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Director, Financial Services & Supports

THE ORGANIZATION

The Calgary Board of Education (CBE) is one of the largest public school systems in Canada. The CBE serves more than 119,000 students, has a diverse employee group of more than 14,000 employees, operates more than 240 schools and has responsibility for an annual budget over $1.35 billion.

 

MISSION

Each student, in keeping with his or her individual abilities and gifts, will complete high school with a foundation of learning necessary to thrive in life, work and continued learning.

 

VALUES

Students come first.

We believe that everyone can learn. Each student is unique and worthwhile. We acknowledge, recognize and celebrate the diversity of our learners. Success for each and every student is the goal of our work.

Learning is our central purpose.

We believe that learning empowers students to achieve their potential. Attention to continuous improvement, high expectations, innovation and relationships will enable all students to reach their potential. Student learning is at the heart of everyone’s work at the Calgary Board of Education.

Public education serves the common good.

 Public education is essential for a vibrant democracy. The principles of democracy drive our accountability to the public and the public’s participation in our work. Our school system is owned by and accountable to Calgarians and therefore, the Calgary Board of Education is accountable to Calgary taxpayers for using resources wisely to meet students’ learning needs.

 

LEADERSHIP

The CBE is guided by an elected board of seven trustees. Trustees are elected every four years during the municipal election along with Calgary’s mayor and councillors. Day-to-day operations are led by a team of superintendents who are responsible for meeting the expectations of the Board of Trustees as set out in the Board’s Results policies and Operational Expectations.

Student success is the top priority for everyone at the CBE as reflected by its vision and the organization’s universal commitment to achieving the following overarching goal; referred to throughout CBE as its Mission. Each student, in keeping with his or her individual abilities and gifts, will complete high school with a foundation of learning necessary to thrive in life, work and continued learning.

More information regarding the CBE, its governance structure, policies, programs and performance can be found on its website at www.cbe.ab.ca.

 

DIRECTOR, FINANCIAL SERVICES & SUPPORTS

Reports to: Superintendent, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Direct Reports: Manager, School Financial Management, Senior Education Specialist, Manager, Corporate Planning & Reporting
Indirect Reports: 20 approx.
Location: Calgary, AB

 

MANDATE

The Director is a senior leader and works with the Chief Financial Officer and the Controller to provide visionary leadership, strategic direction and management expertise to the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) through the Financial Support Services service unit.

The Director, Financial Services and Supports is accountable to the Chief Financial Officer for:

  • leading and directing the Financial Services and Supports team including three managers, related analysts, accountants and clerks;
  • leading and directing the design, implementation and management of the systems, processes and practices that support CBE service units and schools in the performance of their day-to-day financial administration duties; and
  • maintaining the CBE’s financial and accounting systems and implements changes as required in conjunction with the Director, Corporate Finance and Controller.
  • leading monthly, quarterly and yearly financial statement reporting, interfacing and presenting to Superintendents team, Board of Trustees, Alberta Education and External Auditors.  

 

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES

The position will include the following responsibilities

  • Leading the development of the CBE’s operating and capital budget assumptions report, related budget report and quarterly updates to the budget.
  • Stewarding, on behalf of the CBE, the comprehensive resource allocation method (RAM) that is tasked with the equitable, fair and supportive allocation of resources to the 240 school sites.
  • Leading the delivery of financial administration services and supports across the CBE including the provision of training, support, guidance, and direction to service units and schools on financial administration processes, practices and procedures;
  • Leading the development and maintenance of a financial administration community of practice within the CBE;
  • Representing on a range of internal committees and task teams, the interests of the CFO related to financial prudence and probity.
  • Recruiting and selecting staff and providing guidance and mentorship to employees to foster staff morale, growth, productivity and development. Conducting ongoing performance assessment and evaluations in relation to expected levels of service delivery. Carrying out discipline actions up to and including termination, as appropriate;
  • Oversight for continuing phases for Hyperion implementation. This position is the business owner of the Hyperion system;
  • Acting, from time to time, for the Chief Financial Officer in their absence; and
  • Other related duties or assigned to meet organizational goals and objectives.

 

FIRST YEAR DELIVERABLES / MEASURES OF SUCCESS

Success in the first year will be determined by the ability of the Director to:

  • Work collaboratively to strengthen financial management practices across the organization;
  • Commence a review of Resource Allocation Method(RAM);
  • Manage and oversee capital budget reporting process and provide leadership as to go-forward strategy;
  • Effectively meet all timelines for financial statement reporting and budgets;
  • Be seen to be delivering quality advice to senior leadership around financial matters;
  • Ensure adequate financial integrity related to the $550M new and replacement school capital program;
  • Assess current school financial systems(quickbooks) and initiate new system acquisition and implementation;
  • Increase employee engagement scores by playing a lead role in leading education and support to the School Financial Management team as well as staff across the organization; and
  • Be a champion of change to ensure that School Financial Management practices and operations within schools are appropriate and meet the complex needs of the organization.

 

CANDIDATE PROFILE

The successful candidate will have the following:

EDUCATION:

  • University degree in Business/Accounting/Finance; and
  • A professional accounting designation (CPA, CA [preferred], CPA, CMA, CPA, CGA) required.

EXPERIENCE:

  • Extensive experience in a senior financial leadership position within a large, complex organization. Public sector experience is an asset;
  • At least 10 years of progressive management experience in the supervision, mentoring and coaching of staff;
  • Proven ability to create and maintain high-performing customer service focused teams; and
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor and develop junior staff to senior levels.

COMPETENCIES & ATTRIBUTES:

  • Leadership – Demonstrated ability to lead and direct high performing, customer service focused teams that routinely deliver high quality, accurate and timely products in a high intensity, dynamic environment.
  • Strategic Thinking – Demonstrated ability to generate objectives and priorities based on the vision and mission of the organization and to translate these into long-term business plans and strategies
  • Change Management– Proven track record of leading high-stakes change management initiatives and supporting the adoption of innovative and progressive tools, processes and systems.
  • Relationship Building – Exceptional ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships up, down, and across the organization. Ability to understand issues and challenges affecting others, willingness to support delivery of results across the organization. Ability to exercise indirect influence and direction. Comfortable facilitating rather than directing.
  • Communications – Clearly present written and verbal information; writes with clarity and purpose; communicates effectively in both positives and negative circumstances; listens well. Ability to “translate” financial concepts and requirements into stakeholder friendly language.
  • Decision-making and Judgement – Senior-leader level judgement. Recognizes and integrates business priorities; demonstrates sound judgment and common sense in making decision.

How to Apply:

Please send your resume in Word or PDF format to: msimpson@conroyross.com. Copy and Paste the following job title and code and place it in the subject line of your email so we can identify the job and confirm receipt of your application:
AJIH-786486 Director, Financial Services & Supports, AB – Calgary and Area (CRPAPPLY)

Please note that only those candidates meeting the selection criteria, established by our client, will be contacted further. Although we may not contact you directly for this particular role, all applications will be reviewed as we would like to consider you for future opportunities that may be appropriate. We encourage you to continue to visit our website at www.conroyross.com as our opportunities are updated on a regular basis.

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