Posted On: 2018-03-08
Closing On: 2018-05-03
Location: Toronto
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Management

Job Description

About ALS Canada
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (also known as ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, or motor neuron disease) is a disease that gradually paralyzes people as the brain is no longer able to communicate with the muscles of the body. Over time, as the connection with the muscles break down, someone living with ALS will lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, swallow, and eventually breathe.

ALS Canada works with the ALS community to improve the lives of people affected by ALS through support, advocacy and investment in research for a future without ALS.  

We are a registered national charity that receives no government funding – all of our services and research are funded through the generosity of our donors and partnerships with provincial ALS Societies working together in a federated model. Through the ALS Canada Research Program, we fund peer-reviewed research grants, foster collaboration and build capacity within Canada’s ALS research community, and participate in new areas of research well-positioned to have an impact. Within Ontario, ALS Canada has a role similar to that of the provincial ALS societies, providing services and support to help meet the needs of people living with ALS in the province. ALS Canada advocates federally, provincially and locally for better government support and access within the healthcare system for people affected by ALS. 

We live our values of accountability, collaboration, compassion, integrity, resiliency and respect – they form the guidance of how we go about our work.

Our world is challenging. The people we serve are dealing with a devastating illness. But in the midst of it, their resiliency and spirit is remarkable and moving. You will be touched by the community and will find a way to naturally and effectively engage. 
Job Summary
This is an exciting opportunity to work in a dynamic organization that is making a meaningful difference in the lives of people who have been dealt a devastating terminal diagnosis. The highly collaborative and respectful culture of ALS Canada is one that encourages initiative and finding ways to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization through improved processes and procedures. 

The role of Director, Finance is a critical position – managing the financial requirements of a $7M organization that is both a research granting agency as well as a logistically intensive business that fills gaps left between what the health care system provides and the needs of people living with ALS.

The Director, Finance is a leadership position, reporting to the CEO and a member of the six-person Senior Management Team responsible for the operational performance of ALS Canada. The Director, Finance supports the Finance & Audit Committee of the Board by providing accurate and timely regular reporting on the operational financial performance as well as the detail and analysis for long-term planning. 

The Director oversees two direct reports in the immediate finance department and has oversight with the work of data management through a dotted-line reporting structure. The Director, Finance will manage relationships with external parties such as Federation Members, auditors, bankers, lawyers on a wide range of finance and administrative issues as required. As well as the responsibilities for the monthly and annual financial reporting, the Director, Finance is responsible for the timely and accurate submission of all regulatory and statutory submission requirements. 

The Director, Finance will be a critical thinker who takes initiative while demonstrating excellent judgment and a keen awareness of how the work connects with other areas of the organization and the community. A flexible attitude, demonstrating calm under pressure, and admirably balancing a high volume of work with high-quality output will be important characteristics for success in this role.

• Responsible for overseeing the preparation of monthly financial statements, reports and monthly variance reporting that are appropriate for the users and in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)
• Lead and manage the ongoing review of the organization's financial performance with a focus on organizational performance management and measurement systems. Provide data to the senior management team and their team members to enable tracking and reporting against strategic initiatives and overall performance
• Responsible for the preparation of operational and strategic financial plans and budgets while working closely with the senior management team 
• Direct the financial activities (accounting, internal audit, external audit) in a manner designed to safeguard assets with proper controls to meet industry and regulatory standards (e.g. GAAP), internal reporting requirements, and deliver support-focused financial management solutions 
• Responsible for treasury function including the management of cash flows, risk management and banking relationships. Ensure the organization has the appropriate financing in place and oversees the management of the organization's investments 
• Oversee preparation of annual returns and financial statements 
• Responsible for ensuring timely and accurate compliance reporting and statutory requirements are met. Including CRA, Industry Canada, gaming, provincial registration, Imagine Canada, GST/HST, employee/employer remittances.
• Responsible for HR/payroll relationship. Supervision of Accounting and Payroll/HR staff, review of the payroll input/output, review of payroll reports, year end reporting and stop payments as needed. 
• Provide strategic leadership to the business planning and analysis function to ensure that strategies and initiatives to support the long-term business goals are in place. 
• Lead the development of new or improved business/financial modelling to support business plans/initiatives, ensuring that financial and planning assumptions are consistent with ensuring the long-term sustainability of the organization overall. 
• Recommend and implement procedures and processes to ensure improved internal controls and to mitigate risk. 
• Identify and develop ongoing strategies to generate higher operating effectiveness or process efficiency. 
• Provide functional leadership with staff dedicated to the delivery of business-based information.
• Work with the Finance & Audit Committee, Board and CEO to provide support to the business planning, monitoring and financial management of the organization and to implement Board policies and directives. 
• As a member of the Senior Management Team, will contribute to identifying and managing organizational risk.
• Ensure the integrity and usability of the donor database. Ensure CRA tax receipting regulations are adhered to. 
• With dotted line oversight for the Data Management team, work closely with Fund Development to ensure regulatory compliance for tax receipting and oversight for processing of donation revenues. 


• Serve as an ambassador for the organization
• To meet the demands of the role, be available to work flexible hours from time to time
• Travel based on organizational requirements
• Other duties as required
Experience and Qualifications:
• CPA designation required
• Minimum 5-8 years’ experience in a similar field
• Minimum 5 years’ experience working in the charitable/not-for-profit environment
• Experience with Intacct and Raiser’s Edge
• Experience in a granting organization and/or a logistics intensive operation
• Experience with Boards and Board committees and understands the roles, issues and concerns
• Experience in change facilitation and re-engineering 
• Broad business knowledge and experience and understanding of organizational structure
• Experience supervising staff and managing external relationships
Competencies and Skills:
• Strong financial acuity, analytical skills, planning and understanding of processes
• Strong attention to detail
• Critical thinking to ensure that specific controls are in place and adhered to
• Coaching, teamwork and strong communication skills necessary
• Persist in advancing initiatives, creating and facilitating alternative service-oriented solutions, as appropriate 
• Collaborator who identifies opportunities for the organization and brings new ideas and concepts forward for discussion
• Excellent time management and organizational skills with the ability to initiate and manage complex projects and handle multiple priorities concurrently
• Strong communication and presentation skills
• Ability to work autonomously and as a member of a team
• A keen interest in the organization’s mission and mandate and desire to help make a difference to people and families living with ALS
Please send your cover letter and resume to with Director, Finance, in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected as a potential candidate will be contacted.