Hours of Work: Full time; 40 hours/week; 52 weeks/year
Salary: $119,149 – $132,654 depending on qualifications

Under general supervision, directs the daily activities of financial accounting and reporting, cash management, financial management information systems support and grant accounting including providing general supervision, problem solving, and strategic direction to ensure the department’s activities are functionally coordinated around finance and controlling.
This class specification lists the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive. Incumbent(s) may be expected to perform job-related duties other than those contained in this document and may be required to have specific job-related knowledge and skills.

  • Manages and directs the activities of assigned staff; coordinates, prioritizes and assigns tasks and projects; tracks and reviews work progress and activities; undertakes disciplinary action as required; conducts performance evaluations; ensures appropriate scheduling of staff to ensure proper operational coverage.
  • Provides leadership, direction, and supervision to the financial service functions of the district including financial accounting and reporting, cash management, revenues and investments, and grant accounting.
  • Plans, prioritizes, assigns, supervises, and reviews the work of assigned staff directly or through supervisors.
  • Contributes to the overall quality of the department’s service provision by developing and coordinating work teams and by reviewing, recommending, and implementing improved policies and procedures.
  • Oversees and conducts studies regarding financial projections and revenue source development; various data analytics and advises on the financial policy and the integrity of the district’s assets and financial systems.
  • Provides financial analyses and counsel to Departments on revenues, expenditures and budget issues, trains staff in various financial reports.
  • Assures that finance functions, including payroll, financial reporting, account payable, asset management, property tax, debt management, investment and cash management, financial statement preparation, audit and others are supported and directed by positive internal control and prudent financial policies.
  • Directs the conduct of and conducts analytical and technical studies; develops and reviews reports of findings, alternatives, and recommendations; directs the maintenance of accurate records and files.
  • Provides support and assistance to the Director of Business Services in the strategic management and decision-making process related to the Department’s process and systems improvement.
  • Ensures the department processes incorporates appropriate internal controls.
  • Serves as key member of Fiscus Management team to develop/improve consistent procedures and focus on pertinent business and accounting issues.
  • Ensures the Finance Department procedures follow state and Federal rules and regulations, and Hopkins Public Schools policies and procedures.
  • Promotes and supports the overall mission of the district by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with public and staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance, or a closely related field.
  • Eight (8) years of professional experience managing financial operations.
  • OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

Required Certificates, Licenses, and Registrations:
Continued employment is contingent upon all required licenses and certificates being maintained in active status without suspension or revocation.

  • Driver’s license.
  • CPA or Governmental/Education Finance Certification Preferred.

Required Knowledge and Skills
Required Knowledge:

  • Thorough understanding of general accounting
  • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Generally Accepted Auditing Principles for Public Sector financial management, including payroll, treasury, grant funds and public debt management.
  • Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB), standards, recommended practices, rules and regulatory reporting requirements.
  • Specialized HPS and state agency accounting software applications, including ERP and State of Minnesota Uniform Financial Accounting and Reporting Standards (UFARS).
  • Intermediate proficiency with a strong emphasis on Microsoft Excel.
  • Adherence to tight deadlines and quick turnaround for accounting deliverables
  • Uniform Guidance related to state and federal funding.
  • Principles and practices for providing customer and personal services.
  • Administrative principles and practices, including Microsoft office suite.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from management, vendors, and associates.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to develop and maintain an organized structure.
  • Computer applications related to the work.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

 Required Skills:

  • Preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence, and other written materials.
  • Using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.
  • Using tact, discretion, and prudence in working with those contacted in the course of the work.
  • Performing effective oral presentations to large and small groups.
  • Contributing effectively to the accomplishment of team or work unit goals, objectives, and activities.
  • Commitment to the District mission, which is to ensure high quality, innovative, challenging education where all learners are valued and respected.
  • Performing assigned responsibilities in a manner consistent with the district’s established Core Values.

The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Mobility to work in an office setting, use standard office equipment and stamina to sit for extended periods of time; strength to lift and carry up to 20 pounds; vision to read printed materials and computer screens; and hearing and speech to communicate in person or over the telephone. 
Work is performed in an office setting.
Travel required to locations throughout the district.