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    Public Advisor Solicitation

    Seattle Public Schools is seeking the expertise of public advisors from the community for the District's Audit and Finance Committee. The Audit and Finance Committee provides oversight of the financial and human resource matters and budget development process of the District and supervises the Office of Internal Audit. The Committee is currently comprised of three board members selected by the school board president. Public advisors would serve as non-voting advisors to the Committee.

    Public advisors shall, through education or experience, possess knowledge in performance auditing, governmental accounting and financial reporting, human resources management, and school district finance needed to evaluate the District's financial reports, internal and external audits, and implementation of the District's corrective action activities. In addition, Seattle Public Schools Audit and Finance Committee is responsible for ensuring the leveraged use of SPS Policy 0030 Ensuring Educational and Racial Equity and seeks support from public advisors with relevant experience.

    We are looking for public advisors to fulfill the general responsibilities listed below. A full description of the Audit and Finance Committee Charter of Responsibility can be found in School Board Policy No. 1240, CommitteesPDF icon.

    • Assist the Committee in monitoring risks impacting the financial, human resource, and strategic objectives of the District.
    • Make recommendations with respect to the District’s financial, human resource, and internal control systems.
    • Review and analyze District internal financial and human resource reports.
    • Advise the Committee on enhancing transparency as it relates to the District's financial operations.
    • Assist in the oversight of the internal audit function, including work plans and processes to ensure that high-risk areas are reviewed.
    • Review internal audit reports and management responses.
    • Assess the results of the annual financial and accountability audits performed by the State Auditor’s Office, including management letters and exit items.
    • Review and comment on corrective action plans developed by management in response to audit findings, operational assessments, or other reviews; and assist the Committee in monitoring the implementation of corrective action activities.

    Commitment

    Public advisors are volunteers and should plan to serve staggered two-year terms. The time commitment is 10-15 hours per month. (The Committee meets monthly from August through June, with a second quarterly occurring in the months of September, December, March, and June.

    How to Apply

    Please submit a resume and letter of interest to Committee Chair Chandra Hampson c/o Ellie Wilson-Jones at eswilsonjone@seattleschools.org. Please disclose any relationships with Seattle Public Schools, such as family members employed by the District, children in the District, and/or business or contracts with the District. Application materials should be submitted by December 11, 2020. The application period has been extended to December 11, 2020 to allow to for additional applications for the two advisor positions.

    You may contact Chandra Hampson or Ellie Wilson-Jones or with questions, please provide a return contact phone number.