Director of Finance & Administration


Posted on Sept. 2, 2021

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Position Details:

Employer: Town of La Ronge

Location: La Ronge, SK

Industry: Municipal Government


Position Outline:

TOWN OF LA RONGE, SK

La Ronge (www.laronge.ca) is a vibrant town with a population of approximately 2,700 people.  Located on the shores of Lac La Ronge, and nestled next to Lac La Ronge Provincial Park (Nut Point) and the beautiful Boreal Forest, the Town is the largest full-service community in northern Saskatchewan. 

The Northern Town of La Ronge closely neighbours two other communities, the Northern Village of Air Ronge, and the Lac La Ronge Indian Band (LLRIB).  The three communities work in co-operation for a variety of regional services in which the residents benefit from the cross-use of facilities and the diversity of businesses within close proximity.  

There are many activities and organizations in and around town that offer great opportunities to stay fit, socialize, and/or volunteer.  In addition to all the amenities that one would expect, La Ronge is not far from several campgrounds, an abundance of hiking trails, golf courses, and of course…..world class fishing lakes.

Seasonal employment in the areas of commercial fishing, trapping, wild rice growers, and wild berry and mushroom pickers provide an export base for goods to both Canadian and European markets making La Ronge a very unique and diverse community. 

La Ronge is a wonderful place to live and visit any time of the year!

POSITION OVERVIEW

Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), the Director of Finance & Administration is directly responsible for the supervision of two full-time employees ((1) Utility Clerk/Receptionist and (2) Account Associate/Account Payables/Payroll).  The overall budget for the Town is just under $11M.

The successful candidate will be required to exercise independent judgment regarding a number of complex tasks.  An understanding and knowledge of urban municipal government would be an asset, but is not required to be successful in the role.  Highly developed verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills are essential to be effective.  The nature of this position requires the incumbent to exercise tact and diplomacy when dealing with staff, elected officials, ratepayers, stakeholders and businesses, other government agencies, and the general public on issues related to management of the Municipality's financial resources.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES & PRIMARY DUTIES

In order to be successful in the Director role, you will:

  • Be responsible for providing a full range of financial services including preparing monthly financial statements, financial planning, disbursement of funds, revenue collection, financial control and reporting, accounts payables/receivables, cash management, bank reconciliations, utility billings and banking.
  • Ensure the provision of all payroll and group benefit functions for the Town.
  • Manage the Town’s insurance program.
  • Provide regular financial information to the CAO and Council as required.
  • Prepare monthly statements identifying operating and capital results to Council for their information and provide feedback on their inquiries.
  • Oversee the provision of procurement/purchasing and property assessment services.
  • Exercise statutory responsibilities under the Northern Municipalities Act (NMA) and other applicable federal and provincial legislation and Town Bylaws and Policies, as amended from time to time, related to receiving all money paid to the municipality, ensuring keeping and investing of all funds and securities, ensuring accurate records and full accounts of financial affairs are prepared and maintained, expending money in a manner authorized by Council or the CAO, and other duties delegated by the CAO.
  • Develop and maintain effective systems and records on financial and accounting functions.
  • Provide leadership to the finance department by establishing and monitoring financial policies and procedures in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Practices, the NMA, any other relevant legislation, and as directed by the CAO and Council.
  • Plan, manage, and direct all budgeting activities, assist in the preparation of the annual financial plan, assist with the submission of the budget to Council, and liaise with the CAO, Department Heads and Council during the budget cycle.
  • Direct the internal audit of programs and services to ensure compliance with Town financial procedures and standards and liaise with the Town’s auditor in connection with the financial audit.
  • Lead and manage the Town’s asset management efforts with other Town departments.
  • Prepare year end working papers in connection with the yearend audit and liaise with external auditors and assist with audit requirements.
  • Foster positive and responsible working relationships with residents and other departments to enhance effective customer service.
  • Attend meetings of Council, Committees, Public Hearings, and other meetings as required by Council and/or the CAO.
  • Act in the capacity of CAO in the absence of the CAO from the workplace.
  • Perform any other duties that may be assigned from time to time.

SKILLS & ATTRIBUTES

The Director of Finance & Administration will possess the following to be successful:

  • Above average analytical, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • A high level of integrity and professional conduct and is someone who is perceived as consistent, neutral, and objective in business activities.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as in a team environment.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • The ability to balance multiple priorities, often with conflicting timelines in a fast-paced environment.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate will possess a post-secondary education, or a combination of relevant training and senior leadership experience.  This includes:

  • Five years of progressive experience in a financial role or in public sector accounting role with some management or supervision experience. 
  • A minimum of an accounting diploma or equivalent is required.  A combination of equivalency of skills, qualifications, and abilities with a related education would be also be considered.
  • A Professional Accounting Designation (CA, CGA or CMA) would be an asset.
  • An exceptional understanding and working knowledge of accounting enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications, specifically MuniSoft.
  • Excellent computer skills, including advanced knowledge in, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and other Microsoft applications are preferred.
  • Exceptional knowledge of current financial practices including progressive experience in budget management, financial planning, assessment services, and accounting.
  • Ability to interpret bylaws, resolutions, contracts, official records and related legal documents.
  • Good working knowledge of the Northern Municipalities Act and other government and legislative financial management policies, standards, and legislation….or the willingness to learn.
  • The position also requires a valid Saskatchewan Class 5 driver’s license and is subject to a Criminal Records and Vulnerable Sector Check.

COMPENSATION

A competitive salary, a comprehensive municipal benefits package, and MEPP (Municipal Employees’ Pension Plan) is available.  Specifics will be discussed in a personal interview.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT

James Davies

Managing Director

DCG Executive Search Services Ltd.

Phone: (780) 758-9796

E-Mail: [email protected]

Web: www.daviescg.com

 

             

 

 

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