Chief Financial Officer

TITLE:         Chief Financial Officer (CF0)


LOCATION:  Central Office



The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) develops and oversees the financial strategies and operations for Kansas City- Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) and its related entities under the direction of the Superintendent. S/he is a key thought partner in the implementation of the strategic vision for the KCKPS. As an instrumental finance leader- s/he manages the finance department including payroll- bond and construction priorities- purchasing- risk management- grant/fundraising- and benefits programs. Additional responsibilities include overseeing the relationship with the schools financing partners- develop and manage the School’s financial model- annual budgeting and reporting process. As a Senior Cabinet Leadership position- s/he serves as a visible community leader- working with parents- teachers- leadership- and Board members on implementing the mission and vision of the School.



  • Direct and manage the financial operations of the school to achieve the strategic goals identified by board and leadership- including managing and developing the business office employees- and interacting directly with the administrative- faculty- and parent communities.
  • Facilitate and prepare reports and presentations for the Cabinet- Executive Committee- and Board meetings.
  • Oversee financial departments related to payroll- risk management- purchasing- benefit programs- bond and construction priorities- and grant/fundraising- including other assigned financial processes.
  • Administer and maintain the appropriate insurance for all KCKPS corporate entities.
  • Design and lead annual budgeting process- collaborating with leadership team- school leadership and operations staff- including the Board of Education.
  • Ensure financial records and procedures comply with all regulatory authorities. Respond to and work with agency and governmental auditors in the preparation of financial statements.
  • Recruit and retain staff by effectively supervising- training and developing their skills as appropriate for the financial department.
  • Serve as main point person for real estate and construction financials.
  • Supervise and develop the finance and accounting function- financial reporting and financial relationships for all KCKPS entities; including annual audits.
  • Develop the internal communication systems to effectively track- analyze- and report business/fundrasing expenditure information in an aligned method amongst departments.
  • Serve as the primary liaison for all financing partnerships- overseeing the development of all reporting- and ensure KCKPS is in compliance with the appropriate government entity/issuer or lender.
  • Manage federal- state- and local including grant accounting and reporting.
  • Perform additional responsibilities as needed.


  • Bachelor`s in Accounting- Business- Finance or related field required. MBA or CPA preferred.
  • 10+ years of experience in a CFO or Director of Finance role.
  • Prior experience in (urban education)- corporation/school with complex structure (501c3 and/or hybrid preferred).
  • Knowledge of GAAP accounting principles and BusinessPLUS- or similar systems is preferred.
  • Strong background in finance- budgeting- and cash management.
  • Experience and oversight with diverse financing tools including loans- municipal bonds- contributed income- government programs or private debt financing preferred.
  • Experience with start-up and/or growth organizations preferred.
  • Ability to communicate with all constituencies – Board of Education- certified/classified staff- and families.
  • Solid technology skills including Word- Outlook- Excel and database management software.


COMMUNICATION / ORGANIZATION: Maintains communication with school personnel- parents/guardians- internal and external customers to enhance cooperative action which will support the educational needs of students.


REASONING ABILITY:  Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. 


LANGUAGE SKILLS:  Ability to read and analyze and interpret general professional journals- technical procedures- or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports- correspondence- and protocols.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of administrators- staff- parents- students- and the general public.


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- walk- stand and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  The employee must occasionally push items of 50 pounds such as pushing on a bike or wheelchair- or moving/rearranging furniture. While performing the duties of the job the employee occasionally may visit a child’s home. 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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually loud and is a standard acceptable level for this environment.


Deadline to Apply: December 10- 2018

Applications and documents will be reviewed prior to the closing date for this position.

Required Documents:

*Completed application- resume or bio- plus cover letter may be scanned as one document.

*Three letters of recommendation.

*An unofficial or official copy of transcript.


Contact Cynthia Fulks- Director of Recruitment- for information at 913-279-2364 or


TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:       261 days


SALARY:               According to KCKPS Salary schedule    




REPORT TO:         Superintendent of KCKPS


EVALUATION:      Performance will be evaluated in accordance with the Board of Education policy



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


Manager _______________________________________________

HR ___________________________________________________


Employee signature below constitutes employee’s understanding of the requirements- essential functions and duties of the position. 


Employee _____________________________ Date ____________


Kansas City- Kansas Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer                                                                       
Job Start Date: NA
Applications Due By: 12/10/2018

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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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