ETHOS Director of Finance

Statement of Qualifications & Job Description
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  • Degree majoring in Accounting or Finance, or equivalent education, training and experience;
  • Ongoing learning specifically related to knowledge of current financial and accounting computer applications (e.g. workshops, learning roundtables, networking, mentoring and other methods to remain up-to-date in the financial arena)


  • 5+ years of broad finance experience and making actionable recommendations to senior leadership
  • Experience managing the finance function (accounting, budgeting, control, and reporting) within a diverse, project-based entity
  • Experience with program and budget audits
  • Experience with government funding agreements preferred
  • Experience with monthly account reconciliations, preparing statements on delinquent accounts, and monitoring revenues and expenses through managing AP & AR
  • Strong understanding of planning and managing the budgetary process, as well as overseeing the preparation of reports and the collection and analysis of financial data
  • Leading and coordinating teams of data administrators and finance managers in the development and implementation of data policies, standards and models
  • Advising senior management of the company’s financial position


Personal Suitability:

  1. Shows respect for diversity, and ability to work effectively and productively with diverse stakeholders
  2. Contributes as a team player and takes initiative
  3. Mature and proactive
  4. Maintains comfort with change and learning; demonstrates a commitment to professional development
  5. Possesses awareness of one’s own capabilities and understanding of when to draw upon others’ expertise
  6. Demonstrates a positive attitude and professional conduct
  7. An effective communicator at all levels in the organization, with strong oral and written skills and a willingness to share information
  8. A collaborative and flexible style, with a strong service mentality
  9. Creativity, with experience funding activities in ways that both cover costs, and generate operating margins and profits
  10. Demonstrable passion for ETHOS’ mission; a hands-on manager with integrity and a desire to work in a dynamic  environment
  11. Strong analytical skills and experience interpreting a strategic vision into an operational model

Abilities and Skills:

Ability to:

  1. Work flexibly and towards common goals within a team management structure
  2. Communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with broad range of stakeholders
  3. Develop new insights into solutions that result in organizational improvements; promote a work environment that fosters creative thinking, innovation and rational risk-taking
  4. Meet critical objectives while considering the impact of those decisions and activities on the ability to achieve long-term goals
  5. Focus on the critical few objectives that add the most value and channel own and others’ energy to consistently deliver results
  6. Build and maintain relationships that motivate, guide, and/or reinforce the performance of others toward goal accomplishments
  7. Coach managers and employees on planning, tracking, reviewing and enhancing performance as well as budget management
  8. Prepare and maintain detailed and confidential records; handle confidential information with discretion and adhere to professional guidelines
  9. Work under pressure, manage competing priorities, meet deadlines
  10. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Internet applications

Knowledge of:

  1. Up-to-date accounting methods and techniques and recent developments in the accounting/financial management field
  2. Current financial and accounting computer applications
  3. Canadian Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  4. International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) an asset
  5. Current government financial systems, processes and procedures preferred


Reports to:  CEO

As a member of the Executive Team, the Director of Finance is an advisor to the Management Team, evaluating and assisting them with their financial plans and economic modeling. They are responsible for overseeing all fiscal and fiduciary responsibilities for the organization, in conjunction with the owners. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) the Director of Finance plays a critical role in developing and implementing the financial strategy for ETHOS.

The Director of Finance coordinates implementation of services, policies, and programs; serves on the Executive and Management teams; leads and coordinates the activities of the Finance Department; and assists and advises company managers regarding project budget issues.



  • The DOF will assess organizational performance against both the annual budget and ETHOS’ long-term strategy; develop tools and systems to provide critical financial and operational information to the CEO and make actionable recommendations on both strategy and operations· Engage the CEO around issues, trends, and changes in the operating model(s) and operational delivery; assist in establishing yearly objectives and meeting agendas, and selecting and engaging outside consultants (auditors, investment advisors)· Oversee long-term budgetary planning and costs management in alignment with ETHOS’ strategic plan, especially as the organization considers for-profit service/product delivery and collaborations with external organizations

Financial and Operational Management:

  • Oversee all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems, ensuring compliance with appropriate Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, regulatory requirements, and audit requirements; maintain internal control safeguards and coordinate all audit activities
  • Partner with the Business Manager to investigate and recommend specialized finance IT systems that meet the needs of the organization
  • Manage cash flow and forecasting; develop a reliable cash flow projection process and reporting mechanism that includes minimum cash threshold to meet operating needs; optimize the handling of banking relationships and initiate appropriate strategies to enhance cash positions
  • Oversee budgeting and the implementation of budgets so as to monitor progress and present financial metrics both internally and externally
  • Direct financial strategy, planning and forecasts; conferring with CEO and Business Manager

Team Management:

  • Mentor and develop the finance team, manage work allocation, training, problem resolution, performance evaluation, and the building of an effective team dynamic
  • Guide larger, cross-divisional teams outside of direct span of control within the main ETHOS program areas; including, but not limited to WorkBC, BWCA, QmunityWORKS, TechWORKS, Island Ops and WorkSafeBC


  • Monitor ETHOS organization as a whole; manage cash flow from all bank accounts and check for automated accounting system errors
  • Create and update accounting systems as needed to accommodate various program requirements, rules and regulations
  • Verify payments and sign cheques as required
  • Prepare monthly organizational costs report, prepare income statements, cash flow, and balance sheets for analysis by CEO
  • Verify completeness of statements; prepare and send annual accounting data to Corporate Accountant
  • Supervise Bi-weekly payroll and Employee benefits
  • Process annual T4’s and T4e’s and payroll summaries and distribute reports as required; prepare EI audit reports as required
  • Ensure adequate insurance coverage for all ETHOS programs and locations (contents, liability, business interruption, professional liability, etc.)
  • Pay all corporate tax and rent owing for ETHOS leased properties; bill monthly rent for sub-tenants
  • Investigate and collect outstanding Accounts Receivable
  • Balance and reconcile prepaid revenue account each period
  • Other Duties as required


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