Denver Public Schools
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    Traditional 235 work days

    FTE: 1.0

    Salary Range: $59,355 - $71,923

    This is a 13 month funded role


    Essential Functions and Objectives:


    Responsible for performing technical analysis to solve business problems using advanced methods. Contributes to operational goals by influencing district decision-making. Administers the maintenance, procedures, and reporting district wide systems and platforms. 


    Provides school and department leaders with financial oversight and guidance for federal, state, and private grants. Ensures compliance with applicable grant regulations and spending guidelines across multiple programs and departments. Areas of accountability include budget development, forecasting spend, financial management and analysis, as well as financial reporting and monitoring to flag potential compliance concerns. 


    - Researches and applies analytical methods to solve complex problems. Analyze systems, programs, datasets and reports, to enhance the efficacy of district programs, processes, procedures, goals and objectives. Create metrics, examine data, interpret findings and extract insights. 

    - Improves data storage practices, in order to optimize extract, analysis and delivery of content. Handles actual data collection and input into systems; creates and documents queries; audits and cleans data; setup and validate infrastructure complies with established processes and guidelines. 

    - Applies established research design to assess and provide advice to key stakeholders. Monitor and determine the impact of industry developments; determine data collection requirements; tracks and maintains results; studies data and reports results.

    - Maintains proactive communication with key internal and external stakeholders; prepares dashboards and data visualizations to support recommendations for practitioners, partners and district stakeholder in effort to reveal gaps and areas of improvement. Works closely with functional experts, provides mentorship and catalyzes strong collaboration among all resources involved.

    - Work proactively to identify potential areas of concern and develop creative, outside the box solutions and ensures understanding of requests and changes from various stakeholders with the ability to communicate necessary changes to all impacted parties.

    - Provide guidance and training to school and department personnel (Grant Specialists, Grant Managers, school leaders, department leaders) in the implementation and management of their respective grants, including fiscal stewardship responsibilities. This requires cross-functional knowledge of a multitude of programs and schools/departments. 

    - Assist schools, departments, and Financial Partners in the preparation of grant budgets and forecasts to ensure spending is in compliance with all grant requirements. Ensure accuracy of all spend and forecasts in the system in support of district-wide reporting and analysis.

    - Assist schools and departments with the preparation of financial reporting due to funders. Responsible for review and preliminary financial approval of all financial reports required for supported grants. This includes acting as the primary resource for the Director of Grants Administration if questions or concerns arise around the financial reporting or use of funds.

    - Provide the school or department Financial Partner with the necessary information for the monthly budget meetings with department heads, school leaders, and senior leadership, including pertinent analysis of grant cliffs and variance explanations where spending is not in line with forecasts.

    - Document processes and procedures, including implementation of process improvements where possible.

    - Facilitate regular meetings with each assigned Grant Specialist, Grant Manager and/or school or department leaders in regards to their use of specific grants. This position provides direct support and advanced guidance such as: identifying risks, discussing key issues and variances, allowable use of funds, developing the grant budget, and facilitating discussion on upcoming goals, spending needs or changes as required.

    - Support with A-133 and grantor financial audits and site visits, including the preparation of schedules and compilation of supporting documents as needed.

    - Form strong relationships and collaborate with people at all levels within DPS, including support for other areas as needed.

    - Demonstrate a commitment to equity.  


    Knowledge, Experience & Other Qualifications:


    - Three (3) or more years of experience in budgeting, accounting, and data analysis as well as research and evaluation skills utilizing automated systems required (experience in governmental accounting and budgeting environment preferred).

    - Strong organizational and analytic skills and strong attention to detail.

    - Effective time management and organizational skills.

    - Ability to communicate diplomatically, persuasively through effective verbal, written and presentation skills.

    - Ability to work in a multi-ethnic and multicultural environment with district and school leaders, faculty, staff and students.

    - Self-starter/leader who can anticipate department needs in a proactive (versus, reactive) manner.

    - Effectively handles multiple demands, projects and competing deadlines.

    - Ability to set goals, work independently and drive results.

    - Knowledge of applicable laws and regulations.

    - High degree of integrity in handling confidential information.

    - Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel/Google Sheets and proficiency in other Microsoft Office is required as well as familiarity with Google Apps. 


    Education Requirements:


    - Bachelor's Degree in Accounting or Business.



    Other information:


    The COO Office has a dynamic team of highly experienced people working to maintain the integrity of Denver Public Schools and the accountability of what we do as a team. We strive to meet all of the needs of our schools, Administrative buildings and constituents. The operations team encompasses Facilities, Enterprise Management, Transportation, Technology, School of Choice, Planning and Assessment, Safety and Security, Program Management, Operations Outreach and Engagement, Finance and Operations Support Services. We are the building blocks of the operations side of Denver Public Schools. We stand on our core values Integrity, Accountability, Equity, Collaboration, Fun and of course Students First. There are a lot of opportunities for anyone looking to work in an innovative, caring, and fast paced, growing entity. Come and check out Team DPS.


    About Denver Public Schools:


    Denver Public Schools is committed to meeting the educational needs of every student with great schools in every neighborhood. Our goal is to provide every child in Denver with rigorous, enriching educational opportunities from preschool through high school graduation.  DPS is comprised of nearly 200 schools including traditional, magnet, charter and alternative pathways schools, with an enrollment of more than 90,000 students.  


    DPS has become the fastest-growing school district in the country in terms of enrollment and the fastest-growing large school district in the state in terms of student academic growth.  Learn more at dpsk12.org.  


    Denver Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors.