Role Overview Directs the activities of the Accounting and Budget Departments and Internal Auditor. Provides assistance and information to executive leadership for decision-making and strategy in yielding effective and efficient educational and support programs.
Coordinate with Federal, State, MSDE, pension system, and school construction auditors, as well as independent accounting firms to audit various program funds and the annual financial statement and federal programs audit.
Provide information to financial statement auditors, including the Management Discussion and Analysis (MD&A).
Maintain Self-Insurance Fund financial records and assist with negotiation of rates, providers, etc.
Serve on the Healthcare Committee representing the Board of Education.
Act as Trustee for Group Insurance Pool and Pooled OPEB Trust and, all provided through the Maryland Association of Boards of Education.
Works with Supervisor of Employee Benefits to provide competitive benefits at the lowest possible cost.
Supervise and evaluate the performance of departmental professional and support staff and confer with them regarding their performance and professional development.
Maintain a schedule of cash flow and invest excess cash on a short-term or long-term basis.
Keep current on proposed and final legislation affecting finance and benefits, and changes in governmental accounting principles, governmental auditing standards, and technology affecting finance processes.
Review the work of the internal auditor and issue reports to principals and instructional leadership.
Participate in proposed operating budget development from requests to presentation and modify the current budget throughout the year as necessary.
Ensure grants are used for purposes in compliance with laws, regulations, and applications and assist with budget amendments.
Maintain financial policies and procedures for schools and central office.
Assure financial records are accurate and timely reporting and assistance to other departments is provided.
Comply with interim, monthly, and year-end state and federal financial reporting requirements.
Serve as Liaison to the Finance and Audit Review Committee and provide information to the Budget Advocacy and Review Committee.
Participate in collective bargaining negotiations as requested by the Board of Education.
Attend Board meetings and present information as necessary.
Travel to MSDE and other meetings as necessary.
Demonstrate a courteous and professional demeanor to all stakeholders of Washington County Public Schools.
Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Chief Operating Officer.
Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, or a related field.
Five years prior accounting management and supervisory experience.
Knowledge of governmental accounting and reporting.
Experience in the coaching, support, and evaluation of personnel.
Strong project management and analytical skills, including large-scale project management.
Extensive experience with computer software, specifically Microsoft Office products, and accounting/payroll systems.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Regular and predictable attendance is an essential function of the job.
Ability to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.
CPA, MBA, MPA, CGFM, or CMA
Experience in public sector finance
Experience with large-scale financial and compliance audits
Experience in grant application and management
Experience with self-insurance programs for health benefits
Environmental Factors and Physical/Mental Requirements
The Environmental Factors and Physical/Mental demands represent those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Required prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer and other office equipment.
Ability to sufficiently move throughout the building and grounds.
Must have the use of sensory skills in order to effectively communicate and interact with individuals as normally defined by the ability to see, read, talk, and hear.
Maintain emotional control under stress.
Ability to travel district-wide and state-wide if needed.
Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) is located in western Maryland, part of a tristate area that includes Pennsylvania and West Virginia, where more than 23,000 students attend 46 school facilities. Through magnet and advanced programs, technical specialties, outdoor experiences, special education, technology and the arts, WCPS prepares students for chosen college or career paths after education. Innovative leadership and programming create an educational experience to ensure that students have the opportunity to succeed in a 21st century environment.