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Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Date Posted 01/13/2021
Admin-Business And Financial Management
Salary $50,000 - $70,000  USD Per Year
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Responsible for the university’s oversight activities associated with charter contract compliance and enforcement in the area of public school accounting and finance. This includes conducting reviews of educational service providers (ESP Agreements), lease agreements, financing documents and other related operating documents. The position is also responsible for ongoing analysis of each academy’s financial condition/performance and providing training and support in those areas.


Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree, preferably in accounting or finance.
One year of related professional experience.
Ability to assist in the management of multiple assignments while balancing competing priorities with attention to detail.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.


Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of/experience with governmental accounting standards.
CPA certification.
Knowledge of charter schools/public education.
Auditing experience.
Experience working in a business management or accounting capacity at a public school.


Duties & Responsibilities

Analyzes academy financial documents to determine compliance with the charter contract and applicable law.
Analyzes the academy fiscal viability through review of related financial documents.
Provides feedback and updates on best practices to the academies.
Responsible for working with boards and management to educate them on their fiduciary roles and responsibility.
Develops and provides individualized training for academies.
Attends academy related meetings and presents financial information.
Reviews board meeting minutes and materials.
Works with academy staff and/or board members to address financial viability concerns and/or noncompliance with the charter contract and applicable law.
Provides fiscal analysis to assist Center leadership in developing academy plans to strategically address each academy’s specific situation.
Obtains, reviews and monitors deficit elimination plans in conjunction with MDE as needed.
Develops working relationships with finance contacts for assigned academies and is a resource to address and support specific needs.
Takes a leadership role on the review and development of the finance reports and provides related technical assistance to academies.
Participates in programs/conferences to disseminate best practices for training of academy staff and/or board members.
Reviews state and federal authoritative guidance (legislation, MDE memos, etc.), provides assessment to Center leadership and disseminates to academies.
Participates in Center meetings and provides assessment on academy fiscal issues.
Provides fiscal analysis for each academy to assist in contract amendment and reauthorization decisions.
Routinely reviews and updates business processes to increase efficiency and effectiveness.
Maintains fiscal resolutions related to State Aid in conjunction with internal administration.
Monitors schedule of ESP agreement expirations and interfaces accordingly with appropriate academy personnel.
Performs review of ESP agreements for compliance with ESP policies and recommends appropriate changes.
Notifies internal staff of ESP changes/updates for amendment and reauthorization purposes.
Through the review of ESP agreements, provides recommendations to the board and management based on best practices.
Coordinates long- and short-term financing processes.
Performs reviews of long-term debt.
Coordinates legal reviews of ESP agreements and financings, as applicable, with external counsel.
Finalizes internal documents and maintains financing/intercept files.
Monitors schedule of lease agreement expirations and interfaces accordingly with appropriate academy personnel.
Performs review of lease agreements; follows-up as needed.
Notifies internal staff of lease changes/updates for amendment and reauthorization purposes.
Coordinates academy and ESP insurance processes.
Identifies policy irregularities and interfaces with senior leadership and legal counsel, follows up with academies as needed.
Provides Director of Fiscal Performance & Accountability with status updates and recommendations for leadership consideration.


Supervision Exercised



Message to Applicants

You must submit an on-line application in order to be considered as an applicant for this position.

Cover letters may be addressed to the Hiring Committee.


Employee Group
Professional & Administrative -Salary


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Pay Range


Academic Affairs


Gov John Engler Center for Charter Schools


Position Status
Position End Date
Employment Status
Position Type
12 month
Weekly Work Schedule
M-F, 8a-5p; evenings and weekends as necessary
At Will?
Mount Pleasant, MI
About the Department
About CMU

Central Michigan University has a more than 125-year legacy of preparing students to become leaders and changemakers in their communities and in their personal and professional lives.

We serve nearly 19,500 students on our Mount Pleasant campus, in satellite locations around the state and throughout the country, and through flexible online programs. Many of our approximately 300 undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral programs in the arts, media, business, education, human services, health professions, liberal arts, social sciences, medicine, science and engineering are nationally ranked for excellence.

CMU leads the nation in leadership development programming through our Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute, and we are proud to be among only 5% of U.S. universities in the top two Carnegie research classifications. Our faculty work with graduate and undergraduate students in areas such as Great Lakes research, medical innovation, engineering technology and more.

Central is home to 17 men’s and women’s Division 1 sports including football, basketball, gymnastics, baseball, wrestling and more. Our student-athletes achieve great success in competition and in the classroom, capturing Mid-American Conference championships and maintaining an average cumulative GPA of 3.17.

CMU is located in Mount Pleasant, a community that blends the best of small-town living with big-city amenities. It’s part of the culturally varied and vibrant Great Lakes Bay Region that also includes Saginaw, Bay City, Midland and the state’s largest Native American community, centered on the Saginaw Chippewa Isabella Reservation in Mount Pleasant.

Area residents enjoy the mix of outdoor activities, cultural events, shopping and dining options, and family attractions. Other major Michigan destinations and attractions — Lansing, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Traverse City, wineries, beaches, golf and ski resorts, and many more — are within easy reach of the city’s central location in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

CMU employees enjoy access to a nationally recognized wellness program along with health care and benefits that exceed regional, state and national norms.

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