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Olds College

Director, Finance and Reporting



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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

As part of the Olds College Leadership team, the Director, Finance & Planning provides leadership and coordination for financial management, institutional planning, budgeting, risk management, systems & analysis aspects of the college. The director leads the creation and delivery of senior level data analysis, reporting and institutional research in aid of planning, budgeting, operational management and decision-making activities along with associated capabilities. The director also plans, designs and conducts major projects and studies, interprets and disseminates results with respect to institutional planning and strategic direction in support of Olds College’s vision & mission. The director brings a systems perspective with the responsibility for designing and implementing system solutions for complex and campus-wide data management operations along with  managing data integrity and privacy compliance, and leading the development of data management applications.

The director leads the business services team in the delivery of effective financial services, financial statements, audit management, internal controls and accounting operations. 
The position interacts with a broad range of Olds College staff and faculty including the Executive Leadership Team, Deans and Directors.

The successful candidate will hold a Master’s Degree in Economics, IT, Business, Finance or a related discipline in combination with a current Professional Accounting designation.  This will be combined with five to seven years of related experience including the implementation of BPI projects, dashboards, data warehouses, and data integration from multiple systems.  Prior experience implementing an Enterprise Planning System and business intelligence and data analytic systems will be considered a significant asset.

Quoting competition #17084M, please forward your cover letter and CV to employop@oldscollege.ca.  This competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found however, applications will be reviewed on a regular basis.

For further information on this or other employment opportunities, please visit our web site at www.oldscollege.ca/employment.  


Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Contact Information

Olds College
Paul Williamson
Manager, Human Resources
Posting Date: 15-Sep-2017EducationAccounting and Finance Permanent, Full-Time Open 1 ASAP
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