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Job Number:  43437
Senior Director, Finance
Job Posted: Tuesday, 10 April 2018
Closing Date: Sunday, 29 April 2018
(82 days ago)
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
Region: Ottawa area Type: Full time
Location: Ottawa Salary: (not entered)

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is the national voice of municipal governments, representing the interests of cities and communities with the federal government.


Department:                Corporate Services

Language:                   Bilingualism required




The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has been the national voice of municipal government since 1901. With almost 2,000 members, FCM represents the interests of municipalities on policy and program matters that fall within federal jurisdiction. Members include Canada's largest cities, small urban and rural communities, and 18 provincial and territorial municipal associations. FCM’s offices are located in downtown Ottawa, housing approximately 200 staff.


Major Purpose:

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer (COO), the Senior Director, Finance will play a key strategic role within the organization and is responsible for the overall direction and leadership of the financial, accounting, risk, planning and reporting functions. This position is accountable for performance and continuous improvement of the financial planning processes and efficiencies. This individual will be a crucial member of the Management team providing strategic direction and management of the organization’s financial resources.


You are an inspiring leader who will be committed to the vision and values of the FCM and are known for your financial and business acumen as well as your ability to effectively manage stakeholder relations. In this role, you will provide proactive leadership, clear direction and you will set high standards for quality and accuracy to a team of 25-30 dedicated finance professionals. Key to your success will be your ability to quickly understand FCM’s activities and ensure responsible financial alignment of various areas across the organization to meet the needs of our members and funders. In addition, you will work with our Chief Operating Officer and the management committee in the identification and development of a range of strategic opportunities that will add value to the organization.


FCM aspires to be an organization that is deeply respectful, collaborative, empowering and transparent in our work. As the national association for municipal government, we have a commitment and passion for strengthening Canada by achieving results for our communities, our cities and our workplace. As a senior leader in the organization, the Senior Director, Finance is expected to lead in a manner that embraces these values, the corporate culture and the passion for our mission.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the effective oversight of FCM’s finances including the various programs and the Green Municipal Fund. More specifically, is responsible for the budget process (approximately $100M per year), the review of quarterly financial statements, audited financial statements, internal controls, risk management and review and follow up on external auditors recommendations to management;
  • Is responsible for the Risk Management function of the Green Municipal Fund, which includes the management of the Fund’s operational, market and financial risk, and the implementation of strategies to mitigate risk and losses. The function is also responsible for the management of the Green Municipal Funds Investment and Loan portfolios ($625M) and the management of its cash flow.
  • Is a member of the GMF’s Risk Management Committee, which is responsible for the review and vetting of higher risk loans.
  • Is responsible for the management of the Green Municipal Fund’s Investment Committee, which oversees all matters related to the investment management of the Fund as per the Funding Agreement.
  • Leads ongoing financial modeling and analysis to support the development of strategic initiatives. Develops clear, concise and comprehensive financial reporting and analysis for key stakeholders, including the Management Committee and the National Board of Directors.
  • Participate in the setting of the organization’s strategic direction as a member of the FCM’s Management Committee.
  • Leads the development of strategies and approaches to maintain efficient and effective operations.
  • Develops and implements policies, procedures, tools and processes to increase efficiency.
  • Responsible for the direct supervision of four senior professionals, while leading and managing a team of 25-30 other finance professionals in Canada. In addition, leads finance teams, located overseas, dedicated to the delivery of international programs through a matrix model.
  • Inspire the Finance team to raise awareness and knowledge of financial management processes, policies and matters throughout the organization.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • University degree and a professional accounting designation (CPA, CA, CMA, or CGA) required.
  • Successful record of accomplishment as strategic leader. This includes a minimum of ten (10) years relevant experience with senior management functions related to finance and accounting.
  • Significant experience in or knowledge of non-profit accounting and Government of Canada funding agreement terms and conditions
  • Consummate business and financial management skills, including experience managing multi-million dollar budgets and expertise with business planning and performance metrics.
  • Excellent organization, conceptual, problem solving, communication and leadership skills and an ability to respond to shifting priorities, policies and legislations while meeting deadlines.
  • Exemplary abilities and the political acuity to build and manage various relationships in a matrix-styled organization, in a culturally diverse environment and with a variety of government, institutional and private stakeholders in order to advance the goals of the organization.
  • The ability to positively motivate, mentor, build and maintain good teams with a collaborative attitude.
  • Self-motivated, professional and flexible, with the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to grasp the organization’s short and long term priorities and develop systems, processes and policies to support the achievement of them in a cost effective manner.
  • A focus on continuous improvement and the ability to identify and recommend efficient solutions to current processes is an integral part of the position.
  • Travel may be required (maximum 10%).


  • Superior oral and written communication skills and the ability to communicate in both official languages (English and French) is required.


The benefits of joining the FCM team include summer hours (Fridays off between July 1st and Labour Day); office facilities located in the ByWard Market, FCM’s commitment to employee development and a competitive range of employee benefits and services.

How to Apply:
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For additional information on this posting, or for further information on FCM, access our website at www.fcm.ca.

Visit the careers section of our website to apply. Deadline for applications is April 29, 2018.

We thank all candidates for their interest; however we will only contact those selected for an interview. All the applications will be kept on file for six months following the hiring.
Contact Details:
Human Resources
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
24 Clarence Street
Ottawa, ON, K1N 5P3
www:   www.fcm.ca

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