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Finance Director

Grants Pass School District 7

Grants Pass School District No. 7 is now accepting applications for the following administrative position for the 2021-2022 school year:

Finance Director

POSITION SUMMARY: As a member of the leadership team, the Finance Director will be responsible for managing, directing, and integrating broad, comprehensive financial services for the school district, including planning, organizing, coordinating, presenting and implementing activities related to the district's budget, debt management, accounting, grants, and procurement. The Finance Director supervises the Business Department staff and reports to the Superintendent.

The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker who can provide strong and innovative finance and organizational leadership. The successful candidate will bring a mindset of servant leadership to the work, and will have a collaborative management style that fosters teamwork and prioritizes clarity and transparency in all budgeting. He or she will have excellent written and oral communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, and outstanding analytical skills. The candidate will also bring to the district an entrepreneurial “can-do” spirit, and a passion for the mission of Grants Pass School District.

Education, Training, Experience, Licensure and Certification
• Earned Bachelor's degree in a field related to the job requirements
• Experience in finance management in complex organization(s) in the public or private sector as well as management experience
• Prior successful experience working directly with Boards of Directors or a legislative body
• In Depth knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Generally Accepted Governmental Accounting Standards (GAGSA)
• Knowledge of theory, principles, practices, and techniques of public administration including budgeting, financial planning and management, budget law, procurement law, and risk management processes
• Knowledge of school financing mechanisms and the fiscal requirements relating to federal education programs
• Works well with diverse populations of staff and community members. Strong communication skills including listening, collaboration and problem solving. Remains open to others’ ideas in sometimes stressful interactions and contributes to building a positive work environment.
• Valid Driver's License and evidence of insurability, Criminal Justice Fingerprint Clearance.

• Master's Degree in Business, Finance, Public Administration or a closely related field
• Significant experience managing in a public school district setting
• Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations (SFO)

• Skills to manage personnel and programs, communicate effectively, and problem solve
• Keep and maintain accurate records, meet deadlines
• Communicating effectively in English, both verbally and in writing (e.g. correct spelling, grammar and punctuation)
• Operating standard office equipment as well as computer programs and applications (e.g. email, system applications, word processing, database, spreadsheet, desktop publishing etc.)
• Ability to respond effectively to multiple conflicting priorities, continuously prioritizing and reprioritizing projects and situations and to respond to unexpected changes
• Has demonstrated ability to effectively utilize time and to accomplish tasks and has demonstrated ability to work independently without supervision as well as work effectively in a team setting
• As a member of the superintendent's executive team, provides leadership to District employees that fosters a success-oriented, accountable environment within the District
• Works with the Superintendent and School Board on the strategic vision including fostering and cultivating stakeholder relations at the local and state levels
• Serves as an internal management consultant on financial and organizational issues to the Board, Superintendent, and Department Directors
• Provides problem solving guidance on critical issues facing the District
• Consults with and advises the members of the School Board, District and School Administration, and Department Managers on all matters relating to financial and budget issues
• Develops annual planning and budgeting calendar which includes prescribed format and dates upon which the District leadership team submit program plans and budgets
• Work with the Board, community and bargaining committees to supply accurate and timely District financial data as needed or requested. Interprets the financial concerns of the District to the board and community
• Provides District Leadership with an operating budget
• Works with the Superintendent to ensure programmatic success through support and compliance with all contractual and programmatic requirements
• Provides leadership in the development and implementation of district financial policies, and procedures; ensures compliance of district accounting and financial reporting activities
• Oversees the management and coordination of all fiscal reporting activities for the organization including, but not limited to, revenue/expense and balance sheet reports, financial status tracking, reports to funding agencies, development and monitoring of and contract/grant budgets
• Develops, recommends, and oversees sound financing, budgeting, and accounting policies/systems for the District
• Develops and maintains systems of internal controls to safeguard financial assets of the organization
• Provides critical analysis and support for public finance activities as required (e.g. Analysis of costs related to multi-year, district-wide long range planning projects)
• Attends and presents to the Board and to subcommittee meetings.
• Develops annual performance goals and evaluates success in attaining goals
• Analyzes or directs analysis of proposed legislation and programs in terms of short and long-range impact on the District's financial condition

• Ability to:
• Sit, stand or walk for prolonged periods of time
• Talk and hear conversations
• Use precise control of fingers and hand movement, often in a repetitive movement such as keyboarding
• Reach for and handle objects
• Use close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus
• Regularly focus on a computer screen
• Bending, stooping, kneeling and lifting up to 15-45 pounds may also be required on occasion

• Maintaining regular and punctual attendance. In case of an absence site and/or district protocol for reporting absences is followed
• Maintaining appropriate confidentiality regarding information relating to students, staff, and district operations
• Dress in a professional and appropriate manner for the assignment and the work setting
• Exercising prudent judgment
• Work independently in the performance of routine duties
• Follow all District policies and work procedures
• Utilize the District’s electronics systems and applications only for purposes related to the position
• Participate in required meetings and trainings related to the position
• Cultivate and model a respectful working and learning environment

Note: This is not necessarily an exhaustive or all-inclusive list of responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, functions or working conditions associated with the job. The school district may add to, modify or delete any aspect of this job (or the position itself) at any time as it deems advisable.

Grants Pass School District recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups. It is the policy of this district and the board of education that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups in any education programs, activities or employment. Grants Pass School District provides equal access to individuals with disabilities.

Salary range: $118,612-$140,195

Application materials will be accepted online until position is filled:

PHONE: 541-474-5700 EMAIL:

Grants Pass School District 7 strives to create an inclusive environment that welcomes and values the diversity of our staff and students. We foster fairness, equity and inclusion to create a workplace environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the position, and we encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of our qualifications described. If you are unsure whether you meet the qualifications of this position, or how this would be determined, please feel free to contact Human Resources to discuss your application.

The Grants Pass School District No. 7 will provide reasonable accommodation for the application and interview process upon request and as required in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Disabled persons may contact the Director of Personnel at 474-5700 for additional information or assistance. Speech/Hearing impaired persons may contact the district for assistance through the Oregon Relay at 1-800-735-2900.

Funding for all positions for the 2021-2022 school year is subject to state funding.