Director of Finance

Hull Services is a registered corporate charity that provides leading edge child, youth, and family mental health services. They work with children, youth and families who have experienced significant types of challenges e.g., mental trauma.  Founded by William Roper Hull, one of the industrial builders of Calgary, over 55 years ago.  He donated Hull’s current main property.  Over 7000 children per year are supported by Hull’s 28 services.  There are ~700 staff, ~550 volunteers. 

Director of Finance

Reporting to the Executive Director as a member of the Senior Operations Team, the Director of Finance will participate in organizational planning and fiscal oversight that supports the advancement of Hull Services’ vision, mission, values, and strategic priorities to achieve strong social impact and financial performance. The Director of Finance uses their financial knowledge, analytical skills and business acumen to maintain and advance the organization’s strong fiscal position, to lead the continuous evolution of technological deployment, manage organizational risks and support innovation. This position is responsible for the leadership of Accounting, Payroll and IT.


Strategic Leadership

  • Oversee Finance strategies and provide leadership to the Controller and our strategic IT services partner in planning and implementation of strategy to deliver on current operational priorities.
  • Collaborate with peer senior leaders and board of governors in business planning and operational oversight of organizational priorities and strategic projects.
  • Serve as a thought leader in addressing complex challenges through the delivery of strategic insights and recommendations and by working with business stakeholders across the organization.
  • Equip and support clinical program leaders to manage their budgets in a way that is sustainable, accountable and considers the health of the whole organization.
  • Provide financial reports and expertise to the Executive Director and the Board Audit Committee.
  • Hold the team accountable for achieving established work-plans and targets through regular follow-up, feedback and coaching.
  • Develop future talent and leaders in the organization and building capacity, developing, empowering and inspiring the individuals within the Finance team and across the organization.
  • Recruit, onboard, train, mentor and performance manage the Finance team, utilizing Human Resources best practices, policies and processes to ensure a high-performing team.

Business Management

  • Develop and maintain effective financial planning, financial and budgetary controls and policies to ensure alignment with strategic and business plan priorities.
  • Oversee the development, refinement, and direct use of accounting and payroll systems and internal controls.
  • Develop and monitor the organization’s budget and financial reporting, using forecasts and models to determine how to allocate funds and maintain compliance.
  • Monitor charitable tax receipting to ensure compliance with the charity’s registration and exemption under the Income Tax Act of Canada.
  • In collaboration with the Controller, evaluate the organization’s financial and business initiative performance, generating reports, analysis, and models.
  • In collaboration with the Controller, direct the coordination of all external audits and work with internal teams to meet operating goals.
  • Direct the identification and development of improved payroll processes and policies.
  • Manage risks related to the organization’s financial and capital resources through oversight and compliance with legislative and contractual obligations, and insurance policies.
  • Ensure adequate controls are installed to safeguard financial assets by protecting against mismanagement, fraud, and non-compliance, substantiating documentation is approved and available, and that all accounts pass statutory financial, internal audits.
  • Establish and monitor internal controls and financial policies.
  • Provide consultation on the development of funding application strategies, project planning and execution.
  • Oversee the strategic development of IT and telecommunication solutions that improve business efficiency and directly manage information technology function, including data management, security, back up, technology upgrades & implementation in consultation with designated external contractor(s).
  • Lead the development, review and administration of all business contracts and liaise with external contractors as required. Negotiate and draft contracts in collaboration with external legal services.
  • In collaboration with internal stakeholders, prepare RFP documentation (including descriptions of services, instructions to participants, price matrix, etc.)
  • Oversee and direct procurement processes.

Interpersonal Effectiveness

  • Champion continuous evaluation and improvement of processes, including detailed design and execution of changes required to achieve future state objectives.
  • Foster external relations with critical business partners including external investment manager, vendors and external auditors.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Post-Secondary Degree combined with a CPA accounting designation
  • Minimum of 15+ years of progressive work experience in finance and leadership with solid business acumen.
  • Proficiency in Dynamics GP (ERP), BI 360 (analytics), Avanti (payroll) and Raiser’s Edge (fundraising) nice to have
  • Strong MS Office and Excel.
  • Strong financial personnel supervisory experience
  • Budgeting, IT governance & controls, dealing with external auditors
  • Knowledge of the non-profit sector strongly preferred
  • Experience with government contracts would be considered an asset
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to work in a fast past and growing environment.
  • A clear police check, including a vulnerable sector search, is required (or is in process of being completed) prior to employment.
  • Clear AB Government’s Child Intervention Record Check.