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28 Feb 2023

Finance School Finance Manager

Colorado Charter School Institute
 Denver, Denver County, Colorado, United States

Job Description

The Colorado Charter School Institute (CSI) is a statewide charter school authorizer whose mission is to foster high-quality public-school choices offered through charter schools, particularly schools that are focused on closing the achievement gap for at-risk students. Governed by a board of nine members appointed by the Governor and Commissioner of Education, CSI currently serves a diverse portfolio of 40+ schools across the state of Colorado serving over 20,000 students. CSI is uniquely positioned to serve and promote charter school innovation in communities throughout Colorado and to be a leader in improvements in authorizer practices. CSI aspires to continue growing the quality and quantity of its portfolio of schools in Colorado in response to the need for high quality, innovative charter school options. Our organization is at an extraordinary point of opportunity and is poised to make additional systemic changes that will yield improvements within the portfolio’s overall student achievement.

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Please note: Applications will be reviewed as they are received. This position is non-classified and is not subject to appeal rights.

This position is a key support role for CSI schools. Facilitating necessary school communication, monitoring school progress, and working with other department staff to develop trainings and tools for school staff. In coordination with finance leadership and internal teams this role will provide expertise and guidance to internal and external partners.
Please see below for a complete position description:

Essential duties of this position include the following. Employees in this position perform some or all of the following tasks. Other duties may be assigned.

In coordination with the Chief of Finance and Operations:
• Develop and implement standard internal audit schedules and procedures for CSI schools.
• Provide analysis of school budgets, audits, quarterly or monthly school financial statements, and all other school financial information for Chief of Finance and Ops as needed; including providing predictive and ‘risk analysis of CSI schools based on financial information.
• Direct and coordinate the submission of CSI schools adopted and amended budgets, and ensure all submissions adhere to statutory requirements, verify enrollments to contract expectations.
• Ensure all CSI schools complete and submit annual financial audits by deadlines and assist with the completion of the annual financial data pipeline submission
• Coordinate year end reporting and data pipeline prep with CSI staff for CSI’s School Food Authority to ensure school and CSI reporting meets internal deadlines
• Send year end payment and accrual summaries to CSI schools to assist with data pipeline
compilation at the school level.
• Calculate annual year end rebate and refunds to CSI schools
• Make recommendations to the Chief of Finance and Ops for interventions and support of schools in need of heightened or intensive support and monitoring.
• Review and assist with the CSI Assistance Fund applications. Provide risk assessment and
recommendations to the Chief of Finance and Ops.
• Create and review revenue allocations for various revenue streams, including PPR, MLO, CSCC, AtRisk, and others.

Assist in the implementation of the CSI school compliance policies as needed.
• In coordination with the Chief of Finance and Ops, develop and deliver guidance to schools regarding:
o Financial accounting and reporting
o School Budget Law
o Financial Policies and Procedures
o Revenue Calculations and funding streams
• Ensure that all training, technical assistance, and compliance monitoring includes tiered processes and actions based on school performance.
• Other duties and supports as assigned.

• Ensure that all training, technical assistance, and compliance monitoring includes tiered processes and actions based on school performance.
• Provide school performance and operational evaluation for inclusion in the CSI Annual Review of Schools for all managed programs.
• Review new school, renewal school applications and provide recommendations, risk assessment and other analysis.
• Provide operational support for the Director of Finance and Operations.
• In coordination with the Finance Department, provide technical assistance and validate financial data for state and federal reporting.

As an employee of the Colorado Charter School Institute (State of Colorado), you will have access to a variety
of benefits to include medical, dental and vision insurance, paid holidays, paid vacation and sick time, flexible scheduling, a work-life balance culture, no-cost life and disability insurance (with additional paid options), Flex Spending and Health Savings Account options, professional development opportunities, wellness offerings, a performance based bonus and membership in Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA).

CSI recognizes that autonomy and diversity can drive innovation and improved outcomes, both in our schools and in our organization. We are committed to a diverse and culturally inclusive workplace as we believe that differences in perspective and experiences broaden our awareness, enrich our daily experiences, and contribute to our collective strength.

As a charter school authorizer with schools that serve a wide range of communities across the state, we prioritize recruiting a staff that shares the diversity of the students and communities our schools serve. CSI is
proud to be an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on gender, race, color, religion or belief, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other protected class.

At a minimum, we are looking for the following:
• Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or Public Administration
• 3-5 years of experience in accounting or finance field
• Comprehensive knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
• Aptitude for variety and changing expectations in a fast-paced environment.
• Experience managing communication and accountability systems for large groups
• Strong time-management and interpersonal skills
• Attention to detail, professional written and verbal communication skills, and familiarity with modern workplace software programs and tools
• Self-motivated and self-directed Ideal candidates will have some, or all, of the following education, skills, and abilities:
• Master’s degree preferred (5+ years of successful work experience can be substituted for a degree)
• Three (3) or more years in a relevant field with experience in a governmental accounting setting (school district accounting) preferred.
• Experience using accounting software, various types
• Experience working with charter schools in Colorado
• All final candidates must successfully pass a thorough criminal background check.

Must be a resident of Colorado. Some within state travel is required. Telecommute Flexibility is available.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals
with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The work environment includes a standard office setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

This is not necessarily an exhaustive or all-inclusive list of responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, functions or working conditions associated with the job. This job description is not a contract of employment or a
promise or guarantee of any specific terms or conditions of employment. CSI may add to, modify or delete any aspect of this job (or the position itself) at any time as it deems advisable.

How to Apply

HOW TO APPLY: Does our organization and this role sound like a great fit for you? If so, please email your resume and cover letter to The cover letter should detail how your experience meets the minimum experience requirements listed in the above position announcement.

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