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Financial Officer

Date: November 1, 2016
Reports to (Job Title): Administrative Officer
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): None
Department: David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science


Main Campus


USG 10
35 hr/'wk

Primary Purpose

The Financial Officer is accountable for the financial management of the School, including its Computing Facility. This includes control of all financial activity in all funds, ensuring that proper management tools are applied; liaison with the School executives on financial matters; long and short term financial planning; and, other finance-related functions that may be requested.

Key Accountabilities:

1.  Financial Planning for the School, which includes, but is not limited to, the following activities:

2.  Financial Management of all funds including, but not limited to, the following activities:





3.  Implementing internal controls for financial activities including, but not limited to, the following:



4.  Leadership and Staff Management

  • Oversee day to day activity and assignments of direct reports
  • Provide and promote opportunities for training and professional development of direct reports.
  • Hold employees accountable for performance through informal methods such as regular feedback and coaching, as well as the formal performance appraisal process
  • Ensure appropriate staffing levels, including back-up and cross-training support to balance workloads and meet the expectations required for smooth and efficient daily operations of the finance team
  • Ensure Finance Coordinators work proactively to provide a high level of customer service to faculty, staff and students.


5.  Communication and Training:

  • Provide leadership to the School to ensure compliance and best practices
  • Training, coaching and development of staff on financial, reporting and budgetary issues
  • Document processes to ensure compliance and clarity
  • Develop collaborative and productive working relationships with staff across the School and the Faculty
  • Providing accounting advice and support to individual researchers and research groups

Position Requirements


Bachelor’s Degree in Finance or Business related discipline.  Canadian Accounting designation (CPA, CMA or CGA) is a must.


A minimum 5 years’ progressive experience in finance roles.


Intermediate/advanced experience with Microsoft Excel including features such as databases and pivot tables

Basic experience with web content management software

Experience with online financial reporting systems

Experience with online human resource management systems


MS Word Excel PowerPoint Other
word excel powerpoint other

Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

Internally, makes contacts with partner or potential partner organizations to obtain action, reach agreement, influence and negotiate; occasionally to promote or settle highly sensitive matters:

Externally, makes contacts with partner or potential partner organizations to obtain action, reach agreement and negotiate:

Level of Responsibility:

The job has specialized work with minimal supervision and has direct reports reporting to it.

Decision-Making Authority:

Physical and Sensory Demands:

Working Environment:

  • None

Working Hours
  • Regular working hours

Risks  – physical and psychological:

Physical risks

  • No significant risks

Psychological risks

  • No significant risks