At IDEA Public Schools, we believe in college for ALL and we are committed to ensuring that all of our students graduate from college. IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States sending 100% of our students to college. 58% of our students graduate from college in 6 years – that’s 8 times the national rate for students in our communities!
IDEA was founded in 2000 as a single school with 150 students in the Rio Grande Valley. When interest exceeded building capacity, to meet the demands, IDEA’s co-founders committed to serving more students in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and beyond. We now serve nearly 45,000 students across Texas and Louisiana. By 2022, IDEA will serve 100,000 students. Be on the lookout for IDEA schools opening near you—with continued growth in our current regions and new launches in Tarrant County (Fort Worth/Arlington), New Orleans, Houston (2020), Permian Basin (2021), and Tampa Bay (2021)!
When you choose to work at IDEA, you are part of our IDEA Team and Family. You will work alongside team members who set and reach ambitious goals every day, are excited to continue to grow with IDEA, and work relentlessly to make college for all a reality.
Role Mission: The Business Office strives to support the leadership at IDEA as we work together to meet and exceed our ambitious financial and student achievement goals. The Regional Business Manager will work with Business Office, headquarters, regional and school teams to increase efficiency and provide a high level of support in meeting shared goals.
1. Upload a balanced budget by the start of the new fiscal year
Support budget managers and their staff during the annual planning and budgeting process
Build and update rosters for the upcoming fiscal year, identify and correct errors, and make revisions based on changes throughout the process
Collect detailed budgets and ensure requested budgets meet targets by fund and overall amount
Project and allocate centrally planned budgets
2. Guide Executive Directors, Senior Vice-Presidents of Schools, and School Leaders in meeting the Earnings before Interest, Depreciation and Amortization (EBIDA) target for their school or region
Share high quality reporting and analysis that assists budget managers and support staff in understanding the impact of monthly and year-to-date budget to actuals
Drive the creation and update of rolling forecasts in partnership with school and regional leaders to ensure schools and regional budgets will meet annual EBIDA targets
Consult with schools and teams that are off track and provide actionable recommendations to improve financial performance
Build the capacity of budget managers to best serve as financial stewards through consistent check points, quality reference materials and professional development
3. Contribute to the planning and facilitation of professional development of budget managers and their support staff
Manage the Business Clerk hiring, onboarding and support process for portfolio regions
Develop session content and facilitate Regional Quarterly Financial Management Trainings, Summer Institute, HQ managers, grant managers, APO, PIR and Principal trainings
Provide differentiated support to portfolio financial managers including field observation and coaching, regional tacticals, and adhoc trainings based on portfolio trends
4. Live Values of IDEA
Believes and is committed to our mission: that all students are capable of getting to and through college
Is driven by outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them
Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly
Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change
Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization
Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes
Embodies IDEA’s core values
Managing Self and Others
Technological and Financial Aptitude
Education: (Required) Bachelor's degree in accounting, business administration, or economics
(Preferred) Master’s degree in accounting, business administration, or economics
Experience:(Required) 3-4 years’ experience in financial data analysis
(Preferred) 4-5 years’ experience in financial data analysis
Knowledge and Skills:
Ability to effectively communicate with stakeholders of varying degrees of analytical understanding
Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
Spreadsheet and database expertise
Constantly searching for and learning more regarding analysis methods and tools
Hold ethics and values of data integrity to high standards
Salary for this role typically falls between $58,884 and $75,077 commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications. This role is also eligible for a performance bonus based on individual and organizational performance and goal attainment.
IDEA Public Schools believes that each and every child can go to college. Since 2001, IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school with 150 students to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free, Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States.
IDEA boasts national rankings onThe Washington PostandU.S. News & World Report’s top high schools lists. IDEA serves nearly 53,000 college-bound students in 96 schools across five Texas regions and Southern Louisiana and is on-track to maintain its legacy of sending 100% of its graduates to college. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that thrives on the engagement of our alumni and community members as well as the financial support of individual donors, foundations, and friends of IDEA.