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Organization DSST Public Schools (view profile)
Location Denver, CO
Classification Administrative / Business Office
Job Type Full time / part time
Date of posting 10/5/16


Staff Accountant

DSST Public Schools (DSST) seeks a Staff Accountant to join one of the leading charter school organizations in Colorado. DSST Public Schools mission is to transform urban public education by eliminating educational inequity and preparing all students for success in college and the 21st century.
Overview of Position: The Staff Accountant will provide critical support to the Finance, Human Resources, and Development teams at the DSST Home Office. The Staff Accountant role is a truly unique opportunity where you’ll be exposed to a diverse and evolving set of responsibilities, be provided with learning opportunities from some of the smartest education minds in Colorado, and have the chance to lead high impact projects that will build and develop valuable core skills for a financial career.
Essential functions:
• Provide key accounting support to a growing charter school network projected to double enrollment over the next 8 years
• Perform key month-end duties and reconciliations
• Work with Human Resources to process monthly payroll for 600+ employees
• Work with Denver Public Schools to ensure DSST is maximizing available revenue from local, state, and federal sources
• Answer questions from DSST staff with regards to payroll and research any pay discrepancies
• Work with the Development team to track restricted funding from major donors


• High proficiency in Microsoft Excel (vlookup and pivot tables)
• You’re eager to learn the inner workings of a growing charter school network and love operating in an all-hands-on deck work environment
• You welcome and give honest feedback for continuous improvement
• You take the time to understand the process behind what you’re doing and try to find ways to streamline your work

Experience Required: DSST Public Schools seeks candidates with strong character, passion for excellence and a relentless commitment to student achievement.
• Previous accounting experience preferred

Additional Eligibility Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
Classification: Exempt

Reports to: Accounting Manager

Compensation and Benefits: DSST Public Schools offers a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits, and a commitment to continuing professional learning.

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. This position is active and may require standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, and crouching throughout the day. The employee must lift and/or move items up to 30 pounds. The employee must have sufficient hand, arm, and finger dexterity to operate a computer keyboard and other office equipment. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

DSST Public Schools Overview:
DSST Public Schools (DSST) operates a network of tuition-free, open-enrollment public STEM charter schools. All DSST Public schools are part of the Denver Public Schools (DPS) district and students are admitted through DPS’ School Choice program. The student population across the DSST network is 80 percent students of color and 64 percent low income. This year, DSST will serve approximately 5,000 students at twelve schools on seven campuses: Byers, Cole, College View, Conservatory Green, Green Valley Ranch, Henry and Stapleton. DSST has been approved to open ten additional schools and four campuses by 2022. At full enrollment, DSST Public Schools will serve over 10,000 students, one quarter of the DPS 6-12 population, and will help more than double the number of four year college-ready DPS graduates. 2016 marked the ninth consecutive year the senior class has earned 100% acceptance to a four-year college. The continued success of the DSST network has gained local and national attention.

DSST Public Schools employees support each other not only to have fulfilling careers, but more importantly, to lead fulfilling lives that combine deeply meaningful professional work with personal well-being. Our core values are central to our program and to our results. These values are embedded in everything that we do and how we do it. The six DSST core values are:
Appreciating the value of a person or an object through your words, actions and attitude - treating people appropriately with common courtesy.
Able to be trusted and or depended upon to complete tasks, follow directions and own up to your actions.
Being truthful, fair and trustworthy in your words and actions - doing as you say and saying as you do.
Possessing confidence and resolve to take risks and make right decisions in the face of pressure and adverse or unfamiliar circumstances.
Eager to learn, explore and question things to gain a deeper understanding.
Doing Your Best
Putting your best effort into everything you do.

To apply: Please go to
In your cover letter please address the following topics:
• Your interest in working at DSST Public Schools
• The mission of DSST Public Schools states: "DSST Public Schools transforms urban public education by eliminating educational inequity and preparing all students for success in college and the 21st Century." What about this mission statement most resonates with you and why?

DSST Public Schools proudly values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. Denver School of Science and Technology does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the School's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact the Assistant Superintendent or Human Resources.