Chief Finance Officer
Chief Finance Officer
Hours Per Day:
Position Type: Continuing
Salary: $167,670.00 - $167,670.00
Open Until Filled - To be considered for this position, please submit a
completed online application and upload required documents on or before
Additional Information: Highline is seeking a strategic, thoughtful, and equity-minded leader to support
our financial health and sustainability, building on a long history of serving
students, families and community members.
Our Chief Financial Officer will sit on the senior leadership team and report to
our Superintendent. S/he will be responsible for Highline’s financial strategy,
policies, and procedures that support the educational vision we have for our
students. By leading a team of finance and accounting professionals, our CFO
will ensure legal & regulatory compliance for all financial functions. The CFO
will set the financial strategy, lead long-term financial forecasting and planning
and budgeting, while also designing and delivering effective financial systems
across the school district.
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JOB TITLE: CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
GROUP: Central Office Administrators - Schedule B LEVEL: K
FLSA STATUS: Exempt
WORK DAYS PER FISCAL YEAR: 247 HOLIDAYS: 13
SUMMARY: The primary purpose of this position is to lead, direct and supervise financial functions of the district. Oversite includes, but is not limited to, the areas of budgeting, fiscal planning, accounting, purchasing, grants management, ASB, payroll and enrollment projection and reporting; directly supervises and evaluates Business Services management staff; ensures compliance with federal, state and local rules and regulations concerning the financial operations of the district; prepare short and long range financial forecasts; prepare and/or supervise the preparation of all federal, state and district financial reports and statements; coordinate the investment of district funds; and supervises district staff supporting federal and state financial audits.
CONTEXT AND MISSION: Highline Public Schools serves approximately 19,000 students in the communities of Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac, and White Center in Washington State. In 2013, parents, students, community members, and staff at all levels of the district came together to develop a strategic plan that reflects our goals and dreams for our students. The plan was updated in 2018 to guide our work through 2023. The plan’s promise is that every student in Highline Public Schools is known by name, strength, and need, and graduates prepared for the future they choose. The strategic plan is centered on Our Promise. It includes five big goals for Highline students, supported by Our Foundation. * Equity. We will disrupt institutional biases and end inequitable practices so all students have an equal chance at success. * Instruction. We will reduce achievement and opportunity gaps by using culturally responsive, inclusive, standards-based instruction. * Relationships. We will know our students by name, strength and need and have open, two-way communication with students, families and community partners. * Support. We will increase student success by supporting their social-emotional and academic needs.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. This list is meant to be representative, not exhaustive. Some incumbents may not perform all the duties listed while in other cases related duties may also be assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. * Provides the overall coordination of the development and maintenance of the district’s finances to assure that the district remains financially sound and compliant stewards of all resources. * Work with Superintendent’s cabinet, the school board, community organizations and citizens in budget development and overall fiscal management of public resources. * Provide leadership and management to the Business Services division to ensure a high performing organization that supports the educational mission of the district. * Supervises the maintenance of the fiscal accounting and the general ledgers for the all funds. * Directs and supervises all functions of the department’s areas of budgeting, fiscal planning, accounts payable/receivable, purchasing, grants management, ASB and enrollment. * Supervises and evaluates the management of Accounting, Budget and Purchasing and Payroll.
JOB DESCRIPTION: CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER * Prepares and/or supervises the preparation and submittal of required federal and state financial reports and information. * Oversees the district’s auditing officer and approves all claims against the district for payment. * Serves as an advisor to, and works with, district administrators on financial matters (budgeting, accounting, etc.) and other fiscal policies or procedures as required. * Coordinates the investment of district funds with the Treasurer of King County and/or other appropriate financial institutions. * Reviews and approves the preparation of monthly and annual financial reports regarding the financial status of the district. * Provide long term fiscal planning for general and capital projects. * Develops levy and property tax models to provide an appropriate base for regular and special, capital, levy decisions. Coordinates development of financial information for the district’s bond issuances and issues and maintains all schedules relating to the district’s bonded indebtedness. * Oversees preparation of financial forecasts to provide for sound program and financial decision-making; monitors the district’s financial performance to assure program continuity and compliance with the School Board’s expectations. * Monitors the department’s internal control procedures and recommends revisions or new procedures as required to the Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations. * Prepares, and if requested, makes presentations on district fiscal matters to the board, leadership team, and other stakeholder groups. * Directs and/or coordinates special projects as assigned by the Superintendent. * Provides leadership in the implementation of new software, technology systems and procedures. * Stays abreast of educational finance issues within the State of Washington and at the federal level. * Interacts in a collegial way with peers to accomplish the position’s responsibilities and to promote a team environment.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION: Education and Experience BA degree in finance, accounting, business administration or closely related field. Three (3) years of experience in business and/or equivalent experience, preferably in a large public agency.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:: Master’s degree School and/or business leadership experience Knowledge of Washington state school funding issues Professional certification through WASBO, ASBO or other similar organization
CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: Criminal background clearance Valid Washington State Driver’s License
KNOWLEDGE OF: Issues and effective business practices in the areas of school finance, budgeting, accounting, purchasing and budget management Federal and state legislation and regulations that apply to school business management issues Functions and operations of a large public school district Highline Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Page 2 of 4
JOB DESCRIPTION: CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER Effective human resource issues and practices Effective supervisory principles and practices Budget development and financial management State and Federal Laws, regulations, reporting requirements and procedures governing school finance and operations Collective bargaining process and labor relations practices WAC and RCW regulations for public school finance Accounting theory and budgeting Governmental accounting School board policies and procedures
ABILITY TO: Provide strategic vision, leadership and guidance to district administrators, school board and staff Lead and manage high performing staff Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others Plan, organize, implement and evaluate programs Analyze financial data, make projections and communicate information to a variety of constituents Use information management systems to account for, control and accurately report financial information Communicate effectively, including public speaking Facilitate and promote collaborative decision-making Make effective independent decisions when a situation requires Promote consensus in groups of individuals with diverse interests and values Facilitate conflict resolution Construct, implement and monitor timelines and meet deadlines on projects and reports Supervise, lead, motivate and evaluate staff Work collaboratively with school and central office administrators, parents, and community members Demonstrate understanding of and experience with cultural competence Remain flexible to changes in assignments or situations Organize activities, set priorities, and follow instructions Comply with school board policies and follow administrative procedures
REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Superintendent
EVALUATION: The Chief Financial Officer will be evaluated annually by the Superintendent pursuant to the currently established district procedures and evaluative criteria. Such evaluations should include an evaluation of performance of the duties and responsibilities set forth above together with accomplishment of annual goals as developed by the Chief Financial Officer and their supervisor.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here 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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus. Highline Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Page 3 of 4
JOB DESCRIPTION: CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in indoor conditions and regularly works near video display. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The employee must deal with angry and upset students, parents, and community members. The employee must adjust to frequent interruptions in their work schedule. Job descriptions are written as a representative list of the ADA essential duties performed by the entire classification. They cannot include, and are not intended to include, every possible activity and task performed by every specific employee. Highline Public Schools, District #401, complies with all federal rules and regulations and does not discriminate in admission, access, treatment, or employment in education programs or hiring practices on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, marital status, honorably-discharged veteran or military status, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. This holds true for all students who are interested in participating in educational programs and/or extracurricular activities. Any person having inquiries should contact: Age Discrimination Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Affirmative Action, Civil Rights Act (employees), and Title IX: Chief Talent Officer, 206.631.3121, email@example.com; Civil Rights Act: Executive Director of Student Support and Family Engagement, 206.631.3100, 206.631.3100, firstname.lastname@example.org; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act- Director of Health and Social Services, 206.631.3011, email@example.com
CLASSIFICATION HISTORY Updated by Human Resources, 2018.09.03 Created by Human Resources, 2018.03.26 Highline Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Page 4 of 4