Director of Finance and Operations

    • Categories:

    • Administrative

    • Grades:

    • 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

    • Health Insurance:

    • Included

    • Minnesota Teacher's License:

    • Not Required

    • Salary Range:

    • Commensurate with Experience

    • Work Commitment:

    • Full-Time

    • Submitted Date:




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    • Contact:

      Christine Lande
      HR Generalist

      Phone: 6123514469

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Job Description

POSITION TITLE: Director of Finance and Operations
DIRECT SUPERVISOR: Executive Director
DUTY DAYS: Year-Round

The director of finance and operations is a member of the district administrative team and is directly responsible for the development, administration, and evaluation of Lionsgate Academy's overall financial and operations functions.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

With other district administration members, works with the School Board to define enterprise vision and strategy, and establish enterprise direction and focus. Works with other Lionsgate Academy (“LGA”) team members to execute multiple high impact initiatives to achieve overall Lionsgate Academy goals.

Develops functional and business unit strategy for the entire organization. Provides strategic direction of all financial functions including accounting, budget, insurance, tax, and treasury, along with facilities and van fleet management, food and nutrition services, and student transportation.

Develops and oversees the budget process and preparation of the preliminary and final operating and cash flow budgets for LGA based upon departmental requests, plans, school board guidelines and executive director’s directives.

Plans and forecasts the mid- to long-range fiscal requirements/projections for revenues, expenditures, and cash flow.

Ensures that proper financial controls are in place and that financial transactions support the overall business strategy while conforming with applicable laws and regulations.

Establishes, administers, and oversees accounting, cash management, and financial reporting requirements and procedures within LGA.

Oversees LGA’s annual audit activities and functions and manages the implementation of audit Drecommendations and findings, if any.

Collaborates with subject matter experts to support the financial aspects of programming including, but not limited to, general education, special education, student support services, food service, transportation, human resources, and building and grounds.

Plans, negotiates, and administers agreements with outside parties/vendors or services including, but not limited to, transportation, food service, property and benefits insurance, liability insurance, and other major contracts.

Serves as point of contact for significant vendors’ contracts, MDE Finance, Lionsgate Foundation, grantors, and other organizations for anything regarding LGA’s accounting, reporting, and finance objectives.

Represents LGA by leading the Board’s finance committee, with organizations such as the Minnesota Association of Charter Schools (MACS) and LGA political action committees, and in public arenas as assigned.

Through supervision of Operations Manager, ensures that buildings are clean, welcoming, maintained and safe for students and staff and that LGA’s van fleet is appropriately inspected, licensed and maintained.

By managing the relationship with LGA’s managed food service program vender, ensures students receive meals in accordance with federal and MDE requirements.

Manages relationship with transportation provider to ensure that students are efficiently and safely delivered to school and returned home as documented in IEPs and directed by Student Services.

Serves as an ex-officio member of the LGA school board and the Lionsgate Foundation. Leads the LGA school board finance committee, ensures that financial materials are prepared and distributed for board and committee meetings, and presents monthly on financial statements, finance issues, and other areas of responsibility.

This position has direct supervision responsibilities for LGA’s external accounting vendor, an administrative assistant and operations manager, and serves as a coach and mentor for other positions in the district.

The director of finance and operations position requires on-site availability at all campuses on a rotating basis. All efforts will be made for a consistent schedule at each campus; however, commutes across campuses may be required to complete essential functions.

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. The employee is regularly required to use hands and fingers to feel or operate objects and to reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

The mental 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 comprehend and follow instructions, perform complex or varied tasks, relate to others, make decisions, and communicate effectively orally and in written form.

Relationship Management
Finance and Accounting Expertise
Ethical Practice
Leadership and Navigation


Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance or a related field
3 to 5 years experience in similarly responsible finance and/or accounting roles
Ability to operate a computer and the software necessary to complete the required job tasks

Master’s degree in business administration, finance or related field
Certified Public Accountant; “Inactive” status is sufficient
Finance experience in schools or with disability agencies
Demonstrated understanding of laws, rules, statutes, guidelines and requirements related to school finance and accounting, especially the particular rules governing special education finance for charter schools
10 years’ finance management experience
Operations experience in schools or with disability agencies
Demonstrated understanding of school laws and practices regarding transportation, food service, and building operations.

Institution Description

Lionsgate Academy is a thriving, high-quality public charter school (grades 7-12 and transition age 18-21) with a mission to foster self determination by providing a transition-focused, personalized learning program for all students, specializing in educating students with autism spectrum disorders.

While Lionsgate is open to all students of all abilities, our program is inclusively designed to meet the unique needs of students on the autism spectrum. These supports also benefit students without disabilities as well as those with disabilities other than autism.

We are looking for passionate and driven educators and support staff who believe in our mission and are interested in joining our team.

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