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Our client is a Canadian-based non-profit that works in 25 countries to mobilize and inspire all underserved and disadvantaged young people with digital literacy, 21st century skills, and the self-confidence that will enable them to thrive in an inclusive digital economy. They work with youth, the private sector, governments, and community-based organizations towards a collaborative vision of communities around the world shaped by daring social innovators.

The Opportunity:

We are looking for a Director of Finance to join our team.  This is a full-time position in a creative environment with a supportive and collaborative international team. We offer a flexible working arrangement and the opportunity for professional growth and development.

The successful candidate will apply their skill and experience to support our operational accounting function, ideally with an appreciation for international development.  You possess a strong spirit for community service and share our passion for the role of youth in creating a better world.


Key areas of responsibility include:

  • Responsible for all aspects of financial operations, including supervision, oversight and mentoring of Ottawa and international accounting staff.
  • Oversee the day-to-day accounting and finance operations, including Headquarter payroll, cash management, and the management of internal controls.
  • Prepare or review all relevant financial reporting to senior external and internal stakeholders, such as the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, and donors.
  • Preparation of budgets and forecasts.
  • Provide information required for decision making by internal team members (etc. cost centre, budget to actual reports).
  • Manage all finance review mechanisms including the annual external audit, and all necessary filings with government agencies.
  • Contribute to proposal development and seeking external sources of funding, including scoping project and program budgets.
  • Contribute to strong project financial planning and management including preparing monthly project spend reports and performing variance analysis.
  • Review and provide oversight of the activities of the country offices and the youth-led organization partners.
  • Maintain strong relationships with relevant external service providers, including those who provide banking, insurance, and payroll services.
  • Oversee and direct the review of branch and affiliate operations.

The Director of Finance will work collaboratively with the CFO in the areas of:

  • Internal and External financial reporting;
  • Budgeting and Forecasting;
  • Capacity development (education/employee development at HQ, branch and affiliate offices);
  • Review and revision of policies and procedures.


  • CPA designation, or a bachelor’s degree in Finance/Accounting is mandatory.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ accounting experience within a corporate or NFP environment in a supervisory role.
  • Knowledgeable and experienced with the application of accounting principles and practices.
  • Canadian GAAP and IFRS experience in a not-for-profit context.
  • Experience in project accounting, financial reporting, reporting to donors, and statutory reporting.
  • Demonstrated experience in the preparation of budgets, financial reports and performance analysis.
  • Experience with donors such as Global Affairs Canada, the Mastercard Foundation, GIZ and UNICEF an asset.
  • Experience with complex accounting systems in a Multi-location, multi-currency environment.
  • Proficient with Google Suite, with advanced abilities in Microsoft Excel.
  • Experience with mid-level ERP systems (e.g. Sage Intacct, Microsoft Dynamics).
  • An understanding of the CRA requirements for charities and the implication of foreign exchange in financial reporting would be an asset.
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills and experience working in a multicultural environment.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to prioritize in a dynamic environment.
  • Must be available to travel to four African countries where we conduct operations once or twice per year.

What We Offer:

  • Competitive salary and benefits package.
  • Opportunities for professional growth and development.
  • Opportunity to make a real difference in the developing world.
  • Opportunity to work with a dynamic international team committed to youth and systems change.

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