JobID 205 : Executive Director of Finance (#1964806)

Posted 3 months ago
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POSITION TITLE: Executive Director of Finance
REPORTS TO: Superintendent
SALARY RANGE: $95,930 - $135,539 (FY20) depending on education and experience
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: The Board of Education, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, shall appoint this position. The annual period of service for this position shall be 225 days.
PRIMARY FUNCTION: Responsible for overall financial and support operations of the district, including development and maintenance of annual budget and long-range financial projections.

Responsible for ensuring that financial management functions and activities of the district and schools are operated in a legal and efficient manner to provide maximum support and contribution of financial resources to the instructional program of the school district.

  • Develops a strategic financial plan for City Schools of Decatur that is aligned with the district strategic plan and ensures financial resources are maximized through resource allocation, budgeting, investments and expenditures.
  • Explorers additional sources of revenue for the district.
  • Attends all regular Board of Education meetings and provides monthly financial reports to the Board of Education
  • Keeps the Superintendent and Board aware of financial implications of present and pending considerations
  • Prepares and administers the district budgets
  • Manages the cash accounts and investments of the district
  • Responsible for accounts payable, accounts receivable, accounting and payroll for the district
  • Represents the Superintendent in relations with public groups in regard to various aspects of the business operations
  • Manages the advertisement, sale, investment, expenditure and repayment of all approved certificates of indebtedness, general obligations and revenue bonds
  • Directs all district business functions in accordance with existing policies of the Board of Education, administrative regulations, and current state and national laws and regulations
  • Represents the Superintendent with various state and federal legislative committees in matters related to school district functions
  • Develops and implements an effective system of performance evaluation for finance department staff
  • Develops and implements appropriate in-service training programs for all staff on financial and/or accounting matters
  • Develops and recommends policies and administrative regulations relating to effective operation of the business functions of the district
  • Represents the Superintendent in acquisition, purchase, lease or rental of all properties
  • Records and reports the financial information of the district so as to provide full and complete disclosure in accordance with recommended accounting practices and legal requirements designed to facilitate sound fiscal management
  • Develops revenue projections and local property valuations in anticipation of budget considerations
  • Responsible for all financial reporting to outside entities
  • Arranges and assures effective and appropriate internal and external fiscal auditing procedures for the district
  • Assures that all nonresident students attending City Schools of Decatur are properly and promptly identified, and tuition revenue is collected
  • Assures that the district receives fiscal entitlement from district, county, state and federal resources
  • Participates in training programs to increase skills and proficiency related to the assignment
  • Collaborates with other district leaders on review of contracts, bids, grants, and requests for proposals (RFPs) to ensure financial procedures are followed and accounting of funds and/or budgets are adjusted as necessary

Supporting Principals, Schools, and School Based Bookkeepers

  • Builds synergistic relationships with principals, fellow cabinet members, and other stakeholders to ensure open lines of communication are maintained
  • Identifies best practices for school budgeting and supports principals and bookkeepers in their financial management
  • Proactively seeks feedback from stakeholders regarding the level of support from the district finance department and acts to make improvements based on feedback

Expected Dispositions and Behaviors

  • Provide prompt attention to client inquiries and complaints
  • Provide courteous support/advice to staff, students, parents and other stakeholders in person, via telephone, or via email
  • Builds synergistic relationships with fellow cabinet members
  • Open and accepting of feedback from stakeholders
  • Ensures that written documentation is clear, formatted correctly, and grammatically correct
  • Demonstrates good listening and collaboration skills
  • Communicates technical information in an appropriate/ sensitive manner according to the level of understanding of the client/user
  • Establishes and maintains a working environment conducive to positive morale, individual style, quality, creativity, and teamwork
  • Attends meetings as required
  • Demonstrates the ability to meet service and project deadlines
  • Demonstrates efficient time management skills and prioritizes work accordingly
  • Ability to perform research and presentation of findings in a clear, concise and professional manner
  • Maintains knowledge of current trends and developments in your area of responsibility
  • Participates in training programs to increase skills and proficiency related to you area of responsibility
  • Ensures adherence to good safety procedures

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Supervises senior accountant, payroll/benefit specialist, and accounts payable specialist clerk.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: 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


  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in business or educational administration with special emphasis in the areas of finance and accounting
  • A minimum of five years of related experience.
  • Excellent oral and written communication is a requirement.


  • A Master’s degree or equivalent in business or educational administration with special emphasis in the areas of finance and accounting
  • 10 years progressive experience in finance and accounting with at least 3 years in a primary leadership role
  • Prior finance and accounting experience in a public school system, public entity, or nonprofit organization

EVALUATION: Performance of this job shall be evaluated annually in accordance with provisions of the Board's policy on evaluation of classified personnel.

WORK HOURS AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS: This position may require non-standard work hours (nights and limited occasional weekends) and the ability to lift and carry files and materials up to 25 pounds. The employee is required to move freely throughout the building, sit for prolonged periods of time. Adequate vision, hearing, and manual dexterity to interact with people in writing, over the phone and in person are required. Applicants must be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.

NOTE: This position is compensated on the A9 pay scale based upon veriified completed years of relative work experience. 
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