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Associate Director of Finance

Associate Director of Finance

Reporting Structure:
The Associate Director of Finance reports to the CAO and Director, CCfV.

Job Purpose:
The Associate Director of Finance is responsible for planning, directing, and controlling financial functions to ensure the effective, efficient and accurate financial operations of CCfV in consultation with the CAO and Director.

The Associate Director of Finance reports directly to the CAO and is responsible for managing the finance team, all functions related to the department, and providing budgetary and financial advice to the organization. This includes preparing and reviewing contract budgets, conducting financial analyses, preparing reports, developing and implementing accounting systems and processes, and financially reporting to Investigators.



  • Oversee the day to day operations of the finance team and delegate work and projects accordingly
  • Evaluate the performance of and provide training and development opportunities for finance team
  • Maintain a documented system of finance policies and procedures
  • Negotiate high-risk financial components in research contracts
  • Lead forecasting, targeting and research budgeting planning process
  • Complete financial reporting requirements related to analysis of results, actual versus budget and prior year for review of results
  • Provide consistent and accurate reporting to CAO and Director on an ongoing basis
  • Provide financial analysis and decision support to the center managers
  • Lead in the preparation of large scale reports such as the CCFV annual report and proposals to the Department of Health; responsible for completeness, accuracy and timely submission of all government reporting
  • Monitor and review research study accounts to ensure accuracy and complete journal entries, account reconciliations, and analysis reports on a monthly basis
  • Identify, recommend and deliver on best practices through projects that will enhance overall efficiencies of business functions and processes
  • Attend meetings and deliver presentations as required
  • Manage and oversee administrative functions related to payroll and the time management system

Skills, Knowledge, Education and Experience:

  • Expert knowledge in accepted accounting principles, accounts payable and receivable, and computerized accounting programs
  • Expert knowledge in fund accounting, preparation of financial statements and reports, and payroll systems/benefit administration
  • Working knowledge of accounting and project management systems as they relate to an operation’s financial statements
  • Expert awareness of organizational and institutional processes, contracts, and SOPs
  • Demonstrate a high level of organizational, time management, and decision-making skills in regard to setting priorities based on deadlines (both internal and external)
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; able to speak, listen and write in a clear manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques
  • Exhibit excellent leadership and team management skills

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree education in commerce/accounting with a CPA designation; MBA considered an asset and strongly preferred
  • Minimum 5 years related work experience; 2+ years of relevant experience within a university, hospital, or comparable environment in a research setting considered an asset
  • Previous experience in a managerial role strongly preferred
  • Proficiency is required in the use of payroll, accounting, word processing, database and spreadsheet, presentation, email, and electronic calendar software (i.e. MS Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint and MS Outlook)

If you are interested in this position, you can apply through Dalhousie University here: https://dal.peopleadmin.ca/postings/2630