Financial Officer

Posted on Feb. 4, 2020

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Position Details:

Employer: RM of Meadow Lake

Location: Meadow Lake, SK

Industry: Municipal Government

Position Outline:


The RM of Meadow Lake ( is located south of the beautiful Meadow Lake Provincial Park in the northwestern arable portion of Saskatchewan. 

The Municipality spans approximately 60 miles east to west and 70 miles north to south.  Our Southern boundary is located just north of "Moose Country" on Highway #4 and extends to the Meadow Lake Provincial Park.

With a population of just over 2,500 residents, the Rural Municipality (RM) includes the Hamlet of South Waterhen Lake, and encompasses but does not administer, the City of Meadow Lake, Village of Dorintosh, Greig Lake, Meadow Lake Provincial Park, as well as several First Nation reserves (including Eagle Lake 165C, Flying Dust First Nation No. 105, Meadow Lake 105A, Thunderchild First Nation 115D, and Waterhen 130). 

The RM prides itself in being home to several industrial sites such as the Meadow Lake OSB Mill, NorSask Forest Products, the Meadow Lake Mechanical Pulp Mill, as well as numerous small businesses including farming and ranching.


Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), the Financial Officer is a key member of the leadership team and is responsible for the overall day-to-day financial operations of the RM which includes:

  • Coordinating the preparation of operating and capital budgets, as well as financial reports for approval by Council. 
  • Performing the legislated treasurer and assessor functions.
  • Assisting the CAO with matters relating to human resources. 
  • Ensuring the provisions of investment services, coordinating municipal related purchases as they pertain to the approved budget, overseeing benefit plans, payroll services, invoicing and accounts payable/receivable services, cashier and collection systems. 
  • Liaising with assessment authorities and coordinating the tax and assessment systems. 
  • Making recommendations on short and long term financial planning, as well as on policies and procedures related to financial and human resources matters. 
  • Monitoring and reporting to the CAO on any variances and/or deficiencies with regards to the municipal finances.
  • Developing and maintaining all accounting files and records.
  • Keeping current on all aspects of municipal financial laws, as well as on policies and procedures that may affect the financial operations of the RM.
  • Attending all appropriate staff meetings, Council meetings, and any other relevant networking opportunities…..many of which may occur during the evenings and/or weekends.


The Financial Officer will possess the following to be successful:

  • Solid experience or understanding of budgeting, finance and information reporting.
  • An understanding of, and experience in, Human Resources management.
  • The capacity to provide leadership and mentorship to a diverse group of employees with the goal of succession planning in mind.  Capability to motivate others and create a shared purpose. 
  • A willingness to work as part of a close-knit team and maintain a professional demeanor at all times.
  • The ability to provide executive leadership as required to all strategic planning initiatives.
  • Political acumen.  Able to work and interact with elected officials as required.
  • Knows and understands legislative and regulatory processes and possesses an intuitive ability to read the political implications of recommendations and actions.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, coupled with the ability to listen to and engage other members of the organization, elected officials, auditors, and ratepayers.
  • The professionalism to interact with the general public in an effective and efficient manner.  A solid customer service understanding is required.
  • An advocate of “giving back” to the community and always represents the RM in a professional manner.
  • Makes difficult decisions and has the confidence required to stand behind those decisions.
  • Practices unwavering ethical standards, confidentiality and personal integrity.  Trustworthy.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • A post-secondary education in Business or Public Administration, Finance & Accounting, or a combination of equivalent education and experience.
  • Accounting designation and/or significant experience in finance or accounting, along with a strong knowledge of Generally Accepted Account Practices (GAAP).
  • Level “C” certification in Rural Local Government Administration, or the willingness to obtain this certification.
  • Knowledge of accounting practices, computer programming, local governance and best municipal practices
  • Experience in Human Resource management is an asset.
  • Senior leadership and management experience within a municipal operation is required.
  • Experience with, and an appreciation for the importance of up-to-date asset management.  
  • Familiarity with systems with an aptitude and interest in IT and other technology.
  • An understanding and appreciation of rural life would be an advantage.  


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


James Davies

Managing Director

DCG Executive Search Services Ltd.

Phone: (780) 758-9796

E-Mail: [email protected]


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