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Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Position Title: Director, Finance

Reports to:

  • Chief Executive Officer (functionally)
  • Vice-President Operations and Strategies (operationally)

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Director, Finance, is responsible for providing strategic financial leadership and ensuring that CCSA’s financial and reporting systems are effective so that it has the capacity to meet its strategic directions, and internal and external reporting requirements. This position is the primary interface between management and the Board’s Finance and Audit Committees on financial matters.

The Director, Finance, reports to the Vice-President, Operations and Strategies, on operational matters, including operational accounting, administrative and transactional functions, divisional staffing and facility-related matters.


  • Ensure ongoing assessment of opportunities and risk that could affect CCSA’s financial health
  • Lead the review of financial accounting business practices to ensure continued best practices and to identify areas for improvement
  • Evaluate and assess risks and promote risk management practices within CCSA
  • Monitor legislation, regulations and policies applicable to financial reporting and operations, and ensure CCSA compliance
  • Design and maintain a system of internal controls that meet or exceed all applicable current accounting and audit standards and best practices
  • Design and maintain a manual of financial processes and procedures to ensure efficient and effective transaction of the business of CCSA
  • Collaborate as a member of both CCSA’s Operations Committee and Senior Leadership Team
  • Ensure that cash flow meets expense commitments and surplus cash is invested to maximize value to CCSA while retaining an appropriate degree of liquidity
  • Manage and report on the status of reserved funds and retained capital to the Finance Committee
  • Oversee the management of CCSA’s investment portfolio by external service provider according to the provisions of the Investment Policy
  • Ensure adequate and appropriate insurance coverage is maintained to protect CCSA and its Board of Directors against all foreseeable hazards
  • Lead and supervise Finance Division staff on accounting, reporting, payroll, internal controls, budgeting and other financial practices and functions
  • Coordinate the preparation of the organization’s annual work plan including:
    • Prepare the annual budget and forecasts
    • Validate and adjust as necessary the key assumptions included in the annual budget plan
    • Ensure the plan incorporates all applicable elements of long-term commitments
  • Align divisional plans and targets with the organization’s strategic goals
  • Report to the Senior Leadership Team on variances from operational plan and actions taken as a result of variances
  • Communicate and collaborate with directors and project leads to stay current with spending, budgeting, reports and evaluations within CCSA
  • Ensure that employees are paid and all statutory remittances and returns are processed in a timely manner
  • Meet regularly with the Director, Human Resources, to review the employee benefit costs and other related matters
  • Manage staff by providing effective resources, support, recognition and feedback in a respectful and professional manner
  • Ensure the team is results-oriented and there is a proper structure in place and skills necessary to deliver the highest standard of service to all stakeholders
  • Be responsible for procurement and contracts for the office lease, investment advisor, auditors and travel
  • Oversee procurement and ensure that procurement procedures are in place and applied consistently across CCSA
  • Be responsible for the maintenance of facilities and property including the management of any facilities expansion or relocation project
  • Ensure that office space, furniture and equipment maintenance is undertaken and done so cost effectively


  • Graduate of a university or community college with a bachelor degree in business or related discipline preferred
  • A minimum of 10 years of progressive experience in finance
  • Previous financial leadership and supervisory experience
  • Results driven
  • Experienced with computers and networking including financial and business systems
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and people management skills, including team building
  • Problem solving and project leadership skills
  • Ability to respond appropriately in high pressure situations with a calm and steady demeanour


  • CPA designation or working towards
  • Bilingual English and French

To apply for this position, please submit your application and related materials to Chelsey Periard at cperiard@boyden.com and state the title of the position in the subject line of your e-mail. We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those under consideration for the role will be contacted.

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