Director of Finance, Derby Public Schools

Derby Public Schools   Derby, KS   Full-time     Education
Posted on May 17, 2024

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Start Date: July 1, 2024


Director of Finance
Job Description

Purpose: The Director of Finance is responsible for, will provide oversight, and will manage the preparation and analysis of the district’s budget and financial affairs to ensure the district derives maximum benefits from the expenditure of school funds.

Responsible to: Superintendent

Salary: Annual Contract

Classification of Employment: Exempt

Date: July 2023


1. Bachelor degree in Accounting, Finance or related field required (MS or CPA preferred).

2. Three or more years of Kansas school district budget experience preferred.

3. Finance and budgeting software experience required.

4. Knowledge of payroll and benefits accounting preferred.

5. Knowledge of public funds purchasing requirements preferred.

6. Supervisory experience preferred.

Essential Functions:

1. Knowledge, Skill and Abilities

a. Manage finance activities to ensure efficient and lawful functioning of the school district.

b. Supervise and monitor the budget process and expenditure rate of the school district.

c. Provide direction in the development of the annual capital outlay plan.

d. Oversee the execution of the district’s worker compensation insurance program.

e. Review major contracts that the district enters into with external organizations before ratification.

f. Ensure applicable state and federal reports are submitted in a timely and accurate manner.

g. Provide expertise and financial information for short and long range planning purposes

h. Possess organizational and planning skills necessary to effectively communicate with the Board of Education, staff and community.

i. Possess leadership and supervisory skills necessary to effectively work with school district administrators and staff.

j. Provide leadership in improving productivity and accuracy.

k. Knowledge and ability to monitor Kansas’ legislation related to school finance.

l. Comply with all district policies, rules and regulations.

m. Working knowledge of Payroll Coordinator, Budget Finance Coordinator, and Purchasing/Payable Coordinator responsibilities to be able to fulfill roles.

2. Physical Requirements/Environment Conditions:

a. Requires the ability to sit and work on a computer for prolonged periods.

b. Ability to work in a stressful and demanding environment meeting critical deadlines.

c. Occasionally requires the ability to stoop, bend and reach.

d. Occasionally requires the ability to manually move, lift, carry, pull or push heavy objects or materials.

e. Requires the ability to occasionally travel.

f. Requires regular attendance and/or physical presence at the job.

General Responsibilities:

1. Perform the duties of treasurer as defined by KSA 72-1136 and Derby Public Schools Board Policies.

2. Supervise and direct the work of all employees in the finance department.

3. Take the lead in developing improvements in the financial management of the school system, including budget methods, format and presentation.

4. Oversee the preparation, publication and distribution of budgets as approved by the superintendent and the board.

5. Develop budget guidelines, supervise and coordinate the preparation of the budget and assist key administrators in preparing their budgets.

6. Supervise and monitor the daily, monthly and annual accounting and financial functions of all district funds and reporting procedures.

7. Assist in the presentation, justification and preparation of additional analysis required to understand the budget proposal for action by the board.

8. Work with community organizations and citizens in interpreting the financial needs and impact of the school system by providing program and financial data and analysis through personal appearances as appropriate.

9. Prepare analysis of program costs and methods of financing, including long range projections of requirements.

10. Coordinate regular budget meetings for staff for distribution of relevant information.

11. Ensure that an annual audit of financial activities occurs and that any recommendations from the audit report are acted upon.

12. Supervise and direct the work of all employees in the business department.

13. Coordinate yearly financial report.

14. Adhere to all district health and safety policies.

15. Keep abreast of Kansas school finance, budget and legislative issues through various means, and communicate pertinent information to the Superintendent, and other stakeholder groups as requested.

16. Other duties as assigned by the Superintendent of Schools which are consistent with the general requirements and qualifications of the position.