Manager, Finance (Public Health & Emergency Services/Community Services) (Region of Waterloo)

Permanent, full-time position

This key leadership role with the Region of Waterloo would be an exciting career opportunity for a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) with progressive public sector management experience.

As Manager of Finance, you’ll manage the accounting and budgeting functions for the Public Health & Emergency Services and Community Services departments, including the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council, the Waterloo Region Immigration Partnership, and Region of Waterloo Community Housing Inc. (ROWCHI). Your understanding of Ontario Works (OW) policy directives regarding benefit eligibility, payments and administration will prove invaluable, as you’ll also be called upon to manage the production and issuance of social assistance OW payments.


To assume the role of Manager, Finance (Public Health & Emergency Services/Community Services), you will have the following profile:
  • Knowledge of management financial accounting, and budgeting principles/techniques (e.g., cost- benefit analysis, present value, management control systems); OW policy directives regarding benefit eligibility, payments, and administration; and income support operations, policies and procedures as it relates to payment authorization and production, normally acquired through a bachelor's degree in Commerce, Economics, Mathematics, Business Administration, or a related discipline, plus progressively responsible related experience in public sector management.
  • A professional accounting designation (CPA).
  • Knowledge of, and ability to comply with, policies, procedures, generally accepted accounting principles, related legislation/requirements (e.g., financial management, purchasing, municipal, development charges, Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB), privacy, provincial and federal agreements and reporting), and collective agreements.
  • Analytical, continuous improvement, and problem-solving skills to plan/develop objectives; determine, organize, and coordinate program goals/components (administrative, technical, operational, financial); classify work and select staff to achieve same; analyze budgets and evaluate financial alternatives; and develop solutions/new approaches to studies/projects.
  • Communication, leadership, and human relations skills to manage, develop, motivate, train, and support staff; resolve complaints/issues from OW clients/vendors regarding payment issues; work with agencies on OW fraud detection/prevention; communicate with staff to resolve client issues; present/explain complex/politically sensitive issues to Council, senior management, staff, agencies, the public, and media; represent the Region on committees; present reports to staff, Council, committees, government Ministries, professional groups, and the public; and participate as an effective team member.
  • Ability to write correspondence, project plans, reports, policy recommendations, budget submissions, funding requests and claims, and procedures.
  • Ability to read and interpret policies and procedures, contracts, correspondence, financial information, reports, subsidy/grant claim applications, case histories, legal/funding agreements, and professional journals.
  • Computer skills with ability to use software such as Microsoft Office, financial information systems, and provincial social assistance software.
  • Ability to develop financial models.
  • Ability to travel within (and occasionally outside) Waterloo Region.
  • Ability to support and demonstrate the Region’s values.
  • Must provide an acceptable Police Information Check (Level 2) for bondability.

Serving, engaging and inspiring current and future generations

Committed to fostering opportunities for current and future generations, the Region of Waterloo is an inclusive, thriving and sustainable region of connected rural and urban communities with global reach. Our mission is to serve, engage and inspire, by delivering quality services to a diverse population of 560,000+, while creating a healthy, collaborative environment of learning, respect and innovation. This is a place where employees are valued and recognized for their talents and contributions to our success.

In addition to offering a competitive compensation package, we have a strong focus on health and wellness, including fitness facilities and family-focused benefits.

Please visit our website, at, for a detailed description of this Finance Manager position (competition number 2020-1701), and to apply online before 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, August 11, 2020.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion, and thank all applicants in advance; however, we will be corresponding only with those selected for an interview. We will accommodate the needs of qualified applicants under the Human Rights Code in all parts of the hiring process.