Accounting Services Manager III

Portland Public Schools: Full-Time Position (Portland)


This position manages the District’s accounting department and supervises the accounting staff in general ledger and grant accounting functions such as: Processing of general ledger transactions, preparing financial reports (including the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and other state and federal reports), training and supervising general ledger, grant and bond accountants, and reviewing financial information and processes for accuracy and compliance.  This position also manages the Student Body Funds (SBF) function, and supervises SBF staff including SBF audits and special investigations, as well as support and training of school personnel on SBF and accounting knowledge. This position exists to ensure accurate financial reporting and compliance with District, state, federal regulations, as well as compliance with existing accounting rules and regulations.


  • Oversees all aspects of compliance and accounting for any special revenue accounted for in the special revenue fund. This encompasses annual budgeting for grants and special revenue funding; drawing (collecting) funds from federal and state funding sources; a close working relationship with key departmental (program) and school staff who are funded or manage programs funded by grants or special revenue; reviewing and approving all contracts, transactions and major planned activities for proper accounting as well as relevant compliance with governmental laws, regulations, rules or private funding restrictions; preparing, reviewing and/or approving required financial reporting to funding agencies; participating as necessary in any audits of federal or state programs; working closely with our auditors as they audit annual grant related activity to support my preparation of the annual "Report on Requirements of the Single Audit Act and OMB Circular A-133".
  • Develops and maintains best business practices in accounting functions, coordinates financial audits, and supports PPS departments by providing financial, regulatory, policy and procedures information, and assisting departments with implementation of regulatory and organizational changes.



Education, Training and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, Economics, Statistics, Public Administration, or a related field.
  • Four (4) years of public agency professional technical experience in the assigned discipline, including developing policies and procedures, monitoring and reporting on agency activities and compliance.
  • Two (2) years managing professional staff in the performance of financial management programs.
  • Master’s degree in one of the above-identified fields may substitute for one (1) year of the required experience.
  • Certification appropriate to the designated disciplines, such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB), Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO), Certified Payroll Professional (CPP), Certified Records Manager (CRM), Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) or similar certification related to the assignment, is required of the Financial Services Manager III at time of appointment.

Any other combination of education, training and experience which demonstrates the candidate is likely to possess the skill, knowledge, ability and trait characteristics essential for this classification may be considered.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in a richly diverse school community and environment is highly desirable.


Application Process:

                To ensure full consideration, applicants must submit: Completed application, resume, and one of the certifications listed above.


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