Finance Manager

Black Gold School Division is seeking a highly experienced Finance Manager possessing a CPA designation, to effectively perform a key role within our Finance department. This position reports to the Director of Finance and main responsibilities will include supervising payroll and providing assistance with the preparation of the year-end financial statements and audit. The ideal candidate will possess an extensive background in finance and accounting, with a proven track record of proficiency in financial analysis, budgeting, forecasting, and variance analysis.


  • Lead and mentor a team of three Payroll Administrators to accurately process multiple monthly payrolls for 1,500 union and non-union salaried and hourly rate employees.
  • Ensure compliance with Black Gold School Division board policies and procedures, government regulations, and collective agreements by reviewing and approving final monthly payrolls.
  • Ensure accurate completion of annual WCB return and preside over annual T4 and T4A processes.
  • Collaborate with Board-appointed external auditors during the annual audit and assist with preparing year-end working papers, schedules, and notes.
  • Contribute to the Division budget development by analyzing previous year expenditures and recommending changes to budgeted amounts.
  • Create budgets, monthly financial reports and projections for various instructional departments.
  • Analyze and record Alberta Education funding on a monthly basis, including coordination of all Alberta Education grants and student counts.
  • Prepare financial government reports for grant funding, ensuring accuracy and timely submission.
  • Fulfill monthly reporting requirements to Alberta Education.
  • Reconcile bank statements on a monthly basis.
  • Support the implementation or upgrade of accounting or payroll software.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Finance.


  • CPA designation is required.
  • 5+ years of progressive experience in accounting and finance roles, including payroll, financial reporting, analysis, and budgeting.
  • Supervisory experience required.
  • Proven ability to lead a team and build positive working relationships.
  • Knowledge of audit, control, and reconciliation procedures with experience in applying internal controls in a business environment.
  • Proficient in Windows and Google environments, with strong data analysis skills, including advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel tools, formulas, and formatting.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks effectively to meet deadlines, allocate resources, and manage competing deadlines in a dynamic, growing environment.
  • Commitment to accuracy with strong attention to detail in processing detailed information consistently and meticulously.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team environment of cooperation, respect, and integrity.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, analytical, time management, and organizational skills.
  • Previous work experience in a School Division would be considered an asset.


  • This full-time, permanent position works 12 months
  • Pay Level 9:  $81,811 – $107,651
  • Salary commensurate with training and experience
  • Competitive benefits package through ASEBP & LAPP
  • Start date for this full-time position will be determined at time of hiring
  • As a condition of employment, new employees are required to provide a current Criminal Record Check and Intervention Record Check at their own expense (prior to starting employment)


Deadline for applications: Posting will remain open until a suitable candidate is found but preferential considerations will be given to candidates that apply before June 30th.

Please include a cover letter, resume and the names and contact information for three professional references in one PDF document.



Email the package, quoting the competition number, to the Attention of:

Michelle Unchulenko

Human Resources Coordinator

Black Gold School Division

3rd Floor – 1101-5th Street

Nisku, AB T9E 7N3


Thank you for showing an interest in this position; only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Resumes of those individuals not granted an interview will not be kept on file and will be disposed of appropriately.