Director of Finance

Job location

Montreal

Starting date

As soon as possible

Immediate Manager

Executive Director

Number of Employees Supervised

3 people

About the organization

Development and Peace – Caritas Canada is one of the leading Canadian international development NGOs and the official international solidarity organization of the Canadian Catholic Church. The organization supports local partners located in several countries of the Global South. With a network of members across Canada, Development and Peace – Caritas Canada raises the awareness of Canadians about the causes of worldwide poverty and injustice and mobilizes Canadians around actions for change.

Function Overview

Reporting to the General Manager, the Director of Finance plans, organizes, directs, controls, coordinates and evaluates accounting activities, and compliance with generally accepted accounting principles and the laws governing charities. He or she is responsible for the accounting system and ensures the regular production of the organization’s financial statements while ensuring compliance with internal control policies and procedures. The Director of Finance works closely with the Treasurer of the National Council and represents management at meetings of the Finance and Audit Committee and other committees upon request.

Key Tasks and Responsabilities

Accounting and Financial Management:
  • Coordinate the production of periodic financial statements, reports and management analyses for the various authorities. Ensure the accuracy of financial information and the smooth conduct of the annual external audit;
  • Provide cash management and ensures the application and update of the Investment Policy. Monitor the evolution of the various investment portfolios;
  • Ensure sound management of the organization’s financial resources through the regular presentation of financial information and the monitoring of the budgets of the various departments;
  • Ensure the proper functioning of the operations related to payroll, commitments, receipts and disbursements, both for the approval process, accounting and bank transfers;
  • In close collaboration with the National Council Executive Director and Treasurer:
    • Ensure the development of strategies related to the financing of the organization;
    • Oversee the preparation of annual budgets and long-term forecasts;
    • Contribute to the reflection of the decision-making bodies on the allocation of the organization’s financial resources;
    • Participate in finance and audit committee meetings.
Enterprise Compliance Management:
  • Develop, update and maintain internal policies and procedures in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and ensure that they are properly communicated and adhered to;
  • Validate compliance and legal considerations for all agreements that financially commit the organization;
  • Coordinate the various institutional assessment and risk management exercises;
  • Ensure the management of the archives in accordance with the rules prescribed in this regard, in particular as regards the disposition of documents;
Team Management:
  • Direct the professionals under his responsibility and promote the development of their skills;
  • Develop and implement the team’s annual work plan and reports on results. Define the human resources needs of your department.
Organizational Life:
  • Act as a point of contact for other parts of the organization regarding accounting, finance, internal compliance and interpretation of laws and regulations relating to the activities of charities;
  • Ensure service representation on the National Council, Executive Committee and Regional Assemblies, Act as the organization’s representative at national/international meetings and participate in select committees and commissions as requested by the Branch;
  • As a member of the management team, contributes to the definition of directions, strategies and the implementation of the strategic plan. Represents the employer on various internal and external management committees.

Challenges

  • Upgrade financial management policies and processes to make team operations more effective
  • Enhance financial information to facilitate decision-making at the Executive Committee
  • Establish a long-term funding plan

Required Qualifications

  • BA in Accounting, Administration (Finance) or equivalent
  • Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation
  • Masters (an asset)
  • Ten years of accounting and financial management experience, including five years in a similar management role
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and French. Spanish is an asset
  • Very good analytical, extension and synthesis skills
  • Communication skills: Excellent listening, communication and presentation skills with the public
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel functionality
  • Mastery of accounting systems
  • Knowledge of “Sage Simple comptable” accounting software (an asset)
  • Excellent knowledge of accounting and tax legislation and regulations related to Not-for-Profit organizations
  • Good knowledge of a pay system
  • Knowledge of Results-Based Management (RBM) methodology
  • Knowledge of international development work (an asset)
  • Mobilizing and Transformational Leadership
  • Teamwork skills
  • Availability to travel occasionally in Canada and abroad
  • Availability to work occasionally evenings and weekends

Application Process

If you think you have the profile, please feel free to submit your resume and cover letter to Nicole Tremblay at tremblay.nicole@rcgt.com. The information received will be treated in confidence and we thank all candidates for their interest, however, we will only contact those selected for further consideration.

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