Full-time; Twelve-months Salary: $105,000 to $120,000 DOE
SUMMARY: Responsible for advising the superintendent and school board on the financial and budget matters of the district. The chief financial officer prepares and administers the district budget, guides the development of long-term capital financing methods, long-term projections, Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) development, acts as resource management lead for strategic planning, directs and supervises all business/finance functions including, but not limited to, food service, transportation, insurance, workers compensation, risk management budgeting, and grants management while adhering to district policies and procedures.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The following statements of duties, responsibilities are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. These statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required of all personnel within this position. Actual duties may vary depending upon projects, assignments and other factors.
Provide strategic leadership for the school district on finances, budget development, and investments. Direct the receipt, management of investments and expenditures of the district’s funds to insure proper and maximum returns on these funds. Forecasts short- and long-range cash requirements and obligations as a basis for sound financial funding mechanisms.
Provide leadership for the development, maintenance, enhancements and continual improvement to the district’s comprehensive financial data systems.
Serve on the superintendent’s leadership team. Leads the resource management team for the strategic plan.
Direct the grants management programs to ensure maximum and effective participation in all available local, state, and federal grants.
Assure protection of the assets of the district by enforcing and promoting internal controls, internal auditing, and ensuring proper insurance coverage.
Act as the district’s representative on statewide school finance committees. Provide advice to the district’s lobbyist on all school finance legislation.
Direct the preparation of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and other reports as required by the board and state and federal agencies to assure compliance with the law. Direct the external audit processes.
Direct the preparation and implementation of the district budget to insure compliance with state laws and alignment with district goals. Serve as the primary contact for state lawmakers and lobbyist on school finance.
Direct the administrative activities required for all financial aspects of levies and school-bond-issue elections.
Initiate school board policy development on business and budget related matters of the district.
Provide financial advice on the district’s negotiations with employee groups to allow negotiation settlements to be within budget. Serve on the district’s negotiation team.
Board administrative liaison to various committees such as audit and budget committee.
Provide presentations for community and other stakeholders on a regular basis including the board.
Perform other duties as assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING: Master’s degree in business, accounting, finance, public or education administration, preferred CPA or equivalent experience and training will be considered.
EXPERIENCE: Over five years of experience in public sector financial management including increasing supervisory responsibility and administration of governmental accounting systems. The successful candidate may be required to take a Montana School Finance course.
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, EQUIPMENT & OTHER: Knowledge of and experience with practices and trends in school business service areas. Ability to work collaboratively and in a collegial leadership team. Advanced interpersonal communication skills, including written and oral communications. Some experience in planning, evaluation, governmental accounting and financial systems, GAAP, GASB, budgeting, reporting, payroll, public school finance, transportation, purchasing and warehousing, nutrition services, and grants management. Must have the commitment to efficiently and effectively use resources and the desire to apply creative initiative in time of shrinking financial resources. Operating knowledge and experience with personal computer systems, financial systems and basic office equipment. English language skills required.
SUPERVISION/TECHNICAL RESPONSIBILITY: Directly supervises all employees in the Business Department. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training employees; promoting and transferring employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding, disciplining and terminating employees; and addressing complaints and resolving problems.
BUDGET AND/OR RESOURCE RESPONSIBILITY: This position has sole responsibility for developing, administering, monitoring and coordinating the district budget and initiating requisitions. Also responsible for participating and recommending all budgets districtwide for board approval. Responsible for developing, coordinating, monitoring, and administering budgets in the areas of finance, accounting, accounts payable, payroll, budget, purchasing, grants management, transportation, nutrition services, audit, banking, and debt service.
The physical demands, work environment factors, and mental functions described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: This position will spend long hours sitting and using office equipment and computers. There will also be some light lifting of supplies and materials from time to time.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.
MENTAL FUNCTIONS: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use interpersonal skills. Frequently required to analyze, communicate, coordinate, instruct, synthesize, evaluate and negotiate. Occasionally required to compare, copy, compute and compile.
Go to www.billingsschools.org and click on "Departments" and then click on "Employment Opportunities" in the peach box, for either the on-line application for external applicants or the internal application for internal applicants (currently employed by BPS in a regular or temporary position).
Closes: 7/31/2018 at midnight, Mountain Standard Time
Internal Number: 1867
About Billings Public School District
Our district is an incredible place for students to learn and grow. We have wonderful schools made up of outstanding staff, exceptional students, parents, and a community that values and supports a high quality education. As a school district, we work to meet the needs of all students through a variety of academic offerings, extra-curricular activities, and other opportunities that align with the diverse needs of our students. The programs and partnerships offered by our district provide our students with the knowledge and skills needed for graduation and beyond. Billings School District has 22 elementary, 6 middle, and 3 high schools. The district also has a career center dedicated to vocational education.