Director of Finance

Monday, February 18, 2019
Bay-Arenac ISD
Position Details: 

Bay-Arenac ISD Position Description


JOB TITLE:            Director, Finance  (Strand A)

DEPARTMENT:     Business Office

REPORTS TO:      Superintendent


PREPARED BY:   Bruce Curtiss                                  DATE: 12/12/2018                        FTE:  1

APPROVED BY:  Deborah Kadish                               DATE:  12/12/2018

                                                                                      START DATE: APRIL 2019



To provide control for all the financial and accounting functions of the District.  District-wide responsibility for budgets, accounting, debt management, investments and funding of all programs in accordance with generally accepted accounting and auditing principles for a Michigan Public School.

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

Assumes responsibility for the receipt, expenditure and record keeping of school district funds.

Assists budget managers with the preparation and implementation of annual budgets.

Prepares reports for the proper staff official concerning the status of his/her budget.

Prepares projections of revenue and expenditures, budget vs. actual.

Assists with short term investments for the school districts.

Arranges for audits of all accounts and records annually by an independent, certified public accountant selected by the Board of Education.

Administers a continuous internal auditing program for all funds.

Recommends new accounting, budgeting and financing methods that may be desirable and necessary.

Meets with Boards of Education on a monthly basis if required.

Administers and supervises the Accounting and Payroll Departments and designates procedures for all financial records of employees.

Insures adequate cash flow to meet ongoing cash needs.

Oversees the completion of monthly, quarterly and yearly financial State and Federal reports and claims appropriate reimbursement on these programs.

Supervises the preparation and maintenance of all ledgers of the School Districts.

Assists with short term borrowing.

Advises Superintendents regarding business policies and procedures.

Oversees the preparation of reports for fringe benefits, utility consumption and costs, personnel wages, etc.

Oversees Pupil Accounting Function.

Attendance and punctuality.

Follow all board policies and guidelines.


QUALIFICATIONS:  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.



Master’s Degree or CPA.

Possess or be eligible for Chief Business Official certification as required by Michigan Department of Education.

Experience in educational institution work and familiarity with Michigan Public School Accounting.

Three years or more of successful experience in one of the above fields, and at least two additional years of experience in a supervisory capacity.

Ability to communicate with people, verbally and in written form.

Possess leadership qualities and ability to work with staff.

Experience with integrated computer systems.



Valid Drivers License required. 



Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to administrators, public groups/community, and board of education.




Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.  Ability to apply financial concepts such as compound interest, time value of money, tax rates and discounts.




Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.




Personal Computer and spreadsheet skills.  Ability to apply knowledge of current research and theory in specific field.  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, staff and the school community. Ability to speak clearly and concisely both in oral and written communication.  Ability to perform duties with awareness of all district requirements and Board of Education policies.



PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands 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.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to walk. The employee is occasionally required to stand and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision.  Some driving is necessary.  Occasionally, yet essential to this position, the individual must meet deadlines with severe time constraints, interacting with the public and other workers.  Occasionally the position requires the employee to work irregular or extended hours, direct responsibility for the safety, well-being or work output of other people and meet multiple demands from several people.



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


The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position.  Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.