CFO/Business Manager - New Haven Public Schools
Position: CFO/Business Manager
Subject Area: (none)
Job Title: Chief Financial Officer
Job Location: New Haven Public Schools
Beginning: Mar 19, 2021
Deadline: Open until filled **
District: New Haven Public Schools
New Haven, CT 06519
Telephone: 475-220-1540
Job Description:

New Haven Public Schools is seeking a strategic, highly skilled, energetic and experienced financial professional who has proven leadership in significant management positions to become its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO).  Reporting directly to the Superintendent of Schools, the CFO will be responsible for all financial management activities and will provide counsel and advice to the senior management staff and the Board on all financial matters. The CFO will oversee and implement financial policies and plans for NHPS and will provide overall management and direction for the accounting, budgeting, and grant management functions. The CFO will also be able to think and communicate strategically about fiscal issues related to the changing environment faced by schools systems around the country.
Specific Responsibilities include:
  • Oversees and manages the financial operations and staff for the NHPS system.  This includes: assuring that the Fiscal Department is supervised, trained and motivated to maintain the highest levels of teamwork and partnership with other functions and departments within the school system.
  • Serves as a member of the Superintendent’s Cabinet and participates as appropriate in developing NHPS’ strategic plan, setting policy and monitoring performance.
  • Ensures timeliness, accuracy, and usefulness of financial and management reporting for NHPS management and the Board of Education, City, Board of Alders, state, and federal partners, foundations, and other external parties as needed.
  • Designs finance and budgeting systems that reinforce interschool equity and school portfolio strategies, including school-based discretion in financial planning and budgeting.
  • Creates financial models and forecasts; provides clear and complete communications to support or explain financial data.
  • Provides oversight and advice to parent groups and staff members at schools to help them understand and manage different funding sources (in particular PTO/PTA's).
  • Represents the school district on financial issues in public meetings as well as before corporate executives, elected officials, and public agency administrators, including in evening and weekend events.
  • Coordinates, prepares and oversees all fiscal audits; insures that NHPS is in full compliance with all municipal, state and federal legal and regulatory financial requirements and communicates potential risk information to the Board, the Superintendent and the Superintendent’s Cabinet.
  • Helps to manage capital budget in collaboration with the Chief Operating Officer and the district’s construction and facilities partners.
  • Oversees cash flow planning and ensures availability of funds as needed, in collaboration with the City.
  • Assures financial compliance with city, state and federal laws and regulations.
  • Empowers schools with information and resources necessary to achieve the goals set in the site-based management concept.
  • Creates a culture of engagement and expectations with principals and other administrators.
  • Assists principals and other managers in implementing and monitoring their budget expenditures.
  • Works with members of the Superintendent’s Cabinet and Leadership Team to ensure maximum participation by program staff in the budget development and implementation process.  Monitors organization performance against budget and recommends required actions to control spending.
  • Insures the accuracy and reliability of all financial data; assures all financial transactions and reporting systems are supported by consistent and ongoing user training and are audited periodically for use and integrity.
  • Reports and interprets financial information to the Board and serves as a resource for interpreting Board-level requirements as mandated by the Mayor and other oversight agencies.
  • Designs and implements the annual budget request process which includes a stakeholder engagement strategy.
  • Supports the financial goals of the Superintendent.  Establishes and directs all short-term and long-range financial plans consistent with school system philosophy.
  • Bachelor degree in finance, accounting or related field required; advanced degree in a related field, MBA and/or CPA strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of 7 (seven) years related experience, preferably in a large, complex government organization and/or school system.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability, team management and interpersonal skills.
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