The Chief Operations Officer (COO) for the Orleans Parish School Board will join an organization striving for excellence and committed to creating the nation’s best school system, producing graduates of unparalleled quality through its innovative programs. The COO will have proven success leading divisions or departments with strong leadership and fairness. The ideal candidate will have a solid budget background, knowledge of best practices, and fresh ideas.
The COO manages the OPSB’s finance functions of accounts payable, accounts receivable, special revenue, payroll, purchasing, budget, cash/investment management, and financial reporting. The COO is also responsible for capital projects and facilities, grant administration, and compliance. In addition, the COO will be charged with restructuring the district’s budgeting function and other mission-critical elements of the Central Office so that it better functions as a unique school system. The OPSB’s total FY2016 budget is about $315 million.
The position reports to the Superintendent, will be a member of his cabinet, and will work closely with the Senior Chief Administrative Officer. The COO has seven direct reports: the executive director of procurement, the assistant controller, and the directors of budget, facilities, federal grants, external grants, and special revenue.
Minimum requirements are a bachelor’s degree, 5-7 years of public sector management experience, and strong project management skills. Preferred qualifications are a master’s degree, experience as a chief operating or finance officer, with an emphasis on strategic planning, grants, intergovernmental relations, and financing and managing facilities. The successful candidate must acquire Certified Louisiana School Business Administrator by the Louisiana Association of School Business officials within seven years of date of hire.
The expected hiring salary range is $120,000 – $145,000, depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefit package.
Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. Applicants must first complete a brief online form and then are prompted to provide one document (Word or PDF) that includes a cover letter, resume, and a list of 3-5 professional references. The position will remain open until filled with a first review of applications on May 25.