Chief Financial Officer
Job Title: Chief Financial Officer
Job Objectives: Responsible for ensuring financial management functions and activities are operated in a legal and efficient manner to provide maximum support and contribution to the instructional program of Germantown Municipal School District and providing direction and leadership for Finance Services. This staff member is also responsible for working closely with the Superintendent and the District Office Team with the budgeting process, administrative details surrounding finance and accounting and future financial outlays that concern capital improvements.
- Bachelor’s Degree in business administration, accounting, finance, or related field from an accredited educational institution and any satisfactory combination of additional experience and technical training which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential responsibilities.
- Experience in public school administration, public school district administration, or leadership of other large, diverse organizations.
- Three years of supervisory experience with responsibilities related to the financial/business operations of a school district or comparable experience with substantial operating budgets.
- Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Superintendent may find appropriate or acceptable.
Responsibilities and Essential Functions:
Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class; employees may be assigned duties which are not listed below; reasonable accommodations will be made as required. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement and is subject to change at any time by the employer. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Coordinate, manage, and oversee the District's fiscal affairs, including budget development, financial planning and reporting, payroll, and other financial management programs.
- Responsible for overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of staff responsible for payroll, budget, finance, and accounting functions in accordance with the District’s policies and applicable laws.
- Serve as a team member of the Superintendent’s cabinet, and participate in district-wide planning, development, and evaluation to support financial initiatives and processes.
- Direct and provide leadership to assigned personnel, conduct performance appraisals, make recommendations for appropriate employment actions, and promote professional growth.
- Assist with district-wide planning to align the use of financial and human resources to the District’s goals and objectives.
- Advise and counsel the Superintendent concerning matters of finance, associated regulatory issues, and financial reporting requirements; and recommend necessary actions for the most efficient operation of the school system.
- Direct and oversee the annual budget preparation, including collection and dissemination of available data for budget development and resource allocation, and communication of budget information to the general public.
- Review and monitor financial accounting and reporting activities, including preparation and maintenance of financial reports.
- Periodically develop and disseminate forecasts of expenditures versus budgetary allocations.
- Coordinate work with the staff of the Auditor General and oversee responses to and corrective actions of audit findings.
- Ensure that financial initiatives are results-oriented and aligned with the District’s mission, beliefs, and strategic goals; facilitate solutions and identify discrepancies between goals and current status; and provide support for continuous improvement objectives and strategies.
- Maintain good public relations with parents, businesses, and community groups to provide information and receive feedback, and represent schools at district-level functions as needed.
- Provide input in the development of policies and administrative guidelines for areas of responsibility and support the implementation of programmatic goals and objectives on a district-wide basis.
- Exercise proactive leadership in promoting the vision and mission of the District and empower others to make decisions and carry out responsibilities in support of the District’s objectives.
- Build synergistic partnerships among principals, parents, businesses, and other community stakeholders, and establish relationships with community leadership and stakeholders to build support for GMSD programs. Represent the Superintendent of Schools as needed to clearly articulate system priorities, polices, and interests.
- Work with legal staff on personnel and other related matters as appropriate.
- Serve with other educational leaders on work groups, committees, and project action teams that directly support schools.
- Assist in interpreting programs, policies, and philosophy of the District to staff, students, and community.
- Be prepared to perform the job in accordance with an evaluation plan as established by the District.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Superintendent and/or his designee.
Communication, interpersonal and team skills:
- Builds and maintains strong relationships.
- Works successfully alone or on a team.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills; tailors message for the audience, context, and mode of communication.
- Actively listens to others and able to effectively interpret others’ motivations and perceptions.
- Builds consensus and resolves conflicts; exhibits willingness to have difficult conversations.
- Skillfully navigates existing political structures/systems.
Supervisory Responsibility: Directly supervises the Accounting Department Staff and assigned support personnel. Responsibilities include interviewing, recommending for hire, and training employees; assigning and directing work; evaluating performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; and addressing complaints and resolving problems.
Reports To: Superintendent
Working Conditions: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull or move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.
The Chief Financial Officer maintains a forty-hour (40) work week and works additional hours as required to carry out all of the duties and responsibilities of the position. This is a twelve (12) month position.
GMSD offers education and employment opportunities without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, disability, genetics, or age