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  • 502201
  • Full-time
  • Closing at: Oct 24 2021 at 23:55 MST

Arizona Department of Education

The Arizona Department of Education's mission is to advance equity and excellence for all students by serving school leaders, educators and staff, collaborating with communities, and leading with data-driven best practices. Our vision is equity for all students to achieve their full potential!

ESA Account Specialist

Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA)

Job Location:

Phoenix Location 

Posting Details:

Salary: 43,000 - 48,000 

Grade: 18

Closing Date: 10/24/21

Job Summary:

• The Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) Program is a program administered by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) that is funded by state tax dollars to provide educational options for qualified Arizona students.
• This position is responsible for reviewing accounts to ensure proper use of the funds and proper reporting of expenditures.
• In-state travel is required for this position.

Job Duties:

• Review of current and past expense reports, recommend and/or implement action for non-allowed spending and compliance to accounts director and
• Witness in the appeal process as needed
• Research and collect necessary information needed for program compliance, including but limited to communication such as request for information, suspension of accounts, suspension letters, termination letters, payment plans, etc.
• Analyze the information gathered and recommend action related to program compliance
• Responding to tickets, emails, phone calls
• Recommending action to the accounts director to track and refer accounts for termination or other actions for account compliance
• Track and maintain accounts spreadsheet for assigned reports/duties, cross-referencing account holders with daily reports, identifying any account holders on the daily reports and banking system, validating the information, recommending suspension of these accounts, and communicating with the accounts manager/director for conclusion

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Please note: For those selected for interviews, skills assessments may be administered as part of the interview process.
• Knowledge of principles and practices of account reconciliation
• Research, reporting, analysis techniques, and fraud detection
• Report auditing
• Applicants must have Bachelor’s degree in business administration, accounting, finance, or related degree and/or combination of training and relevant experience to the field.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Interpersonal skills to effectively interact with supervisor, peers, and constituents
• Organizational and time management
• Conflict resolution and problem-solving
• Intermediate to advanced skill in using Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel and Internet Explorer to properly maintain and analyze data
• Interpret statutes, rules, policies, and procedures
• Monitor compliance with program policies and procedures, as well as applicable Federal and State laws and regulations
• Establish and maintain good working relationships with public and other governmental personnel
• Analyze records, reports, operating practices, and documentation
• Provide feedback and recommendations on best practices for audit/fraud program improvements
• Adaptable to changing conditions
• Work projects for extended periods without direct supervision
• Banking system to reconcile expenses
• Ability to coordinate with others

Selective Preference(s):

• Preference will be given to those applicants with knowledge of ESA statute, rules, and regulations.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

• Position requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.).
• Offers are contingent upon successful completion of all background and reference checks, required documents and, if applicable, a post-offer medical/physical evaluation.


ADE’s comprehensive benefits package includes:

• Affordable medical, dental, life, and short-term disability insurance plans
• Tuition reimbursement program available for education/professional development advancement
• Hybrid schedule (combination of telework and in-office) may be available for some job roles
• Top ranked retirement and long-term disability plans
• Deferred compensation plan
• Accrued sick leave and vacation leave
• Ten paid holidays per year
• Wellness plans

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


You will be required to participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) upon your 27th week of employment, subject to waiting period. On or shortly after, your first day of employment you will be provided with enrollment instructions and effective date.

Contact Us:

The Arizona Department of Education is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer. During all phases of the selection process, people with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting the ADE Human Resources office at (602) 542-3186 or via e-mail at HumanResourcesGroup@azed.gov.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.