The CFO oversees the financial operations of the School District in compliance with all requirements of state and federal and local law, while ensuring that the School District derives maximum educational benefits from the expenditures of school funds. This position reports to the Superintendent.
Provides financial direction and support and makes recommendations maximizing use of funds while ensuring overall operations are within budget.
Aligns resources with district goals and priorities through budget development and management.
Administers policies, rules, and regulations established by the State of Washington, State Board of Education, local Board of Directors, and administration.
Monitors and evaluates enrollment data, staffing ratios, and impact on state apportionment to ensure resource maximization and compliance with state apportionment requirements
Analyzes and interprets financial statements and budget reports
Develops and implements internal control processes and procedures to safeguard district leaders
Supervises/completes month end and annual financial statements
Oversees the monitoring of department and building budgets
Develops and manages levies and bond issues and capital project finances
Develops and monitors contractual services to ensure compliance with state, federal, and local statutes
Develops and implements short and long-range fiscal plans
Utilizes a collaborative approach for planning, problem solving, and decision-making
Supervises and evaluates assigned personnel at the administrative and/or management level
Establishes collaborative working relationships with school site administration and staffs
Updates Board Policies as needed
Collaborates with internal and external personnel
Compiles data from a wide variety of sources for the purpose of analyzing issues, ensuring compliance with organization policies and procedures, and/or monitoring program components.
Develops special and regular financial reports (e.g. long term financial plans, bond and override elections, etc.) ensuring resources are available to maintain district facilities, construct new facilities when needed and to fulfill the district's educational mission.
Maintains a variety of manual and electronic fiscal information, files and records (e.g. district accounting records, fund balances, and internal controls, etc.)
Presents information (e.g. budget overviews, accounting processes, distribution formulas, etc.) for the purpose of communicating information, gaining feedback and ensuring adherence to established internal controls.
Directs the preparation of the Annual Budget and the Annual Financial Reports, while maintaining current knowledge of State and Federal laws governing the control and distribution of school district finances
Serve as a member of the Superintendent District Leadership Team and advisor on short-term and long-term financial objectives and policies
Participates in planning, development and implementation of capital budgets, including debt management, and monitoring reports
Manages banking relationships and direct the receipt and management of investment of District funds to insure proper and maximum returns.
Provides effective management of the assets of the district by promoting internal controls and ensuring proper insurance coverage
Demonstrates strong organizational and administrative ability providing a positive and motivational leadership style for staff
Participates in meetings, workshops and seminars
Performs other duties as assigned by the Superintendent to support the financial operation of the district.
Master’s degree in business administration, finance, accounting educational administration, or related field; or Certified Public Accountant.
Minimum five years of managerial experience in accounting and finance. Preference will be given to those with K-12 public school experience.
Knowledge and Skills
Detailed knowledge of municipal accounting procedures, School District Accounting Manual, and generally accepted accounting principles.
Detailed knowledge of OSPI financial and statutory compliance requirements.
Demonstrated ability to lead, organize, coordinate and implement programs
Demonstrated ability to develop positive supportive working relationships with all staff and stakeholders
Demonstrated ability to gather, evaluate and analyze data to effectively plan, prioritize and manage multiple complex projects/responsibilities
Demonstrated ability to use positive interpersonal skills in assisting staff with program implementation, performance of support functions, customer service, problem-solving, and professional conflict-resolution
Demonstrated ability to effectively supervise and evaluate staff
Demonstrated knowledge of state and federal programs and requirements
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public presentations
Possess strong organization skills and the ability to collaborate with others.
Ability to prioritize, organize and plan work independently to meet project goals and deadlines.
Ability to work effectively under pressure.
About Mead School District
In everything Mead does, we have a passion to position our students for success now and in the future. We do this through a commitment to providing each student with an outstanding education, building and maintaining safe schools and partnering with our community. Mead School District is a public school system serving the North Spokane community for over 100 years.