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Olds College

Vice President, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer



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Olds College first opened its doors on November 21, 1913, then named the Olds School of Agriculture and Home Economics. Students studied field husbandry, farm mechanics and domestic science, emphasized hands-on training and learning the most up to date techniques. Program areas were divided along traditional gender roles, with women learning sewing, cooking and home care and men focusing on farm, business and agricultural courses. Move forward 100 years, and Olds College still upholds the values and traditions that date back to our beginning, including small class sizes, specialized training and extension education. Courses today still emphasize practical, hands-on training, just like the first courses back in 1913. As Canadian industry has grown, so too has Olds College. For almost a century, our emphasis on hands-on training, applied research, and innovative learning has resulted in graduates who are in-demand and have the skills and the tools they need to succeed. Olds College is the largest agricultural College in Alberta and graduates approximately 25 percent of English-speaking agricultural diploma recipients in Canada. Students come from every province in Canada, and ten countries around the world to experience the College's unique brand of quality education. As we look to the future, and as Canada's population continues to grow and become more urbanized, Olds College and its programs will continue to advance and adapt to meet the changing needs of industry and entrepreneurs. Our international reputation is growing, as we have spearheaded projects in more than 30 countries. Olds College will continue to strive be the premier Canadian integrated learning and applied research community specializing in agriculture, horticulture, and land and environmental management. Olds College is an environment for learning, inquiry partnership and communication that supports our students, our employees and our communities in the service of society.

Job Description

Vice President, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer


The Vice President Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer (VPCS & CFO) is responsible for implementing the Olds College Vision, Mission, Mandate and Comprehensive Institutional Plan. As the College’s senior representative responsible for will business, financial and operational services, specific student services, human resources and technology, the VPCS & CFO will drive optimal operational performance and support and implement effective planning. The VPCS & CFO will also lead the management and development and implementation of processes and practices to ensure the integrity of all financial and operational activities of the college and affect strong decision making in regard to college resources.

A primary focus of the VPCS & CFO will be on campus planning & renewal and facilitating the College’s strategic initiatives by enabling, enhancing and prioritizing College infrastructure, systems, resources and capabilities. All activity of the VPCS & CFO will be conducted in accordance with legislated requirements, professional standards and College policies and procedures.

Some key accountabilities include providing:

  • Leadership, management and guidance in College-wide planning and processes for budget and financial planning, business services, contracts and commitments, risk management.  As well a leadership for facilities, infrastructure and technology planning and development to serve the mission, vision and outcomes of the College;
  • Leadership to human resources toward a people development mindset for the benefit of the College and its faculty and staff;
    • Oversight to accounting and financial services including the preparation and reporting of financial information, ensuring that the respective documentation is generated for audit purposes and that the College systems have adequate controls to effectively manage public funds;
    • And facilitating the ongoing maintenance of Public Sector Accounting Standards (PSAS); through compliance, ensure that strong internal controls are in place to produce accurate financial information and to abide by federal, provincial, and local regulatory laws and rules.

Requirements for the position include at least a Master’s Degree in a related field in combination with a professional accounting designation.  In concert with education, the ideal candidate will hold Eight to Fifteen years of successful experience at a senior administrative level.  Related experience within a post-secondary environment will be considered and asset.  The ideal candidate will possess a thorough understanding of governance, the role of the CFO and the role of the community college. Additional requirements include, excellent written and verbal communication, business case development, marketing, and public relations skills.  Advanced abilities in policy development, change management, analysis and assessment of educational, employee development and resource allocation systems are also required.

Please forward a resume quoting competition #17057M by July 30th, 2017.   Submissions may be emailed to employop@oldscollege.ca

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Olds College
Paul Williamson
Manager, Human Resources
Posting Date: 18-Jul-2017EducationAccounting and Finance Permanent, Full-Time Open 1 ASAP
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