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Chief Financial Officer / Operations Manager

Cedar Rapids, IA

Job Information:

  1. Coordinate the budget development and fiscal planning activities of the District, including the preparation of all budget documents.
  2. Direct, supervise and evaluate all Business Services Managers.
  3. Review, monitor, and evaluate key financial trends of the District on a monthly basis and report any issues of concern directly to the Superintendent.
  4. Provide timely financial statements and reports to the Board of Education in a format that is clear and understandable.
  5. Guide, direct, and train members of the Superintendent’s Cabinet in understanding financial information as needed.
  6. Provide information and assistance to all District management staff to make good informed business decisions.
  7. Assist in communicating clear and understandable financial information to staff inside the school District and community at large.
  8. Direct all financing and cash management requirements of the School District, including the sale of bonds, anticipatory warrants, and the investment of reserve funds.
  9. Utilize the expertise of the District’s external auditors to monitor and improve internal control processes, maintain compliance with all financial reporting requirements and insure that audited financial reports accurately present the financial position of the District.
  10. Keep abreast of new developments in generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for governments and schools, and all applicable Federal, State and local laws governing financial reporting requirements.
  11. Supervise and control the timely preparation and filing of all required financial reports.
  12. Establish, implement, and monitor compliance with accounting policies and guidelines.
  13. Work closely with staff in the District Human Resources, Technology Department, Business Services Departments and Grant Wood Area Education Agency to continually improve all data processing, handling and retention systems related to all Business Services areas.
  14. Support staff negotiating teams by reviewing and providing advice regarding the accuracy and relevancy of package costing data as well as assisting with the negotiations process as needed upon request.
  15. Assist the Human Resources Department in the evaluation and selection of Business Services personnel as needed.
  16. Serve as Chairperson to the District Safety Committee coordinating all related activities.
  17. Support the Chairperson of the District Audit Committee coordinating all related activities.
  18. Communicates effectively with the superintendent regarding the requirements and needs for his/her areas of responsibility.
  19. Assumes primary responsibility for evaluating the effectiveness of and making improvements in programs and services in his/her areas of responsibility.
  20. Serves as a member of the Superintendent’s cabinet.
  21. Prepares and monitors program budgets for the allocation of resources in the areas of responsibility in coordination with superintendent.
  22. Supervises the preparation and submission of all required federal, state, and district reports relating to the areas of responsibility.
  23. Maintains effective, cooperative and professional working relationships with colleagues, superiors, and the Board of Directors.
  24. Meets and continues to meet the Six Standards for School Leaders as described by the Iowa Department of Education.n(see below)
  25. Works efficiently, effectively, and cost-efficiently to ensure the District Strategic Plan and the Departmental Strategic Plan are met. To that end, serves as goal champion for identified action plans.
  26. Demonstrates a commitment to continuous improvement and quality initiatives.
  27. Performs other duties as may be assigned.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Professional Software (Excel, Access, Power Point and Word), Internet technology, and Outlook email software.
  • Ability to communicate with and build positive relationships with administrators, customers, staff, and community members.
  • Effective oral and written communication. Proficiency in grammar, spelling, punctuation, and related communication skills, including proofreading, editing, and creating original documents. Excellent written and oral communication skills via electronic, telecommunications, or personal interactions.
  • Ability to work under pressure with frequent interruptions.
  • Ability to respond effectively in crisis situations.
  • Ability to problem solve independently and with others, take initiative, and work independently without supervision.
  • Demonstrated commitment to report to work as scheduled on a regular and reliable basis.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and assume responsibility.
  • Capacity to represent the District in a professional manner, which includes but not limited to confidentiality, collegiality, and the ability to obtain and utilize additional training, if necessary.
  • Aptitude for detail.
  • Ability to work as a team member.

  • Believes that all children can attain high levels of learning.
  • Takes responsibility for the learning of our children and the performance of our staff.
  • Possesses the knowledge and skills to build effective educational experiences that benefit all children.
  • Applies the principles of continuous improvement through the use of quality tools and processes.
  • Functions as an effective member of the administrative team.
  • Won’t shy from today’s educational challenges.
  • Utilizes effective interpersonal skills.
  • Has a track record of success.
  • Works with great integrity.

Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) and/or CPA preferred, but will consider candidates with experience in similar school business setting and/or who have a college degree in a business related field.

Iowa School Business Management Academy Certification preferred

Ability to read, analyze, interpret, and implement ideas contained in technical documents, reports, regulations, etc. Ability to effectively write reports and communications to administrators, colleagues, parents, students and staff. Ability to effectively present information orally and respond to questions from administrators, teachers, staff and students.

Ability to perform basic mathematical functions. Ability to use spreadsheets and reporting documents that assist with the computation of data.

Ability to solve problems effectively. Ability to interpret and implement a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with administrators, colleagues, community members, staff and students. Ability to speak clearly and concisely both in oral and written communication. Ability to perform duties with awareness of all district requirements and Board of Education policies.

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 frequently required to stand; walk; use hands and fingers to handle and/or feel objects, tools or controls; and talk and hear. The employee will frequently use hands and fingers to type/word process, file documents, manipulate papers, and use a copying machine. The employee frequently must squat, stoop or kneel, reach above the head and forward 0 -24 inches and on occasion up to 36 inches. The employee continuously uses hand strength to grasp items. The employee will frequently bend or twist at the neck and trunk while performing the duties of this job. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds 0 - 12 feet and occasionally up to 20 feet, such as office materials, desks, chairs, and boxes. The employee will sometimes push/pull items such as tables and carts. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision and the ability to adjust focus while working with computers, written materials, reports, assessment data, etc.

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.
The noise level in the work environment is often quiet but may become loud in large group settings. The position requires the commitment of professional working hours that will require the employee arrive and leave as directed and may require the employee to extend beyond a typical 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. workday. The employee will usually work in indoor temperatures but will be required to work occasionally in outdoor environments.

Iowa Standards for School Leaders:
Standard #1: An educational leader promotes the success of all students by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community. (Shared Vision)
  • In collaboration with others, uses appropriate data to establish rigorous, concrete goals in the   context of student achievement and instructional programs.
  • Uses research and/or best practices in improving the educational program.
  • Articulates and promotes high expectations for teaching and learning.
  • Aligns and implements the educational programs, plans, actions, and resources with the district’s vision and goals.
  • Provides leadership for major initiatives and change efforts.
  • Communicates effectively to various stakeholders regarding progress with school improvement plan goals.

Standard #2: An educational leader promotes the success of all students by advocating, nurturing and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional development. (Culture of Learning)
  • Provides leadership for assessing, developing and improving climate and culture.
  • Systematically and fairly recognizes and celebrates accomplishments of staff and students.
  • Provides leadership, encouragement, opportunities and structure for staff to continually design more effective teaching and learning experiences for all students.
  • Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of curriculum, instruction and assessment.
  • Evaluates staff and provides ongoing coaching for improvement.
  • Ensures staff members have professional development that directly enhances their performance and improves student learning.
  • Uses current research and theory about effective schools and leadership to develop and revise his/her professional growth plan.
  • Promotes collaboration with all stakeholders.
  • Is easily accessible and approachable to all stakeholders.
  • Is highly visible and engaged in the school community.
  • Articulates the desired school culture and shows evidence about how it is reinforced.

Standard #3: An educational leader promotes the success of all students by ensuring management of the organization, operations and resources for a safe, efficient and effective learning environment. (Management)
  • Complies with state and federal mandates and local board policies.
  • Recruits, selects, inducts, and retains staff to support quality instruction.
  • Addresses current and potential issues in a timely manner.
  • Manages fiscal and physical resources responsibly, efficiently, and effectively.
  • Protects instructional time by designing and managing operational procedures to maximize learning.
  • Communicates effectively with both internal and external audiences about the operations of the school.

Standard #4: An educational leader promotes the success of all students by collaborating with families and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs and mobilizing community resources. (Family and Community)
  • Engages family and community by promoting shared responsibility for student learning and support of the education system.
  • Promotes and supports a structure for family and community involvement in the education system.
  • Facilitates the connections of students and families to the health and social services that support a focus on learning.
  • Collaboratively establishes a culture that welcomes and honors families and community and seeks ways to engage them in student learning.

Standard #5: An educational leader promotes the success of all students by acting with integrity, fairness and in an ethical manner. (Ethics)
  • Demonstrates ethical and professional behavior.
  • Demonstrates values, beliefs, and attitudes that inspire others to higher levels of performance.
  • Fosters and maintains caring professional relationships with staff.
  • Demonstrates appreciation for and sensitivity to diversity in the school community.
  • Is respectful of divergent opinions.

Standard #6: An educational leader promotes the success of all students by understanding the profile of the community and responding to, and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal and cultural context. (Societal Context)
  • Collaborates with service providers and other decision-makers to improve teaching and learning.
  • Advocates for the welfare of all members of the learning community.
  • Designs and implements appropriate strategies to reach desired goals.

Posted 03/01/18

Job ID: 37143723