Director of Finance

TITLE:   Director of Finance   


 The Kansas City- Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) is a nationally recognized urban school district that serves approximately 22-000 students. With a Head Start program- three preschools- 30 elementary schools- 8 middle schools- and 5 college and career academies/high schools- the district serves a wonderfully diverse mixture of students. A remarkable 62 different languages are spoken in the homes of our students. To serve those students- the district employs approximately 3-650 staff- including more than 1-600 teachers.


The vision of the Kansas City- Kansas Public Schools is to be one of the Top 10 School Districts in the Nation. Our goal is that -Each student will exit high school prepared for college and careers in a global society- and at every level- performance is on track and on time for success.- To help our students achieve this goal- the district is implementing a district-wide initiative called Diploma+.        


JOB GOAL: To perform the duties of the Director of Finance in an efficient and legal manner as required by generally accepted accounting principles and payroll procedures- district policy and applicable state and federal law.


LOCATION:  Central Office



  • Directs all finance- accounting- and payroll department operations- to include personnel functions (e.g. interviewing- evaluating- supervising- etc.) for the purpose of maintaining adequate staffing- achieving objectives- and enhancing productivity of assigned staff.  
  • Subject matter expert for Fair Labor Standards Act- State and Federal wage and Hour laws- state and federal tax codes- board policy- as well as knowledge of district software and procedures- to allow timely and accurate payroll of all staff on a semi monthly basis. 
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director of Business and CFO to prepare the District budget in accordance with state requirements.
  • Serve as primary Administrator of all banking and cash management functions for the District.
  • Generates and files all semi-monthly- monthly- quarterly- annual payroll reports- including: payroll taxes- KPERS- labor reports- and Unemployment Insurance taxes.
  • Supervise the establishment and maintenance of proper financial records in all schools and departments so that all funds are properly accounted for in accordance with federal- state- and local requirements.
  • Insure adequate internal controls are in place to prevent misappropriation of funds- and demonstrate high fiduciary regard for taxpayer resources.
  • Maintain accounts in local banks- including clearing accounts- checking accounts- overnight repo- and investment of idle funds- in accordance with state statutes and sound financial practices. 
  • Prepare a variety of internal reports as needed to provide staff- administration- and the Board of Education timely access to monies for instruction- operations- and capital needs.
  • Prepare external accounting reports as needed for various publics to demonstrate high fiduciary regard for taxpayer resources.
  • Serve as primary contact for District financial auditors- and auditors assigned by state- federal or other reasons- as needed. 
  • Support and direct school and department Administrators regarding matters of budget and finance- and provide ongoing indirect supervision to school Treasurers.
  • Management of the District employee benefits program- including health insurance- KPERS- and voluntary plans- to enhance retention of highly qualified staff. 
  • Management of the district’s public debt to fund instructional- operational- and capital needs of the district. 
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Meets the employment qualifications set forth by the Kansas City- Kansas Board of Education and the Kansas State Department of Education.
  • Degree in accounting or business and/or related experience (CPA preferred- but not required).
  • A minimum of five years’ experience in the field.
  • Knowledge of payroll procedures.
  • Knowledge in the area of computer application and technologies.
  • Experience in supervision and direction of workers.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Capable of maintaining confidentiality.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Maintains communication with school personnel- and parents/guardians to enhance cooperative action which will meet the educational needs of students. Utilizes existing technology effectively in the performance of duties.


REASONING ABILITY: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written- oral- diagram- or schedule form.


LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read and analyze and interpret general professional journals- technical procedures- or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports- general curriculum and learning theories- correspondence- and protocols.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of administrators- staff- parents- students- and the general public.  Ability is required to schedule a number of activities- meetings- and/or events; often gather- collate- and/or classify data; and use job-related equipment. Flexibility is required to independently work with others in a wide variety of circumstances; analyze data utilizing defined but different processes; and operate equipment using standardized methods. Independent problem solving is required to analyze issues and create action plans. Problem solving with data frequently requires independent interpretation of guidelines; and problem solving with equipment is moderate to significant.


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.   The usual and customary methods of performing the jobs functions require the following physical demands: some lifting- carrying- pushing and/or pulling and significant fine finger dexterity.  Generally the job requires 70% sitting- 15% walking and 15% standing.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision- distance vision- and depth perception.


WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. This job is performed in a generally clean and healthy environment. 


OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES: Ability to perform multiple- highly complex- technical task with a need to upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions.  Ability is also required to work with a significant diversity of individuals and/or groups; work with data of widely varied types and/or purposes; and utilize a variety of job-related equipment.




SALARY: Based on KCKPS Salary Schedule  


FLSA STATUS:   Exempt 


REPORT TO:       Executive Director of Business Operations

                          Chief Financial Officer


EVALUATION:    Performance of this position will be evaluated in accordance with Board of Education policy.


Applications will be reviewed prior to the deadline date for this position.


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


Kansas City- Kansas Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  KCKPS does not discriminate on the basis of race- religion- color- national origin- sex- age- tenure- disability or any other factors that cannot be lawfully considered in its programs and activities as required by all applicable laws and regulations.




This job description has been approved by all levels of management:


Manager _______________________________________________


 HR ___________________________________________________


The employee signature below constitutes the employee’s understanding of the requirements- essential functions and duties of the position.
Job Start Date: NA
Applications Due By: 06/22/2019

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Employer Information

Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools USD 500

Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) is an exceptional urban system using an array of innovative teaching strategies to meet the diverse needs of our students with a vigorous professional development program designed to support our teachers.


Employer Address: 2010 N. 59th St. Kansas City, Kansas

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