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Position: Financial Accountant
Municipality:Branford Public Schools
Close Date:8/31/2019


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 tact.


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 internal controls.
  • 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 reconciliations.
  • 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 cash.
  • Manages accounts receivable and collections.
  • 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 auditorís inquiries.
  • Assists internal customers and external constituencies with needs that cannot be satisfied by other Business Services staff members.
  • Other duties as assigned


Minimum qualifications:

       Bachelor degree in Accounting, Finance or Business Administration.

       A strong knowledge of fund and encumbrance accounting, budget development and management, purchasing/accounts payable, cash management and general ledger.

       Basic understanding of payroll operations

       Five years of progressively responsible administrative work in accounting, business planning and/or management; or any equivalent combination of education and experience.

       Experience in a similar role in a Connecticut public school district preferred.


Professional qualities:

  • 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 deadlines
  • 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 and flows.
  • 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.


Note: The 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.




We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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