BRANFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
1111 Main Street, Branford, CT 06405-3717
203.488.7276 ē Fax 203. 315.3505
Title: Financial Accountant
Department: Central Office
Position definition: This
position is an integral member of the Business Services team, providing
leadership in budgetary and accounting operations.
Supervision received: Receives overall direction from the Chief Operating
Officer (COO) who outlines general policies, assigns duties and reviews work
for conformance with standards. Performs
regular duties on own initiative, exercising a high degree of judgment and
Examples of essential duties:
- Assists the Chief
Operating Officer (COO) with budget development, control and forecasting.
- Provides regular and
timely monitoring of fiscal activity and balances for accuracy of
accounting records, budgetary availability and compliance with policy and
regulations. Identifies and acts promptly to resolve errors, unusual or
unexpected activity, and inconsistencies.
- Takes initiative in
solving problems and modifying processes to improve efficiency and
- Drafts instructions and
procedures to promote consistency in district-wide fiscal activities. Monitors compliance.
- Monitors cash balances to
ensure liquidity, implements controls, prepares and conducts transfers of
funds. Oversees bank
- Works cooperatively with
the Town to support financial information system upgrades and to attain
full and timely reconciliation of accounts.
- Serves as principal
liaison of department to schools and administrators, Town, State and
Federal government offices on fiscal matters, including required reporting
to respective government agencies.
- Trains and assists
District staff with financial system and ensures adherence to established
standards, procedures and policies.
- Monitors and helps grant
managers with particular attention to budget modification, spending,
revenue requests and reporting deadlines.
- Evaluates requests for
transactions such as journal entries and budget transfers. Ensures that such transactions are
appropriate and have available balances before processing.
- Prepares and reviews
regular financial reports and statements, such as cost reports for
Medicaid and School-Based Health Centers, National School Lunch Program
reimbursement requests, and annual state grant and expenditure reports.
- Schedules and conducts
internal audits, including Student Activity, Food Service Funds and petty
- Manages accounts receivable
- Maintains a chart of
accounts that meets reporting requirements and operational effectiveness.
- Supports annual audit by
delivering of Provided By Client (PBC) items and timely satisfaction of
- Assists internal customers
and external constituencies with needs that cannot be satisfied by other
Business Services staff members.
- Other duties as assigned
degree in Accounting, Finance or Business Administration.
strong knowledge of fund and encumbrance accounting, budget development and
management, purchasing/accounts payable, cash management and general ledger.
understanding of payroll operations
years of progressively responsible administrative work in accounting, business
planning and/or management; or any equivalent combination of education and
in a similar role in a Connecticut public school district preferred.
- High level of integrity
and dependability with a strong sense of urgency and results-orientation.
- Proven eagerness to take
initiative in solving problems and improving operations
- Ability to prioritize,
organize and manage multiple functions simultaneously while meeting
- Ability to collaborate
with others and to approach sensitive issues with tact
- Committed to the
philosophy and values of public education
Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
- A strong holistic
understanding of fund accounting, budgeting and cash interrelationships
- Facility in the art and
science of budget management
- Ability to conduct
financial research, exercise judgment and provide accurate financial
analyses and logical interpretations.
- Ability to communicate
effectively verbally and in writing.
- Ability to design
quantitative reports and convey instructions that are clear and easily
understood by non-financial readers.
- Experience planning and implementing systemic change
- strong working knowledge
and competencies in all Microsoft Office applications.
License or certificate: A
Connecticut Motor Vehicle Operatorís license is desirable.
Physical, mental exertion/environmental conditions: There is
regular intermittent exposure to computer screen. Performs duties in an office
environment. May be required to lift and
move weights up to 20 pounds. Uses repetitive motions in operating office
equipment, including keyboards, calculators, fax machines and copiers. Must be
able to hear clearly (correctable to within normal limits) to record telephone
information, and to see (vision correctable to 20/20) to complete applications
and forms. Adaptive technology may be used.
above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities. It is not
meant to be all inclusive of every task and responsibility. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform
the essential duties.