Executive Director of Finance and Operations

Department/Agency of position: 
Orleans Parish School Board Finance/Operations Department
Location of position: 
New Orleans, LA
Wage/Salary: 
Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Date Posted: 
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Closing Date: 
Friday, November 17, 2017
Job Description: 

Summary: The Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) is the legislatively authorized entity responsible for the operations and improvement of public education in Orleans Parish. Currently, the OPSB directly operates four network schools, authorizes and has oversight for 22 charter schools, and serves as the local taxing/bonding authority for all public non-charter and charter schools operating in Orleans Parish.

The OPSB is undergoing substantial organizational restructuring as we prepare to authorize and oversee all charter schools (nearly 90) in New Orleans as of July 1, 2018. Under the direction of the Chief Operating Officer, the Executive Director of Finance and Operations (EDFO) will be instrumental in ensuring financial sustainability and operational excellence during and after the transition from two disparate districts to one unified school district. Additionally, the EDFO will be responsible for oversight of contract services provided to schools through our Child Nutrition program.

The Executive Director of Finance and Operations will be responsible for achieving financial sustainability, will set a strategic financial vision for the OPSB, and will ensure proper internal controls are implemented and followed. Additionally, the EDFO will have significant management responsibilities as the direct supervisor of finance, budgets, special revenue, information technology and business partnerships.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the following essential duties satisfactorily. • Develop and implement efficient processes to ensure timely and accurate reporting, complete successful annual audits, and foster financial stability across the OPSB, generally, and among schools; • Manage and ensure timely preparation, and effective completion, of Annual and Quarterly reports (ex: CAFR, AFR) to be submitted to the state, as well as various reports and statements to be reviewed by organizational units and contracted auditors; • Directly responsible for the timely preparation of operating and capital budgets, financial plans, and other documents and reports pertaining to financial projections, for submission to the COO, Superintendent, and Board; • Develop and implement best practices for the annual audit process, advising the COO, Superintendent, Cabinet, and Board when necessary; • Advise OPSB central office unit heads on best practices regarding cost allocation, staffing expenses, and effective cost management. Identify cost savings opportunities within OPSB central office; • Oversee the internal teams that manage business operations such as A/P, A/R, and grants management; • Oversee the development and implementation of budgetary staffing plans and position control procedures; • Ensure that the OPSB and the Superintendent are provided with a coordinated fiscal plan for effective financial administration, and monitor the expenditure of funds to ensure that all school sites, departments, and units operate within their approved budgets; • Oversee the development and management of technology tools and solutions to optimize productivity and transparency. • Oversee and support charter and district schools’ compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations in the processes of budgeting, purchasing, disbursements, and financial reporting; • Interface with charter school leaders on budgetary concerns and communications; • Develop and/or maintain efficient methods for transferring enrollment-dependent funds to schools; • Maintain accurate records and manage billing for all supportive services provided to individual schools. Ensure timely and accurate processing of all reimbursement claims from charter schools and other entities; • Directly manage and ensure financial sustainability for Child Nutrition services. • Other duties that may be assigned by the Superintendent or Chief Operating Officer.

Qualifications, Education and Work Experience: Required

  1. Baccalaureate degree with a minimum of 24 hours of business-related courses, such as accounting, finance, or management. Highly Preferred
  2. A certified public accountant licensed in the State of Louisiana or Certified Louisiana School Business Administrator (CLSBA) or equivalent experience.
  3. Significant experience and current, thorough knowledge of charter school finance processes and best practices.
  4. Master’s Degree in Public Finance, Business Administration, or Related Area.

Must have not fewer than 5 years of work experience in a field relevant to the duties and responsibilities of a lead school business administrator. Relevant areas shall include accounting, finance, or other areas of fiscal management. • Significant experience developing and implementing long-term financial planning and processes, as well as financial policy, across large organization(s); • Experience serving as a CFO, Accountant, or Auditor, and effectively utilizing cost accounting methodologies in the role(e) • Ability to think strategically in the long and short-term to create and implement structures to foster a school district’s continued financial strength; • Demonstrated ability to effectively work, lead, and adapt in a constantly changing environment; • Strong verbal and written communications skills, including the ability to clearly articulate complex financial information for a variety of audiences; • Exceptional leadership skills: quickly cultivates strong, positive relationships and readily drives team-wide achievement; • Demonstrated ability to proactively identify and solve problems; • Fastidious attention to detail; • Proven ability to independently manage multiple projects and tasks at once, and effectively prioritize in a fast-paced work environment to meet tight deadlines. • Commitment to maximizing school autonomy and control of resources;

Work Environment: Listed below are key points regarding environmental demands and the work environment of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. • Required to use motor coordination with finger dexterity (such as keyboarding, machine operation, etc.) part of the work day; • Required to exert physical effort in handling objects less than 30 pounds rarely; • Required to be exposed to physical occupational risks (such as cuts, burns, exposure to toxic chemicals, etc.) rarely; • Required to be exposed to physical environment which involves dirt, odors, noise, weather extremes or similar elements rarely; • Normal setting for this job is an office/school setting.

Professional Conduct: Employee acknowledges that he/she is required to maintain a high standard of professional conduct. Breach of said professional conduct includes but is not limited to: neglect of duty, dishonesty, and engagement in acts that are contrary to OPSB policy, unlawful activities, or any other conduct which is seriously prejudicial to the school system.

Chain of Supervision: Chief Operating Officer Supervises: Assistant Comptroller, Budget Director, Special Revenue Director, Information Technology Director, Child Nutrition, and Accounting staff Salary: OPSB Salary Schedule E-11