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Director of Finance

Director of Finance

The Huntington Society of Canada (HSC) is a non-profit, charitable organization which raises funds to deliver individual and group counseling services to support individuals and families living with Huntington disease (HD) and to fund medical research to delay or stop the progression of the disease. The Society also works with health and social service professionals to enable them to better serve people living with HD. The Society’s National office is located in Kitchener Ontario with regional offices across Canada, which delivers support to families and individuals, plus 30 volunteer groups or Chapters engaged in fundraising. HSC raises approximately $4 million annually through a diversified fundraising portfolio, e.g., direct mail, major gifts, and special events.

HSC is currently seeking a Director of Finance, to successfully advance the mission of the Huntington Society of Canada.

Director of Finance

The Director of Finance will have a professional accounting designation (CPA). He/she will have demonstrated experience in the financial management and administration of non-profit organizations, including strategic financial analysis and planning, budget development, preparation and control, and financial and management accounting. Critical to success in this role will be strong financial acumen, agility, a team oriented approach and strategic mind set.

The Director of Finance acts as a key partner to the CEO providing strategic financial acumen, planning and forward thinking focus. Leadership, insight, drive and vision are key attributes for the successful candidate in this leadership role.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

Overseeing and working through the Finance Department team

  • Develop and maintain timely and accurate financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)
  • Develop, implement, and ensure compliance with internal financial and accounting policies and procedures
  • Develop sound financial controls, processes and policies designed to safeguard the assets and business dealings of the Organization
  • Ensure that all statutory requirements of the organization are met including: Withholding Payments (CPP, EI), Income Tax, Goods and Services Tax, Employer Health Tax
  • Oversee the preparation of all supporting information for the annual audit and liaise with external auditors as necessary
  • Document and maintain complete and accurate supporting information for all financial transactions
  • Develop and maintain financial accounting systems for cash management, accounts payable, accounts receivable, credit control, and petty cash
  • Reconcile bank and investment accounts
  • Review monthly results and implement monthly variance reporting
  • Manage the cash flow and prepare cash flow forecasts in accordance with policy
  • Oversee the bookkeeping function including maintenance of the general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures to ensure that personnel and financial information is secure and stored in compliance with current legislation
  • Manage the acquisition of capital assets and ensure that assets are properly recorded, amortized, and disposed of as appropriate
  • Create financial models analyzing strategic business decisions

Budget preparation

  • Establish guidelines for budget and forecast preparation, prepare the annual budget in consultation with the CEO and senior management team, and present to Board of Directors
  • Assist Managers with the preparation of budgets for funding applications
  • Oversee and manage a monthly and quarterly budget reporting process

Human Resources

  • Work with the CEO and management team to deal with routine and complex HR issues
  • Ensure job descriptions, classifications, evaluations and HR policies are current
  • Supervise the administration and processing of payroll and benefits

Information technology

  • Oversee Information Technology for the organization
  • Evaluate the need for new technology to meet the organization’s financial data processing, control, and reporting requirements
  • Advise on appropriate technology that meets the organization’s information requirements and financial resources
  • Work with contracted IT provider to ensure an efficient and reliable IT system

Risk management

  • Monitor risk management policies and procedures to ensure that program and organizational risks are minimized
  • Advise the organization’s leadership on appropriate insurance coverage for the organization
  • Negotiate with Bank for lines of credit or other financial services as required and appropriate

Office administration

  • Oversee and supervise the administrative function of the organization including reception, property/facility management, safety of the work environment, and provision of furnishings and equipment necessary for effective operations
  • Oversee the management of all leases, contracts and other financial commitments
  • Monitor all legislation relevant to the organization (employment standards, occupational health and safety, human rights, etc.) and all regulations on professional certification to ensure that the organization is compliant


  • A professional accounting designation (CPA) is required
  • Ten (10) years related experience in a not for profit organization preferred
  • Successful management of accounting, financial reporting and budgeting function required
  • Experience and in depth knowledge of Human Resources, IT and Administration
  • Experience interacting with and presenting to senior management, Committees and Board of Directors
  • A proven track record of creating and maintaining high performing teams
  • Exceptional service orientation and strong interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills required
  • Excellent analytical, problem recognition and creative problem solving skills with a proven ability to take initiative and embrace challenges required
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Microsoft applications, SAGE accounting software and conversant in computer based systems for budgeting and management reporting required
  • Excellent mentoring and team building skills
  • Demonstrated co-ordination, negotiation, conflict management skills
  • Excellent ability to manage complex relationships required
  • Excellent decision making skills with the ability to form and defend independent judgments required
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills required to meet deadlines required
  • Current knowledge of accounting principles, methodology and standards required
  • Ability to effectively handle a large number of issues simultaneously required
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently under pressure/stressful conditions required
  • Ability to work as a team member and influence others and outcomes required
  • Must be change orientated and possess an attitude of continuous improvement
  • Must be a self-starter, creative and innovative

How to Apply:

Please complete the application process using the Charity Village Website link below as soon as possible and no later than January 9th, 2019.

Only qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.

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