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Colorado State ESSER Fiscal Monitoring Specialist - Two Vacancies in Denver Metro, Colorado

ESSER Fiscal Monitoring Specialist - Two Vacancies

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ESSER Fiscal Monitoring Specialist - Two Vacancies


$4,800.00 - $5,100.00 Monthly


Denver Metro, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Department of Education

Job Number



4/23/2021 11:59 PM Mountain

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Department Information

About the Colorado Department of Education

Through setting a clear vision for increasing student performance, CDE continually supports the advancement and improvement of the state’s education system to prepare all learners for success in a rapidly changing global workplace.


All students in Colorado will become educated and productive citizens capable of succeeding in society, the workforce, and life.


The mission of the Colorado Department of Education is to ensure that all students are prepared for success in society, work, and life by providing excellent leadership, service, and support to schools, districts, and communities across the state.

Why work for Colorado Department of Education?

We offer great location and great benefits which include:

  • Medical and dental plans

  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement plans including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401K and 457 plans

  • Employee wellness programs

  • Paid life insurance

  • Short and long-term disability coverage

  • No Cost ECO Pass

  • 10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave

  • Flexible work schedule options, training opportunities, and more.

    “ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact by phone or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.”

Description of Job

This is a Full Time Term Limited Position - Until September 2023

This position has a possibility to become long term

Position Summary:

This term-limited, Grant Funded position is responsible for conducting the fiscal monitoring and reporting of Local Education Agency (LEA) use of Elementary and Secondary Education Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) funds, to include training and technical assistance. The position is funded with federal funding as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and therefore, the position is contingent upon availability of education emergency relief funds associated with the Coronavirus pandemic and is term-limited, full-time through September 2023. This position is available as a remote position with occasional in-person activity.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

A. Monitor LEA fiscal administration of ESSER-funded Programs and Activities

• Implement applicable federal and state oversight and monitoring activities as required by federal and state statutes and regulations, as well as agency policies, procedures, and processes, to ensure compliance of Local Education Agency's (LEA) and other subgrantees with fiscal rules and regulations.

• Update/review fiscal risk matrix specific to ESSER funding, as needed

• Update/review fiscal indicators to be reviewed as part of each district's ESSER monitoring process, as needed

• Perform ESSER fiscal monitoring activities to ensure that federal awards are administered in compliance with grant and program requirements.

• In collaboration with other Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Office team members and other units, plan and conduct desk fiscal reviews of ESSER programs, and produce written reports regarding findings. These reviews will be completed mainly remotely but may require an onsite visit to a school district.

• Review and provide feedback to districts on evidence submitted, including corrective action plans, follow-up support, and training until districts can demonstrate compliance and effective use of funds.

B. Collaboration

• Collaborate with the Data, Accountability, Reporting, and Evaluation Team to provide any information required to meet federal reporting requirements under ESSER.

• Work as a team with ESEA program staff during monitoring sessions.

• Consistently report and update Grants Fiscal Staff of issues, status, and potential findings.

• Document Grants Fiscal Unit Federal Monitoring processes to create a handbook and protocols, specific to federal funds and related fiscal indicators.

C. Training & Technical Assistance

• Develop and deliver fiscal compliance training in conjunction with other GFMU staff to districts on ESSER requirements and monitoring protocols, processes, and documentation necessary to demonstrate compliance and effective use of ESSER funds.

• Collaborate with other units in providing ongoing guidance and technical assistance regarding implementing federal requirements under ESSER.

• Provide fiscal technical assistance as needed to ESSER awardees to improve fiscal compliance, internal control qualities and interpretation and understanding of federal and state regulations.

D. Other duties as assigned by the Director of GFMU.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Competency and Qualification Requirements:

• Experience administering and knowledge of Federal Statutes (EDGAR, UGG, 2CFR200). to include application of statute in a finance/accounting setting to determine allow-ability of costs and/or activity.

• Minimum 2 years experience in monitoring and evaluating projects, grant programs, or fiscal processes.

• Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Access.

• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.

• Exceptional organizational skills, including ability to balance competing priorities, track and meet deadlines. Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.

• Strong work ethic and attention to details and accuracy.

• Ability to work effectively with diverse stakeholders in difficult or uncertain circumstances.

• Ability to understand and provide technical assistance concerning use of state, district, school financial and programmatic documentation.

• Experience in developing and delivering professional development trainings and conferences for adult learners, using various modalities (e.g., online, small, or large groups).

• Ability and willingness to travel, primarily in-state.

• The ability to pass a background check.

Minimum Education Requirements:

Bachelors degree in finance, accounting, or education policy, with 4 years of experience in related grants fiscal management work.


8 years of related experience in Fiscal Grant Management may substitute for educational requirements.

Preferred: CPA preferred

Supplemental Information

How to Apply:

Applicants MUST submit a resume and cover letter attached to the online application. Applications left blank or marked "See Resume" will not be accepted.

Complete Applications must include the following documents:

  • A complete online application.

  • A cover letter (attach to your online application).

  • A resume (attach to your online application).

    Only complete applications submitted by the closing date for this announcement will be given consideration.

Please DO NOT attach transcripts, certificates or reference letters

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

The Colorado Department of Education is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Susan Jiron-Garcia, at or call 303-866-6600.