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Position Title: Financial Analyst

Department: Financial Services - Budget Office

Work Year: 235

Salary Range: $50,417 - $60,500

Date Needed: ASAP

Position Objective:

The Financial Analyst works on the team within the Budget Office and is a part of the Financial Services Department at Denver Public Schools.

The role performs district wide budget management responsibilities, including district wide budget development, monitoring, reporting and analysis. The role also works directly with school and department leaders by training and assisting in a variety of areas including monthly school and department budget status reports, and the execution of a variety of related financial functions including procurement, payroll, payables, and accounting. The role performs strategic analysis related to school budgets, department budgets and directly supports leaders in budget development and use of funds and performs other special projects.

The Financial Analyst also supports other members of Financial Services, particularly more experienced and senior Financial Partners to execute general budget and financial management.

Essential Functions:
Work with team of Financial Partners by supporting the existing work related to day-to-day financial implementation for schools and departments.
• Assists in the preparation of the district wide budgets including Proposed, Adopted and Amended budgets and other documents.
• Works to train school administration on the allocation of resources in the Student Based Budgeting (SBB) model in order to allow them to make appropriate budget decisions.
• Provide guidance to administrative staff in the implementation and management of a comprehensive financial model for a school and department.
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Daily functions could include processing and approving budget transfers, job requisitions, submitting journal entries and generating monthly reports.
• In time and in conjunction with exemplary work, the role could work with a group of schools or departments as the client facing member of the Financial Services team.
• Proactively identify additional sources of funding available such as grants and guide administrative staff through application process.
• Provide financial analysis of budgets, including identifying and researching variance analysis, risks and solutions and operational needs. Communicate financial system corrections needs on a monthly basis.
• Use a variety of computer systems to create reports as needed to analyze budgets and formulate conclusions regarding the fiscal health of the assigned network of schools.
• Could in time be responsible for the facilitation regular meetings with clerical, administrative and central administration staff regarding their financial health, as well as facilitate discussion on upcoming goals spending needs or changes.
• Provide training to clerical and administrative staff; teach them to prepare for Budget Office financial reviews, project year end balances, prepare journal entries, make budget transfers and properly use petty cash accounts, pupil activity funds and procurement cards.
• Develop training content to be used in presentations to staff during key points in the year (budget development, Fall Adjustments, etc).
• Document process and procedures, implement process improvements and retain documentation as required.
• Perform other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree in business administration, accounting or finance; or equivalent experience.
• Two (2) - Five (5) years in budgeting, accounting, and data analysis as well as research and evaluation skills utilizing automated systems (prefer experience in governmental accounting and budgeting environment).
• Highly skilled in using Excel pivot tables, graphing, macros, formulas and linking.
• Possess good oral and written communication skills.
• Experience and proficiency with Microsoft Office products (e.g. Excel, Word, and PowerPoint).
• Bilingual skills in Spanish preferred.
Knowledge and Other Qualifications:
Knowledge of basic accounting and mathematical operations required for the position.
• Ability to communicate various policies and procedures to school staff and department secretaries.
• Ability to perform detailed calculations and stay focused on the project.
• Possess mathematical and reconciliation aptitude.
• Ability to pay attention to detail and work on multiple projects at one time.
• Ability to work with time constraints and deadlines.
• Valid Colorado Driver’s License, appropriate insurance coverage and acceptable driving record for the past three years.

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