The Office of the Chancellor is responsible for implementing the mission and vision of DC Public Schools and is comprised of eight senior management staff that report directly to the Chancellor.Our goal is to initiate change and lead DC Public Schools into the highest performing school district in the nation through the Chancellor's Five-Year Capital Commitment:Improve achievement rates -- At least 70% of our students will be proficient in reading and math, and we will double the number of advanced students in the district.Invest in struggling schools -- Our 40 lowest-performing schools will increase proficiency rates by 40 percentage points.Increase graduation rate -- At least 75% of entering 9th graders will graduate from high school in four years.Improve satisfaction -- 90% of students will say they like their school.Increase enrollment -- DCPS will increase its enrollment over five years.Our purpose is to ensure that every DCPS school provides a world-class education that prepares all of our students, regardless of background or circumstances, for success in college, career, and life.The Chief Business Officer (CBO) will join an organization focused on aligning resources, operations, and talent to best meet the needs of our schools and create the conditions for innovation and continuous improvement.Under the leadership of the Senior Advisor to the Chancellor, the Chief Business Officer is responsible for facilitating the successful financial and business performance of the District and integrating the District’s business and financial interests. The CBO provides financial strategy and leadership to implement strategic goals and objectives and gives direction to leadership toward the achievement of the District’s philosophy, mission, strategy, annual goals, and objectives. The CBO oversees the organization, direction, and operation of all financial activities, including long-range strategic planning. The CBO also is responsible for ensuring sound business and financial practices are followed in compliance with Federal and State regulations, District policy, business policies and procedures, and other applicable financial and business standards and practices. This position works closely and collaboratively with Chief Operations Officer to ensure effective and efficient operation of the District.The Chief, Business Officer will report to the Senior Advisor to the Chancellor .Essential Duties and ResponsibilitiesThe below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.
Leads and provides sound leadership and direction to fiscal and business services.
Collaborates with the Chancellor and Management Team to formulate the District’s approach to strategic financial management and business development and execution.
Collaborates with the city’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer, City Administrator, and Office of the State Superintendent of Education to ensure accurate programming of funds against district priorities.
Provides broad financial leadership through advice and counsel, and leads the development and implementation of an integrated strategic financial plan that allows for the successful management of the District, with a focus on equitable distribution of resources to ensure resource allocation supports the District priority of closing the achievement gap.
Develops and leads implementation of training programs to increase fiscal acumen of all District leaders within central office and at school sites; and institutes systems to provide technical assistance.
Supports strategic management of the District assisting management in addressing key financial issues.
Manages systems that track financial performance providing forecasts and insightful analyses of financial results.
Facilitates the annual and long-range business planning function, including the selection of measurement tools to assess and evaluate the District’s financial and business performance; and coordinates and maintains support for integrated annual and long-range business and financial planning.
Analyzes the District’s short- and long-term financial position and makes recommendations to the Chancellor and Management Team regarding ongoing organization, integration, and effectiveness of various business functions and overall capital structure.
Develops and implements short- and long-term plans and activities to meet both educational and financial goals of the District, including prioritization of resources; analyzes the District’s financial position; and develops recommendations for immediate and long-range financial management.
Provides strategies and recommendations for ensuring the District’s fiscal solvency; and ensures integrity of the District’s financial reports and solvency in accordance with State and Federal law.
Provides leadership to ensure a robust prioritization process to ensure adequate funding for District priorities while also maintaining funds for unanticipated operating costs and capital expenditures; and ensures appropriate utilization of resources and adherence to budgets.
Maintains the development and maintenance of a District financial support function that is viewed as transparent, responsive, and service-oriented.
Oversees the development and ongoing monitoring of the District’s annual operating budget and multiyear financial planning; and provides financial information to the Chancellor and relevant divisions to facilitate decision making.
Provides technical expertise, information, and assistance regarding assigned financial and business operations; and formulates and develops policies, procedures, and programs to assure effective management controls.
Provides technical expertise, information, and assistance to the Chancellor regarding District budgets and financial and accounting activities; advises the Chancellor of unusual trends or problems; and recommends appropriate corrective action.
Provides advice and counsel to the Chancellor and District staff on matters pertaining to assigned areas of responsibility; prepares reports and recommendations for the Chancellor, including comprehensive financial data covering all aspects of school finance advises the Chancellor of business and financial trends or problems; and recommends appropriate corrective action.
Conducts financial analyses, and provides financial data as required for District negotiations; participates in the negotiation process with employee groups when needed; and prepares and certifies the District’s public disclosure, as required by law, on all collective bargaining agreements before they are approved.
Attends meetings; and presents and interprets financial impact of proposals as necessary.
Communicates and collaborates with other District administrators, District personnel, outside organizations, public entities, contractors, the community, and various local, State, and Federal agencies to coordinate activities and programs, resolve issues and conflicts, and exchange information; and proposes, as needed, and monitors District standards of business and financial ethics and professionalism.
Remains current on all laws, rules, regulations, and interpretations of law regarding school finance, fiscal reporting requirements, mandated changes, and District entitlement to Federal, State, and local monies; participates in the development of legislation affecting school finance and business management; and modifies programs, functions, policies, regulations, and procedures to assure compliance with local, State, and Federal requirements as appropriate.
Attends and conducts a variety of meetings as assigned; and establishes and maintains relationships/memberships with local, State, and Federal agencies and associations to remain current on programs and issues that affect business and financial duties.
Supervises, evaluates, and holds accountable the performance and professionalism of assigned staff; interviews and selects employees, and recommends transfers, reassignments, terminations, and disciplinary actions; and plans, coordinates, and arranges for appropriate training of assigned staff.
Serves as a member of the Management Team; and attends or participates in required District and committee meetings.
Bachelor's degree and ten to fifteen years of related work experience.
Master's degree strongly preferred.
Previous exposure to or experience in the education sector a plus.
Knowledge of: planning, organization, control, direction, and administration of the financial and business operations of the District; Federally accepted categorical and general fund guidelines and requirements; Generally accepted accounting and auditing principles, practices, and procedures; State and Federal regulations for financial management of a public school district; State, Federal, and local laws, regulations, and court decisions applicable to school business operations and financial management; principles and practices of public administration, intergovernmental relations, school business operations, and financial management; principles, practices, tools, and techniques of statistical analysis and project management; principles and practices of negotiations and collective bargaining; techniques and principles of high-quality customer service, customer relationship management, and internal consulting concepts and practices; principles and practices of effective leadership, management, and supervision; principles and techniques of leadership, organization, supervision, budgeting, personnel administration, and management; laws, rules, and regulations relating to school districts; diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, and disability backgrounds of District students and staff; supervisory, organization, and management principles and practices; correct English usage, grammar, spelling, and punctuation; and computer software, hardware, and related technology.
Ten to fifteen years of comprehensive and progressive related experience in fiscal and business management in a large school district or county office of education, including three years of senior management responsibility.
Master’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Finance, Accounting, or related field strongly preferred.
Our public school students need your expertise, passion and leadership.
We are looking for highly motivated and skilled talent to join our team at District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). We seek individuals who are passionate about transforming the DC school system and making a significant difference in the lives of public school students, parents, principals, teachers, and central office e...mployees.
DCPS serves 45,000 students in the nation’s capital through the efforts of approximately 4,000 educators in 123 schools. As part of a comprehensive reform effort to become the preeminent urban school system in America, DCPS intends to have the highest-performing, best paid, most satisfied, and most honored educator force in the nation and a distinctive central office staff whose work supports and drives instructional excellence and significant achievement gains for DCPS students.