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For more than 100 years, Scouts Canada has brought a world of adventure, outdoor experience, friendship and fun to 17 million Canada youth. Scouts Canada promises youth, parents and the community at large that “It Starts with Scouts”.  Scouts aims to provide youth with opportunities to experience new things and develop into capable and well-rounded individuals. Are you aligned with our mission to help develop well rounded youth, better prepared for success in the world? Do you think you have what it takes to become our next Controller in our National Office in Ottawa? If you answered yes, we want to hear from you!

Reporting to the Executive Director, Business Services, and as a critical member of the Finance Team, you will be responsible for financial performance and resource management to position Scouts Canada to fulfill its mission and organizational goals. The controller is responsible for the financial, payroll, and benefits of the organization including the production of financial reports, maintenance of an adequate system of accounting records, and comprehensive set of controls designed to minimize risk.  You will be responsible for ensuring the accuracy of financial results and compliance with financial accounting reporting standards. The controller will provide leadership to the finance team and support the Board of Governors in carrying out their responsibilities.

Specifically, you will be responsible for:

  • Managing the operations of the finance, payroll, pension and benefits requirements and staff on a day-to-day basis
  • Leading and developing a team by mentoring and promoting skill development to ensure flexibility and accountability and allow staff to adapt to changing priorities
  • Establish objectives, monitor results and evaluate performance of employees
  • Train, monitor, direct and provide guidance and coaching for departmental resources to ensure success in meeting departmental objectives
  • Implement, monitor and maintain all financial policies and processes to ensure timely and accurate financial data, improved financial controls, minimization of organizational risk and control and safeguarding of assets
  • Optimize the Standard Operating Procedures for the Finance area for the organization
  • Provide direction and leadership to the across Canada Finance team and ensure the accurate and timely processing of information
  • Lead the Finance Operations area by providing oversight and leadership for monthly finance meetings to encourage participation, communication and sharing of critical information and best practices
  • Fulfill a leadership role encompassing strategic planning, high level and day to day financial leadership and operational analysis
  • Communicate with executive leadership, Board, Finance and Audit Committees in a timely manner on material financial matters
  • Prepare a monthly financial statement package for the Finance Committee in accordance with established reporting timelines including a highlight summary with review and analysis comparing results to the projections and budget
  • Direct and optimize the internal controls program, scheduling testing and reporting to review processes, identify internal control deficiencies and put in place the necessary steps to improve controls
  • Negotiate, establish, manage and oversee any contracts with service providers related to financial services
  • Oversee the annual budget planning process for Scouts Canada, including the provision of budget planning guidelines and templates
  • Oversee the year-end audit process and interact with the external auditors and Audit Committee
  • Oversight of Investment Management for Scouts Canada
  • Ensure the organization is in compliance with tax laws, financial reporting requirements and payroll legislation and reporting requirements

Education, Experience & Skills

  • Professional accountant designation (CPA)
  • Bachelor degree in accounting or equivalent business experience
  • Minimum ten years of experience in a similar financial role with broad experience
  • Minimum five years of supervisory experience in an accounting environment
  • Experience in a not-for-profit organization would be an asset
  • Demonstrated fluency with major accounting software; experience with Great Plains would be an asset
  • Strong client service skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Advanced Excel skills

Key Competencies

Organizational Core Competencies

  • Member Focus – Demonstrates commitment to increasing member satisfaction, assumes responsibility for solving problems, ensures commitments to members are met, solicits organizational and personal performance feedback from members.
  • Integrity/Ethics – Deals with others in a straightforward and honest manner, maintains confidentiality and supports company values
  • Dependability – Meets commitments, accepts accountability, stays focused under pressure and meets attendance/punctuality requirements
  • Teamwork – Meets all team deadlines and responsibilities, listens to others and values opinions, helps team leader to meet goals, welcomes newcomers and promotes a team atmosphere
  • Job knowledge – Understands duties and responsibilities, has necessary job knowledge and technical skills, understands Scouts Canada’s mission/vision and keeps job knowledge current

Job Specific Competencies: 

  • Advanced conceptual understanding of a wide variety of aspects of financial operations
  • Works under broad direction utilizing policies and general objectives
  • Ability to structure, mentor and motivate a high achieving team
  • Analytical ability for problem solving and strategic decision making
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills including demonstrated flexible approach
  • Ability to prioritize and work to deadlines while managing multiple activities
  • Self-motivated
  • Strong results orientation
  • Attention to detail and commitment to accuracy

We’ve got you covered:

We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes a fabulous merchandise discount; an employer-matched retirement plan after one year; extended health, prescription, vision and dental coverage and more.

If this role excites you, we want to hear from you! Please take the time to tell us about yourself in a cover letter — we want to hear your story — your background, your accomplishments, and why this role is a good fit with your future career aspirations.

Please submit your application to recruit@scouts.ca.

Scouts Canada thanks you for taking the time to consider this position. Please understand that only individuals chosen for an interview will be contacted.

Scouts Canada encourages applications from all qualified candidates and has a great record of accommodating persons with disabilities. Contact Lisa Donnelly in Human Resources at lisa.donnelly@scouts.ca or 613-224-5131 if you need accommodation at any stage of the application process or want more information on our accommodation policies.