The Director of Finance manages and directs the Finance Department for Sagamok Anishnawbek in accordance with Canada Public Sector Accounting, policies, procedures and guidelines prescribed by Council. Duties include planning, priority setting, and budgeting; serving as an advisor to senior management and Council on financial matters. Manages the general accounting activity of Sagamok Anishnawbek, including accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll functions. Responsibilities involve extensive interaction with directors, Chief and Council; federal government officials and other government departments and agencies. Work is performed independently, under the general direction of the Director of Operations. This position works within all pertinent federal and provincial legislation, regulations and guidelines.
Duties and Responsibilities:
In cooperation with the senior managers, manages and coordinates the preparation of the annual budget, providing Chief and Council with timely and accurate information;
Works in cooperation with Directors and managers to ensure adherence to reporting requirements and to ensure that the terms and conditions of legal agreements are adhered to;
Provides policy advice and overall operational guidance to Council regarding financial and accounting issues and implements policies and programs as adopted and prescribed by Council;
Compares actual performance with budget; provides reports and interpretation to senior management and Chief and Council to assure sound financial control; provides timely submission of the annual budget;
Informs the Chief Executive Officer, senior management and Chief and Council of the status of finances for the First Nation;
Attends regular and special meetings of Council and distributes information as required;
Coordinates and submits regular and special reports to Council concerning key issues and the administration of the Finance Department;
Provides financial expertise and advice in the development of short and long range plans; gathers, interprets and prepares data for studies, reports and recommendations, as required; coordinates department activities and those of external service providers as required;
Provides financial advice in the development of the capital expenditure plans involving major improvements to the Sagamok Anishnawbek’s infrastructure and facilities;
Reviews paperwork prepared by finance staff for account analysis; oversees month end close activities, maintenance of the balance sheet and income statement; assures financial accuracy of financial records;
Interprets, and advises Council on federal and provincial legislation, programs and initiatives, that may affect financial viability;
Ensures the implementation of the Finance Committee and Council directives; apprises staff of new initiatives; changes in policy and direction; Decisions adopted during Council meetings and the impact on the department;
Operates within the accounting and personnel policies and advises staff on their contents and application;
Directs and oversees the day-to-day operations of the department and programs in order to achieve goals within available resources; issues timely oral and written communication; reviews progress and directs changes as needed;
Develops and motivates staff; maintains harmony among staff and resolves grievances;
Recruits, selects, evaluates, and makes recommendations to Council regarding staffing; provides annual performance evaluation of staff and ensures relevant training opportunities are accessible;
Negotiates contracts for programs and services on behalf of Chief and Council;
Monitors the effectiveness of personnel policies, and other finance and administrative procedures affecting program areas; develops, reviews and revises finance/accounting policies and procedures as appropriate in consultation with the Finance Committee;
Reviews contribution arrangements and other pertinent matters and program-related issues with government officials; provides insight into government policies and regulations guiding funding arrangements; provides advice regarding these matters to Council;
Coordinates prompt follow up action in response to complaints or problems; alerts the Finance Committee and Council to sensitive or complex problems in a timely fashion so that appropriate action may be taken;
Participates in various associations and organizations to learn about new practices and trends, to remain informed of current affairs and issues affecting finance, and to enhance professional growth;
Familiar with First Nation Financial Management Board and First Nation Finance Authority;
Development of Finance Administration Law with the Finance Committee;
Performs other related duties as required.
University degree in Accounting, Commerce or Business Management/Administration.
Preferred Professional Designation Chartered Accounting, Certified General Account or Certified Management Accountant.
Working knowledge and experience on working with ACCPAC.
Minimum three (3) years of experience as a Director of Finance.
Knowledge of and respect for Anishnawbek history, practices, teachings, language, values and beliefs is of critical importance.
Ability to understand and speak Ojibwe will be considered a definite asset.
Must be able to work flexible hours.
Secure and maintain certification in Privacy and Confidentiality.
Sign and comply with an annual oath of confidentiality.
Must provide a criminal record check prior to commencing employment.
Six  month probationary period.
Interested applicants MUST submit a cover letter, resume, photocopies of certificates/diploma/degree from a post-secondary institution, and three references (preferably 3 recent employment references from a direct supervisor/manager):
Attn: Hiring Committee
c/o Human Resources
Sagamok Anishnawbek, P.O. Box 610, Massey, Ontario, P0P 1P0
Fax: (705) 865-3307
Closing Date: Until Filled
Incomplete applications will not be considered. We appreciate your interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Preference will be given to Aboriginal people.