• Midland, TX
  • Full-time

Company Description

Agency Information

The Texas Legislature established the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) in 1907. The agency's key objectives are to promote production agriculture, consumer protection, economic development and healthy living. The agriculture commissioner oversees the agency and is elected every four years. The current commissioner, Todd Staples, was first elected in 2006 and re-elected to a second term in 2010.
TDA is a diversified state agency that provides value-added services through our regulatory and marketing and initiatives. TDA is headquartered in Austin and has five regional service offices, six satellite offices, six laboratories and six livestock export facilities.

Mission: TDA's mission is to partner with all Texans to make Texas the nation's leader in agriculture, fortify our economy, empower rural communities, promote healthy lifestyles, and cultivate winning strategies for rural, suburban and urban Texas through exceptional service and the common threads of agriculture in our daily lives. 

Job Description

CLASSIFICATION TITLE: Auditor III                             

SALARY:  B19 $3,765-3,965.00/MO.

CLASSIFICATION NO:  1046                                                                        

FLSA: Nonexempt

LOCATION:  Remote* (Midland-Odessa Area)


JOB OBJECTIVE: Manage and evaluate agreements in compliance with federal and state policies and procedures regarding programs administered by the Food and Nutrition (F&N) Division of the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA).  Conduct on-site monitoring reviews of sponsors/providers.



  1. Conduct administrative reviews according to all federal and state rules and regulations for F&N administered nutrition programs.
  2. Monitor and evaluate sponsor/provider compliance performance, including internal controls systems, financial viability, accountability and capability by completing administrative and on-site reviews to determine compliance with federal and state regulations.
  3. Notify sponsors/providers of required corrective actions; evaluate and approve corrective action plans for compliance with state and federal program policies, procedures and regulations; and recommend adverse actions up to and including contract termination.
  4. Make training recommendations to contractors and/or require training for deficiencies, as appropriate. 
  5. Investigate complaints, evaluate and resolve audit issues, prepare appeal documents and testify at appeal hearings.
  6. Assist contractors in resolving claims, advances and reimbursement issues.
  7. Provide complex technical assistance and assist with staff and contractor/provider training, as needed.
  8. Prepare and maintain timely updates to staff that are responsible for statewide reporting systems.
  9. Prepare and submit accurate and timely reports concerning contract management including monitoring and other field activities.
  10. Utilize program expertise to carry out special assignments and projects to include representing assigned area at planning sessions, committees, workgroups, meetings and conferences to address significant issues.
  11. Provide input in the development and implementation of F&N procedures and standards for TDA.
    1. Adhere to established work schedule with regular attendance.
    2. Follow all TDA safety guidelines/procedures and ethics requirements.



  1. Evaluate, develop, implement and/or participate in appropriate outreach activities to increase participation in F&N programs.
  2. Assist with special projects, as assigned.
  3. Perform other duties as assigned.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (The application must state how each of the following qualifications are met):  

  • Working knowledge of compliance monitoring;
  • Knowledge of accounting principles;
  • Knowledge of risk management practices;
  • Strong math aptitude;
  • Effective critical thinking skills;
  • Effective verbal/written communication, human relations, analytical, planning, organizational, time management skills;
  • Skill in providing excellent customer service to both internal and external customers; Skill in operating a personal computer with word processing, database, spreadsheet and presentation software;
  • Ability to interpret and accurately apply the regulations of federal and state programs;
  • Ability to analyze problems, evaluate alternatives and recommend effective solutions;
  • Ability to process information in a logical manger and to assess validity;
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet strict deadlines while maintaining extreme attention to detail;
  • Ability to work in a setting requiring self-motivation/cooperative decision-making and to work effectively with diverse groups of people;
  • Ability to establish goals and objectives and devise solutions to problems;
  • Ability to adapt successfully and quickly to change and deliver quality results in a timely manner;
  • Ability to plan and work independently, as well as within a team environment;
  • Ability to make presentations to groups of people;
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion; and
  • Ability to maintain highest level of confidentiality.



  • Knowledge of USDA regulations for Child Nutrition programs.





QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS (The application must state how each of the following qualifications are met): 

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university (one year work experience related to the essential duties may substitute for one year of college);
  • Minimum three years work experience in program or contract management, evaluation, monitoring or administration;
  • Work experience in analyzing and evaluating budgets, fiscal documents or accounting control systems;
  • Work experience preparing  technical reports and interpreting rules and regulations;
  • Must maintain a phone line and high-speed internet at all times (This is a non-reimbursable expense);
  • Valid Texas driver’s license and an acceptable driving record; ** and
  • Required to travel up to 70% of the work period in the assigned area, up to 35% overnight.


  • Experience making presentations to groups of people.

Additional Information

ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL CONDITIONS:  Normal office work environment.  Work involves sitting and standing for extended periods of time and traveling by plane or car and frequently driving for long distances.  Involves overnight travel up to 40% of the work period.  Requires working overtime to include evenings and weekends, as needed.  Also, involves safely lifting and carrying items weighing up to 50 pounds.


A skills exercise will be conducted at the time of the interview.


*This position will be a remote worker position (in personal residence) in the Midland-Odessa area managed through the El Paso Regional Office, 401 E. Franklin, Ste. 410, El Paso, TX  79901


**A valid Texas driver’s license and an acceptable driving record are required.

TDA will verify this information with the Texas Department of Public Safety.


A skills exercise will be conducted at the time of the interview.

*     A valid Texas driver’s license and an acceptable driving record are required.

TDA will verify this information with the Texas Department of Public Safety.


The Texas Department of Agriculture is an   equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race,   color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability in recruitment,   selection, appointment, training, promotion, retention or any other personnel   action or deny any benefits or participation in programs or activities which   it sponsors.  Applicants should   communicate requests for disability-related accommodations during the application   process to our Human Resources Office at 512-463-7648.  1-800-RELAY TX (for hearing impaired).


Section 651.005 of the Government Code   requires males, ages 18 through 25, to provide proof of their Selective   Service registration or of their exemption from the requirement as a   condition of state employment.


As part of the employment process, TDA   may conduct a driving and criminal background check.  Unsatisfactory information relevant to the   position may disqualify the applicant from employment.


Only applicants interviewed will be   notified of their selection or non-selection.    Resumes will not be accepted in place of a completed application.


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TDA participates in   E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration and, if   necessary, the Department of Homeland Security, with information from each   new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.
  * E-Verify Participation   Poster (English)
* E-Verity Participation   Poster (Spanish)
  * Right to Work Poster   (English)
  * Right to Work Poster   (Spanish)


The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) accepts applications exclusively through the website. Fill out application form completely. If fields are not applicable, enter "NA." Do not leave any fields blank. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For more information about registering with Work in Texas and submitting an electronic application, you can refer to the Frequently Asked Questions on the WorkinTexas website. Questions directly related to the job posting may be directed to TDA’s Applicant Services Office at (512) 463-7648.