The District Director of Business and Finance is responsible for using an equity and anti-racist lens to execute the overall financial operations of the school district, including the preparation, implementation and administration of the school district’s budgetary process, fiscal reporting and state aid. This position serves as leader for all aspects of business operations, including accounting, auditing, capital construction projects, contract services, federal aid, food service, insurance and benefits administration, payroll, and purchasing. This position also has responsibility for providing input and support in the negotiations process with the employee unions.
Schenectady City School District seeks an experienced equity-driven school business official to assume the position of District Director of Business and Finance beginning July 1, 2021.
The District Director of Business and Finance reports directly to the Superintendent and serves as a key member of the district’s executive leadership team.
The Schenectady City School District is in a unique financial position due to COVID-19 relief funding. The district is poised to receive $70 million in federal aid over the next five years. Currently, the district is realizing an increase of $11 million in Foundation Aid funding. If Foundation Aid is fully implemented, the district will receive an additional $30-40 million annually.
Starting Date: July 1, 2021, or as soon as practicable
Application Deadline: Continuous until filled. Interviews will be ongoing commencing June 3, 2021.
The Schenectady City School District does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, race or gender. This policy is in compliance with the Title IX of the Education amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Regulations and Bylaws of the Board of Education of the Schenectady City School District.
Applicants with New York State Certification as a School District Administrator (SDA) or School Business Administrator (SBA) or School District Business Leader (SDBL) are preferred. Consideration may be given to exceptional candidates meeting Civil Service criteria and requirements for the title of Business Official or Business Manager.
The successful candidate will have:
At least five years of experience as a successful leader driven by equity in the areas of public school finance, budget development, management and business office operations including experience with self-funded health insurance, bargaining unit contract negotiations, business contract negotiations and services, building leases, RFPs and capital project referendums.
Excellent leadership skills with a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Experience developing budgets and financial processes through a lens of equity that ensures equitable outcomes.
Solid track record of working collaboratively with Black and Brown communities and groups representing all segments of the school community, with attention to all underrepresented groups.
About Schenectady City School District
Schenectady City Schools is a continually improving school district dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning, equity, engagement, and efficiency. In the Schenectady City School District, we are committed to cultivating beliefs, policies, and practices that establish socially just conditions for all our stakeholders, with greater attention to marginalized students, families, community, and staff so that they can thrive and transform our current district culture.
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