Job: Director of Finance

Title Director of Finance
Categories Full Time
Job Information

Position: Director of Finance

Department: Administration

Reports to: Superintendent

Location: District Office

Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

FLSA Status: Exempt


Days Worked:    226



Manara Academy is a public charter school that use the Expeditionary Learning model which emphasizes high achievement through active learning, character growth, and teamwork. The five Expeditionary Learning core practices—learning expeditions, active pedagogy, school culture and character, leadership and school improvement, and structures—work in concert and support one another to promote high achievement. Rigorous investigation of deep content, the creation of authentic products for an authentic audience, and effective instructional practices character growth and teamwork

The role of the Director of Finance will oversee all financial and business affairs of the district. Provide leadership for the district’s financial services activity to ensure legally sound and effective management practices. Direct and monitor the management and investment of all district funds and ensure they are effectively protected. Also will serve as the chief financial advisor to the Superintendent and the Board of Directors.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ensure preparation and integrity of all district general accounting records and related financial reports using accepted standards for school accounting as prescribed by the Texas Education Agency.
  • Develop long-range and short-term objective for district’s business operations and prepare district budget. Monitor budget variances and oversee budget adjustments.
  • Act as financial advisor to the superintendent and board of directors and keep them informed of the financial condition of the district.
  • Maintain the district’s investment portfolio. Supervise and coordinate the investment of all available funds to the best interest of the school district and ensure that these funds are effectively protected against loss at all times.
  • Compile, maintain, and file all physical and computerized reports, records, and other documents required including preparing and evaluating monthly financial statements and related budget reports, preparing quarterly and final reports for all federal funds and grants, and developing semi-annual financial information for submission of data to TEA.
  • Coordinate, manage, and oversee the District’s fiscal affairs, including budget development, financial planning and reporting, payroll, and other financial management programs.
  • Serve as a team member of the Superintendent’s cabinet, and participate in district-wide planning, development, and evaluation to support financial initiatives and processes.
  • Direct and provide leadership to assigned personnel, conduct performance appraisals, make recommendations for appropriate employment actions, and promote professional growth.
  • Assist with district-wide planning to align the use of financial resources to the District’s goals and objectives.
  • Determine cash available for investment and payment of bills based on daily analysis of cash flow.
  • Oversee monthly bank reconciliations for all accounts. Review reconciliations of vendor and payroll clearing accounts.
  • Ensure that all check requests are reviewed; maintain control of budget by verifying availability of funds.
  • Work with district personnel to project student enrollments, staffing needs, building and facility needs, capital equipment needs, and other cost items for district and individual school improvement.
  • Direct and oversee the annual budget preparation, including collection and dissemination of available data for budget development and resource allocation, and communication of budget information to the general public.
  • Review and monitor financial accounting and reporting activities, including preparation and maintenance of financial reports.
  • Periodically develop and disseminate forecasts of expenditures versus budgetary allocations.
  • Coordinate work with the staff of the Auditor General and oversee responses to and corrective actions of audit findings.
  • Maintain accurate and current inventory records of the district’s fixed assets
  • Ensure that financial initiatives are results-oriented and aligned with the District’s mission, beliefs, and strategic goals; facilitate solutions and identify discrepancies between goals and current status; and provide support for continuous improvement objectives and strategies.
  • Maintain good public relations with parents, businesses, and community groups to provide information and receive feedback, and represent schools at district-level functions as needed.
  • Provide input in the development of policies and administrative guidelines for areas of responsibility, and support the implementation of programmatic goals and objectives on a district-wide basis.
  • Exercise proactive leadership in promoting the vision and mission of the District and empower others to make decisions and carry out responsibilities in support of the District’s objectives.
  • Build synergistic partnerships among principals, parents, businesses, and other community stakeholders, and establish relationships with community leadership and stakeholders to build support for Manara Academy programs. Represent the Superintendent of Schools as needed to clearly articulate system priorities, polices, and interests.
  • Serve with other educational leaders on work groups, committees, and project action teams that directly support schools.
  • Assist in interpreting programs, policies, and philosophy of the District to staff, students, and community.
  • Respond immediately to emergency situations and serve as a district representative at emergency shelters as determined by the Superintendent.
  • Attend board meetings and make presentations when appropriated and/or requested.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Candidates must:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, accounting, school district administration or other related field
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of Microsoft Excel
  • A minimum of five years professional accounting and finance experience in public accounting. (Preferred)
  • 3-5 years’ management/supervisory experience in overseeing finance or accounting functions and operations. (Preferred)

Ideal Candidates:

  • Charter School experience (Preferred)
  • Master’s degree in Accountancy/Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting (Preferred)
  • Advanced knowledge of school finance, budgeting, accounting systems, and economics
  • Knowledge of information/data processing systems and financial applications; TXEIS Finance or similar system
  • Ability to resolve conflict, listen, and appropriately respond to concerns
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Ability to manage budget and personnel
  • Ability to implement policy and procedures
  • Ability to interpret data
  • PTASBO certification (Preferred)
  • CPA Certification (Preferred)
  • Highly effective leadership skills.
  • High level oral and written communication skills, including public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Ability to understand financial documents and statements.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse community, Board of Directors and staff.


  • Competitive Salary
  • Medical Benefits
  • TRS Benefits
  • Performance Bonuses
  • Annual evaluations of performance are performed by Superintendent.

This job description has been reviewed with me and I fully understand the requirements. I am able to perform the essential functions of this job.

Employee’s Signature:                                                                          Date: _________________

Supervisor/Witness:                                                                              Date: _________________

Manara Academy provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Manara Academy complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

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