CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
The Chief Financial Officer reports to the Superintendent of Schools and is responsible for the development, implementation, supervision, assessment and effectiveness of all financial and business operations, long range planning, budgeting (both capital and operating), and fund accounting for the Norwalk Public Schools. Additionally, plans and conducts internal audits and assists external auditors.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
- Assumes responsibility for the financial operations of the school system including but not limited to finance, accounts payable, payroll, budgeting, purchasing, and central printing.
- Leads the coordination, preparation, administration and leadership for all budget planning and preparation including operation and capital budgets.
- Oversees the development of the budget format, including procedures and forms for the collection and assessment of budget information, establishment of quality control points, and methods for evaluating budget performance.
- Coordinates review of budget requests with school administrators according to the fiscal and school year schedules.
- Provides budgetary control information to all schools and departments.
- Reviews and recommends action on requests for operating budget changes to the Superintendent of Schools and Board of Education
- Performs special budget studies and analytics to improve operational efficiencies.
- Provides statistical and technical information for the development of the annual budget.
- Provides leadership on both near term and long-range business operations including financial, purchasing, and central printing.
- Supervises accounting clerical staff in these functional areas: accounts payable, accounts receivable, cash management, and purchasing.
- Collaborates with the Human Resources Office and Payroll with regard to position management.
- Preparation of statistical and narrative reports, including financial statements, for the Superintendent and the Board of Education.
- Oversees/Prepare and submit state and federal reports, including the EFS Financial Report, eGMS Grant Reports, Excess Cost Grant filing, State school construction filings, Minimum Expenditure Requirement report, services to non-public school, other school year reports, special education, and other required informational reports.
- Supervises the record keeping and financial reporting for all state and federal grant programs.
- Evaluates the reliability of accounting and reporting systems
- Identify and implements practices to achieve areas of efficiencies in financial, facilities, and other district operations.
- Recommends procedural or methods changes to achieve desired objectives in more cost-effective ways.
- Provides technical training in the use of technology for purchase orders and financial management processes.
- Develops audit reports to explain any irregularities, violations of city, state or federal laws and auditor recommendations.
- Works in a liaison capacity with the external auditors to assure an efficient and timely audit of the financial operations of the school system.
- Serves as a liaison with the City of Norwalk on all matters related to finance and school construction.
- Serves as liaison with state and federal audit teams and coordinates the conduct of internal audits.
- Coordinates and serves as a liaison between the Board of Education and City of Norwalk
- Assists principals and administrators in the organization and administration of department budgets.
- Participates in professional school financial administration organizations to remain current in profession.
- Assists the Superintendent in the development and implementation of long-range planning.
- Additional duties delegated by the Superintendent of Schools.
- State of Connecticut School Business Administrator Certification (#85)
- A minimum of five (5) years administrative experience, preferably at the secondary level.
- Knowledge of functions and demands of a public educational institution.
- Knowledge of personnel administration.
- Knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations concerning schools and school finance.
- High standards of ethics, honesty and integrity.
- The ability to demonstrate flexibility within state statute, board policy and school system requirements.
- Superior communication skills.
A master’s degree in finance related field. MBA or CPA highly desired.
Terms of Employment
Twelve-months per year. This is an exempt position.
Salary Range: $190,000 – $218,000
Full Fringe Benefits
The above tasks and responsibilities are illustrative only. The description does not include every task and responsibility.
NORWALK IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The Norwalk board of Education is an equal opportunity employer. It hires qualified personnel based upon the individual merits and achievements of applicants and employees. All hiring decisions are made without regard to Race, Religion, color, National Origin, Gender, age, Marital Status, Sexual Preference, or Physical or Mental Disability of any applicant.