12 Jan 2022

Finance Controller

Jeffco Public Schools

Job Description

Jeffco Public Schools, Colorado’s largest K-12 school district, with 85,000 students and approximately 14,000 employees, has provided educational excellence for more than 60 years. Nearly 10 percent of all Colorado K-12 students attend a Jeffco school and our employees benefit from partnerships with experienced, dynamic school leaders throughout our district. Our Jeffco Generations vision document and strategic plan map out with focus and clarity what we expect our schools to accomplish with our graduates. Come join us!

Jeffco Public Schools is a Single-State Employer.  All candidates hired by Jeffco Public Schools must reside within the state of Colorado.


Desired Start Date: 01/31/2022Controller
Annual Position
Min-Mid Annual Salary Range: $94,918.73 – $113,807.41 Effective as of: 06-16-2021

**Annual salary noted above is based on an 8 hour day and full days worked calendar. Any position that is less than a full FTE/8 hours per day or late start will be prorated accordingly.


The successful new hire or rehired candidate will be responsible to complete and incur the fingerprinting and processing fee of $54.50 through an appropriate fingerprinting vendor and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, within 48 hours of offer acceptance.


SUMMARY Lead the team of professionals responsible for accounting, grants management, audit, internal audit, accounts payable, and financial reporting within the district. The Controller leads goal-setting, analysis and continuous improvement efforts within the team to provide efficient and effective service to stakeholders inside and outside the district.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Develop, modify, interpret and implement financial policies and procedures inclusive of internal controls aligned to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and applicable federal, state and local regulations.

Lead the preparation, analysis, and presentation of periodic financial reports that transparently present the district’s financial status, including departmental and business unit analysis to identify variances against budget and concerning trends that should be closely monitored by the district. Such reports include quarterly reports and the district’s Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR) as well as ad hoc reports requested by leaders in the district.

Serve as primary contact and coordinator for the district’s annual independent financial audit and lead preparation of all statements, notes, and management discussion; and analysis and transmittal letters necessary to complete and contextualize this audit, consistent with Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) pronouncements and guidance.

Lead the preparation and presentation of agendas and materials for the district’s Audit Oversight Committee (AOC) which meets approximately four times annually.

Support the CFO and/or directly present financial and audit reporting necessary for the Financial Oversight Committee (FOC), Board of Education (BOE) and Capital Asset Advisory Committee (CAAC), all of which meet periodically throughout the fiscal year.

Oversee grants management, including financial reporting and tracking; completion of the annual single audit; submissions through the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) data pipeline; and general compliance with the requirements of laws, regulations, district policy and procedures pertaining to grants.

Lead the team’s work to liaise with charter schools to meet financial reporting requirements, pass through funding to these schools, and monitor their financial sustainability. Provide financial review of all Charter applications and renewals for the district and defend positions at State Board level when needed.

Direct functional processes and transactional management within the district’s enterprise resource planning software and PeopleSoft; including evaluating the financial software and recommending enhancements or changes in coordination with the district’s information technology department.

Responsible for the internal controls’ framework and procedures. Review internal audit reports for compliance and policy enforcement of financial controls. Identify areas of risk that can be mitigated by in-person training, training aides, or sent through internal communication channels. Work with employee relations to reduce legal issues and/or provide attention to legal issues.

Oversee the efficient and effective issuance of payments against invoices; as conducted through the accounts payable team, ensuring this team adheres to and guides appropriate approval processes as stipulated in the financial policies and procedures and/or internal controls of the district.

Guide accurate fixed asset accounting

Serve as a permanent member for CDE’s Financial Policy & Procedures (FPP) advisory council and represent the district’s interest in providing guidance to CDE about school finance and management.

Perform other duties as assigned.

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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EXPERIENCE 4+ years’ experience in governmental accounting with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in administration/management

EDUCATION AND TRAINING Bachelor’s degree in business, accounting or related field. CPFO or CPA preferred.


SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, & EQUIPMENT Thorough knowledge and experience in governmental finance including accounting, procurement, risk management, debt issuance, cash/treasury management. Advanced computer, word processing, spreadsheet, and database skills. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Working knowledge and experience with managing large, complex financial systems. Strong leadership and project management skills. Excellent communication skills with ability to reach all types of audiences.

DECISION MAKING Requires analysis and application of professional knowledge, accounting principles, and experience to determine the appropriate action/processes to be taken. Errors in decision making could result in outside audits/investigation, loss of funding and major discredit to the District.

COMMUNITY RELATIONS Daily contact with classified and professional staff within the department to maintain relationships, and with vendors/contractors to negotiate controversial matters. Weekly contact with classified and professional staff outside the department. Develop and maintain relationships with the general public to help interpret policy; and with public agencies, local governments, and banking institutions to negotiate controversial matters. Participation with advisory committees, the Board, citizen committees, ratings agencies and the general public to negotiate or communicate controversial matters. Actively participate and communicate with CDE to help set policies and procedures.

SPAN OF CONTROL Directly supervise the Internal Auditor, Grants Accounting Manager, and Accounts Payable Supervisor. Also supervises external consultants and auditors as needed. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

EDUCATIONAL DELIVERY Ensure financial system availability and performance to support educational delivery and student achievement; and provide appropriate monitoring of expenditures and revenues to ensure proper reporting. Provide direct services for financial systems. The majority of time is not spent on the school site.

COMPLEXITY OF WORK Generalized goals and objectives are defined by all levels of the organization and approved by the Superintendent and Board of Education. Requires the ability to help define these goals for the financial departments and how they support the mission of the organization. Interpretation and communication of these goals and objectives to staff in order to allocate resources effectively. Requires technical and business knowledge, analytical skills, facilitation and interpersonal skills. Must be able to understand issues, recommend and implement solutions.

The physical demands, mental functions, and work environment characteristics described here are representative of 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 the essential functions.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand and sit. The employee is occasionally required to walk; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

MENTAL FUNCTIONS While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to compare, analyze, communicate, coordinate, evaluate, and use interpersonal skills. The employee is occasionally required to copy, instruct, compute, synthesize, compile, and negotiate.

WORK ENVIRONMENT The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.



The Jefferson County School District does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status, political affiliation, pregnancy, or gender.

How to Apply

Please apply on our Job Board at Job ID 15435

Bureaus: Colorado. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Finance. Salaries: 80,000 - 100,000.

Job expires in 19 days.