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Director of Finance
As a Mi’kmaq First Nations Band Government, Bear River First Nation is dedicated to providing a number of community-oriented services related to areas such as heritage, cultural, recreation, learning, and health. Bear River First Nation is a Míkmaq First Nations band government located in both Annapolis County and Digby County, Nova Scotia. As of 2012, the Mi’kmaq population is 103 on-Reserve, and approximately 211 off-Reserve. Bear River First Nation lies adjacent to the village of Bear River, Nova Scotia, and the Band offices are located approximately 20 minutes from Digby on Reservation Road. Bear River First Nation is seeking a Director of Finance to join their team. Reporting to the Band Administrator, the Director of Finance will be responsible for all aspects of the financial function. The position will be responsible for leading and overseeing all finance, accounting, and budgeting functions. The ideal candidate is an experienced leader who is highly motivated by organizational success and thrives in a community-oriented environment.
The successful candidate, will be responsible for a variety of financial and accounting functions for all aspects of the operations. Examples of specific duties include (but are not limited to):
• Evaluate, maintain and continuously enhance the finance functions of the organization, including monitoring and reporting organizational performance
• Appropriately work to manage costs and facilitate efficiency in operational processes associated with all aspects of the operations
• Review and analyze financial documentation to determine potential areas of improvement
• Prepare monthly/quarterly/year external and internal financial reporting related to the financial position of the organization including revenues and expenses
• Prepare budgets for expenditures of the organization for approval of the Band Administrator/Band Government
• Implement and maintain efficient functioning and documentation for all financial systems including receipts, disbursements, billing, bookkeeping, and accounting
• Ensure month/quarter/year-end processes are completed in a timely manner to ensure accurate financial reporting
• Review, develop and maintain internal controls and safeguards for receipt of revenue, costs, budgets and actual expenditures
• Coordinate, support and prepare working papers for the annual financial audit process
• Provide valuable financial insights and analysis to the Band Administrator/Band Government in decision making
• Ensure that employees comply with finance and administrative and procedures throughout the organization
• Maintain oversight over the Accounts Payable Clerk including mentoring and coaching
• Develop, implement and regular monitor of Key Performance Indicators as they relate to the accounting and finance functions
• Manage performance targets by directing and overseeing the work of employees in the accounting and finance functions to achieve maximum efficiency
• Complete administrative tasks as required
• Ensure information is confidential and secure continually
• Practice understanding of general accounting principles, regulatory standards and compliance requirements at all times
• Degree or diploma designation in accounting or related field of study
• Significant experience (preferably 7-10 years) in a similar role
• Possession of a recognized professional Accounting or Finance designation (CPA) is preferred
• Certified Aboriginal Financial Management Professional (CAFM) is preferred
• Extensive knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting and Canadian public sector accounting standards
• Ability to analyze financial data and prepare financial reports, statements and projections
• Strong attention to detail and confidentiality
• Ability to work in a team environment
• Excellent organizational skills and the ability to meet deadline
Hours of Work: 30 hours per week, Monday to Thursday
Success in this role requires a detail oriented individual who has an aptitude for numbers, is community-minded, and has the ability to work in a flexible team environment. You have well developed organizational skills, and are able to complete tasks in a timely manner. The successful candidate will work to ensure consistency and accuracy across all accounting functions.
The Director of Finance is an experienced leader who provides valuable insight on financial operations. Demonstrating superior communication skills, you succeed in a collaborative environment and possess strong interpersonal skills and create constructive and positive dialogue with employees and management. Along with ensuring that all employees comply with financial policies and procedures, you are seizing every opportunity to enhance the finance function of the organization.
Qualified applicants are asked to submit their resume along with a covering letter to Bear River First Nation via email at Kerrybrfn@eastlink.ca citing “Director of Finance Application” in the subject line, no later than 3pm on April 23, 2019.
We appreciate all expressed interest in this position; however, only the candidates selected for interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.
We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and women. Members of designated groups are encouraged to self-identify. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents will be given priority.
Bear River First Nation Bear River, NS
Bear River First Nation
Bear River, NS
June 20, 2019, 5:13 p.m.