Director of Finance (District of Cochrane)

Under the general direction of the Chief Administrative Officer, this position directs the financial, budgeting and accounting functions for the CDSSAB in accordance with related legislation, CDSSAB policies and procedures and CDSSAB Vision & Values. Performs the role of the chief financial officer for the organization.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES of the position include:
  • Providing general direction regarding the finance function for the organization and general direction to cross-functional teams in the department, assigning and monitoring work and ensuring consistent implementation of policies, procedures, legislation and statutory requirements
  • Manages and develops departmental personnel and assists with labour relations as required
  • Establishes departmental goals and priorities in alignment with organizational strategies
  • Performs as a member of the Senior Management Team, developing, recommending and implementing policy and short and long-term strategic goals for the organization
  • Advises the CAO and management on financial, staffing, and corporate services and prepares reports for the Board and/or management regarding corporate services functions
  • Ensures the provision of financial services including consolidating budget preparation, payroll, accounts payable/receivables and special reports including audits, monthly statements to the Board and management, and annual apportionment calculations
  • Advises and assists the CAO in Risk Management programs
  • Directs accounting systems and operations, monitoring/reviewing the posting/balancing of sub-ledgers, journals and records, ensuring entries adhere to GAAP and reviewing AR/AP/payroll transactions
  • Directs financial operations, including cash/working capital, within the organization providing information for programs, advising on financial matters, liaising with program management, ensuring internal controls/adherence to GAAP/legislation/policies and procedures, developing and implementing financial policies/procedures and coordinating financial audits (external & government)
  • Directs the preparation of financial information and generation of program management/program budget reports, consolidating financial statements, reconciliations,
  • Directs the preparation and submission of Ministry budgets and remissions and performs the year-end reconciliation of financial data
  • Provides expertise and support to other departments on planning, forecasting and preparing annual budgets
  • Manages financial/budget/statement reviews, year-end reconciliations for non-profit Housing Service providers, year-end settlements for EMS providers and year-end reconciliations for organizations in receipt of special funding
  • Provides internal client service to peers/co-workers throughout the organization and external client service to government staff and strategic partners, maintaining close client business relationships to keep up to date on legislative amendments, ensure effective provision of financial services and adhere to legal/statutory/fiduciary requirements
  • Provides support to the Audit Committee of the Board, preparing meeting agendas and reports


  • Post-secondary completion (professional accounting designation) and a minimum of five years related management experience or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • In-depth knowledge of GAAP, public sector accounting/financial statement preparation, Employment Standards Act, Ontario Human Rights Code, Canada Customs and Revenue Agency, Income Tax Act and GST regulations
  • General knowledge of Ontario legislation and regulations and ability to accurately interpret and apply program and public sector legislation
  • Demonstrated financial experience managing payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, asset management and/or funds management, inventory, logistics and/or operations management and cash reconciliation
  • A thorough knowledge of computer systems and applications, human resource management principles and practices.
  • Proficiency in the use of MS Office Suite applications  and browser based applications
  • Good communication skills to deal effectively with all levels of staff within the organization, as well as with suppliers and government contacts
  • Analytical thinking skills to break down multi-dimensional issues to formulate financial, taxation and accounting plans, programs, policies and practices
SALARY:  $106,291 – $132,863 (As per non-union salary grid)
The Cochrane District Social Service Administration Board is committed to equity in its policies, practices, and programs.  The Board supports diversity in the work environment and ensures that applications from members of underrepresented groups are seriously considered. All qualified individuals who would contribute to the diversification of our workplace are encouraged to apply.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

CDSSAB welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
Applications will be received in confidence by, Sue Chenier 500 Algonquin Blvd. E., Timmins, Ontario, P4N 1B7, telephone (705) 266-1201, via fax (705) 268-8290, or via e-mail no later than July 10, 2020 .