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Director, Finance & Administration

Dalhousie University

This is a Contract position in Hamilton, ON posted July 27, 2022.

This is a provisional classification.

Formal classification procedures will be initiated by the Job Design Unit in approximately six months.

Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada’s leading research-intensive university and a driver of the region’s intellectual, social and economic development.

Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of our more than 20,000 students coming from outside of the province.

Our 6,000 faculty and staff foster a vibrant, purpose-driven community, that celebrated 200 years of academic excellence in 2018.

Job Summary Ancillary Services (AS) delivers services to students as well as to the greater Dalhousie and business community including on-campus residence, food services, university bookstores, conference services, off-campus housing listing service, and university ID (DalCard) among others.

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President ( AVP ), AS, the Director, Finance & Administration is responsible for the budget and financial management for all AS business operations; overseeing the business processes, ensuring proper systems of internal control and monitoring financial activity of individual units ensuring they are consistent with the overall AS department objectives and University requirements.

Key Responsibilities Complete high-level trend analysis, risk assessment and changes in financial results for senior management and for regular decision making to support the cost recovery budget.

Identify areas of financial risk and recommend financial strategies, contingency plans and options.

Serve as a key contributor to Ancillary’s strategic financial, human resource, and capital planning and risk assessment.

Investigate and maintain awareness of new trends in modelling, financing, planning, technology, enrolment and student expectations as it relates to AS businesses.

Advise on personnel related matters as required.

Develop multi-year funding plans for major capital renewal or construction projects and monitor costs and results against plans.

Prepare detailed analysis to support decision making and negotiations.

Manage service contracts including strategy and project planning.

Develop, manage and monitor budget development and financial reporting in Ancillary units including budget development and reporting in collaboration with managers.

Plan, develop and lead initiatives to support the implementation of new system functionality and/or new business applications in collaboration with the Uiversity community and ITS .

Provide special project support to Financial Services; participating in high level and strategic institutional projects.

Note The successful applicant will be eligible for hybrid work (combination of in-person work on campus and remote work) as agreed by all parties based on operational requirements and university guidelines.

Dalhousie’s vaccine mandate has been suspended at this time, and employees no longer need to provide proof of full vaccination.

However, health and safety risks to our community will continue to be monitored and a vaccine mandate may be reinstated if necessary.

Qualifications Undergraduate degree in Accounting or related field plusprofessional accounting designation ( CPA ) and significant experience in financial and information systems management (or equivalent combination of training and experience) required.

Master’s degree in related field (e.g.

Business Administration) an asset.

Must have demonstrated extensive experience in strategic planning and execution.

The proven ability to build and sustain positive working relationships is essential.

Excellent presentation and communication (oral and written) skills are required.

Must have demonstrated ability to work both highly independently and as part of complex team.

The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate proficiency in Dalhousie’s core and leadership competencies (, in particular:
– Adaptability
– Communication
– Resource & Process Management
– Accountability for Performance & Results
– Change & Innovation Additional Information Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

Our total compensation package includes a defined benefit pension plan, health and dental plans, a health spending account, an employee and family assistance program and a tuition assistance program.

Application Consideration Applications from current university employees and external candidates are assessed concurrently.

Current university employees will be given special consideration.

We sincerely appreciate all applications and note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted directly by the hiring department or Human Resources.

Diversity Statement Dalhousie University commits to achieving inclusive excellence through continually championing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.

The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons (especially Mi’kmaq), persons with a disability, racialized persons, including persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community.

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Documents Needed to Apply Required Documents Résumé / Curriculum Vitae (CV) Optional Documents Cover Letter