Job Posting 84465

Director of Finance
Knox Presbyterian Church
Toronto Metro area
630 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 2H4, Canada
closes in 5 days (Thu, 30 Jun)
full time

Director of Finance – Knox Presbyterian Church

This executive search is conducted by Nelson/Kraft & Associates on behalf of Knox Presbyterian Church



Knox Presbyterian Church is looking for an experienced, servant-hearted leader to join their team as Director of Finance. The Director of Finance is responsible for Knox’s finance and accounting functions, and for supervising the Finance Manager. This includes support of the governance bodies and ministries of the church, and support of other areas such as property management, site renewal and IT. The Director of Finance will be a key member of the team working towards the ongoing renewal of Knox’s site and facilities, will lead the upgrade of their accounting system and the development of their next 3 – 5 year financial framework, and will support new and ongoing ministry initiatives from a budget and finance perspective. If you have a strong focus and work ethic, are passionate about using your God-given skills in the areas of accounting and finance to advance God’s Kingdom, and would like to explore your sense of calling to this role with Knox, we would love to hear from you.



Knox Church is an urban, evangelical and Reformed community with an emphasis on expository preaching, local and global missions, and intercessory prayer. Located conveniently next to the University of Toronto’s downtown campus, Knox has a vision of “Following Jesus, Loving the City, Serving the World.” The congregation is multicultural and multiethnic – drawing from across the Greater Toronto Area – and is a member of the Presbyterian Church in Canada.

Worship at Knox is rooted in the Reformed tradition while finding contemporary expressions, both musically and liturgically, fitting our unique context. We seek to engage and express the broad range of cultures, languages, generations and traditions represented in our congregation and local area. This deepens our discipleship and enlivens our witness, connecting us to the global and historic church, and testifying to the expansive, barrier-breaking family of God described in Scripture.



Following Jesus: Following Jesus. It’s as simple as that. Knox’s desire is to follow Jesus, as he is revealed to us in Scripture, in God’s story of his love for broken humanity.

Loving the City: We follow Jesus by obeying his commands. He calls us to love our neighbour, and for Knox that means the city of Toronto.

Serving the World: We believe God is at work in the world. His heart is for all people to know him and for his world to be transformed by his love. We believe Knox is a part of this work.



Financial reporting and planning

  • Oversee the monthly and annual production of financial statements and reports as required for internal and external purposes.
  • Lead the annual audit of the financial statements by external auditors and obtain leadership and congregation approval for the financial statements.
  • Drive the annual budget development process including obtaining approval of the church’s budget by the leadership of the church and by the congregation.
  • Support ministry team leaders throughout the year as it relates to budget and financial matters, including ongoing monitoring of the budget.
  • Lead the development of multi-year financial forecasts to support longer-term strategic planning initiatives of the church.

Accounting, compliance, payroll and investment management

  • Oversee day-to-day accounting operations including ensuring sufficient cash on hand to meet obligations.
  • Ensure accounting policies, procedures and reporting conform with Canadian accounting standards for not-for-profit organizations, CRA guidelines for charities and all other applicable regulations.
  • Continually review internal controls and financial systems to ensure that controls are in place and effective, and lead the church in responding to identified financial risks.
  • Ensure financial, tax and other key regulatory filings are prepared, reviewed and accurate before submission to relevant authorities, and ensure that Knox is in compliance with CRA and other regulatory requirements.
  • Perform or supervise accurate and timely bi-weekly payroll runs and administration of employee benefits; engage with the Director of HR on benefit programs and structures.
  • Support the Trustees in the management of investments in line with approved policies, including evolving investment policies and practices as required.

Team leadership

  • Provide visionary, strategic and hands-on leadership for Knox’s Finance Team.
  • Envision and implement processes and policies to improve Knox’s financial accounting systems.
  • Through regular attendance at Trustees monthly meetings and other leadership body meetings as required, cultivate a sense of gratitude, collaboration and unity on financial matters and decisions.


  • Participate in and conduct regular supervisor check-ins, and participate in all-staff meetings.
  • Become involved in the life of the church (encouraged).


Please be advised that in order to be eligible for employment at Knox, all new hires must have received the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine or a combination of COVID-19 vaccines approved by Health Canada (e.g., two doses of a two-dose vaccine series, or one dose of a single-dose vaccine series), and have received the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to the start of employment. Medical exemptions or any other kind of requested exemption based upon the Church’s obligation pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code will be considered on a case-by-case basis.




  • A Christian with the servant heart of Jesus.
  • A proven and experienced leader who values team building, and is able to work independently and take initiative.
  • A natural problem solver who thrives on getting the job done, with a focus on continuous improvement.
  • Aspire for excellence in your work.
  • Reliable, flexible, patient and adaptable in the face of changing demands.
  • Full of honesty, integrity and authenticity.
  • Able to interpret and apply an understanding of key financial indicators to guide strategy and decision-making.
  • Resilient and able to rebound from setbacks and adversity when facing difficult situations.
  • Able to maneuver comfortably through policy, process and decision-making bodies.
  • A love for challenges and learning new skills.

Education and experience

  • Professional accounting designation such as a CPA, CMA or CGA.
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance or relevant field.
  • Minimum five years of senior financial management experience, preferably in a charity or not-for-profit environment.
  • Extensive knowledge of and experience preparing financial reports based on fund accounting principles.
  • Sound judgment within a broad spectrum of finance, accounting, governance and other operational issues.
  • Experience working with boards and volunteers.
  • Good working knowledge of relevant IT systems that support finance, accounting, payroll and related functional areas.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and support continuous improvement.

Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • A team player who values learning and working in community.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and able to communicate the broader story underlying the financial data.
  • Able to listen well and talk through accounting realities with colleagues.
  • Excellent time management skills with the ability to prioritize tasks and meet critical deadlines.
  • An analytical mind with good organization and presentation skills.
  • Strong leadership skills with a willingness to work alongside finance team members, especially in time-sensitive activities.
  • Exceptional with handling confidential information and sensitive financial details.


Location: Toronto, ON

Application Deadline: June 30, 2022

Start Date: September/October 2022



Nelson/Kraft & Associates Inc. is an executive consulting firm that specializes in working with not-for-profits and for-profit businesses across Canada, assisting them in the placement of senior executives and directors. 

Nelson/Kraft & Associates Inc. welcomes and encourages all interested applicants to apply for this position. Nelson/Kraft & Associates Inc. is committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion in its hiring practices, and will only make distinctions among interested applicants in accordance with the applicable Human Rights legislation.

Nelson/Kraft & Associates Inc. also welcomes and encourages applications from candidates with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in the selection process. If you require disability-related accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact us.


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