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SENIOR ACCOUNTANT - 28998

Denver Public Schools
Job Description
FINANCE
235 work days
FTE: 1.0
Salary Range: $57,580-$69,098
  
Essential Functions and Objectives:
 
The Office of the Controller champions the District’s shared vision of Every Child Succeeds as a strategic partner for timely, accurate and complete financial reporting. 
The objective of The Office of the Controller is to maintain fiscal controls and records by analyzing, tracking and reconciling financial information and preparing financial reports.   
As a position within The Office of the Controller, this role will be cross-trained to perform other functions of the department (see Essential Functions section), and should possess the accounting skills required in order to become proficient and successful in those tasks. 
This position will supervise the areas of debt and cash and investment accounting including, but not limited to, activities in account reconciliations, monthly and annual closing cycles, financial reporting and analysis, journal entries and CORA requests.  This position does not supervise any employees, but does act as the point of contact and lead for ensuring these areas of focus are completed by the assigned staff level accountants.  This position plays an essential role in the production of the CAFR and any financing done by the District.  Performing research, making recommendations and preparing complex journal entries for appropriate accounting treatments is also an expectation of this role. 
 
- Supervise the work done by staff accountants assigned in cash, investment and debt focus.  Act as point of contact for external requests regarding these areas.
- Assist in the preparation of the District’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), to include production of year-end reporting for Cash, Investment, Debt and preparing audit schedules for assigned funds.  Will also act as point of contact for audit requests on each of these areas.
- Research and provide general customer service and explanations regarding complex or quantitative analysis to others related to accounts, ledgers, funds, and general accounting methodology. 
- Supervise accounting tasks pertaining to the debt issuance for capital projects as necessary.
- Supervise reconciliation of District’s and schools’ bank accounts, balance sheet accounts, including researching and correcting discrepancies between District records and other sources.
- Perform cash management tasks including cash flow forecasting, maintain investment records and distribute income to various funds. 
- Establish and maintain procedures for accounting for assigned funds and projects.
- Review, research, and prepare original journal entries to record financial data in the general ledger and sub-ledgers as deemed necessary, including investments and wires; review journal entries submitted by other District departments, research and revise as necessary.  Will review staff level journal entries in the Cash, Investment and Debt areas.
- Perform budget to actual reconciliation and analysis.
- Research and document recommendations on governmental accounting standards, new pronouncements and proposed accounting treatments.
- Perform other work as assigned.
 
Knowledge, Experience & Other Qualifications:
 
- Five (5) years minimum experience in Accounting, CPA firm, Capital Project or Public Sector accounting setting.
- Experience in Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) production.
- Experience in researching authoritative sources and drafting cogent recommendations for accounting treatments.
- Experience in project leadership.
- Ability to provide guidance and delegate work to others.
- Strong knowledge of public sector accounting and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
- Intermediate to Advanced skills in Microsoft Office packages.
- Ability to perform highly accurate, easily auditable work.
- Ability to meet strict deadlines.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to work effectively in a team setting.
- Ability to analyze, improve and document processes.
- Experience with Continuous Improvement initiatives, preferred.
- Experience with Lawson Financials or other ERP system, preferred
- Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or CPA Candidate preferred.
 
Education Requirements: 
 
- Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance. 
 
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.   
Under the leadership of Superintendent Tom Boasberg and guided by the tenets of The Denver Plan, 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. 
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