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Financial Analyst

Employer
Boston Public Schools
Location
Boston, MA, US
Salary
Competitive

Job Details

Reports to: Budget Director

DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW:
The BPS Finance Team ensures that the $1.1 billion operating budget is effectively allocated and managed to yield the best results for our students. We are looking to expand our capacity to manage a diverse portfolio of academic investments including schools, programs, and services. This is a unique opportunity to enter a large, urban school district and influence the way we serve our students.

POSITION OVERVIEW:
Working closely with school principals, headmasters, departmental managers, and senior financial management team, this position will provide planning and analysis for the development, implementation, and monitoring of the Boston Public Schools annual budget (General Funds and grant revenue); supporting the ambitious educational mission of the Boston Public Schools with finite financial resources. This individual will be responsible for supporting school and central department financial management, financial analysis, monitoring and forecasting costs and creating financial reports and documents. This individual should be a self-starter with the ability to prioritize and execute multiple tasks and projects and provide exemplary customer service to schools.

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES:
  • Managing Relationships. Responds and relates well to people in all positions; is seen as a team player and is cooperative; looks for common ground and solves problems for the good of all.
  • Drive for Results. Pursues everything with energy, drive, and a need to finish; does not give up before finishing, even in the face of resistance or setbacks; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.
  • Functional and Technical Skills. Possesses required functional and technical knowledge and skills to do his or her job at a high level of accomplishment; demonstrates active interest and ability to enhance and apply new functional skills.
  • Personal Learning and Development. Is personally committed to and actively works to continuously improve himself or herself; recognizes the need to change personal, interpersonal, and managerial behavior; actively seeks feedback.
  • Creativity. Generates many new and unique ideas; makes connections among previously unrelated notions; is unafraid to use unorthodox methods; is seen as original and value-added in brainstorming settings.
  • Managing Through Processes and Systems. Designs practices, processes, and procedures necessary to get things done; simplifies complex processes; gets more out of fewer resources; creates systems that manage themselves.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Support school and department leaders in:
    • Managing their current year budget to ensure that the funds are used properly and each school/department finishes the year on budget
    • Developing their future year budgets that are balanced, meet contractual and legal requirements, and are aligned to each school's academic strategy
  • Build capacity within the organization to understand and manage finances. Create and update documentation of financial practices and policies and training documentation for school leaders, department heads, school secretaries and support staff
  • Identify and monitor key budget and policy issues and propose potential solutions to improve services and programs
  • Represent the Finance Division, serving as the financial point person on strategic initiatives, cross-functional working groups, and key departments
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the Deputy Chief Financial Officer and/or Budget Director.
QUALIFICATIONS-REQUIRED:
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 1 - 3 years experience in a relevant field
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, particularly in translating financial information into easy-to-interpret, actionable reports, presentations, and findings
  • Excellent analytical ability including formal training in statistics or econometrics.
  • Demonstrated ability to advise and negotiate comfortably with individuals at all levels
  • Ability to prioritize competing demands
  • Proven successful experience working in a team-oriented environment
  • Experience working with financial systems

QUALIFICATIONS-PREFERRED:
  • Masters Degree in business, public policy, or related field
  • Experience working with PeopleSoft
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Power Point, Word), relevant analytical software (e.g. SPSS or STATA)
  • Working knowledge of micro-economics

TERMS: Managerial, Tier C. Occasional weekend and evening work is required.

Please refer to www.bostonpublicschools.org/ohc (under "Employee Benefits and Policies") for more information on salary and compensation. Salaries are listed by Unions and Grade/Step.

The Boston Public Schools, in accordance with its nondiscrimination policies, does not discriminate in its programs, facilities, or employment or educational opportunities on the basis of race, color, age, criminal record (inquiries only), disability, homelessness, sex/gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, genetics or military status, and does not tolerate any form of retaliation, or bias-based intimidation, threat or harassment that demeans individuals' dignity or interferes with their ability to learn or work.

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As the birthplace of public education in this nation, the Boston Public Schools is committed to transforming the lives of all children through exemplary teaching in a world-class system of innovative, welcoming schools. We partner with the community, families, and students to develop in every learner the knowledge, skill, and character to excel in college, career, and life.

Company info
Telephone
(617) 635-1550
Location
2300 Washington Street
Roxbury
MA
02119
US

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