Chief Financial Officer

Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
Oct 01, 2020
Position Type

Full-Time with Benefits
Start Date

End Date


Chief FInancial Officer is to oversee the finances associated with the day to day and long-term business operations of Hamilton County Schools. These activities include the responsibility for budgeting and accounting of funds in excess of 400 million dollars received and disbursed by the County. The CFO is the executive administrator for the Offices of Accounting, Finance, and Procurement.

The CFO is also responsible for activities associated with non-agency business office related functions. These activities center on providing technical assistance to the District in the areas of school finance and school business operations to safeguard system assets and taxpayer funds. Further, the CFO reports to the School Board on the financial condition of the school system.

Lastly, the mission of the CFO is to ensure that the business related operations of the Hamilton County Department of Education operate in an efficient and effective manner, so the primary focus of the agency is to increase student achievement and make us the fastest improving school district in the state of Tennessee.


  • Leads development of budget and ensures alignment of spending to district strategic plan.
  • Identifies, develops, and manages teams to implement operational process improvements to ensure high organizational efficiency and effectiveness of the District's central office functions to best serve schools and students.
  • Leads the district in transitioning to a variable-cost organization and reducing fixed costs and liabilities.
  • Works in partnership with the finance team to implement tight financial controls to reduce wasteful spending and align district resources to the organizational priorities.
  • Manages the implementation of the staff/departmental evaluation systems to ensure fidelity and increased efficacy.
  • Provides hands-on management to direct reports, including providing regular feedback, coaching and direct support to ensure all team members are operating at a high level.
  • Ensures that all operational staff provide responsive, courteous and helpful customer service to the schools, staff and other stakeholders they serve.
    Works collaboratively with administration, principals, secretaries, staff, and other stakeholders.
  • Attends work and arrives to work on time.
  • Maintains confidentiality.
  • Adheres to the Teacher Code of Ethics as defined by Tennessee Law.
  • Use computers and other technology to enter and access information related to essential job functions.
  • May operate a motor vehicle to conduct various work activities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



Bachelor's degree required, Master's degree preferred in Business, Public Administration, Education, or a closely related field. Minimum of 4-6 years of experience leading and managing the operations of an urban public school organization or similar organization required. At least 5 years of senior level experience working directly with superintendents, executive cabinet leaders, school board members, non-profits, or community representatives preferred. Must possess a valid state-issued driver's license.


  • Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills to deal effectively with students, educators, parents, and community members.
  • Knowledge of theories, techniques and methodologies of human resources management, talent management and administration, including recruitment and selection, training methodologies and reward systems.
  • Knowledge of current trends and related laws and regulations in human resources, educational reform, and management.
  • Ability to manage departmental budget and ensure expenditures are within approved budget and in conformance with District fiscal procedures.
  • Knowledge of school district operations and procedures.

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