Senior Director, Finance

Application deadline:
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Alzheimer Society of Canada

The Alzheimer Society’s vision is a world without Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Our mission is to alleviate the personal and social consequences of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and to promote research.

Our Values

Collaboration Accountability Respect Excellence

The Alzheimer Society is an equal opportunity employer, and we are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of our communities in which we live and serve. We are also committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes in accordance with the Human Rights Code and AODA and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.


Senior Director, Finance

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Senior Director, Finance is a key leadership role responsible for the management and administration of all financial and general accounting services inclusive of all financial operations, cash management, receivables and payables, funding source management and other related activities, with a focus on effective fiscal management, reporting and analysis, risk management and compliance. Working collaboratively with the COO, the incumbent will build and sustain the capacity of the finance team through the establishment, monitoring and improvement of accounting and finance systems and procedures. The incumbent will develop and maintain general accounting standards, policies and procedures necessary to support the consistency of operations and to ensure that all systems and processes meet generally accepted accounting procedures and policies and directives, new or changing accounting policies as they apply to non-profit, charitable organizations.

The Senior Director, Finance is responsible for providing expert advice and support to senior leaders and will work closely with leaders to establish and ensure the highest standards are applied in budget and expense planning and management and workforce planning.

What You’ll be Doing

Financial Management

  • Develop and implement financial strategy, and provide strategic recommendations to the COO and other organizational leaders
  • Lead the planning and development of the Society’s annual budget, and its submission to the Board
  • Provide on-going monitoring and financial forecasts to ensure balanced financial results
  • Develop, implement and maintain all administrative policies and procedures for proper internal control and to comply with mandated directives, practices and policies
  • Facilitate and oversee annual financial audits to ensure effective resolution and swift closure of auditing activities
  • Oversee and direct all financial processes, including AP, AR, month end reconciliations, monthly financial statements, variance and performance analysis and interpretation, forecasting, and procurement
  • Lead all activities related to the Society’s tax filing
  • Direct, supervise, mentor and develop the Finance team
  • Perform other duties consistent with the job classification, as required

Strategy, Planning and Risk

  • In partnership with the senior leadership team, develop, monitor and lead the implementation of the strategic and operational plan.
  • In collaboration with all functional senior leaders, create and implement budget plans and provide ongoing consultation and support to ensure effective management
  • Assist in assessing risks in all programs and services and develop a strategy to mitigate risks
  • Provide ongoing high level assessment and reporting of fiscal performance and work with the Director of IT to ensure all essential tools and technology are in place to optimize performance monitoring and reporting
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the COO
  • Share accountability with the Director of IT/PMO/Facilities/Records Management for all matters concerning the Society’s office site and physical assets
  • Assume responsibility for the management and protection of all of the Society’s financial

Coaching and Development

  • Provide coaching, development and performance feedback for a team of direct reports, ensuring adequate skill readiness, motivation and clarity of expectations to optimize team performance
  • Exemplify the ASCs values for direct reports and all colleagues and address behaviour that is inconsistent with these values

Your Qualifications and Education

  • Professional designation in Finance required, e.g., CPA, CMA
  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in Finance leadership role(s)
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in a not-for-profit organization(s) is required
  • Expertise with QuickBooks Online is essential (as well as experience with QB desktop)
  • Strong technical knowledge of all Financial matters including current applicable legislation
  • Strong record in leading and supporting financial and budget planning and reporting
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, manage priorities, and make informed decisions
  • Experience working within complex organizations with multiple stakeholders
  • Proven experience in leading and supporting financial aspects of significant organizational projects and initiatives

Other Knowledge, Skills, Abilities or Certifications

  • A well-rounded individual with both public and private sector experience
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Highly collaborative
  • Strong results orientation coupled with effectiveness in forecasting and recommending corrective action
  • Ability to meet commitments and to hold others accountable for deliverables
  • Ability to identify and escalate priority issues and incidents
  • Deep understanding of accountability frameworks in not-for-profit organization under Board governance
  • Strong technical and administrative skills and familiarity with computerized financial management systems
  • Exceptional analytical skills

Commitment to Equitable Recruitment

The Alzheimer Society recognizes the value and dignity of each individual and ensures everyone has genuine, open, and unhindered access to employment opportunities, free from any barriers, systemic or otherwise. We are dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive work environment, where the rights of all individuals and groups are protected and all members feel safe, respected, empowered, and valued for their contributions. We are committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes in accordance with the Human Rights Code and AODA.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to: [email protected]

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We thank all who apply, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Closing Date: February 16, 2024

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