Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer
Madison Metropolitan School District
 Madison, Wisconsin
Job Description

The Madison Metropolitan School District, Wisconsin’s second largest district, serves 27,000 students throughout 52 schools in the city and surrounding areas. We have a simple but bold vision — to ensure that every school is a thriving school, that prepares every student to graduate from high school ready for college, career and community.

To achieve this vision, we seek talent at all levels, in all positions, who are committed to being anti-racist, culturally responsive, and inclusive. We welcome applicants who will actively contribute to our ongoing commitment to making MMSD a thriving, welcoming environment for all students, families and staff.

We firmly believe and are here to create a work environment that is challenging and rewarding, while supporting employees in their career path. We strive to provide, encourage, grow and develop a talented workforce that better supports and represents the diversity of our student population.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Superintendent of Schools, serves as Chief Financial Officer.

The CFO is responsible for advising the superintendent and school board on the financial and budget matters of the district, and administering the finances in compliance with federal, state, local and Board of Education laws. Directs the business/finance functions including accounting, budgeting and grants management. Leads the division in implementing best practices in public sector financial management and planning. Performs long and short-range planning, oversees special projects, and provides analyses to support strategic priorities, projects and investments.

  • Directing, supervising, and exercising responsibility for all business services functions through subordinate staff.
  • Oversees the District’s budget development process.
  • Liaising to Board of Education budget and finance committee activities.
  • Providing the Superintendent of Schools and Board of Education with accounting and budgeting information.
  • Attending Board of Education and community meetings to present information regarding District business services, maintenance and repair to the Board of Education.
  • Serving as Secretary to the Board of Education and District Custodian of Records.
  • Receiving and directing all legal papers served on the District.
  • Overseeing the operating and maintenance of District facilities.
  • Authorizing funding to make repairs due to exigent circumstances.
  • Planning for and directing the acquisition and construction of new facilities including working with architects, engineers, attorneys (bond counsel), regulatory agencies, financial advisors and professional consultants to develop final plans.
  • Working with contractors regarding capital improvement projects.
  • Preparing mandated reports for state and federal agencies.
  • Developing requests for proposals to secure consultants for specialized work

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities to perform essential job functions:
  • Master's Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Accounting or related field.
  • Five (5) years progressively responsible business management and administrative experience in a large organization or public education setting, or any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • Currently certified or eligible to be certified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction as a School Business Administrator (08).
  • All positions require experience working cross-culturally and/or commitment to work toward improving one's own cultural competence i.e., valuing difference/diversity, recognizing personal limitations in one's skills and expertise, and having the desire to learn in these areas.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in providing strong and creative leadership
  • Demonstrated ability to foster and develop cohesiveness among staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form.
  • Experience in the supervision and evaluation of professional staff.
  • Demonstrated commitment to Affirmative Action staffing.
  • Demonstrated ability to use technology and data to improve the delivery of services.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse ethnic and socioeconomic communities.
  • Demonstrated ability to build structures for collaborative decision-making.

Job Types:

  • Full-time, Contract


  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • One location

Work Remotely:

  • No