Director of Financial Planning and Analysis

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DSST Public Schools

Director of Financial Planning and Analysis
DSST Public Schools (DSST) seeks
Director of Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A) to join one of the leading charter school organizations in the nation. We serve 6-12th grade students across Denver and Aurora. Our mission is to transform urban public education by eliminating educational inequity and preparing all students for success in college and the 21st century.
DSST Public Schools seeks extraordinary professionals with a track-record of raising student achievement to join a team dedicated to providing a rigorous college preparatory program to a diverse population. Our home office team is composed of leaders who play an integral role in ensuring student success through setting network strategy, supporting our school teams in implementing that strategy, and executing key centralized functions.
We believe a diverse, equitable and inclusive team leads to innovation, which allows us to better support our students, families, and the community – regardless of background, experience, social and/or cultural identity. DSST aims to be an inclusive & equitable workplace by valuing race, gender, sexual orientation and all aspects of individual identities. When reading this job description, we hope you feel energized by what you see, feel and hear. If you believe you could bring passion and commitment to the role but aren’t sure you meet every qualification, please apply! Above all, we are looking for people who believe in our mission to eliminate educational inequity.
Overview of Position:
The Director of FP&A leads the finance function at DSST to ensure that we have effectively allocated over $100M across our growing network of 15 schools, impacting over 7,000 students. You are an integral link between our School Directors, Home Office Directors, and the accounting, development and human capital functions. The Director of FP&A will have the opportunity to lead strategic projects that will help drive the overall direction of the organization while learning from some of the smartest education minds in Colorado. You will have the opportunity to work directly with senior leaders across the organization, members of the DSST Board of Directors, and key external stakeholders. The Director of FP&A will deepen their understanding of the organization across business lines, and be a thought partner to organizational leaders to drive toward better results network-wide. The role also oversees the Finance Coordinator, and has the ability to set the direction for that role.
Essential Functions:
Budgeting/Forecasting
  • Own the financial planning cycle processes including annual budgets, quarterly mid-year forecasts, and annual long-term forecasts
  • Manage and update the financial tools used for the above
  • Set appropriate budget targets and provide guidance to the Chief Financial Officer and other members of the Senior Leadership Team to ensure the short-term and long-term financial strength of the organization
  • Meet with and advise budget owners on how to optimize their funds to improve student outcomes and school culture
  • Oversee budgets for restricted revenue to ensure we are maximizing our governmental funding
  • Enhance staff planning and salary models
  • Develop new policies to support financial decision making
  • Identify financial risks to the organization and develop plans to mitigate/offset
  • Manage the Finance department budget
Financial Reporting
  • Create, manage, and enhance Tableau and Adaptive financial reports for stakeholders throughout the organization
  • Partner with the EdTech team on reporting across multiple data sources (iVisions, WorkDay, Adaptive, etc) in an increasingly complex organizational systems landscape
  • Prepare financial statements and analysis for the Board of Directors, presenting monthly to our Board Finance Committee
  • Analyze financial reports to identify key areas of variation and develop action plans to address where necessary
  • Establish alternative analytics and other reporting measures that improve senior management’s ability to assess organizational financial health
  • Facilitate monthly discussions of operating results with Finance department leadership
  • Provide recommendations supported by thorough research and analysis to increase operational performance across key business areas
Partnerships
  • Work with the Controller to manage the day-to-day operations of the finance department
  • Act as primary source of contact and support for School Directors and school-based budget owners in order to cultivate and maintain strong relationships while building organizational financial acumen
  • Finance team liaison with other Home Office departments to ensure we are maximizing and being good stewards of our resources
  • Build partnerships with external business leaders for advice and alternative approaches
  • Use expertise and influence outside of Finance department; collaborate with finance partners to improve efficiency and data quality
  • Develop deep understanding of other business lines to create actionable recommendations for managing budgets
  • Participate in project teams charged with developing, assessing, recommending, and implementing business solutions
Management of direct report
  • Own professional development and coaching for a finance coordinator role
  • Guide project work and assist with partnership across business lanes
Additional Duties:
  • 401k committee representative
  • Strategic project work for senior executives as assigned
Competencies:
Mission Aligned
– You believe that if everyone is actively committed to equitable and inclusive practices aligned to the DSST mission and values, all students and staff will achieve at high levels.
Growth Mindset
– You believe that by fostering your own growth mindsets then students and fellow staff will develop a commitment to continuous improvement and thus maximize their potential.
Results Driven
– You believe that by strategically developing systems and people with a driven sense of urgency and focus on results, students and staff will achieve ambitious goals.
Desires Collaboration
– You believe that fostering healthy teams, students and staff will achieve a collective success that surpasses that of the individuals.
Job Requirements: DSST Public Schools seeks candidates with strong character, passion for excellence and a relentless commitment to student achievement.
  • Bachelor’s Degree required from accredited university
  • 7+ years in financial planning or a related field
  • Experience managing a budget across multiple locations preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to build relationships and collaborate across business functions
  • Experience managing a direct report
  • High proficiency with Excel
  • A desire to drive system level improvements
  • Experience with Adaptive Insights budgeting tool and Workday HRIS preferred

Classification: Exempt
Reports to: Chief Financial Officer
Competencies:
Commitment to Equity
  • We believe that if we actively commit to equitable and inclusive practices aligned to our mission and values, our students and staff will achieve at high levels.
Commitment to Continuous Growth
  • We believe that if we foster our own growth mindsets, our students and staff will develop a commitment to continuous improvement and thus maximize their potential.
Commitment to Healthy Team
  • We believe that if we commit to modeling and fostering healthy teams, our students and staff will achieve a collective success that surpasses that of the individuals
Drives to Results
  • We believe if we strategically develop systems and people with a driven sense of urgency and focus on results, our students and staff will achieve ambitious goals.
Compensation and Benefits:
Compensation for this role is: $105,000 – $117,600 with up to 6 years of aligned experience.
DSST Public Schools is committed to providing our staff with benefit offerings that empower each of our employees to make the choices that best meet their individualized and personal needs while also keeping cost in mind.
DSST Benefit highlights include:
  • Paid leave beginning from day one
  • Instant access to benefits concierge for medical, dental, vision, appointment booking, and online doctor consultations etc.
  • KISX Card assistance with high cost/low incidence surgeries, procedures, and major imaging
  • Aflac supplemental insurance to help with out-of-pocket expenses not covered by insurance
  • Two Dental Plan options offered through Aetna
  • Employee Assistance and Counseling Support
  • Annual Health Savings account (HSA) gift from DSST Public Schools
  • Access to additional discounts through our benefit partners exclusively for DSST staff.
  • Candidates placed in Aurora Science & Tech. will be eligible for a PERA Retirement Plan
Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. This position is active and may require standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, and crouching throughout the day. The employee must lift and/or move items up to 30 pounds. The employee must have sufficient hand, arm, and finger dexterity to operate a computer keyboard and other office equipment. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
DSST Public Schools Overview:
DSST Public Schools (DSST) operates a network of tuition-free, open-enrollment public STEM charter schools. All DSST schools operate within the Denver Public Schools (DPS) district and students are admitted through DPS’ School Choice process. Our schools focus on building a community where students and staff are valued for their unique talents. Meaningful relationships are at the core of our model which is why our schools are small enough to ensure every student is known and valued for their individuality. We have developed systems and structures to ensure our students will be prepared for college, career and life. The student population across the DSST network is 83% students of color and 71% qualify for free and reduced lunch. This year, DSST will serve approximately 6,800 students at fifteen schools on eight campuses across Denver and Aurora. At full enrollment, DSST Public Schools will serve over 8,800 students and will more than double the number of four year college-ready DPS graduates.
DSST Public Schools employees support each other not only to have fulfilling careers, but more importantly, to lead fulfilling lives that combines deeply meaningful professional work with personal well-being. Our core values are central to our program and to our results. These values are embedded in everything that we do and how we do it, both for our students and our staff. The six DSST core values are:
Respect – We appreciate each person and their story through our words, actions, and attitudes. We value their unique perspective and treat others with dignity.
Responsibility – We acknowledge that our actions and choices impact ourselves and our community. We take ownership for what we do and how we choose to do it.
Integrity – We act and speak with honesty, fairness, and thoughtfulness. We consistently align our words and actions.
Courage – We possess the confidence and resolve to take risks, push ourselves, and persevere in the face of pressure, adversity or unfamiliar circumstances.
Curiosity – We are eager to learn, questions, and explore. We have a thirst for knowledge, a love of investigation, and a desire to learn about ourselves, our community, and our world.
Doing Your Best – We put our best effort into everything we do. We know that individual and collective effort are required for our community to thrive.
DSST Public Schools proudly values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. Denver School of Science and Technology does not exclude participation in, deny benefits to or discriminate on the basis of, ethnicity, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities. (Protected
Classes).
DSST Public Schools does not unlawfully discriminate against a member of a Protected Class in admission or access to, or terms and conditions of employment, or in its programs and activities. DSST Public Schools shall operate as an equal opportunity employer and will provide and safeguard the opportunity for all persons to seek, obtain, hold and advance in employment within the district without discrimination. The District shall actively promote the full realization of equal employment opportunity through a positive, aggressive, continuing affirmative action program.
Further, DSST Public Schools affirms the rights of all Protected Classes to be free from intimidation, discrimination, physical harm and/or harassment.
DSST Public Schools shall inform students, parents, employees and the general public each school year that the educational programs, activities and employment opportunities offered by the district are offered without regard to ethnicity, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability. The announcement shall also include the name/title, address and telephone number of the person designated to coordinate Title IX and Section 504 and ADA compliance activities.
Any person having inquiries concerning the School’s compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI
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of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact the Assistant Superintendent or Human Resources.
DSST Public Schools Overview:
DSST Public Schools (DSST) operates a network of tuition-free, open-enrollment public STEM charter schools. DSST schools operate within the Denver Public Schools (DPS) and Aurora Public Schools (APS) districts. Our schools focus on building a community where students and staff are valued for their unique talents. Meaningful relationships are at the core of our model which is why our schools are small enough so that every student is known and valued for their individuality. We have developed systems and structures to ensure our students will be prepared for college, career and life. The student population across the DSST network is 84% students of color and 71% qualify for free and reduced lunch. This year, DSST will serve approximately 6,000 students at fifteen schools on nine campuses across Denver and Aurora.

DSST Public Schools employees support each other not only to have fulfilling careers, but more importantly, to lead fulfilling lives that combines deeply meaningful professional work with personal well-being. Our core values are central to our program and to our results. These values are embedded in everything that we do and how we do it, both for our students and our staff. The six DSST core values are:
Respect – We appreciate each person and their story through our words, actions, and attitudes. We value their unique perspective and treat others with dignity.

Responsibility – We acknowledge that our actions and choices impact ourselves and our community. We take ownership for what we do and how we choose to do it.

Integrity – We act and speak with honesty, fairness, and thoughtfulness. We consistently align our words and actions.

Courage – We possess the confidence and resolve to take risks, push ourselves, and persevere in the face of pressure, adversity or unfamiliar circumstances.

Curiosity – We are eager to learn, questions, and explore. We have a thirst for knowledge, a love of investigation, and a desire to learn about ourselves, our community, and our world.

Doing Your Best – We put our best effort into everything we do. We know that individual and collective effort are required for our community to thrive.

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