Title: Financial Specialist - Senior
Vanessa has been with DHS since June 2018.
How would you describe what you do at DHS?
As a Financial Specialist in the Bureau of Fiscal Services, I primarily focus on disbursements to vendors to ensure they are financially correct, authorized, and comply with state and federal statutes, rules, and regulations. Additionally, I perform fiscal research and respond to any inquiries to vendors or division staff. I also act as backup to our supplier and travel coordinators, and assist in various fiscal related projects.
What challenges have you faced that you have overcome?
When I initially started, I was concerned about the cost of parking downtown. However, I found that there are many carpools and state vans always looking to add someone. Plus, I found it’s a great way to meet new people!
How does DHS support you?
DHS encourages staff to grow professionally and personally by offering on-site training and classes. Since starting at DHS, I attended The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, and Everyday Leaders. Both trainings were beneficial, and I look forward to completing more!
Tell us about one or more of your favorite benefits?
My favorite benefit is the generous vacation time, which allows me to maintain a healthy balance between work and family.
What’s something that tends to surprise people to learn about your job?
I think people are surprised by how diverse the responsibilities and job duties are. In my section alone, many colleagues have the same financial specialist title, but each of us has a very different role.
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