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Chief Financial Officer (N122-2324)

companyHartford schools
locationWethersfield, CT 06109, USA
PublishedPublished: 12/8/2023

 REVISED

POSTING NUMBER: N122-2324             

POSTING DATE: June 16, 2023

CLOSING DATE: Until Filled

POSITION: Chief Financial Officer

REPORTS TO: Deputy Superintendent of Schools (Primary) / and the Superintendent of Schools (Secondary)

SUPERVISES: Executive Director of Financial Management, Risk and Benefits Manager, Director, Financial Planning & Grants Management, Assistant Director Grants & Community Partnerships, Contract Analyst, Payroll Manager, Financial Systems Manager

PRIMARY FUNCTION:  The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will have broad responsibility for day-to-day financial activities, as well as goal-setting and oversight roles for a $400 million plus budget. The CFO is charged with oversight of appropriate controls and reports to assure compliance with state and federal laws.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The Chief Financial Officer’s responsibilities will include, but not be limited to the following:

  • Designs and implements the annual budget request process which includes a stakeholder engagement strategy
  • Directs fund management, position management, accounts receivable, annual budget preparation and monitoring, procurement of equipment and supplies, within the boundaries established by the Superintendent and Board of Education
  • Approves payments, requisitions and budgetary transfers as needed
  • Works with the Director, Financial Planning and Grants Management to identify funding sources for unbudgeted items
  • Assists in the production of the annual EFS for the CT State Department of Education and the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR) for the City of Hartford
  • Assists with audit-related activities
  • Testifies before the Board of Education, City Council, Municipal Accountability Review Board (MARB) City administration, and committees of the State General Assembly on financial matters
  • Supports the financial goals of the Superintendent: establishes and directs all short-term and long-range financial plans consistent with school system philosophy
  • Assures financial compliance with City, State, and Federal laws and regulations
  • Assists principals and other leaders in implementing and monitoring their budget expenditures
  • Meets with parent and community groups and other interested parties to explain the structure of financial support to the city school system
  • Reviews budget estimates for grant applications and other initiatives
  • Provides guidance and direction to subordinate managers toward their professional development to ensure and maintain a competent business unit
  • Reviews potential legislative changes in State and Federal education funding
  • Serves as the Plan Administrator for the district’s benefit plans and oversees risk management activities, including Workers’ Compensation
  • Works cooperatively with City of Hartford’s Department of Finance
  • Performs other duties as directed by Superintendent and/or Deputy Superintendent

SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED: The following characteristics are important for the successful performance of assigned duties

Empathy and commitment to cause:

  • Deep understanding of the urban school system environment and commitment to improving student achievement
  • Passionately believes that all students can achieve at high levels
  • Demonstrates cultural competence and a deep understanding of and empathy for issues facing urban families

Communication, interpersonal and team skills:

  • Builds and maintains strong relationships
  • Works successfully alone or on a team
  • Coaches, coordinates, and leads teams
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; tailors message for the audience, context, and mode of communication
  • Actively listens to others and effectively interprets others’ motivations and perceptions
  • Builds consensus and resolves conflicts; exhibits willingness to have difficult conversations
  • Skillfully navigates existing political structures/systems

Problem solving and systems thinking:

  • Understands how various systems / departments interact to achieve the long-term goal
  • Understands systematic continuous improvement processes
  • Makes decisions using data and technological resources
  • Takes initiative to solve problems and create stakeholder buy-in
  • Identifies and prioritizes mission critical issues with alignment of people, time and resources
  • Offers innovative solutions to seemingly intractable problems
  • Exhibits strong focus on goals and results; sets clear metrics for success
  • Thrives in achievement-oriented and fast-paced environment
  • Removes barriers or obstacles that make it difficult for principals to achieve their goals and ensures that school leaders have the resources they need to succeed
  • Demonstrates excellent execution and project management skills, including attention to detail, organizational skills, ability to balance the big picture with detailed steps to reach the end goal, and ability to balance multiple projects under tight deadlines

Leadership skills:

  • Motivates, inspires, and moves other adults to action to achieve ambitious goals
  • Skilled at re-envisioning, building, and managing a team, especially in a time of growth and change; excellent at identifying talent and taking advantage of each person’s skills and contribution to team effort
  • Builds and maintains positive relationships with individuals and groups
  • Moves groups to consensus and resolves conflicts; exhibits willingness to have difficult conversations
  • Builds coalitions and works collaboratively with diverse stakeholders at all levels, including but not limited to district personnel, students, families, communities, and/or advocacy groups
  • Establishes clear expectations, deliverables, and deadlines
  • Sets clear agendas and facilitates effective meetings
  • Ability to train, supervise, and evaluate staff from different cultural backgrounds and skill sets

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance or related area; advanced degree (MBA) preferred; CPA preferred
  • Extensive (over 10 years) relevant work experience and knowledge of all aspects of municipal accounting, education funding, and financial management required
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee large and complex budgets
  • Expertise with State and Federal grant management
  • Familiarity with MUNIS accounting software a definite advantage
  • Proven ability to oversee staff and build consensus among peer professionals unfamiliar with financial management.
  • Service orientation toward supporting schools, the Superintendent, and the City of Hartford
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, leadership, and organizational skills vital
  • Demonstrated skill as an articulate and persuasive communicator, both orally and in writing

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENT:  School Business Administrator certification (085) or eligibility to apply for and attain certification required

SALARY AND TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:  12-Month work year. Non-Bargaining Grid. Salary by individual employment contract in the range of $190,000 - $200,000

EVALUATION:  Evaluated annually

UNION AFFILIATION:  Not applicable

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: To be considered, all internal and external applicants must fully complete a Hartford Public Schools’ online application, which can be accessed through our Applicant Tracking System, Nimble, at https://app.hirenimble.com/jobs/hartford

An Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, M/F/V/D

Hartford Public Schools (Hartford, Connecticut) isa diverse community of educators and approximately 16,000 students attending 39 distinctive magnet, community, and neighborhood schools, located in the capital city of Connecticut. We are committed to being a leader in innovative urban education, cultivating equity and excellence for all of our students, closing the opportunity gap, and preparing students for college and life. 

Hartford Public Schools acknowledges that systems of injustice exist in our nation and our community. Our district is committed to addressing systemic barriers to create a culture of equity that benefits all students. We are committed to recruiting, developing, and retaining a diverse team of culturally competent educators. We strive to have our team reflect the different perspectives of our families and community so that we can work together to overcome obstacles, close the opportunity gaps, and prepare our students for continuous success.

HPS recruits and selects diverse educators, who are committed to our instructional vision to develop students’ individual, academic, social, and emotional capacities and growth within the classroom and beyond. Highly talented and qualified candidates with a passion for urban education, a commitment to our Hartford students, families, and community are strongly encouraged to apply immediately!

Why Should You Choose Hartford Public Schools?

Hartford Public Schools is seeking excellent candidates and wants to provide the best experience for you. We have put together a comprehensive package of benefits and incentives, including:

·      Competitive salary

·      Career growth opportunities

·      Tuition reimbursement

·      Rich health care plan (including dental & vision)

·      Life insurance

Diversity Among Us

Hartford Public Schools is a diverse community of scholars and staff; racially, socioeconomically, culturally, and more. Among our approximately 16,000 students, there are 88 languages spoken; 22% of our student population are English Learners. Over 85% of the population are students of color. At Hartford Public Schools, we work deliberately to recruit and hire staff of various backgrounds. Currently, our staff identify as:

●       American Indian: 0.09%

●       Asian: 2.02%

●       Black: 24.07%

●       White: 46.26%

●       Hispanic: 24.24%

●       Other: 1.11%

●       Not Reported/Unknown: 2.22%

Represent Hartford

The state of Connecticut is seated on the northeastern seaboard. Hartford is within an hour’s drive of the coastline and is centrally located between New York City and Boston. Hartford is one of America’s oldest and most historic cities, made up of 17 unique neighborhoods rich in history and diversity. It is commonly known as the “insurance capital” due to its prominence beginning in the 19th century as home to many of the most prestigious insurance companies in the U.S., many of which still call Hartford home today. The city features world-class museums, entertainment, and sports venues and is home to several major companies. An array of restaurants reflecting cuisines from all over the world attract people from far and wide, and more than 200 arts, heritage, and cultural organizations in the Hartford region provide hundreds of events year-round. In addition, several universities and colleges are in Hartford and the surrounding towns, allowing easy access to advanced degree programs.