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Career Opportunities in the Massachusetts School Business Profession

A career as a school business official is one of the most demanding, yet possibly one of the most rewarding career choices a person with business training can make. Some roles, such as Treasurer/CFO and Business Manager, require a college degree and a license from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Other roles, such as Transportation Supervisor or Food Service Director, require extensive field experience and can also require other specialized certification(s). Continuing education is expected in all of these roles.

Massachusetts' 487 school districts serve communities as diverse as the state. Some districts, especially in rural areas, may have fewer than 1,000 students and one building. Boston is the largest district in the Commonwealth. School business officials serving school districts face challenges as unique as the communities they serve. The districts also mirror Massachusetts' great diversity—from countywide districts to small village districts near a big city. Some districts serve several farming communities. Others serve sprawling suburbs. Others serve vocational and technical students, students with special education needs in collaboratives, and those in public charter schools.

Career journeys for school business officials are as varied as their personalities. A few actually spend an entire career in one position in one district. Many others spend a career in one role, but move among several districts. Others change roles within the profession. All proudly serve Massachusetts' most precious resources, our children.

    Some job roles in school business are financial roles:

    • Treasurer/CFO
    • Assistant Treasurer
    • Accounts Payable & Accounts Receivable
    • Payroll

    Some roles are business operations/administration roles:

    • Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Administration
    • Director of Finance and Operations
    • School Business Manager
    • Human Resources
    • Technology/IT Director
    • Transportation
    • Food Service
    • Facilities/Maintenance