The Specialist, Financial Planning will support leadership and central office staff in the analysis, planning, and execution of DCPS’s budget. The Specialist is responsible for conducting data analysis and visualization to inform resource use decisions, provide budget resources and technical support to budget staff across central office, and project manage budget work streams.
Job Title: Specialist, Financial Planning
Office:Office of Resource Strategy
Salary Range:1-5 / $82,007 – $92,534NTE
Position OverviewThe mission of the Office of Resource Strategy (ORS) is to align and manage resources across the organization to best meet the needs of our schools and create the conditions for district success. The Office is responsible for facilitating the successful financial and business performance of the district and integrating the district’s business and financial interests to ensure an equitable distribution of resources that best serves all students. The Office provides financial strategy and leadership to implement strategic goals and objectives and gives direction to leadership toward the achievement of the District’s philosophy, mission, strategy, annual goals, and objectives.The Office also is responsible for ensuring sound business and financial practices are followed in compliance with federal and state regulations, district policy, business policies and procedures, and other applicable financial and business standards and practices.The Office supports employees throughout the district to ensure DCPS provides high-quality customer service and employee support for all district employees.
ORS programs include the following:
- Employee Services: provide legally-compliant employee services related to benefits and compensation, manage workforce data and systems, and provide world-class customer service within 24 hours;Contracts & Acquisitions: Support schools and Central Office in purchasing goods in alignment with procurement law and regulation; andFinance: Ensure school and central office finances are allocated and expended in alignment with the district’s strategic plan, in a manner that fosters transparency, maximizes funds, promotes equity, and ensures compliance with requirements.
The Finance division is responsible for ensuring that Central Oﬃce and school support functions align necessary resources to the district’s strategic plan in order to strategically solve long-term budget challenges and improve budget processes across the agency.
The Specialist, Financial Planning will support leadership and central office staff in the analysis, planning, and execution of DCPS’s budget. The Specialist is responsible for conducting data analysis and visualization to inform resource use decisions, provide budget resources and technical support to budget staff across central office, and project manage budget workstreams.
This position has a Not to Exceed (NTE) date of September 30, 2023. Having an NTE date means that an individual may remain employed up to, but not beyond, that specific date. It does not guarantee employment to that date and is dependent upon the availability of continued funding.
The Specialist, Financial Planning will report to the Director, Budget Strategy.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.
- Conducts short- and long-run financial planning in response to complex impacts of the pandemic on DCPS revenue and costs.Performs spend plan development, spend down monitoring, and reporting for relief funding in response to the pandemic; and stays informed of policy and implementation requirements of federal relief funding to inform DCPS investments and processes.Adjusts DCPS’s strategy and spending of pandemic relief funds in response to the latest health guidance, stakeholder feedback, and district and school priorities.Creates detailed timelines for projects; assesses and tracks project progress regularly using various computer programs and tools; and drives project completion holding others accountable for responsibilities and deadlines.Helps manage the analysis and presentation of data for senior leadership; communicates progress to key stakeholder groups; and incorporates their input.Builds relationships and liaises with various internal departments to drive collaboration and project success; and interacts with and responds eﬀectively to urgent requests from multiple DCPS stakeholders.Supports the implementation and maintenance of DCPS budget systems and annual local and federal reporting.Provides resources, training, and technical support to central office budget staff related to annual budget development and execution, as well as special projects and problem-solving as necessary.
Bachelor’s degree and three to five years of related work experience.Master’s degree preferred.Previous exposure to or experience in the education sector a plus.Proven ability to gather, analyze, and summarize data.Strong attention to detail, organizational skills, and ability to work under tight deadlines, including the ability to multitask and self-manage the deadlines of competing projects.Exemplary written and oral communication skills; and proven ability to liaise with cross-functional stakeholders, author public-facing training materials, and work directly with internal and external audiences.Deep desire to excel, persevere, and proactively identify opportunities to innovate.Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with change and ambiguity.Deep commitment to professional growth and learning; and thrives in a culture of continuous feedback.Curious, self-taught learner with strong computer skills and a desire to support others in effectively using new technology.Previous experience with databases a plus.DCPS ValuesSTUDENTS FIRST: We recognize students as whole children and put their needs first in everything we do.COURAGE: We have the audacity to learn from our successes and failures, to try new things, and to lead the nation as a proof point of PK-12 success.EQUITY: We work proactively to eliminate opportunity gaps by interrupting institutional bias and investing in effective strategies to ensure every student succeeds.EXCELLENCE: We work with integrity and hold ourselves accountable for exemplary outcomes, service, and interactions.TEAMWORK: We recognize that our greatest asset is our collective vision and ability to work collaboratively and authentically.JOY: We enjoy our collective work and will enthusiastically celebrate our success and each other.