Portland Public Schools

Portland Public Schools, founded in 1851, is a PK-12 urban school district in Portland, Oregon. With more than 49,000 students in 81 schools, it is one of the largest school districts in the Pacific Northwest.

With highly trained teachers and staff; an engaged parent community; strong partnerships, and a focus on closing the racial educational achievement gap, PPS has seen significant gains its graduation rate and has enjoyed steady enrollment growth. Thanks to the state Legislature, school funding is improving and thanks to Portland voters, a PPS School Building Improvement Bond is now fueling the modernization of our aging school buildings for 21st century learning.

Equity and Excellence: Every student, every teacher, every school succeeding.

Mission: Every student by name prepared for college, career and participation as an active community member, regardless of race, income or zip code.

Portland Public Schools 501 North Dixon Street, Portland, OR, USA
Jan 15, 2020
Full time
We are seeking a Director of Budget and Analysis to join our Business and Operations team. This important role is responsible for directing and managing the financial forecast processes as well as providing financial analyses and recommendations for important district decisions. This role will oversee the preparation and management of the annual budget, regular forecast cycles, revenue forecasting and reconciliations, and the maintenance of systems and processes in support of these objectives. Of paramount importance in this role is the responsibility to build a strong team partnering with leaders in Business and Operations, central Teaching and Learning as well as the leaders within the PPS school buildings to ensure that we are collectively able to deliver on our District goals. RESPONSIBILITIES:  As the Director of Budget and Analysis, your responsibilities will include: Inspire excellence, demonstrate leadership, and build team collaboration both within Business and Operations and across the District. Work with staff to develop performance goals and then support and monitor staff as they work toward those goals.  Evaluate performance and provide regular feedback. Partner with Deputy Superintendent of Business and Operations and other Business and Operations Leaders to develop and deliver strategic objectives for the Business and Operations function. Lead the process to develop the annual budget for the district, including board communications and reporting, staff management, budget-holder engagement, and local, state, and federal reporting requirements. Evaluate need for budget amendments; perform supporting analyses and manage approval process as necessary. Support the development, reporting, and management of budgets for the Office of the Superintendent and the PPS Board of Education. Develop and manage a comprehensive revenue forecasting, reconciliation, and review process. Develop ownership, process, and reports to help ensure all sources of revenue (and the associated drivers) are accurate and understood by key stakeholders. Serve as the primary interface with the Community Budget Review Committee (CBRC); work with instructional and other leadership across the district to support CBRC assessment and review.   Working closely with the CFO and Deputy Superintendent of Business and Operations, lead board of education presentations and discussions on matters directly related to budgeting, forecasting, and financial analyses. Identify and lead opportunities to help district leadership manage and deploy its resources more effectively. Manage and lead the implementation of district-wide budgeting software. Direct team responsible for defining and improving processes necessary for developing the budget using the new system. Serve as the district’s main point of contact for Forecast5 data, analyses, and reporting. Engage in critical contract negotiations and participate in district-wide contract management improvement efforts. Critical contracts include labor negotiations and contracts that include large payments and/or long-term commitments. Develop a close partnership with the Director of Financial Services – Accounting to support the development of important deliverables (e.g., CAFR, audit requirements) and to create an improved sense of teamwork and sharing of information across the Finance department. Create a culture of learning and responsible risk-taking and with growth opportunities for employees. Develop and implement succession plans. Serve as the senior finance expert advising schools and district leadership on best practices related to budgeting, forecasting, and resource management as it relates to K-12 education. Ensure that the District is in compliance with all local, state and federal laws relating to all areas of budgeting, forecasting, and related reporting. Demonstrate a commitment to Equity at Portland Public Schools through all actions. Other duties as assigned. Candidate Profile The strongest candidates will have: Proven ability to influence and develop strong working relationships with multiple partners, including leaders, peers, and external stakeholders. Strategic thinking capability paired with the ability to motivate others. Demonstrated ability to lead collaborative teams and mentor personnel. Deep finance, budget, and accounting knowledge and experience, preferably in a K-12 public school setting. Ability to develop consistency of process while in an environment of transformation and change. Proven experience improving the financial standing of a large, complex organization. Familiarity with the structures and systems of pre-K-12 environment MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  3+ years leading teams of finance and accounting professionals 8 or more years of experience working in complex finance and accounting environments, preferably in public organizations Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Finance or Accounting Certification appropriate to the designated disciplines is a plus Any other combination of education, training and experience which demonstrates the candidate is likely to possess the skill, knowledge, ability and trait characteristics essential for this classification may be considered. CLASSIFICATION AND SALARY:  This position is classified as Director - Financial Services, Pay Grade 45, on the Non-Represented, Confidential, Professional and Management Employees Salary Schedule. FLSA Exempt. Salary Range: $109,770 - $131,071   HOW TO APPLY: Please visit our website at: http://www.pps.net/Page/2158 and select Job #20455 CLOSING DATE: This job is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed as received. Portland Public Schools reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any point during the posting period. The District is focused on eliminating systemic racism and its impact on student learning. PPS is committed to equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in all its educational and employment activities. The District prohibits discrimination based on race; national or ethnic origin; color; sex; religion; age; sexual orientation; gender expression or identity; pregnancy; marital status; familial status; economic status or source of income; mental or physical disability or perceived disability or perceived disability; or military service. Portland Public Schools is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.