CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

 
 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:
It is the National Arts Centre’s goal to be an inclusive organization that engages and welcomes all Canadians. We believe that the basis of this inclusivity requires a socially and culturally diverse workforce and therefore actively seek to recruit candidates who are women, Indigenous, Black, Persons of Colour (IBPoC), persons from the LGBTQ2+ community and persons with disabilities. We encourage you to self-identify in the recruitment process.

COVID-19 pandemic:
This position has the ability and may be required to work remotely. The National Arts Centre (NAC) will provide the incumbent with equipment required to perform their duties from home.

Canada is our stage:
The National Arts Centre is Canada’s bilingual, multi-disciplinary home for the performing arts. The NAC presents, creates, produces, and co-produces performing arts programming in various streams—the NAC Orchestra, Dance, English Theatre, French Theatre, Indigenous Theatre, and Popular Music and Variety—and nurtures the next generation of audiences and artists from across Canada. The NAC’s vision is to lead and support the renewal of the Canadian performing arts sector over the next three years, with The Next Act, it’s 2020-2023 strategic plan. Through collaboration and investment in creation, production, co-production, and dissemination, along with a heightened focus on community engagement, learning, and innovation, the NAC will shape a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive future for the performing arts in Canada.

Job Number: J0721-0042
Job Title: CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Employment Type: Full-Time continuing
Job Category: Accounting / Auditing / Finance
Open Positions: 1
Posting Date: July 2, 2021
Closing Date: August 8, 2021
Salary: $150,000.00 - $181,500.00/Year
Language Requirement: Bilingual is an asset
Working Hours: Monday to Friday
Job Reports To: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Key Activities

As a member of the senior leadership team, the Chief Financial Officer will support the Chief Executive Office (CEO), helping to identify priorities, drive best practices in financial reporting, resource allocation and cost effectiveness to support the business.

Accountable to the President and Chief Executive Office (CEO) and the Board of Trustees’ Audit Committee, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is responsible for the overall financial integrity of the National Arts Centre Corporation (NAC) and all aspects of financial management, reporting and control. The incumbent is responsible for directing and leading all of the NAC’s financial activities as well as implementing the proper policies and accounting practices and best practices.

The incumbent must value the dynamics of the artistic environment and work closely with all of the NAC’s departments to maximize the financial resources that can be invested in the delivery of the performing arts.

The Chief Financial Officer will be a hands-on, self-starter who exhibits a proactive, commercially savvy mindset with excellent communication, relationship building, and influencing skills, and the ability to effectively manage through change and growth.

Duties and responsibilities:

• Lead all aspects of the National Arts Centre’s financial procurement functions and activities ensuring the integrity of all accounting and financial records, reports and statements, prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles,
• Act as an Officer of the Corporation and attend all the meetings of the Board;
• Prepare and present materials for the Finance Committee and Audit Committee to support Board decision making
• Support the CEO in ensuring the Board’s financial values, criteria and objectives are captured, defined and integrated into the interpretations of the Corporation’s mandate;
• Act as Treasurer for the NAC Foundation,
• Overseeing a team of ten, the Chief Financial Officer is responsible for all aspects of the finance and procurement functions including strong including budgeting, forecasting, analysis and reporting;
• Identify key financial information and metrics to drive performance and decision-making while developing opportunities for improved financial and business performance.
• Maintain strong working relationships with various government departments, including Treasury Board, The Department of Canadian Heritage and the Office of the Auditor General of Canada.
• Develop and implement operational best practices and continuous improvement.
• Promote the integration of financial and business concerns with artistic considerations;
• Further the development and continued maintenance of effective systems of internal controls over all financial matters of the Corporation;
• Oversee the NAC’s risk management and business continuity plan;
• Provide for the support of all departmental heads by ensuring a common financial language and the appropriate tools, processes, training, measurement systems and accountability frameworks are in place;
• Work with the Corporations investment advisors to maximize the returns on funds invested while preserving capital by minimizing risk;
• Lead the implementation of a new finance system and participate in the implementation of new digital technology in human resources and customer relationship management systems.

Skill Requirements

• A university degree in a related field of study such as accounting, finance or commerce and a minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in financial management primarily based on the private sector, although some governmental knowledge would be an asset;
• Possess a professional accounting designation;
• Experience in leadership roles requiring a high level of analysis, judgment and confidentiality;
• Experience in a medium sized business environment or a consulting role;
• Previous experience in the entertainment, hospitality, performing arts, not-for-profit sector and building operations is an asset:
• Excellent hands-on knowledge and recent experience with respect to managerial responsibility for: accounting systems, strategic and business planning techniques; financial modeling utilizing complex Excel or comparable spreadsheet software;
• Knowledge of market, economic, pricing and costing analysis and performance reporting;
• Excellent leadership and negotiating skills as well as a strategic vision;
• Understanding of the sensitivity required when working in a creative environments;
• Commitment to the mission and core values of the NAC and ability to model those values in service delivery and partnerships;
• The seasoning and confidence to work with several levels of government and in particular with the federal government;
• Knowledgeable in the investing
• Experience in preparing Treasury Board submissions;
• Credible at the senior level of the Centre as well as with the highest levels of the federal, provincial and municipal governments;
• Strong analytical and strategic thinker that enjoys fast-paced, dynamic environments that require flexibility and a capability to adapt quickly to change;
• Excellent communication skills and ability to work well with members of senior management as well as members of the Board of Trustees;
• Excellent language skills in either English or French with at least a basic proficiency in the other language.

Who Can Apply

Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens.

All communication will be conducted through email and interviews via videoconferencing. Please ensure to have the most up-to-date information on your resume including your current email address.

While we appreciate all applications, only those selected for an interview will be contacted by us.

Important Notice

If you are a person with a disability and require accommodation for an interview or written exam, please advise us when initially contacted.
The successful candidate will be required to provide the original or a certified true copy of their education credentials as appropriate, along with proof of a valid Criminal Record Check as a condition of employment.

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