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3 Aug 2021


Denver Public Schools – Posted by Denver Public Schools Denver, Colorado, United States

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Traditional 235 work days 

FTE: 1.0

Salary Range: $55,174 – $66,905


Essential Functions and Objectives:

The Office of the Controller champions the District’s shared vision of Every Child Succeeds as a strategic partner for timely, accurate and complete financial reporting.

The objective of The Office of the Controller is to maintain fiscal controls and records by analyzing, tracking and reconciling financial information and preparing financial reports.  

As a position within The Office of the Controller, the candidate should expect to be cross-trained to perform other functions of the department (see Essential Functions section), and should possess the accounting skills required in order to become proficient and successful in those tasks.

This Financial Accountant position will perform mid-level accounting functions specific to the District’s financial operations including, but not limited to, activities in account reconciliations, monthly and annual closing cycles, financial reporting and analysis, visa and cash transactions, journal entries and accounting for payroll transactions.  Performing research and making recommendations for appropriate accounting treatments is also an expectation of this role.

Assist in the preparation of the District’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and Single Audit, to include performing necessary procedures for year-end reporting and preparing audit schedules for assigned funds.

Research and provide general customer service and explanations regarding district accounting procedures.  

Reconcile District’s bank accounts, balance sheet accounts and purchasing card program, including researching and correcting discrepancies between District records and other sources.

Perform cash management tasks including review and posting of daily transactions.

Establish and maintain procedures for accounting for assigned funds and projects.

Review costing of capital and grants.

Create billing for Grant reimbursements.

Review, research, and prepare original journal entries to record financial data in the    general ledger and sub-ledgers as deemed necessary.

Prepare journal entries submitted by other District departments, research and revise as necessary.

Perform budget to actual reconciliation and analysis.

Perform other work as assigned.

Knowledge, Experience & Other Qualifications:

Three (3) to five (5) years preferred experience in Accounting or Public Sector accounting setting.

Experience in researching authoritative sources and drafting cogent recommendations for accounting treatments

Experience with Continuous Improvement initiatives, preferred.

Strong knowledge of public sector accounting and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

Intermediate to Advanced skills in Microsoft Office packages.

Google Suite experience.

Ability to perform highly accurate, easily auditable work.

Ability to meet strict deadlines.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Ability to work effectively in a team setting.

Ability to analyze, improve and document processes.

Experience with Oracle Financials or other ERP system, preferred.

Experience with Cube Data, Power Query or other reporting tool, preferred.

Education Requirements:

  Bachelor’s Degree is required.


Other information:

The COO Office has a dynamic team of highly experienced people working to maintain the integrity of Denver Public Schools and the accountability of what we do as a team. We strive to meet all of the needs of our schools, Administrative buildings and constituents. The operations team encompasses Facilities, Enterprise Management, Transportation, Technology, School of Choice, Planning and Assessment, Safety and Security, Program Management, Operations Outreach and Engagement, Finance and Operations Support Services. We are the building blocks of the operations side of Denver Public Schools. We stand on our core values Integrity, Accountability, Equity, Collaboration, Fun and of course Students First. There are a lot of opportunities for anyone looking to work in an innovative, caring, and fast paced, growing entity. Come and check out Team DPS.

Additional Information:


Work Year Calendars (including accrued time off):

– Benefits (including DPS contributions):

– Compensation Structures:

– Employee must live and work with a permanent home address in Colorado while working for Denver Public Schools.  


About Denver Public Schools:


Denver Public Schools is committed to meeting the educational needs of every student with great schools in every neighborhood. Our goal is to provide every child in Denver with rigorous, enriching educational opportunities from preschool through high school graduation.  DPS is comprised of nearly 200 schools including traditional, magnet, charter and alternative pathways schools, with an enrollment of more than 90,000 students.  


DPS has become the fastest-growing school district in the country in terms of enrollment and the fastest-growing large school district in the state in terms of student academic growth.  Learn more at  


Denver Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors.




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Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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