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Director of Finance and Administration, Ancillary Services

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Halifax, NS
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Director, Finance and Administration, Ancillary Services

Halifax, NS

Reference #HL-17503

Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada's leading research-intensive university and a driver of the region's intellectual, social and economic development. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of their more than 20,000 students coming from outside of the province. Their 6,000 faculty and staff foster a vibrant, purpose-driven community, that celebrated 200 years of academic excellence in 2018.

We are partnering with Dalhousie looking to bring a Director, Finance and Administration to their Ancillary Services department in Halifax. Ancillary Services (AS) delivers services to students as well as to the greater Dalhousie and business community including on-campus residence, food services, university bookstores, conference services, off-campus housing listing service, and university ID (DalCard) among others.

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President (AVP), AS, the Director, Finance & Administration is responsible for the budget and financial management for all AS business operations; overseeing the business processes, ensuring proper systems of internal control and monitoring financial activity of individual units ensuring they are consistent with the overall AS department objectives and University requirements. This is a full-time, ongoing position with salary ranging from $86,697-$116,918 annually and is a hands-on role for a technically strong CPA who enjoys working with multiple stakeholders.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Complete high-level trend analysis, risk assessment and changes in financial results for senior management and for regular decision making to support the cost recovery budget. Identify areas of financial risk and recommend financial strategies, contingency plans and options.
  • Serve as a key contributor to Ancillary's strategic financial, human resource, and capital planning and risk assessment. Investigate and maintain awareness of new trends in modelling, financing, planning, technology, enrolment and student expectations as it relates to AS businesses. Advise on personnel related matters as required.
  • Develop multi-year funding plans for major capital renewal or construction projects and monitor costs and results against plans. Prepare detailed analysis to support decision making and negotiations. Manage service contracts including strategy and project planning.
  • Develop, manage and monitor budget development and financial reporting in Ancillary units including budget development and reporting in collaboration with managers.
  • Plan, develop and lead initiatives to support the implementation of new system functionality and/or new business applications in collaboration with the university community and ITS.
  • Provide special project support to Financial Services; participating in high level and strategic institutional projects.

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • CPA designation and significant experience in financial and information systems management (or equivalent combination of training and experience) required.
  • Undergraduate degree in accounting or related field.
  • Master's degree in a related field (e.g. Business Administration) considered an asset
  • Experience in strategic planning and execution.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in Dalhousie's core and leadership competencies, in particular: Adaptability; Communication; Resource and Process Management; Accountability for Performance and Results; and Change and Innovation.

Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Their total compensation package includes a defined benefit pension plan, health and dental plans, a health spending account, an employee and family assistance program and a tuition assistance program.

Dalhousie University commits to achieving inclusive excellence through continually championing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons (especially Mi'kmaq), persons with a disability, racialized persons, including persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of their community. For more information, please visit

A complete application must include a completed Self-Identification Questionnaire, which is available here. Please download the form and attach a completed copy at the end of your resume when applying.

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For more information about this exciting opportunity please contact Heather Labucki, Partner, or Sara Morey, Consultant, at [email protected]. If you require accommodation to participate in the recruitment process, please let Sara Morey know.

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