Job Posting 99416

Chief Financial Officer
YMCA of Niagara
Southern Ontario
St. Catharines, Ontario
closes in 3 days (Wed, 28 Feb)
full time

As a charitable organization, the YMCA of Niagara aspires to be a great workplace committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, where different backgrounds, experiences, and identities are appreciated and celebrated. Guided by our shared values – caring, health, honesty, inclusiveness, respect, and responsibility - the YMCA provides our employees with meaningful jobs and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities. We recognize the contributions of our staff through growth opportunities and great benefits, and the knowledge that their day-to-day actions have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of the people of Niagara.


The Chief Financial Officer is responsible for leading and managing the financial stewardship of the organization to ensure fiscal responsibility in changing economic conditions and maintaining financial readiness. This role is a catalyst for business and philanthropic transformation, linking strategic objectives with the financial goals of the organization.


Reporting directly to the CEO, the CFO is responsible for:

  • Providing mentoring and leadership to IT, Human Resources, Payroll, and Finance teams to build a culture of teamwork and innovation.
  • Attending and actively participating in leadership meetings, Board of Directors’ meetings, strategic planning sessions, and more.
  • Identifying and addressing financial risks and opportunities for YMCA of Niagara.
  • Developing guidelines for CEO and Senior Leadership review of accounting practices and policies.
  • Remaining informed of government and industry policy changes that govern financial operations and charitable requirements to ensure compliance with regulations.
  • Implementing, interpreting, and policing accounting, regulatory and funder-developed practices, and policies.
  • Providing leadership, as well as reporting and liaising with the Audit and Investment Committee of the Board and external auditors.
  • Overseeing monthly and annual financial reporting, account analysis and benchmark analytics for senior leader financial reports and statistical analysis of operations.
  • Preparation and support of grant funding and the enterprise risk management portfolio.
  • Managing the analysis and presentation of financial results, identifying key performance drivers, and proposing strategies and tactics to optimize value and support the achievement of business objectives.
  • Ensuring the development and maintenance of a financial and accounting system that systematically and accurately records and reports all financial transactions in accordance with all legal regulatory requirements.
  • Additional duties as required.


Qualifications of a successful candidate:

  • Minimum 10 years business experience with 5 being in a senior level financial operations role.
  • Minimum university degree in an applicable field (Accounting, Finance, Business Administration)
  • Professional accounting designation is preferred (CPA CA, CPA CMA, or CPA CGA).
  • Previous accounting experience working in a not-for-profit organization or charity is preferred.
  • A strong ability to translate financial reports/results into actionable items.
  • Self-motivated and able to multitask in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to solve problems using a creative approach.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication.
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with key stakeholders.


We appreciate all who express interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 


We are committed to an equitable, inclusive, diverse, and accessible workplace and encourage applications from all qualified applicants. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, YMCA of Niagara will provide accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process. Please inform Human Resources of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require. 

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