Finance Director

  • ORGANIZATION
    Watervliet Public Schools
  • LOCATION
    Watervliet, MI
  • SALARY
    $91,00 - $121,000
summary
This position is responsible for directing the fiscal functions of the school district in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and school district policy. This includes financial analysis, internal and external reporting, cash management, budgeting, financial accounting, financial forecasting, purchasing, contract administration, pupil accounting, payroll, and fringe benefits.This position will also be responsible for supervising business office personnel and will serve on the Superintendent’s Leadership Team with a central role in school district planning and analysis of current programs and support systems.

A Letter from the Superintendent:

November 7, 2022

Dear Prospective Finance Director:

It is my distinct pleasure to introduce you to the Watervliet Public School District! Our school district sits in the Fruitbelt of Michigan - Southwest Michigan’s Berrien County. The City of Watervliet is a tight-knit community of 4,000 people located adjacent to scenic Paw Paw Lake in the Northeast corner of the county, right off of I-94, in close proximity to Kalamazoo, South Bend, Grand Rapids, and the splendor of Lake Michigan’s beautiful Sunset Coast.

Watervliet Public Schools is a suburban/rural school of approximately 1,500 students that is well-regarded for its exceptional school culture, strong academic programs, competitive athletics, and a supportive community. Approximately 25% of our enrollment is derived from open enrollment with families from throughout the region making Watervliet their School of Choice. Our well-rounded programming boasts outstanding arts and athletics programs, close proximity to career-and-technical education programming, many post-secondary enrollment
options, and a highly-regarded mathematics and science center at Andrews University.

In 2021, the Board of Education launched a new strategic plan that provides a vision and key goals that promises to make Watervliet School a premier district in our region. Additionally, a new Watervliet Foundation for Excellence has formed to link community resources to district needs. This foundation has already delivered over $1.2 million in benefits to our district. The district boasts stable finances with fund balances at or exceeding MSBO recommendations.

Given all this potential, we are seeking an ambitious, high-quality Finance Director to help us bring our ambitious strategic plan to life and to help our visionary Board accelerate our growth. We invite you to join us in these exciting and dynamic times and take advantage of this great opportunity. Please consider joining the Panther Team.

I look forward to meeting with you and discussing our future, together.

Sincerely, 
Ric Seager 
Superintendent of Schools

Position Responsibilities
• Manages the District’s budget and oversees related functional areas including accounting, purchasing, food service, and other related business services, which includes management of staff.
• Establishes and develops up-to-date systems of financial accounting that meet the requirements of state, federal, and Department of Education auditors.
 •Direct district fiscal functions in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and district policy. 
• Prepare and monitor all district budgets, including long-range financial planning in a collaborative approach with departmental leadership.
• General administration of accounting functions for all district funds including internal controls.
• Prepare and oversee the preparation of monthly district financial reports and ensure they meet all local, state, and federal requirements including timely submission.
• Prepare district year-end financial statements and coordinate the annual financial audit report.
• Participate with county and state organizations to stay abreast of school finance reform and other district-related issues.
• Work with the Superintendent and district administrators and supervisors to analyze and review and make recommendations regarding periodic capital improvement needs.
• Analyzes and interprets legislative analysis relating to financial issues that may affect revenue or expenditure projections.
• Researches inquiries from departments, suppliers, and the Board on financial matters important to the district.
• Other duties as assigned by Superintendent.
Qualifications
• This position requires knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired through the completion of a bachelor’s degree (B.A) degree from a four-year college or university in Accounting, Finance or related field.
• A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation is preferred, but not required.
• This position requires a minimum of three to five years of job experience in Accounting or Finance.
• Previous experience in a school environment is preferred.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities Required
• Broad knowledge of financial budgeting, forecasting, and investing.
• Knowledge of school software systems and related accounting processes and procedures.
• Excellent financial and business acumen, with the ability to quickly assimilate numbers and reports and provide well-reasoned, thoughtful, and succinct reports and recommendations. 
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate and manage effectively at multiple levels within the organization. 
• Strong problem solving and creative skills, and the ability to exercise sound judgment and make strategic planning decisions based on accurate and timely analyses. 
• Ability to organize integrated systems and processes; ability to analyze and solve complex problems.
• Willingness to obtain Michigan School Business Officials’ Chief Financial Officer Certification.
• Ability to meet all requirements necessary to satisfy state certification for the position.

Application Deadline: Position will remain open until filled; must apply by December 20 or earlier.

Required with Application: Cover letter, resume, business references, and transcripts


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