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Concordia University of Edmonton

Director, Finance



Company Information

Concordia University of Edmonton has played an important role in Alberta’s educational history since 1921. In 1987, Concordia University of Edmonton began awarding undergraduate degrees in the arts and sciences. Today, we offer over 45 majors and minors in the fields of Arts, Science, and Management, two after-degree programs, three masters degrees, and several graduate certificates and diplomas.

Throughout our history, we have been committed to providing a higher education grounded in a liberal arts tradition. We are a globally aware and responsible university, and focus on the needs of our learners and the community.

Job Description

Reporting to the VP, Finance & Operations, the Director of Finance leads an integrated team responsible for providing service and support in finance matters across all areas of Concordia University of Edmonton (CUE). The successful incumbent will be an effective leader who is invested in the success of the team and delivery of excellent customer service. 

The Director is responsible for budgeting, planning, forecasting and reporting, and for providing strategic and operational leadership for the finance team. The Director develops, monitors, and updates financial policies, procedures, and implements efficiencies to meet CUE’s goals and objectives, with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). 


  • Provides leadership, mentoring and supervision, to supervisors responsible for accounts payable/receivable, student accounts, and general accounting.
  • Acts as the primary internal auditor for the institution and takes proactive steps to ensure that the use of resources is compliant with legislation (e.g. Canada Revenue Agency), standard accounting practices (e.g. GAAP), and CUE’s policies and procedures.
  • Ensure preparation and readiness for annual audit.
  • Proactively establishes and maintains a knowledge base for CUE financial activity, including reporting of endowment fund spending and fund forecasting.
  • Oversees CUE expenditures across all funds, ensuring compliance with regulatory, granting agency, and donor stewardship.
  • Provides strategic direction through budget forecast, and financial reporting.
  • Provides recommendations on a range of matters regarding cost effectiveness and viability to various stakeholders.
  • Designs and implements effective financial reporting tools including forecasting systems that provide a basis for decision making.
  • Analyzes and interprets statistical financial data.
  • Tracks and manages complex funding scenarios (e.g. start-up funding, salary supplements, student project funding, etc.)
  • Ensure timely completion of institutional financial reports needed for federal and provincial governments, Board of Governors, senior administration and other external constituents. 

The successful candidate will have:

  • 10 or more years of experience with senior budget and finance responsibility.
  • Professional accounting designation (CPA level or equivalent), augmented by graduate or undergraduate management degree.
  • Audit experience (i.e. leading internal preparation for external audit).
  • Proven ability to build relationships and work collaboratively with team members from different areas of expertise, and with senior administrators.
  • Strong planning, organizational and time management skills.
  • Experience with financial systems in a not-for-profit or government environment.
  • Analytical and problem solving skills, critical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrated expert use of systems, database query tools, and accounting software; experience with Financial Edge is an asset.
  • Experience with pension administration and investment management is an asset.
  • MBA would be considered an asset.

Closing Date: Application review will commence July 10, 2017. Concordia is an equal-opportunity employer. Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume in confidence to:

Human Resources

Concordia University of Edmonton

E-mail: hr@concordia.ab.ca


We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Contact Information

Concordia University of Edmonton
Posting Date: 26-Jun-2017EducationAccounting and Finance Permanent, Full-Time Open 101-Sep-2017
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