The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) stewards the short and long term prudent fiscal operation of the school district. The CFO provides leadership, strategic vision and high level analysis of the district’s finances. The CFO Is responsible for results in terms of effectiveness in planning, policies, and programs, and for the achievement of District goals and objectives.
The CFO’s work is guided by and must comply with federal and state law, accounting principles, state auditor requirements, operational direction of the Superintendent, policy direction of the school Board, and compliance with state and local regulatory agencies.
Reports to: Superintendent
Oversees and provide leadership to business services functions as well as nutrition services.
Leads and directs the budget process; coordinates, plans, and oversees the development of the District budget; monitors budget expenditures to ensure compliance and a positive financial status.
Advises Superintendent and School Board on a variety of business and financial matters.
Manages and maintains general ledgers for all district funds.
Oversees grant accounting records including expenditure reporting and auditing of expenditures to submitted budgets.
Provides leadership in long-range financial planning to include development of local tax initiatives and strategies.
Manages bonds to assure the District maximizes its financial resources in marketing, retiring, and refinancing bond obligations.
Ensures continuing disclosure requirements are met.
Manages all debt.
Stays abreast of research on the changing nature of the profession, the field of public financial management, and changing national, regional and local trends that may impact program areas.
Uses forecasting tools and strategies to forecast resource requirements and to predict future needs. Anticipates and develops strategies and programs that respond effectively to anticipated needs and the changing educational environment.
Maintains an active role in professional organizations at the local and state levels.
Performs a variety of revenue forecasts and cash flow analysis; prepares revenue and expenditure projections; invests funds for safety of principal, liquidity, and for maximum return.
Leads and participates in preparation of annual financial statements, annual budgets, month end fiscal reports and a variety of state required reports.
Compiles data, does research and analysis on specific areas of finance and presents reports to Administration and the School Board.
Reviews and develops internal control procedures and monitors compliance; provides liaison with local and state auditors.
Prepares and presents audit, budget, and financial and other relevant reports to the School Board.
Encourages innovations. Analyzes data to improve school operations. Serves as an information resource.
Assists in recruiting, screening, hiring, assigning, supervising, and evaluating personnel for positions in the offices under their responsibility. Assesses, evaluates, and provides for training and professional development of supervised staff.
Acts as the board’s agent for signing authorized contracts.
Assists and educates administrators and supervisors in managing department and school budgets. Provides advice on a wide range of financial matters.
Attends all School Board meetings; prepares and presents reports/responses related to the financial status of the District and other matters under their responsibility.
Follows and supports Hood River County School District policies and procedures.
Maintains professional and technical knowledge by participating in professional development opportunities.
Oversees and participates in preparation of staffing analysis and reports. Takes action, in concert with other District Leadership, to determine allocation and redirection of FTE and to level class sizes. Maintains and approves expenditures from all building, department, and program budgets.
Recognizes the need for and formulates policies necessary to implement educational goals and objectives and to assure effective implementation and operation of assigned programs.
Establishes a system for periodic review of policies to determine when modifications are necessary to advance the goals of the department and to serve the overall needs of employees, managers, and the organization.
Participates in the collective bargaining process to include identifying and researching bargaining issues related to the collective bargaining agreements.
Assists in developing bargaining strategies and positions and participates as a member of the District Bargaining Team.
Approves position structures and operating practices essential to the development and delivering of quality programs and services.
Creates communication, collaboration, and coordination processes that assure all staff are timely and effectively informed of department policies, issues, and guidance that their programs are expected to support.
Establishes an environment in which all staff members are comfortable and forthcoming in sharing their ideas, needs and concerns, and in which the staff collaboratively works together to seek solutions and resolutions.
Serves as a responder to emergency and after-hours situations.
Serves as Deputy Clerk, Custodian of Funds, Budget Officer, and Public Contracting Officer.
Maintains high ethical standards in all situations and maintains confidentiality.
Professionally represents the school and the District in interactions with parents, community, staff and students.
Works independently in performance of prescribed duties.
Models and enforces the established district and school policies, regulations and protocols.
Maintain regular and punctual attendance.
Follow site and/or District protocol for reporting absences.
Fulfills other related duties as assigned.
Participates as a member of the Superintendent’s Leadership Team. Attends, assists, supports, and helps with activities to increase community engagement and equitable access to programs and services.
Assists District and building staff as requested.
Masters, Doctorate Degree, or equivalent with a combination of education and experience in business, financial management, accounting, or related field.
Minimum of five (5) years of financial management and leadership experience.
Strong analytical and problem solving skills
Excellent oral, written, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills.
Oregon Driver’s license and ability to maintain insurability under the District’s vehicle insurance policy.
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation
Experience working with unions and Collective Bargaining Agreements.
Possession of CPR/First Aid certificate
Ability to communicate effectively in both English and Spanish.
Additional Salary Information: Approximately $5000 addl in TSA and stipend; full health care, retirement, LTD, Life insurance and additional benefits.
Internal Number: 3922
About Hood River County School District
Award-winning Hood River County School District, located on the majestic Columbia River Gorge that lies between Oregon and Washington state, invites you to apply to be their next Chief Financial Officer. Hood River County School District is proud of its strong community partnerships and civic support which allows us to provide excellent schools and services for students. Thanks to our most recent Bond Levy which was approved by voters with a resounding 76% "yes" vote, our school buildings are more energy efficient, safer and more user-friendly, and our academic and extracurricular offerings are more expansive than what you will typically find in similar districts. We are fortunate to live and work in such a community.
We are also very proud of the stewardship of our school district finances over many years. Hood River County Schools received the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) for the last three Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports. And our district has earned an A+ Rating by the S&P Global Ratings for our general obligation bonds. As such, this is a tremendous opportunity for an able and forward-th...inking financial leader to join our team. We are looking to bring on our new CFO to join an energized leadership team and continue a strong history of fiscal stewardship and financial transparency that is very much a source of community pride. More information about our awards and how we conduct business can be found at www.hoodriver.k12.or.us.
And, of course, Hood River is an extraordinary place to live and work. Scenically beautiful, famous for world-class recreation, our county is nestled between breathtaking Mt. Hood and the equally breathtaking Columbia River gorge. We know you will love living here. Besides our hiking, biking, paddling, kiteboarding, windsurfing, and more, we are also one of the largest pear-producing regions in the world. and you'll find many varieties of apples, cherries, blueberries, and grapes in the family-owned farms that surround our small city.