143 Pond Street, Cohasset District Office [Get directions]


  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Master's degree preferred
  • Minimum of three years’ experience as a School Business Administrator or similar position
  • Hold current School Business Administrator certification
  • Proficiency with Massachusetts public procurement
  • Current MCPPO designation or designation in progress
  • Experience with public school or school department/municipal procedures
  • Experience in training and supervision of business operations staff
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Must possess strong customer service skills in order to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of customers and stakeholders
  • Experience in grants management
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office; fund accounting and related software (working knowledge of Softrite preferred)



·        Full time, full year

Application Requirements

  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required
  • Position is open until filled


District Overview

The Cohasset Public School District is among the highest achieving in Massachusetts, having the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Level 1 rating for two consecutive years and ranked by US News & World Report as 19th among Massachusetts' best public schools. The excellence of our schools is due to the combined  efforts of superior educators, dedicated staff, focused students with supportive parents and guardians, a collaborative School Committee as well as a community who value and support our educational initiatives. The district’s current Strategic Plan provides for focused preparation of our students for 21st century citizenship.The Fiscal 2017 budget approved at Town Meeting supports these initatives and is poised to continue making positive strides in learning and student achievement.

Job Description

The Business Manager coordinates and oversees the daily management of all of the business affairs of the schools and maintains records in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. This is a district level position, under the supervision of the Superintendent; the Business Manager works collaboratively with the administrative team and the School Committee.


a. Fiscal Management

·        Maintain appropriate and effective fiscal procedures to assure the most efficient budget controls including maintaining general ledger and financial statements

·        Develop the annual budget and provide input regarding long range financial planning in collaboration with the Superintendent and other administrative staff

·        Implement and monitor accounting procedures that ensure proper recording of all receipts and expenditures and conformity with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 30B (Procurement Law) and auditing requirements

·        Monitor the monthly budget projections and prepare all monthly fiscal reports and forecasts for the Superintendent and reporting to the School Committee

·        Oversee and provide necessary documentation for annual fiscal audit and “single audit” if necessary

·        Prepare the School Department’s annual financial reports for DESE, balance sheets, revenue, expenditures statements and other reports in support of grants, compliance requirements or required financial documentation

·        Develop and recommend financial policies regarding the management of the School Department’s fiscal matters to the Superintendent and the School Committee

·        Manage all business, financial and personnel records according to School Department policies and in compliance with applicable state/federal laws and regulations


b. Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Payroll & Purchasing

·        Supervise all accounts receivable and accounts payable functions for the School Department

·        Act as Payroll Officer for the School Department including supervision of the Payroll Accountant; Monitor all payroll functions (accounting, human resource functions and personnel)

  • Responsible for the purchase of equipment and supplies necessary for the proper operation of the School Department
  • Maintain efficient inventory system for all School Department equipment and supplies
  • Responsible for the maintenance, lease agreements and service contracts of all office equipment including computers, copy machines, FAX machines, telephones, postage meter, etc.


c. Grants and Insurance Management

·        Responsible for execution and maintenance of all state and federal grants, including reports and audits

·        Manage and maintain all School Department insurance programs


d. Personnel

  • Oversee human resource functions associated with district business office operations (supervision, evaluation, and overall management)
  • Assist in recruitment, interviewing and selection of all business office, facilities, and transportation employees
  • Assist the Superintendent and School Committee during negotiations for successor collective bargaining agreements including providing support materials and financial analysis
  • Plan appropriate in-service training for business office staff
  • Recommend appropriate changes or updates to the School Department personnel policies and procedures handbook
  • Manage secure archiving of all required long-term personnel records

e. Leases and Facilities

  • Manage all custodial and maintenance service contracts for School Department facilities
  • Participate in facilities planning and development to support School Department programs

·        Participate in planning to ensure adequate facility support for School Department transportation operations

  • Coordinate vehicle leases and insurance for the School Department

f. Transportation Programs

  • Support Transportation Dispatch staff and fleet mechanic to ensure scheduled maintenance of vehicles is completed, including required inspections

g.  Other

·        Including but not limited to other duties as assigned by the Superintendent

·        Participate in MASBO and other professional development related to the fiduciary responsibilities of the School Department

·        Attend School Committee meetings and other town meetings, as requested, to report on fiscal or budgetary issues


  • Business Office Staff
  • Transportation Dispatch Staff
  • Facilities Staff
  • Food Service Staff


·        Superintendent & School Committee

How To Apply:

Please send letter of intent, resume, references, certification and transcripts to:

Superintendent - Louise Demas
Cohasset Public Schools – District Office
143 Pond Street
Cohasset, MA 02025
E-mail to: ldemas@cohassetk12.org

Contact: Louise L. Demas 781-383-6111

Salary: Per Contract

Posting date: 2017-07-18

Expiration date: 2017-09-29

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