Senior Director of Finance and Accounting @ United Way East Ontario

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Senior Director of Finance and Accounting @ United Way East Ontario

Company: United Way East Ontario

Position: Senior Director of Finance and Accounting

Location: Ottawa, ON

Every day, people in communities across Prescott-Russell, Ottawa, Lanark and Renfrew Counties depend on United Way to break down barriers, improve lives, and create opportunities. The organization exists to make a tangible difference in the lives of the people who need us most—to have an impact. Three hundred sixty-five days per year—in normal times, and through crises—United Way mobilizes the power of caring communities to address the most complex social issues.

Skills & Experience


10+ years of experience within financial management and accounting


3 to 5 years of experience in a senior management or consulting role

NPO Sector

Ideally you have worked inside of a not for profit organization, or have experience navigating one


Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA)

Critical Thinker

Analyse and present data in a clear and concise format, with high-level analysis and insight to support senior executives in their decision-making

Sector Knowledge

You can provide costing models for various initiatives, and are familiar with federal and provincial statutes governing the charitable sector

Summary of the Role

Reporting to the Vice President of Corporate Services, the Senior Director of Finance and Accounting is responsible for direction setting, oversight, and management of the finance team.

You will be given the opportunity to take control of the implementation of all financial strategies, processes, systems, resources and controls within the organization. This is a strategic role where you will support senior management in strategy development, business planning, and decision making from a financial standpoint.

In your role, you will ensure all accounting and transaction processing activities are being performed efficiently and with integrity. You will be given full reign over system implementations or process improvements within the department, aiming for a streamlined, efficient, and integrated financial accounting and reporting process. You will resolve any financial accounting and reporting issues impacting service delivery, stakeholder relations, external communications or key financial policies.

You will provide oversight and direction to the preparation of accurate, informative and complete financial reports to meet statutory, regulatory and stakeholder agreements. You will also oversee the year-end process and external audit of financial statements, including the coordination and management of the relationship with the Audit Committee and external auditors. Through this, you will need to ensure compliance with TAFR and GAAP.

Internally, and with the support of your team, you will review, assess, and manage cash flow, short and long term investment performance and overall financial stability of the organization. You will be given the opportunity to then analyze and compile financial performance information and insightful analysis, providing the senior management team with decision support and strategic advice. You will also have the opportunity to review and assess the cost of operating to ensure the effective use of resources and appropriate recovery of costs from partners, agencies, and other clients.You will provide costing advice to programs and initiatives, reviewing and assessing effective investment as well as the use and safeguarding of funds from all revenue sources; campaigns, grants, planned giving, targeted investments, investment revenue, and more.

In this role, you will have a team of three reporting directly to you. As a leader and mentor, you will provide oversight and direction to the team, defining roles, setting clear expectations, and in turn, ensuring those expectations are met. You will have the opportunity to coach and continuously develop your team to ensure that as a group, you are able to best support the organization’s business operations and strategic direction.

You will interact with many different facets of the organization and work closely with the Community Impact, Marketing and Communications and Resource Development teams. You will also interact regularly with United Way’s Board of Directors, providing them with assurance that the appropriate controls are in place and the reported financial results are up to date and accurately reflect the financial position of the organization. In addition, you will communicate with external stakeholders on any issues relating to financial matters, and be an active participant on key committees. Your objective is to ensure that financial aspects of decisions are considered, and where appropriate, advice is given to ensure optimal decision making throughout the organization.

Importantly, the Senior Director is a stewardship role ensuring the effective and efficient use of resources and compliance with regulatory requirements.

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