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Faculty Financial Officer

Date: May, 2014
Reports to (Job Title): Executive Officer, Faculty of Arts
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): None
Location: Main Campus

USG 12

35 hr/wk

Primary Purpose

The Faculty Financial Officer (FFO) is accountable to the Executive Officer for ensuring that financial activity in the Faculty of Arts excluding research funding is properly accounted for and that available financial management tools are effectively applied. This position oversees all relevant financial transactions for the Faculty. The position provides strategic advice, information and support to the Dean and senior administrators in the Faculty and serves as a leader to the departmental administrative staff and faculty for general and financial administration.


The Faculty of Arts is a large, organizationally complex unit, with 15 academic departments, 2 schools, an off-site campus, and a number of administrative support units. There are more than 40 operating budgets in the Faculty, with an overall operating budget of est. $55M. Trust and endowments total more than $40M.  Financial oversight is varied, complex, and presents a variety of organizational challenges

Key Accountabilities:

1.  Financial strategy and long-term planning activities which include, but are not limited to, the following:

2.  Financial planning, management and internal control including, but not limited to, the following:


3.  Management and collaboration at the university level


4.  Staff leadership, training and development activities:

Position Requirements


Completion of a Bachelor’s degree; CA, CMA, or CGA designation.


Several years of progressive experience with a proven track record of achievement and success in a complex financial accounting environment.  Competencies will include advanced accounting and software skills, analytical skills, interpersonal, organizational and communication skills.


MS Word Excel PowerPoint Other
Intermediate Advanced Intermediate


Advanced experience with financial software, databases.

Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

Internally, communicates with a wide range of university employees to instruct, influence and motivate others; to promote, justify and settle a wide range of financial matters; and to collaborate with professional peers in the development of financial standards and practices within the University.  Externally, this position will have contacts with suppliers and others with whom the Faculty of Arts conducts business for the purpose of resolving financial issues.

Level of Responsibility:

The position is responsible and accountable for the overall maintenance of sound financial systems and reporting within the Faculty of Arts, excepting research.

Decision-Making Authority:

Responsible and accountable for the use of professional judgement in problem-solving, and for establishing financial practices within the Faculty in consultation with Finance, professional peers in other Faculties, and the Dean and Executive Officer in Arts.

Physical and Sensory Demands:

Minimal demands typical of a position operating within an office environment.

Working Environment:

Minimal exposure to disagreeable conditions typical of a position exposed to deadline pressures and significant complexity.