Job Description

Academy District 20 Mission Statement

The mission of Academy District 20 is to educate every student in a safe and nurturing environment and to provide comprehensive, challenging curricular and extracurricular opportunities that meet the unique needs of every individual by expanding interests, enhancing abilities, and equipping every student with the knowledge, skills, and character essential to being a responsible citizen of our community, our nation, and the world.

Job Goal

Works in tandem on a daily basis with a second Director for Budget and Finance to coordinate efforts. The Directors for Budget and Finance jointly plan, manage, and supervise the budget development process, budget implementation, budget execution, and internal controls for fiscal compliance. The Directors analyze historical data and current revenue and expenditure expectations and actuals. They prepare monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reports for the Board of Education and state of Colorado as required by statute. The Directors comply with all district policies, the Colorado School Finance Act, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and applicable state/federal laws and regulations. They demonstrate fiscal responsibility while securing the needed resources to provide the best education for students.

Job Description: Essential Position Functions

The following statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and other key duties that may be required. The description may not include all functions performed by the incumbents in various locations. The district reserves the right to modify or change the duties or the essential functions of this job at any time.

  • Reports consistently for work as scheduled
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Attains proficient or higher evaluations on established Performance Standards
  • Addresses revenue and expenditure variances in a timely manner
  • Administers the district’s investment program
  • Annually submits the district budget and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) documents for award consideration
  • Assists and provides training for school and department staff in the monitoring and control of budget and resource utilization
  • Assists with charter school administration from a pupil count, budget, and funding perspective
  • Assists with oversight of long-range capital planning and resources
  • Collaborates with a second Director for Budget and Finance on a daily basis to coordinate efforts
  • Coordinates the internal audit process
  • Coordinates, processes, and controls transfer of resources within the constraints of policy and administrative regulations
  • Develops a collaborative budget process, budget development guidelines, training, budget monitoring control, reporting systems, and procedures for adoption of the budget
  • Develops recommendations for improving the financial and business management within the district
  • Ensures that practices and policies around financial accounting, budgeting, payroll, etc. align with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Establishes and maintains effective communication with district staff, other local governments, community groups, and organizations
  • Implements and ensures alignment with internal controls adopted by the district for the safeguard of district assets
  • Maintains accounting records for all funds, including grants, in accordance with federal and state regulations
  • Maintains the district’s chart of accounts in accordance with state statute
  • Manages the preparation of the CAFR
  • Monitors and remains current with Colorado School Finance laws, regulations, legislative proposals, and governmental accounting practices
  • Prepares and analyzes projections and monthly accounting reports of revenue and expenditures, in compliance with policy and statute
  • Prepares and maintains a multi-year budget forecast
  • Prepares Board agenda items and makes presentations to stakeholders
  • Prepares Federal Impact Aid program reports and submissions
  • Prepares state and federally required financial reports (CDE data pipeline), including reimbursement and categorical grant reports
  • Provides exceptional customer service in response to questions from staff and other stakeholders
  • Serves as the district liaison for independent audits
  • Supervises assigned Business Services staff members
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in accounting or related field
  • 3 years of experience in government auditing, accounting, or budgeting or closely related experience
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in accounting or related field
  • CPA certification
  • Experience with an enterprise resource planning system (such as Workday, Oracle, PeopleSoft)
  • Experience in K-12 public education
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Ability to adapt to changing technologies and to learn functionality of new equipment and systems
  • Ability to collect, analyze, and report data for program evaluation and improvement
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English verbally and in writing
  • Ability to create training materials and related documentation
  • Ability to create, access, input, retrieve, and manipulate information in various software systems, including databases, spreadsheets, and accounting and budgeting software
  • Ability to establish and maintain accurate record keeping, document management, and filing systems
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective communications and working relationships with individuals from many diverse backgrounds and professions including supervisors, administrators, coworkers, staff, students, parents, and the general public
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions
  • Ability to greet and interact with the public in a courteous and professional manner
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to manage simultaneous demands and set clear priorities
  • Ability to mentor staff in the budgeting/fiscal management process
  • Ability to operate standard office equipment, performing a wide range of supportive tasks
  • Ability to supervise and direct the work of staff members
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others
  • Ability to work days, hours, locations, and assignments as directed by the supervisor within the position responsibilities
  • Ability to work independently without direct supervision
  • Ability to work well others and share knowledge in a team environment
  • Ability to work with building and district level administrators
  • Commitment to the education of students as a primary responsibility
  • Computer experience with integrated fund accounting systems
  • Computer proficiency including office productivity applications
  • Considerable knowledge of policies, procedures, and overall district functions
  • Demonstrated ability to manage simultaneous demands and set clear priorities
  • Demonstrates citizenship, compassion, courage, discernment, excellence, honesty, hope, integrity, patience, perseverance, reliability, respect, responsibility, and trustworthiness
  • Demonstrates effective planning, organization, implementation and communication skills, including problem solving and conflict resolution
  • Detail-oriented, energetic, creative, innovative, flexible
  • Evidence of successful change leadership at many levels of an organization
  • Excellent cooperative, collaborative, and problem-solving skills
  • Interact efficiently with other departments and locations to resolve issues and document solutions
  • Knowledge of and experience with an integrated fund accounting systems
  • Knowledge of school-based processes and operations
  • Knowledge of state laws, rules, and regulations governing budgetary and accounting aspects of Colorado public schools
  • Mastery of budget and accounting principles and practices as applied to public school finance and budgeting
  • Proven experience in dealing with challenging situations
  • Proven experience in making improvements to programs and processes
  • Proven successful supervisory experience
  • Strong mathematical and analytical skills
  • Strong presentational, organizational, interpersonal, written, listening, and verbal communication skills
  • Willingness to participate in ongoing training as required

Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a staff member typically encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. They are included for informational purposes and are not all-inclusive.

Physical Demands: The following are some of the physical demands commonly associated with this position. They are included for informational purposes and are not all-inclusive. All physical demands, if listed, are considered essential functions.

  • Sits, stands, walks, stoops, kneels, and crouches/squats while performing duties
  • Has oral and auditory capacity enabling interaction interpersonally and/or through communication devices
  • Uses eyes, hands, and finger coordination enabling the use of equipment and writing utensils

Cognitive Functions: The following are some of the cognitive functions commonly associated with this position. They are included for informational purposes and are not all-inclusive. The staff member may be required to analyze, communicate, compare, compile, compute, coordinate, copy, evaluate, instruct, negotiate, synthesize, reason, and use interpersonal skills.

Reports To Chief Financial Officer Terms of Employment 225-day position Salary
Refer to D20 salary schedules at About Us > Financial Transparency > Salary Schedules or Policies Additional Information:

We have two positions to fill. We will interview for both together. One position will begin in early September and the second position will begin in early December.

Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are unable to contact those applicants not selected for interviews. Thank you for your understanding.

How to Apply:
New applicants (including current district staff members) must register with the Academy District 20 Employment Opportunities site and complete an online administrative application. A completed online application also includes the following uploaded documents in PDF format:
  • A letter of application which states why you feel you are qualified for this position, and your background and experience relating to this position.
  • A statement of your philosophy of administration and the role of the administrator in this position.
  • A current résumé.
  • Three current letters of recommendation (i.e., less than one year old and preferably less than six months old).
  • Complete undergraduate and graduate transcripts (in color, readable, and reflecting official status where applicable).
No other documents will be accepted. Thank you for not uploading and submitting any additional materials.
Please identify your interest in specific positions on the Preferences page of the online application. Please direct all inquiries via the email address indicated on the posting.
Email Contact: Time Line Application Deadline: August 26, 2019 12:00 PM Preliminary Interviews: Friday, August 30 ~ All Day Final Interviews: Tuesday, September 3 ~ Afternoon

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