EARL P. BURKE
Seeking a position that requires an agile strategic thinker who processes business and operational acumen with proven ability to create and execute organizational and staff resourcing strategies which deliver efficiency and productivity through evaluation of systems and implementation of process improvements.
Assistant Superintendent of Business Services and Operations and Chief Financial Officer Hinds County School District, Raymond, Mississippi, January 2014 – August 2019 Developed, coordinated, negotiated, and managed contracts and purchase orders to obtain services in the most cost-effective, efficient, and strategic method to meet the requirements of the organization. Led contract strategy development, performance monitoring activity, determination of bid activities, negotiations, issuance and post contract administration. Engaged with organization administrative teams, inventory personnel and logistics teams to determine opportunities to group purchase products and services, leverage spend, optimize the use of blanket purchase orders, expenditure reporting and delivery management. Engaged with leadership and stakeholders to create the most efficient structure and process to deliver site needs. Maintained an active field presence, workload management and performance monitoring of delivery at sites. Led the business services and operations team through the development and communication of a clear strategy, direction and mission objectives. Managed and utilized key HR processes to ensure the right talent is recruited, developed, retained, and deployed in line with key business priorities and the required individual performance expectations. Directed key fiscal management functions including development of annual financial statements, financial forecasts, and budgets. Supervised child nutrition, maintenance, human resources, and business office personnel. Interacted with and advised the Board of Trustees and Superintendent concerning school district financial forecasts, budgets, and reports. Operated with the highest performance and ethical standards in line with the Code of Ethics, and in full compliance with internal controls, policies, procedures, external regulations, and laws.
Operational Efficiencies Achievements
• Achieved annual savings of approximately 6% or $26,000 by proposing and negotiating an agreement with an external partner to manage substitute teacher workforce. T
• Achieved an annual cost savings of $230,000 per year by proposing and negotiating a district-wide Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) maintenance agreement for the maintenance of the district’s 4035 tons of equipment.
• Achieved an annual cost savings of $550,000 per year and cost avoidance of $3,328,000 by proposing and negotiating the privatization of the district’s student transportation services.
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• Achieved an annual personnel cost avoidance of $125,000 by proposing, researching, and implementing a multi-functional enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.
• Achieved a decreased purchasing order processing time from as long as 7 days to a period of a few hours by allowing approval from a cellphone or iPad.
• Achieved critical business and payroll disaster contingency planning strategy.
• Achieved an annual cost saving of $125,000 in personnel cost reductions by studying and implementing changes in the district maintenance department.
• Achieved a decrease in maintenance and technology service request time by an average of five days in response time by implementing a district maintenance and technology work order system.
• Achieved an annual cost savings of approximately $75,000 per year by coordinating and consolidating copier and fax machines purchases into a manageable equipment lease.
• Achieved an annual fuel and vehicle maintenance cost savings of $15,708 per year by deploying multi-functional printer (MFP) devices in strategic locations in each school building and promoting the use of the technology to augment the in-district “pony” mail system and minimizing the dependence of employees on a district courier. T Adjunct Professor School of Business Administration Belhaven University, Jackson, Mississippi, January 2008 – 2010 Lectured and evaluated university students enrolled in undergraduate business administration degree program courses in accounting, finance, leadership, and management. Prepared presentations and lecture materials that supported the course curriculum. Prepared and administered formative and summative assessments.
Director of Business Affairs & Operations and Chief Financial Officer Hinds County School District, Raymond, Mississippi, July 2004 – December 2013 Directed fiscal management functions including development of annual financial statements, financial forecasts, and budgets. Supervised general accounting functions, including AR/AP, bank reconciliation, payroll, and cash management. Supervised physical plant maintenance, property control, public land management, and school district child nutrition departments. Developed a highly skilled accounting and financial management team to achieve established objectives. Interacted with and advised the Board of Trustees and Superintendent concerning school district financial forecasts, budgets, and reports. Operated with the highest performance and ethical standards in line with the Code of Ethics, and in full compliance with internal controls, policies, procedures, external regulations, and laws. EARL P. BURKE • Page 3
School District Business Administrator
Hinds County School District, Raymond, Mississippi, October 2001 – June 2004 Directed the activities of the accounting/business office staff of the school district to ensure sound financial management. Established objectives, standards, and control measures within the context of local and state policy guidelines. Prepared financial reports, developed budgets, and supervised overall business processes by local and state guidelines. Compiled monthly financial reporting for the Board of Trustees and Superintendent. Carried out internal audits to ensure regulatory compliance and operational efficiency/accuracy. Operated with the highest performance and ethical standards in line with the Code of Ethics, and in full compliance with internal controls, policies, procedures, external regulations, and laws. Property Specialist
Hinds County School District, Raymond, Mississippi, January 2001 – October 2001 Developed, coordinated, and supervise the control system for fixed assets to track, manage and dispose of components, spare parts and materials in the most cost-effective, efficient, and strategic method to meet the requirements of the organization. Engaged with organizational support personnel, site-based fixed asset personnel, maintenance, and logistics teams to assist in the identification and tagging of district purchased equipment and property. Prepared monthly fixed asset statements and public land revenue reports. Performed monthly fixed asset account reconciliation and monitored fixed asset related general ledger transactions. Worked in collaboration with school district business administrator to ensure accuracy and integrity of fixed asset and financial information in support of overall business objectives. Interacted with and advised the Superintendent concerning fixed assets and public land management. Operated with the highest performance and ethical standards in line Code of Ethics, and in full compliance with internal controls, policies, procedures, external regulations, and laws. Property and Fixed Asset Management Achievements:
• Managed and accounted for $80,577,358 in total capital assets including land, school buildings, improvements other than buildings, buses, other school vehicles, and furniture and equipment.
• Created a new property control manual for use in the school district, complete with detailed process and procedure for acquisition and disposal of district property.
• Identified, tagged and accounted for all fixed assets within the district as required by the Mississippi State Auditor’s Office to reduce theft and increase accountability.
• Assisted and trained local school property custodians and on new property control and accounting standards. This resulted in increased school level ownership of the fixed asset accounting process and reduction in errors occurring during school audits. EARL P. BURKE • Page 4
Staff School Accountant
Hinds County School District, Terry, Mississippi, August 1997 – December 2001 Carried out general ledger functions, including account analysis and reconciliation, journal entries, and AR/AP. Prepared monthly financial reports. Operated with the highest performance and ethical standards in line with the Code of Ethics, and in full compliance with internal controls, policies, procedures, external regulations, and laws. PINEY WOODS SCHOOL, PINEY WOODS, MISSISSIPPI
Student Residence Counselor, August 1993 – December 1997 Assisted in the coordination of student support and residential services. Provided quality youth care and close intensive supervision of students in a boarding school residential setting. Provided a range of residential counseling and skills training services to students who came from varied socioeconomic backgrounds and experiences. Provided mentoring, tutoring and educational support for students, their families, as well as tracking and reporting on student’s residential progress and providing peer leadership. NATIONAL PIZZA COMPANY, HATTIESBURG, MISSISSIPPI
Store General Manager, August 1987 – December 1993 Implemented company business plan by surveying restaurant demand; conferred with community stakeholders; identified and evaluated competitors; prepared financial reports, marketing, and sales projections, analysis, and estimates. Met financial objectives by preparing weekly and monthly forecasts; analyzed variances; initiated corrective actions; established and monitored financial controls; developed and implemented strategies to increase average meal checks. Developed and implemented marketing, advertising, public and community relations programs; and evaluated program results. Controlled purchases and inventory reviewed and evaluated usage reports; analyzed variances; initiated corrective actions. Accomplished restaurant human resource objectives by recruiting, selecting, orienting, training, assigning, scheduling, coaching, counseling, and disciplining staff; communicated job expectations; planned, monitored, appraised, and reviewed job contributions; enforced policies and procedures.
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Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership (January 2019 – current) MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE – Clinton, Mississippi
Master of Business Administration (May 2006)
JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY – Jackson, Mississippi
Bachelor of Business Administration (December 2000) BELHAVEN COLLEGE – Jackson, Mississippi
Undergraduate studies in Electronic Engineering Technology (1986-89) UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI – Hattiesburg, Mississippi PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS
Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations SFO, ASBO International Certified School Business Administrator, State of Mississippi Department of Education Certified Professional Property Administrator, National Property Management Association, Inc. Certified Professional Property Specialist, National Property Management Association, Inc. PROFESSIONAL AWARDS AND COMMENDATIONS
International Eagle Award Recipient, 2015, Association of School Business Officials International
Outstanding School Business Official of the Year, 2015, Mississippi Association of School Business Officials
Distinguished Professional Eagle Award Recipient, 2012, Association of School Business Officials International
Certificate of Commendation for Achievement in Fixed Asset Management, 2002-2006, State of Mississippi, Department of the State Auditor
Certificate of Commendation in Financial Accounting, 2003-2005, State of Mississippi, Department of the State Auditor
The James W. Park Academic Achievement Award, 2001, Belhaven College Piney Woods School Student Residence Counselor of the Year, 1995 REFERENCES
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