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Chief Financial Officer

Harbor Springs, MI


Posted on April 17, 2018

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About Chief Financial Officer

Organization: Harbor Springs Public Schools

Location: Harbor Springs, MI

Pay Range: $70,000 – $90,000



The Chief Financial Officer is responsible for the management of all accounting functions, annual and long-range budgets, current and long-term planning, and timely reporting of all financial matters. Significant areas of responsibility include accounting, budgeting, purchasing, insurances, internal and external audit, cash flow, compliance, and debt retirement functions.


Position Responsibilities:

  • Oversees all financial and budgetary information for all operations/departments of the school district.
  • Coordinates and develops the budget planning and implementation process, including budget preparation, administration and control.
  • Develops a schedule for and conducts internal audits on accounts, accounting practices, and Business Department procedures as necessary.
  • Responsible for reporting and compliance of the Affordable Care Act.
  • Ensures proper and adequate records are maintained so that all district funds are properly safeguarded, all property is accounted for, and accurate financial reports are available to the Superintendent and Board of Education.
  • Manages the district’s insurance programs, including property and casualty, liability, worker’s compensation and unemployment.
  • Supervises activity fund accounts which include execution of procedures to ensure proper receipts for monies received, the issuance of checks upon preparation of authorization, preparation of monthly reports of fund balances and annual reconciliation of each fund account.
  • Responsible for the annual financial audit, coordinates preparation of necessary schedules and reports and serves as the District’s liaison with audit staff.
  • Oversees the maintenance of the debt retirement accounts of the school district and recommends the annual debt retirement millage rate.
  • Responsible for all bank statement reconciliations, deposits and posting of receipts and journal entries to the general ledger.
  • Administers a comprehensive program of analysis, evaluation, planning and forecasting for all of the District’s non-instructional operations.
  • Keeps the Superintendent and Board informed about all aspects of the operating condition of the District.
  • Monitors compliance regarding purchases through competitive bidding, informal quotations and negotiations.
  • Assists with labor contract negotiations at the direction of the Superintendent and provides necessary and pertinent financial data to the district negotiating team.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Superintendent.



  • Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Business, Accounting or related area, Master’s Degree in Educational Administration, Finance or related field is preferred, but not required.
  • A minimum of five years of school finance experience or related experience.
  • CFO certification by the Michigan School Business Officials (MSBO), or ability to obtain.
  • CPA designation preferred, but not required.


Skills/Knowledge/Abilities (SKA) Required:

  • Candidates must have excellent analysis and communication skills and demonstrate an ability to work with faculty, staff, students, Board of Education, and outside community members.
  • Proficient in Optimal Solutions School Finance software.
  • Knowledge of accounting and financial principles, particularly those related to an educational institution.
  • Computer skills to include Microsoft Office Suite and applicable accounting software (School Finance).
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Maintains the highest level of confidentiality.

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