Director, Financial Services

Financial Services
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Closing date: 
Friday, September 15, 2017 - 17:30
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Full or part time: 
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Job description: 

Reporting to the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, your capacity for a sophisticated understanding of the university’s business model, and your leadership skills to support the overall management of financial operations for the university will make you a key member of the senior management team.

You are comfortable with the responsibility of supporting the executive and promoting collaboration with both internal and external stakeholders to ensure that financial systems respond to reporting needs in a timely, accurate and comprehensive fashion.  This is underpinned by making certain that financial systems, policies and processes are maintained to meet high standards of efficiency and internal control.

You will coordinate and oversee the following critical components of the university’s financial services portfolio: all elements of financial services operations, payroll, accounts receivable/payable (for both domestic and offshore accounts), investments and balance sheet management, the annual audit plan, insurance matters, and tax compliance.

Within this framework, you will also take a leading role in the effective management of the university’s research accounts as well as the management of financial activities related to RRU’s charitable foundation.  In addition, you will have routine management responsibility for freedom of information requests and related follow up.

Financial policies, procedures and systems will be set in collaboration with the executive, and monitored by you to ensure that routine operations and business development processes are effective and aligned with the university’s strategic objectives.  Supporting all of these activities, the design and development of the framework required to guide accountability at all levels of the organization will be a critical measure of your success in this role.  Similarly, you will assess opportunities for business process re-engineering, formulate recommendations for improvement, and oversee the effective implementation of changes.

  • You are a consummate professional, with a recognized accounting designation
  • You have a successful track record and at least 10 years of experience in senior financial positions, working in organizations of comparable complexity.  Experience working in a private-sector/corporate model and/or a post-secondary academic environment would be an asset
  • You are an accomplished leader with proven management, strategic thinking, and financial systems skills. Your background includes exemplary experience in analytical reasoning with a capacity to develop recommendations that will inform and enable executive decision-making
  • You are proactive and thrive in a dynamic work environment with a high level of accountability
  • You are an outstanding communicator with highly developed emotional intelligence
  • You are technologically savvy with an aptitude for the integration of new e-tools
  • You understand the university’s strategic vision and look beyond traditional solutions as strategy is translated into action, inspiring high performance and positive outcomes
Application submission information: 

This is a regular full-time position working 37.5 hours per week on campus. Salary will be commensurate with skills and experience. The University is pleased to offer a comprehensive benefit package.  

To apply please forward your cover letter and curriculum vitae (preferably in electronic format) to: with a subject line of:

17-090-M0024 – Last name, First name

Or mail to:          

Human Resources - Career Opportunities
Royal Roads University
2005 Sooke Road
Victoria, BC   V9B 5Y7
Fax:  (250) 391-2570  Tel:  (250) 391-2511

The competition began on August 25, 2017 and will remain open until a successful candidate is found.

While Royal Roads University values all applications we receive, only those candidates short-listed for further consideration will be contacted.  RRU is an equal opportunity employer, committed to the principle of equity in employment.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority consideration.

If you are sending your application via e-mail, please ensure that your electronic file is saved in MS Word or Adobe format.