Department/Agency of position: 
Des Moines Public Schools Business and Finance
Location of position: 
Des Moines, IA
$102,710 - $130,998
Date Posted: 
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Closing Date: 
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Job Description: 


Assist the chief financial officer in the planning, implementing, and outcome for those activities related to the business and finance operation of the district. Supervise and direct the work of employees within the business and finance department. This position requires continuous use of independent judgment. The essential functions as shown below represent only the key areas of responsibility; specific position requirements will vary depending on the needs of the business and finance department.


  1. Designs and enforces District accounting practices and policies to affirmthat all financial records are maintained in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), District policies, and federal, state, and local laws or regulations.
  2. Researches, interprets, and understands current and proposed regulations,accounting principles, and other statutory requirements.
  3. Supervise the day-to-day functions of the department. Provides managementand oversight of the following accounting services and activities: accounts payable, accounts receivable, cash receipts, contracts, fixed assets, general ledger, student body funds and treasury.
  4. Oversees closing of the financial books each month through balancing andreconciliation of accounts.
  5. Ensure the cost accounting platform is operating with fidelity andimplemented as designed.
  6. Assists in the preparation, implementation and monitoring of the annualbudget for the District, in accordance with District, State and Federal Guidelines, and GASB Standards under the direction of the CFO.
  7. Serve as an administrator for the District’s pension plan, Des MoinesTeacher’s retirement system.
  8. Maintain a constant awareness of economy of operation through developmentof systems, technology applications, and sound business techniques.
  9. Reviews and approves contractual relationships between vendors.
  10. Assist internal auditor in preparing and reviewing reports, developing training materials and conducting training for district staff on basic accounting principles, automated accounting procedures, and internal accounting procedures.
  11. Work on committees directing future district policies and procedures both at local and state levels.
  12. Design and implement new systems and procedures involving financial matters including cross departmental implementations.
  13. Prepares financial reports for the Board of Directors, management and government entities under the direction of the CFO.
  14. Leads the annual audit process including preparation of trial balance and completion of required schedules and reconciliations.
  15. Interview and hire staff; complete formal evaluations per the district procedures. Engage in performance improvement process, discipline and discharge.


  1. Attend work on a prompt and regular basis.
  2. Maintain confidentiality.
  3. Maintain satisfactory and harmonious working relationships with the public, students, and other employees.
  4. Assist with other duties as may be assigned.


  1. Bachelor’s Degree in accounting, business or public administration.
  2. Certified Public Accountant.
  3. Five years’ experience in school business administration, public accounting or equivalent experience.
  4. Five years’ experience managing multiple priorities and directing activities of staff.
  5. Extensive knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles for government entities and ability to apply those principles.
  6. Ability to complete the Iowa Association of School Business Officials (IASB) Academy.
  7. Strong oral and written communication skills.
  8. Ability to use computer technology, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, general ledger accounting systems, and IFAS/ERP.
  9. Competency working in a culturally diverse environment or the willingness to acquire these skills. Desired:
  10. Master’s Degree in accounting, business or public administration.
  11. Graduate of the Iowa Association of School Business Officials (IASB) Academy.