Finance Director

University of Toronto

Job title: Finance Director

Company: University of Toronto

Job description: Date Posted: 09/11/2020
Req ID: 929
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Nursing
Department: Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


The Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto is an outstanding professional faculty that has the drive to excel, to exceed expectations and to forge the future of healthcare in Canada and around the world. The Faculty of Nursing ranks among the premier nursing programs in the world in both education and research.

Under the general direction of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), the Finance Director is the second most senior financial officer at the Faculty of Nursing. The incumbent is responsible for the effective and efficient utilization of the faculty’s limited financial resources. The incumbent provides leadership in managing and overseeing all aspects of the financial administration for the faculty including accounts payable, accounts receivable, purchasing, financial accounting and budget planning, internal auditing, financial reporting, contract management, financial analysis, payroll processing, and the design and implementation of proper financial controls to ensure financial integrity is maintained at all times.

The incumbent provides expertise on all financial matters to the CAO and the Dean, senior administrators, directors and staff and is a key partner in the achievement of the Faculty’s short and long-term strategic financial goals and objectives. Furthermore, the incumbent participates in the Faculty’s annual strategic planning process with the Dean, CAO and senior leaders on complex fiscal matters, forecasting and policies.

The Finance Director is responsible for preparing budgets for all work units within the Faculty of Nursing; in consultation with managing directors forecasting the Faculty’s expenditures; recommending and developing the Faculty’s financial and administrative policies and business processes and systems; ensuring and overseeing the accuracy, security, and integrity of information relating to the Faculty on administrative management systems; and negotiating, reviewing and approving contracts when asked to do so by the CAO based on knowledge of University policies and procedures, ensuring that the terms and conditions are in the best of interest of the Faculty.

The Finance Director is responsible for responsible for fostering strong relationships with government agencies or donors; responsible for the oversight of these funds and any subsequent reporting.

The Finance Director is responsible for managing their direct reports in the Finance Office and provides them with training, mentoring, coaching, and performance management as required.

The incumbent liaises with senior administrators and fellow financial officers centrally and across the University to share information and respond to requests and complex financial inquiries.


University degree in business/commerce/accounting with a recognized professional accounting designation such as CMA, CGA, CPA or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Minimum five (5) years in a senior fiscal position, with three years managing unionized financial staff.

Previous experience providing senior level fiscal support to academic programs and or multiple administrative units with varying degrees of complexity.

Ability to effectively communicate technical accounting principles, ideas and information in written and oral format to administrative staff, professional colleagues, governing boards, and the general public in large or small group settings, including those with little/no accounting knowledge.

Demonstrated expertise in budget planning, financial management and control, as well as administration of budget and financial resources.

Extensive contract management experience.

Experience with strategic planning, scenario analysis, forecasting and experience working in a team environment across diverse constituencies.

Experience in the application of sound financial principles and practices.

Experience overseeing the payroll function.

Experience with FIS, HRIS, and AMS platforms. SAP knowledge an asset.


Excellent financial management, organizational, and analytical skills.

Excellent communication skills. Strong leadership and conflict resolutions skills.

Strong problem solving and decision-making skills.

Demonstrated superior planning, budgeting and project management skills.

Strong computer skills with advanced proficiency in Word, Excel and Power Point

Proven ability to think strategically/see the big picture, build effective teams and work effectively with people at all levels of the organization, work independently as well as part of a team, and ability to be self-directed and take initiative.

Demonstrated ability to express and embrace an entrepreneurial spirit.

A collaborative and consultative management style as well as the ability to foster and maintain effective relationships with faculty, staff, students, senior administrators, and external constituents.

Ability to understand and solve complex problems requiring extensive follow-up with both internal and external constituencies.

Ability to analyze and understand problems from multiple perspectives, in order to understand the impact on multiple areas and determine the optimal solution.

Ability to balance different opinions and perspectives and find solutions in a positive, consensus-building manner.

Ability to challenge ways of current operations/practices.

Keen attention to detail and accuracy.

Capacity to understand and work with the unique challenges and opportunities presented by a growing professional faculty.

Proven ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion, tact, and good judgment at all times.

Work effectively with colleagues by practicing respect for deadlines, collaborative problem solving, and open communication. Builds trusting relationships by acting with courtesy, and responsibility, even in the face of stress or demanding workplace conditions.

Closing Date: 09/27/2020,11:59PM EDT
Employee Group: Salaried
Appointment Type: Budget – Continuing
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: PM 4 — Hiring Zone: $91,506 – $106,758 — Broadband Salary Range: $91,506 – $152,510
Job Category: Finance/Budget/Planning/Audit

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Location: Toronto, ON

Job date: Sun, 13 Sep 2020 06:39:15 GMT

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