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The Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) is the nation’s largest regional education agency serving the needs of more than 1.5 million students and over 100 school districts, community colleges, and charter schools in Los Angeles County.
The Chief Financial Officer reports directly to the County Superintendent and is responsible for the administrative, business, budgetary, financial, facilities and construction services of the County Office. This job also manages the business services and fiscal oversight (AB1200) of the county’s school districts, community colleges, and charter schools including the administration of payroll services totaling over 20 billion dollars annually. As a core member of executive cabinet, this position collaborates with all divisions within the County Office, especially Educational Services, Educational Programs, and Technology, in providing leadership, oversight, and support for the instructional programs of the County Office which include County Community Schools, Juvenile Court Schools, and Special Education schools and programs.
Duties of the Chief Financial Officer include:
Develop business services policies and establish broad long-range goals and strategies for providing business and financial services
Track, manage, and maintain accountability of critical business functions such as accounting and budget, controller, facilities management and construction, contracts, procurement, payroll and retirement processing, grant funding administration, and other business and administrative services
Provide administrative direction to assigned organizational units responsible for school financial services, regionalized business services, revenue determination, and district budget monitoring
Provide direction and oversight for studies and reports of fiscal responsibility, business process integrity, and solvency of charter schools and delegate agencies
Represent the County Office in local and state-wide initiatives to identify and develop business management programs and practices, and lead related changes within the Los Angeles County Office and the county districts
Participate in the development, evaluation, and interpretation of legislation affecting school finance and business management
Interface with the State Department of Education, State Department of Finance, and other governmental bodies to influence and respond to emerging fiscal issues and trends
Oversee school district reorganizations, elections, boundary changes, and emergency preparedness
Participate in Board and Executive Cabinet meetings to advise, interpret, and report on matters of business and fiscal importance
The Well Qualified Candidate Will Possess the Following
Statutory provisions and intent of the California Education Code, Government Code, Administrative Code, and other federal, state, and local regulations pertaining to the fiscal, business, and administrative functions of school districts, community colleges, and county offices of education
California legislative and judicial processes; the structure and processes of the state-wide public education system including pre-school, K-12, and community college districts
Principles of finance and accounting
Principles of organization design and structure, supervision, budgeting, personnel administration and management
Think and plan strategically and systemically
Maintain operational control through delegation, metrics, and performance management, create shared vision and build consensus
Lead and manage organizational change
Leverage technology systems and services for organizational effectiveness, build relationships and manage conflict
Influence others tactfully and negotiate diplomatically
Review facts and data critically; write and speak persuasively
Focus on the needs of the organizational customer
Conduct business ethically and with integrity
Model communication and interaction that respect and include all individuals and their languages, abilities, religions and cultures
Required Education and Experience
Education: A bachelor’s degree with advanced coursework in management, business administration, public administration, education administration, accounting, finance, or other fields closely related to the job requirements of this classification from an institution of higher learning recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation. Foreign degrees and credit units require translation and equivalency established by an agency recognized by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
Experience: Seven years of management experience in school administration, business, or finance, including either two years at the highest level of a business or fiscal function in a California school district, community college district, county office, state department of education, or related public institution or three years in a non-California school district, community college district, county office, state department of education, or related public institution.
Equivalency Provision: A master’s degree in a school management, business, administration, or closely related field may substitute for one year of required general management experience in school administration, business, or finance. A doctorate in a school management, business, administration, or closely related field may substitute for two years of required general management experience in school administration, business, or finance.
Special Information: The Chief Financial Officer is a senior management position exempt from certain provisions of the Merit System (Education Code 45100.5).
Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) is the nation's largest regional education agency. Under the leadership of Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools and the County Board of Education, LACOE supports over 100 public school districts and other education agencies in ensuring educational excellence for the region's two million preschool and school-age children.