Job Title: Coordinator, School Finance
Office: Office of Resource Strategy
Date Posted: 11/9/2021
Salary Range: 1-5 / $69,397 - $78,303
NTE Date: N/A
The Government of the District of Columbia values the safety of our employees, our residents, and our visitors. In support of these values, if you are selected for this job, effective September 19, 2021 you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when you choose to opt out of being vaccinated and instead agree to submit to weekly COVID-19 testing. If you are invited to join our team, you must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by uploading a copy of your vaccination card to your candidate dashboard, or you must select on your candidate dashboard that you are opting out of being vaccinated. If you opt out, you will be required to upload weekly a negative COVID-19 test to maintain employment with the Government of the District of Columbia. You will not be extended an offer of employment until you comply with the requirement to upload your vaccination card or opt out of being vaccinated.Position Overview
The mission of the Office of Resource Strategy (ORS) is to align and manage resources across the organization to best meet the needs of our schools and create the conditions for district success. The Office is responsible for facilitating the successful financial and business performance of the district and integrating the district's business and financial interests to ensure an equitable distribution of resources that best serves all students. The Office provides financial strategy and leadership to implement strategic goals and objectives and gives direction to leadership toward the achievement of the District's philosophy, mission, strategy, annual goals, and (see application details) Office also is responsible for ensuring sound business and financial practices are followed in compliance with federal and state regulations, district policy, business policies and procedures, and other applicable financial and business standards and (see application details) Office supports employees throughout the district to ensure DCPS provides high-quality customer service and employee support for all district employees.
ORS programs include the following:
- Employee Services: provide legally-compliant employee services related to benefits and compensation, manage workforce data and systems, and provide world-class customer service within 24 hours;
- Contracts & Acquisitions: Support schools and Central Office in purchasing goods in alignment with procurement law and regulation; and
- Finance: Ensure school and central office finances are allocated and expended in alignment with the district's strategic plan, in a manner that fosters transparency, maximizes funds, promotes equity, and ensures compliance with requirements.
The Finance division is responsible for ensuring that Central Office and school support functions align necessary resources to the district's strategic plan in order to strategically solve long-term budget challenges and improve budget processes across the agency.
The Coordinator, School Finance will play a key role in the DCPS budget development process and support program-specific budget modeling, analysis, and research. The Coordinator will collaborate with other central services teams on cross-team projects and assist with creating and updating allocation models for funding school-based initiatives. The Coordinator also will aid in maintaining the school finance budget tools that store all school budget data. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about solving system challenges, conducting research and analysis pertaining to the current trends in school budgeting, and will play a critical role in the implementation of a new school funding model.
The Coordinator, School Finance will report to the Director, School Finance.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.
- Provides cross-team support to the Specialist, School Finance during budget development and during the off-budget season.
- Supports the development of the annual DCPS school budget development process, including supporting the development of the School Budget Development Guide and updating the DCPS budget webiste.
- Supports the annual School Budget Advance and Reprogramming processes.
- Leads and supports other small- or medium-sized projects, including ensuring that updated budget information and guidance is posted on all school finance public sites and the official DCPS website.
- Performs program-specific budget modeling, analysis, and research, both individually and on cross-team projects.
- Conducts research, analysis, and budget allocation modeling in support of the DCPS school funding model.
- Develops and disseminates communication to school-based stakeholders, including budget timelines, guidance, and compliance updates.
- Provides technical support to principals and central services staff during budget development and throughout the year to ensure that resources are allocated and expended in a transparent and equitable way.
- Develops training materials and conducts in-person and web-based training for school-based and central services budget stakeholders.
- Supports the director in communicating key information to senior leadership to ensure successful school budgeting year-round.
- Supports community engagement as it relates to school budget development and the potential rollout of a new budgeting model.
- Synthesizes data and surfaces key policy questions by creating statistical and narrative reports.
- Completes ad hoc data analysis requested by internal and external parties.
- Supports the development, maintenance, and use of the school finance budget tools.
- Bachelor's degree and two to four years of related work experience.
- Master's degree preferred.
- Previous exposure to or experience in the education sector a plus.
- Strong writing skills.
- Proficient using Excel (e.g., pivot tables, VLOOKUP, etc.) and/or other tools for data analysis.
- Able to demonstrate that they are self-motivated and enjoy creating solutions using various online and software tools and resources.
- Experience using Intel Quick Base a plus.
- Highly-organized and detail-oriented.
- Ability to make connections across individuals and teams.
- Works well under tight deadlines, while executing at high levels.
- Facilitates fast and efficient decision making required for progress on the work.
- Develops and cultivates relationships important to the success of the organization.
- STUDENTS FIRST: We recognize students as whole children and put their needs first in everything we do.
- COURAGE: We have the audacity to learn from our successes and failures, to try new things, and to lead the nation as a proof point of PK-12 success.
- EQUITY: We work proactively to eliminate opportunity gaps by interrupting institutional bias and investing in effective strategies to ensure every student succeeds.
- EXCELLENCE: We work with integrity and hold ourselves accountable for exemplary outcomes, service, and interactions.
- TEAMWORK: We recognize that our greatest asset is our collective vision and ability to work collaboratively and authentically.
- JOY: We enjoy our collective work and will enthusiastically celebrate our success and each other.