Manager of Finance

Cambridge, Ontario
$115,134 to $140,078
May 30, 2024
June 29, 2024
Job Sectors
Public Sector
Job Type
CPA status
CPA Member

Who we are The Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) has an international reputation for excellence in managing the natural resources of the largest inland river system in southern Ontario. Our team is made up of committed and passionate experts in their fields, including scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, stewards, planners, foresters, recreation experts and much more. Every day, we come to work to improve the health of the natural environment of the Grand River watershed for those who call it home or come to visit. We are a progressive team, dedicated to lifelong learning, collaboration and making a positive impact.


Who you are You want to be part of an organization with an environmental goal. You want the work you do to make a difference. You like a team environment where everyone has an opportunity to contribute to achieve a shared goal, no matter their background or level of education and experience. You like problem solving, expanding your horizons and making even the smallest positive impact for your community and the planet.


Why work for us At the GRCA, we don’t just talk about work-life balance, we promote and encourage it. We offer flexible work hours, one day a week working from home, and wellness initiatives like onsite yoga and an Employee Assistance Program. Our team feels a connection to their work, each other and the community we serve, and when you’re “at the office”, you won’t feel like you’re “at the office.” Our Administration Centre is located in a tucked away, natural oasis next to the Shade’s Mills reservoir, where a walk or lunch at the picnic tables provides the opportunity to be immersed in nature.


We offer staff development plans and open doors to help advance your career. And our employees benefit from being part of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS), with 100% matching contributions from GRCA.

Overview of the Opportunity

As a member of the senior leadership team at the Grand River Conservation Authority, the role of the Manager of Finance is pivotal in shaping and executing the strategic vision of the organization and ensuring the organization’s financial health and stability. Responsibilities include overseeing the Finance team, providing expert financial guidance to various stakeholders, including staff and the Board of Directors, leading the budget preparation and financial monitoring processes, and developing appropriate internal controls, IT solutions, best practices, and financial models to position the organization for long-term sustainable success.

Reporting to the Deputy CAO/Secretary-Treasurer, the Manager of Finance leads a team of professionals in roles related to accounting, banking and investments, reserves, payroll, and accounting services for the Grand River Conservation Foundation.


What You’ll Do

  • Participate on the senior leadership team, contributing to the development of corporate strategic plans, goals, objectives, policies, and annual budgets. Establish strong working relationships and open collaboration with the senior leadership team and all departments within the GRCA.
  • Provide guidance, direction, mentorship, and support for the Supervisors and staff in Finance to ensure effective delivery of programs and employee development. Promote and practice the GRCA’s values in all actions. Schedule and facilitate regular department meetings.
  • Develop corporate policies to ensure adequate internal controls and compliance with accounting standards, principles, and legislation. 
  • Collaborate with staff throughout the organization to ensure effective corporate financial management practices are utilized and followed.
  • Prepare the annual budget, five-year forecast, reserve reports, and other financial information and analysis in support of corporate initiatives for the senior leadership team and the Board of Directors. Monthly financial reporting and forecast adjustments are prepared in collaboration with the Controller. Prepare and present reports to the Board of Directors concerning financial matters.
  • Oversee payroll function and provide support and assistance to Human Resources, primarily in the areas of job evaluation, labour relations, compensation, etc.
  • Develop relationships with government agencies and other external organizations as applicable to share information and meet regulatory requirements.
  • Provide support and assistance to the Deputy CAO/Secretary-Treasurer, including assuming the role on an acting basis as needed.
  • Incorporate the use of technology to enhance financial reporting and streamline work processes.
  • Promote a health and safety culture and ensure compliance with the Ontario Occupational Health & Safety Act and regulations, other employment-related legislation, and GRCA Policies and Procedures.


  • Post-secondary degree in accounting, finance, or business and Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) designation. A Master’s degree in a relevant discipline is preferred.

Technical Accountabilities

  • At least 10 years of relevant experience with a minimum of 6 years of senior leadership experience. Prior leadership experience in a public sector organization is preferred.
  • Strong knowledge of the current financial, regulatory, and tax landscape in the Canadian public sector, including CRA regulations. Working knowledge of auditing standards, and HST legislation and regulations. Working knowledge of accounting in the not-for-profit and charitable sector(s) is preferred.
  • Demonstrated competence using financial accounting systems (Dynamics GP) and Microsoft Office Suite. Experience incorporating technological solutions is an asset.
  • Excellent written communication skills with demonstrated ability to prepare financial statements, correspondence, technical reports, board reports, and other documents. Experience with policy development, procurement, and contract administration.
  • Knowledge of Conservation Authorities’ roles and responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated organizational, leadership, and team-building skills. Experience managing staff in a unionized environment is considered an asset. Strong collaboration skills on cross-departmental teams, and with external agencies, other partners, and third parties as applicable.
  • Strong strategic thinking skills in combination with effective research, analytical, and problem-solving abilities.
  • Proven ability to interact effectively with other senior managers and contribute significantly to the strategic decision-making process of a senior leadership team.
  • Strong verbal communication skills with experience presenting information and making recommendations to boards, councils, or committees. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with and to convey complex, technical information clearly and succinctly to a broad range of interest holders.
  • Solid understanding of workplace legislation including, but not limited to the Employment Standards Act, WSIA, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Ontario Human Rights Code, and AODA.
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to drive within the watershed.


  • Professional Judgement Integrity/Ethics Goal /Action Oriented Team Work Customer Focus

Compensation and Benefits

  • Annual salary pay range $115,134 to $140,078 Comprehensive benefits package with mental health services and preventative care Tuition reimbursement, and computer purchase loans. Gold-standard Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) pension fund with 100% employer matching contributions. Free year-round access to GRCA and Conservation Ontario conservation areas (parks). 

Approximate Start Date: September 2024


To Apply: Please send a resume, cover letter and resume to in MS Word or PDF format and quote “Manager of Finance” in the subject line.


Deadline for Applications: 4:00pm July 2, 2024


To view a full job description with competencies please visit GRCA Job Opportunities


We thank you for your interest, however only candidates under consideration will be contacted.


GRCA is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes and work environments. If you require any accessibility accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact us. Any information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially


Pursuant to section 29(2) of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Individual Privacy Act R.S.O. 1990, C. M.56 the personal information contained on this form is collected under the legal authority of the Conservation Authorities Act, R.S.O. 1990, chapter C.27 and is used for recruitment purposes. Questions about the collection of personal information should be directed to the Manager of Human Resources, Grand River Conservation Authority, PO Box 729, 400 Clyde Road, Cambridge, Ontario N1R 5W6. 519-621-2761.