Director Financial Services

September 1, 2023
Tacoma, WA
Job Type



Tacoma Public Schools

Expected Start Date: As soon as possible

FTE: 1.0

Salary Level: $163,111 - $217,048 DOE

Additional Information: This position is posted as open until filled with a first consideration date of Thursday, August 10, 2023.

Include an updated resume and cover letter/letter of interest with your online application.

Examples Of Duties

This position plans, organizes, and directs the financial activities of the District; maintains financial integrity; manages financial operations of the District; leads the financial team in accounting, treasury, payroll, and accounts payable; may also manage other assigned programs and functions, per the discretion of the Chief Financial Officer and to support the District initiatives.


1. Serves as a department leader and team member in order to provide and promote a positive working environment, efficiency in the work of team members and effectiveness in individual roles.

2. Acts as the District representative for various business and financial issues; interacts with District negotiator, legislative liaison, and other representatives; serves as a member of negotiating teams, as assigned, for District employee contracts.

3. Assists with reviewing and coordinating the development and approval of non-employee related contracts for the District.

4. Ensures accounting safeguards over District assets and full disclosure of liabilities; addresses audit issues and findings, develops remediation plans to correct deficiencies; works with financial institutions, rating agencies and underwriters in the sale, reporting and accounting for bonds, banking or other financial needs.

5. Directs the District's treasury and investment program and counsels District administration and staff regarding fiscal management.

6. Manages and directs the implementation teams of new financial and payroll information systems and represents the department on information systems steering committees when requested.

7. Provides fund balance, revenues, expenditures and cash flow projections, informs and makes recommendations to management, the Superintendent, and the Board of Directors on the financial condition of the District.

8. Implements and maintains effective organizational practices to ensure the efficient utilization of personnel, funds, materials, facilities and time.

9. Prepares, presents, and interprets periodic reports to the Superintendent, Board, management, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, county treasurer, and other officials, as appropriate.

10. Provides high quality customer service to internal and external customers.

11. Directs and leads the financial departments including accounting, payroll, and some employee benefit programs; makes hiring recommendations; supervises assigned staff; appropriately evaluates, commends, and disciplines employees; approves leaves and overtime.


1. Maintains and updates knowledge and skills required for success in the position by participating in professional development as needed or as assigned.

2. Manages special projects and performs related duties as assigned, on a temporary basis.

3. Provides for and encourages staff participation in professional development opportunities; ensures staff receives District wide and department information that will enhance the overall quality of assigned areas.

4. Regular, reliable, predictable attendance or physical presence is an essential job requirement and critical to the performance of the work.


Office environment, required to concentrate on detail; experiences frequent interruptions; substantial requirement to work with inflexible deadlines; occasionally required to work with, and defuse, if applicable, difficult and sensitive situations and/or people; may be required to travel to District and community sites; may be required to lift and carry up to 20 pounds, bend, squat, stoop, kneel, crouch, walk, twist, bend, climb, and/or be mobile.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience

Bachelor's degree in business administration, public administration, or a closely related field from a regionally accredited college or university; Master's degree preferred; five years of increasingly responsible management experience in business or financial management, including accounting, finance, treasury, budget, and payroll responsibilities; or any combination of experience and training which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and ability required to perform the work.

Licenses/Special Requirements

Must maintain all licenses and certifications as a condition of continued employment.

Certified Public Accountant or another financial credential is desirable.

LEAN/Six Sigma certification or experience desirable.

Fingerprints and successful WSP and FBI background clearance/Sexual Misconduct clearance.

Allowable Substitution

Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be evaluated by the Human Resources Department for comparability.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), practices and techniques.

Knowledge of budgeting and financial systems and best practices.

Knowledge of laws and regulations governing public school and governmental finance.

Knowledge of supervisory practices and procedures.

Skill in applying supervisory practices and procedures.

Skill in obtaining, clarifying and exchanging information.

Skill in decision making and problem solving.

Skill to providing high quality customer service.

Ability to plan, organize, and supervise the work of assigned staff.

Ability to operate personal computer with automated accounting systems.

Ability to formulate, install and perform standard and special accounting methods and procedures.

Ability to interpret and implement administrative directives.

Ability to exercise good judgment.

Ability to analyze, evaluate, and develop procedures, processes and systems.

Ability to concentrate on detail and be precise and accurate.

Ability to organize and prioritize work.

Ability to work under pressure and meet established deadlines.

Ability to demonstrate reasonable, reliable, and regular attendance.

Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of people in a multi-cultural, diverse socio-economic setting.

Ability to participate as a member of a team.

Supplemental Information

This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. District administration has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice. The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the primary functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise balance the workload.

Tacoma Public Schools does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

  • Civil Rights Coordinator: Renee Trueblood, 253-571-1252,
  • Title IX Coordinator: Wayne Greer, 253-571-1191,
  • 504 Coordinator, Elementary: Jennifer Herbold, 253-571-1096,
  • 504 Coordinator, Secondary: Megan Nelson, 253-571-1003,

Mailing address: P.O. Box 1357, Tacoma, WA 98401-1357.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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