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Accounting Analyst (SY18-19)
Boston Public Schools | Boston, Massachusetts
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Job Description

Reports To: Accounting Unit Leader

Founded in 1647, Boston Public Schools (BPS) is the oldest public school district in the country. With approximately 57,000 students from over 114 different countries, and a budget of approximately $1 billion, BPS is the largest school district in Massachusetts and is one of the most diverse as well. BPS has been recognized as one of the top urban school districts in the United States; in 2006, it was awarded the Broad Prize for Urban Education as the most improved urban school district in the nation.

General Description:

The Accounting Unit ensures the integrity of all financial transactions in the District. Working closely with the Unit Leader and senior leadership of Finance, this individual will be responsible for the financial reporting function of the district; provide analysis which allows senior financial management to track spending throughout the fiscal year, supporting the ambitious educational mission of the Boston Public Schools with finite financial resources. This individual will assist on audits, work directly with City Treasury and Auditing departments and collaborate with various teams within BPS, including Human Capital, Technology, Budget and Business Services. This individual should be a self-starter with the ability to prioritize and execute multiple tasks and projects. The ideal candidate will demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written; is an innovative problem-solver who is willing to suggest improvements in reporting processes; and possesses a strong background in accounting and/or finance.

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.

Job Responsibilities:

* Financial reporting: Responsible for the financial reporting function of the District including the End of Year Financial Report for the State Department of Education; Monthly Department Expenditures and Monthly Trend Analysis.
* Treasury: Tracking and depositing of all checks received to City Treasury. Tracking and reconciling of all accounts on a monthly basis.
* Audit: Assist Accounting Unit Leader on all audits, including but not limited to the annual Single Audit and End of Year Financial Report Audit. Respond to audit requests for information; compile backup material and files; and be able to answer specific audit inquiries.
* Billing: Maintaining a database of all reimbursable positions within the District. Running payroll and benefit queries in HCM and preparing invoices to be sent to private funders. Responding to inquiries related to reimbursable positions from within BPS, City Departments and outside funding agencies.
* Health & Welfare BTU: Maintain accurate monthly balance for Boston Teacher's Union benefits. Responsible for notifying BTU of deletions and additions each month as well as calculating year-end payment/reimbursement.
* Accounts Receivable: Responsible for managing out of district relationships with various cities and towns, from ensuring that a contract is in place to invoicing for students attending special programs and schools within the District. Work closely with Legal Department and the Superintendent's Office on contracting process. Ensure all financial transactions are properly tracked and recorded in PeopleSoft.
* Year End Close: Assist Unit Leader and senior leadership of Finance team in closing the books for the fiscal year, including providing financial analysis on accounts, and support for year-end closing transactions.
* Other: Perform any other duties as assigned by the Accounting Unit Leader, Deputy CFO and CFO.

Qualifications - Required:

* Bachelor's degree or 2-3 years experience in a related field
* Excellent analytical ability and attention to detail.
* Project management skills and strong orientation toward teamwork and collaboration
* Ability to quickly adapt to change, learn new processes with ease, and work in a dynamic environment
* Ability to communicate comfortably both orally and written, particularly when communicating with non-finance staff.
* Advanced mastery of Office applications, including Excel, Word and Power Point.
* Experience working with financial systems, preferably PeopleSoft
* Current authorization to work in the United States - Candidates must have such authorization by their first day of employment

Qualifications - Preferred:

* Master's Degree in business, public policy or related field
* Previous work experience in the field of education or in a public-sector agency
* Formal training in accounting, finance or a related field

Terms: Managerial, Tier C. Full-Time. City of Boston residency required. 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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