expertise in areas of accounting and financial management to research, develop and implement project assignments. 
  • Assists in the development of departmental information systems and the gathering of department planning data.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • ​Bachelor's degree in Accounting or related degree with two years of experience in public school district finance, or, a Bachelor's degree in any field with four years of experience in public school district finance. (COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED AT TIME OF APPLICATION)
  • Skilled in database and spreadsheet applications. 
  • Demonstrated ability in school finance/school business management. 
  • Proficient oral and written communication skills. 
  • ​Experience as CSBO/Business Manager for a school district. 
  • Knowledge of accounting, auditing, and financial management practices and procedures. 
  • Knowledge of allocation and project coordination involving interdisciplinary teams and local school districts. 
  • Ability to quickly adapt to a variety of information systems. 
  • Ability to define problems and apply problem-solving techniques to complex issues. 

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.