Regional Business Manager - Rio Grande Valley (Immediate Opening)

Weslaco, TX, United States
Jun 08, 2019
Position at IDEA Public Schools

At IDEA Public Schools, we believe in college for ALL and we are committed to ensuring that all of our students graduate from college. IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States sending 100% of our students to college. 58% of our students graduate from college in 6 years - that's 8 times the national rate for students in our communities!

IDEA was founded in 2000 as a single school with 150 students in the Rio Grande Valley. When interest exceeded building capacity, to meet the demands, IDEA's co-founders committed to serving more students in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and beyond. We now serve nearly 45,000 students across Texas and Louisiana. By 2022, IDEA will serve 100,000 students. Be on the lookout for IDEA schools opening near you-with continued growth in our current regions and new launches in Tarrant County (Fort Worth/Arlington), New Orleans, Houston (2020), Permian Basin (2021), and Tampa Bay (2021)!

When you choose to work at IDEA, you are part of our IDEA Team and Family. You will work alongside team members who set and reach ambitious goals every day, are excited to continue to grow with IDEA, and work relentlessly to make college for all a reality.

To learn more about IDEA, check out this video .

Role Mission: The Business Office strives to support the leadership at IDEA as we work together to meet and exceed our ambitious financial and student achievement goals. The Regional Business Manager will work with Business Office, headquarters, regional and school teams to increase efficiency and provide a high level of support in meeting shared goals.


1. Upload a balanced budget by the start of the new fiscal year
  • Support budget managers and their staff during the annual planning and budgeting process
  • Build and update rosters for the upcoming fiscal year, identify and correct errors, and make revisions based on changes throughout the process
  • Collect detailed budgets and ensure requested budgets meet targets by fund and overall amount
  • Project and allocate centrally planned budgets

2 . Guide Executive Directors, Senior Vice-Presidents of Schools, and School Leaders in meeting the Earnings before Interest, Depreciation and Amortization (EBIDA) target for their school or region
  • Share high quality reporting and analysis that assists budget managers and support staff in understanding the impact of monthly and year-to-date budget to actuals
  • Drive the creation and update of rolling forecasts in partnership with school and regional leaders to ensure schools and regional budgets will meet annual EBIDA targets
  • Consult with schools and teams that are off track and provide actionable recommendations to improve financial performance
  • Build the capacity of budget managers to best serve as financial stewards through consistent check points, quality reference materials and professional development

3. Contribute to the planning and facilitation of professional development of budget managers and their support staff
  • Manage the Business Clerk hiring, onboarding and support process for portfolio regions
  • Develop session content and facilitate Regional Quarterly Financial Management Trainings, Summer Institute, HQ managers, grant managers, APO, PIR and Principal trainings
  • Provide differentiated support to portfolio financial managers including field observation and coaching, regional tacticals , and adhoc trainings based on portfolio trends

4 . Live Values of IDEA
  • Believes and is committed to our mission: that all students are capable of getting to and through college
  • Is driven by outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them
  • Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change
  • Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization
  • Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes
  • Embodies IDEA's core values

  • Mission Focus
  • Strategic Leadership
  • Managing Self and Others
  • Building Relationships
  • Technological and Financial Aptitude

  • Education: (Required) Bachelor's degree in accounting, business administration, or economics (Preferred) Master's degree in accounting, business administration, or economics

  • Experience:(Required) 3-4 years' experience in financial data analysis (Preferred) 4-5 years' experience in financial data analysis

Knowledge and Skills:
  • Ability to effectively communicate with stakeholders of varying degrees of analytical understanding
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
  • Spreadsheet and database expertise
  • Constantly searching for and learning more regarding analysis methods and tools
  • Hold ethics and values of data integrity to high standards

  • Salary for this role typically falls between $65,426 and $83,419 commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications . This role is also eligible for a performance bonus based on individual and organizational performance and goal attainment.

IDEA Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the organization's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact IDEA Human Resources at (956) 377-8000.

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