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Finance Director

Organization: 
Bend La Pine School District
Closing date: 
Monday, February 10, 2020

JOB DEFINITION:

Bend-La Pine Schools is proud of the team leading and managing the financial functions in our District. We are looking for a strong, positive leader to promote effective communication within the department and within the District and continue to promote a collaborative work environment. The Finance Director will lead the planning, organizing, directing and managing of the overall financial and business functions to assure the District's financial well-being; support District operations and assure compliance with relevant federal and state laws and regulations.

NATURE AND SCOPE OF WORK:

Performs work of a varied nature in accordance with State budget law, District policies and regulations, and established accounting practices and guidelines. Will supervise employees in the following positions; budgeting, financial reporting, cash management, purchasing, internal auditing, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, general ledger, project and grant accounting.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

1. Supervises the preparation and submission of financial reports as required by Federal, State and Local agencies as well as reports for internal use. This may include the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, monthly/quarterly reports to grantors, and quarterly reports to the School Board among others.

2. Responsible for District treasury function, including banking, debt service payments, investment of idle cash as necessary. This includes daily cash management as well as oversight of investing activities in the markets.

3. Manages the process to develop the District’s annual budget and participates in the presentation of the annual budget to the School Board, the Budget Committee and District patrons.

4. Develops, implements and maintains internal controls and compliance with applicable policies, procedures, rules and regulations

5. Oversight of all business operations and development of business procedures consistent with recognized management techniques.

6. May represent the District in labor negotiations.

7. Manages an enterprise resource planning system consistent with state and federal laws, regulations, rules and district policy.

8. Directs and supervises District preparation for the annual independent audit of financial statements, internal controls and compliance with federal grants.

9. Regularly conducts research related to financial operations and reporting regulations, issues and questions. Analyzes and interprets financial research and applies the findings as appropriate. This includes research/knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and standards from the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).

10. Serves as liaison with school and department staff regarding compliance and interpretation of financial laws, rules, and policies governing the District. Oversight of internal reviews of school and department transactions and processes.

11. Assists in the recruitment, hiring, training, supervising and evaluation of all positions under their supervision.

12. Manages a program of effective and efficient procurement of goods and services and provides guidance in the creation of all contracts, agreements and transactions affecting the district.

13. Acts on behalf of the District on financial issues such as the sale of bonds, tax anticipation notes, revenue anticipation notes and/or certificates of participation.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Bachelor’s degree in a business-related field required with emphasis in accounting or finance preferred. Certified Public Accountant (CPA) preferred.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:

Working knowledge of governmental accounting and auditing standards

Strong computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite

WORKING CONDITIONS:

The employee frequently works beyond an eight-hour day and a five-day work week attending meetings, conferences and school activities. The employee is required to possess excellent communication skills, both written and oral. The employee should possess a high level of conflict resolution skills. The employee must be tolerant yet assertive in order to communicate effectively in confrontational and emotional situations involving staff, students, parents and patrons. Confidentiality is a top priority for the person in this position.

The employee operates under extremely heavy workloads and inflexible deadlines. Requests and issues are often received which require immediate attention, setting up conflicting priorities. Sound judgment is required in stressful situations. The employee needs to be able to lift/move carry materials, equipment or boxes weighing up to 50 pounds.

Job learning time may range from twelve to eighteen months. Job proficiency can be acquired in twenty-four months.

The statements herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principle functions of the job, the level of knowledge and skills typically required and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work and physical requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work or otherwise to balance the workload.