About Chicago Public Schools
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is the third largest school district in the United States with a budget of nearly $5.5 billion, serving approximately 370,000 students, with over 35,000 employees at 650 schools across the City of Chicago. CPS’ mission is to provide a high quality public education for every child, in every neighborhood, that prepares each for success in college, career and civic life. CPS is focused on three commitments to CPS students which include academic progress, integrity and ensuring funding equity and financial stability. The district’s efforts are demonstrating progress - including the landmark finding from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) that every demographic group in Chicago is outperforming their peers around the state.
About the Budget Director Position
CPS is now on much sounder fiscal ground, after facing a deficit of more than $1.1 billion just two years ago. The district is at a critical stage in its development, and is seeking a Budget Director who can help guide the fiscal stewardship of CPS’ resources. The Budget Director is a critical leadership role, serving as a strategic thought partner and advisor to district and school leaders. The Budget Director leads the district’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), guiding the management of the district’s $5.5 billion budget in support of CPS’ vision for students.
Duties and Responsibilities
Reporting directly to the Senior Vice President of Finance, the Budget Director will direct and supervise a department of over 20 employees. Duties and responsibilities include the following:
Strategic Budget Leadership
- Support smart, strategic financial strategies that maximize available funds, and ensure equitable distribution of resources across the district to supportstudent success.
- Provide strategic leadership to shape the District’s annual budget and multi-yearfinancial plans in conjunction with the Chief Financial Officer.
- Facilitate discussions to define budget priorities and allocate resources most effectively and appropriately to achieve programmatic goals.
- Spearhead a robust five-year capital planning and monitoring process so that capital expenditures reinforce broader programmatic goals.
- Successfully lead the staff of the OMB to ensure excellent service, problem solving and efficient budget processes and controls.
Budget Oversight, Monitoring and Communication
- Represent administration on budgetary matters in a variety of venues, including public hearings, Board meetings, media briefings, and external stakeholder and community meetings.
- Engage internal stakeholders through the budget development process to ensure timely information is delivered to help manage budgets for individual schools, departments and the district overall.
- Oversee budget forecast for all funds, grants and resources, to achieve an annual balanced budget.
- Direct the preparation and presentation of monthly budgetreporting and annual projections for all aspects of the CPS budget - careful to ensure accurate analysis and data in departmental reports.
- Support alignment with other departments to plan for major projects and routine efforts with budgetary implications, e.g., academic program priorities, fiscal year turnover, peak hiring seasons, loading departmental and school-level budgets, and implementing compensation plan updates.
- Oversee the day-to-day operations of the department, coordinating overall activities, budget monitoring, fiscal analysis and expenditure control.
- Establish processes for quality controls, operational efficiency and accuracy in departmental work.
- Consistently look for opportunities to streamline, improve, and update services and operations.
- Develop and implement goals for the OMB, in consultation with the Senior Vice President of Finance, consistent with the district’s overall strategic plan.
- Manage the performance and effectiveness of the department, including the successful implementation of financial and budget goals, effective controls and monitoring of the district’s budget, efficient operational processes, and excellent service to schools and district offices.
- Provide appropriate supervision, mentoring, and development opportunities to assigned staff.
- Establish culture and brand of the OMB, ensuring efficient systems and processes that enable timely customer service for all CPS employees.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following:
Influence and Leadership
- Demonstrates a leadership presence that gains the confidence of others, and establishes oneself as a leader.
- Skillfully navigates political structures, relationships, and dynamics to improve results for students.
- Actively listens to others, understands nuance, and effectively interprets motivations/perceptions. Able to integrate feedback from others to achieve better results.
- Comfortable pushing a group’s thinking and challenging ideas to enable better decisions.
- Comfortable addressing matters of equity, race, and bias in decision-making.
- Communicates effectively, tailoring message for the audience, context, and mode of communication.
Team Engagement and Management
- Able to lead a diverse and large staff with different experiences and working styles.
- Able to gain the trust and respect of staff, cultivating personal accountability among staff for excellent service, problem solving, and efficient budget processes.
- Removes barriers to team execution and ensures that the team has the resources necessary to succeed.
- Delegates and leverages the team effectively to achieve ambitious goals.
- Assesses team and individual skills and provides feedback and development to maximize staff contributions.
Strategic and Analytic Thinking
- Systems thinker, able to see how individual and department actions impact the overall district operations processes and ability to achieve goals.
- Demonstrates outstanding critical thinking skills, including the ability to analyze data, identify trends, pinpoint problems and root causes, ask probing questions, and develop innovative solutions.
- Identifies potential areas of conflict and develops strategic solutions with others.
- Effectively prepares the leadership team for effective decision-making conversations, anticipating and organizing key questions and data that support productive discussions to direct key financial priorities.
- Demonstrates excellent execution and project management skills, including high level of attention to detail, ability to balance the big picture with detailed steps to reach the end goal, and ability to balance multiple projects under tight deadlines.
- At least ten years of progressive, full-time, professional experience in public policy, public administration, or business management.
- Must have direct experiencebudgeting, budget preparation, financial monitoring, and financial analysis. Public sector work experience strongly preferred. At least 2years of senior supervisory experiencerequired.
- Thorough knowledge of various types of public budgeting practices, policies, procedures, and challenges.
- Excellent written and oral communications skills.
- Proven track record of working in a large complex organization.
- Commitment to public policy, urban public education, and public sector work.
As a condition of employment with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), employees are required to live within the geographic boundaries of the City of Chicago within six months of his or her CPS hire date.
Qualified candidates please visit: to submit a completed online application and a resume that clearly demonstrates the above minimum qualifications.
Compensation and Benefits
Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.
We strongly encourage interested applicants to review recent CPS Budget materials available at . To view more information about CPS’ vision, commitments and core principles please visit .