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The Mustard Seed is a humanitarian organization whose vision is to build community, grow hope and support change. Intentionally following Christian tenets and partnering with the community, The Mustard Seed combats the root causes of poverty in Alberta and works to create positive, lasting change in the lives of those we serve. The Mustard Seed provides basic services - food, clothing and housing, and support services – education and employment, to those living in poverty within Alberta and British Columbia.


Reporting to the CFO, the Controller, is responsible for all aspects of the reporting function, as well as the internal control and audit function of The Mustard Seed organizations. This includes the fiduciary and risk management policies and controls.  The Controller, is responsible for managing the strategic, capital and operational planning processes, developing budgets and recommending resource allocation according to planning.  This position ensures the Executive and Senior Leadership Teams across the organizations have the financial information required to support analytical decision making and evaluation of financial plans.


  • Manage all aspects of, and reporting on, financial data for the organizations
  • Accountable for the review, analysis, creation and modification of appropriate business processes to effectively and efficiently record the financial transactions of the participating Societies
  • Ensure all financial transactions are appropriately processed and recorded in the proper accounts in a manner that meets all applicable audit and regulatory requirements. Ensure that all regulatory and statutory reporting and remittances are met
  • Responsible for coordinating risk processes and identification and reporting of key risks
  • Provide leadership in the annual strategic planning and budget development process by managing a process to solicit and review current and projected needs of the organizations; evaluating defined priorities to clarify/reconcile programmatic objectives and scope, for alignment with executive leadership; monitoring, updating, and communicating adjustments to the budget as needed during the course of the annual cycle; ensuring adherence to budgets
  • Oversee the development of the annual operating budgets for all areas; direct and manage budget analysis and provide critical management information to senior decision-makers; monitoring revenues and expenditures during the fiscal year and coordinate budget activities during the fiscal year-end closing. Work closely with management and staff throughout the organizations to establish revenue and expense projections and monitor adherence to operating budget targets, and provide financial analysis
  • Ensuring and maintaining professional responsibility and financial stewardship of the organizations assets by adhering to ethical standards of professional conduct, acting in a manner consistent with the mission and core values; understanding and applying all departmental policies, procedures and legal requirements relevant to competently fulfilling the requirements specific to the position
  • Recruit, hire, orient, direct, and evaluate employees reporting to him/her. Manage the human resources of the department according to the Human Resources policies and procedures and ensure they fully conform to current laws and regulations. Use a performance-based, team-building, facilitative approach and provide appropriate support, development opportunities, recognition, challenge and motivation for employees within available resources. Demonstrate professional conduct and fair and equitable treatment of all employees through instruction and example
  • Monitor cash requirements and ensure that cash not required for operations is invested to provide maximum returns within the requirements of investment policies and applicable legislation
  • Support the goals and objectives of the Societies by developing and delivering materials on planning and budget office policies and procedures; staying current in the profession and up to date with best practices
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor Degree in Accounting, Finance, Commerce, Business Administration, or related field
  • Professional accounting designation
  • Seven to ten years of progressively responsible related experience in a similar structured institution of equal or larger size
  • Strong working knowledge of accounting and GAAP
  • Strong working knowledge of regulatory requirements
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, as well as strong organizational and management abilities
  • Coaching, influencing and relationship skills
  • Excellent time management
  • Sound working knowledge of a variety of General Ledger and related sub-ledger systems
  • Experience in consolidation accounting and auditing
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills and the proven ability to plan, develop and execute creative approaches to complex financial issues
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and support organizational change
  • Strong business acumen with the ability to assess situations from a business and non-profit perspective
  • Experience in strategic planning & execution
  • Experience in policy development and training
  • Cash management, planning and investment experience
  • Sound working knowledge in MS Office products (Excel, Word, and Outlook); advanced knowledge of Excel is required
  • Experience with Financial Force would be an asset
  • Excellent client service skills. Able to handle high volumes and multiple priorities in a professional, courteous manner while meeting strict deadlines
  • Positive and professional work ethics which include: Collaboration, Accountability, Respect and Excellence


  • Perform other duties such as special projects and analysis as assigned by the supervisor
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Office Setting, Monday – Friday during business hours
  • Flexible working hours and overtime may be required
  • Pro-longed periods of sitting, computer use
  • Minimal physical effort
  • Moderate to extreme mental effort
  • Limited travel may be required
  • Employment Security Check is required
  • As The Mustard Seed is a Christian ministry, we require our employees to be in agreement and to sign our statement of faith
  • Must have legal authorization to work in Canada on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer
  • We are an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

Start date: once a suitable candidate is found

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The Mustard Seed offers a competitive compensation package including 100% employer paid extended health and dental benefits for staff and dependents, matching RRSP after one year of service, and flex days. The Mustard Seed embraces the concept of employment equity, which includes fair representation, anti-discrimination and reasonable accommodation.

Privacy Policy: The Mustard Seed follows the principles of privacy therefore the privacy policy will be adhered to. We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.  The Mustard Seed reserves the right to amend job advertisements. No phone calls please.