Finance Manager

 Aunt Leah’s Place is a registered charity that has been helping kids in foster care and teen moms achieve a better future for over 30 years. Aunt Leah’s Place helps prevent children in foster care from becoming homeless, and mothers in need from losing custody of their children. To support them on their journey to self-sufficiency, we provide housing, education & training and life skills. Aunt Leah’s has been recognized by Charity Intelligence as one of the Top 10 Impact Charities.

Over the past three years Aunt Leah’s has experienced large growth. Aunt Leah’s operates with over 70 staff and 400 volunteers and a growing number of projects and services. We seek the support and guidance of an experienced Finance Manager to ensure a high level of fiscal organization and accountability.

We are seeking a high-energy individual with a solid background in finance and an entrepreneurial spirit who excels in a dynamic, growth oriented environment, is passionate about supporting innovative services to support youth and families affected by the foster care system, to join Aunt Leah’s Management Team as the Finance Manager in this newly created full-time regular position. As this is a close-knit team, the ideal candidate will have a positive attitude, show initiative, and work well independently as well as collaboratively in a team environment.

 

Job Summary:

Reporting directly to the Director of Operations, the Finance Manager will bring strategic expertise and support to the Director of Operations and Finance Committee while aligning the finance department with programming, operational needs, and revenue development. They will lead and implement processes and procedures that resource and support Aunt Leah’s strategic goals and directions. The Finance Manager will provide financial reporting, budget preparation and analysis, and ensure compliance with contractual obligations and internal controls. This position is a hands-on management position, with responsibilities ranging from creation of systems and business processes to strategic decision-making that drive the financial health of the organization and enables us to meet our goals. As a member of the Management Team, they will help to ensure alignment of Aunt Leah’s financial plan with the Aunt Leah’s vision, mission, and core values.

Reports To: Director of Operations

Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Professional designation (CPA)
  • Minimum 6-10 years’ experience in a similar role, with at least three of those in a non-profit setting
  • A degree or diploma in leadership/management, or an equivalent combination of education and experience with relevant Finance Management experience in the child and youth care field
  • Previous experience in the Social Service field in supervision and/or administration.
  • Relationship Building Skills
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills; strong organizational and time management skills; ability to manage priorities and workflow
  • Ability to manage the mental and emotional demands of the work
  • Ability to integrate multi-faceted information into accessible financial reports
  • Ability to effectively communicate financial information to audience from non-financial backgrounds
  • Proven experience leading and/or influencing financial decision making after reviewing and analyzing options
  • Alignment with the Aunt Leah’s mission, vision, and core values
  • You are passionate about the Organization’s mission and understand the current and historical context of the child welfare system in relation to colonization.
  • Flexibility, tolerance for ambiguity and time-driven deadlines, and ability to quickly adapt to changing priorities
  • Demonstrated success evaluating, developing, and implementing financial controls and systems
  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Office 365, Slack, SharePoint, Outlook, MS Word, Excel) and experience with Sage is an asset
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with exceptional attention to details
  • A high level of confidentiality, discretion, and diplomacy
  • Self-starter with strong work ethic and ability to work independently
  • Familiarity with the non-profit sector and with non-profit funding and funders (especially BC provincial and municipal funders) is a considerable asset
  • Satisfactory Criminal Record Check
  • Adheres to Aunt Leah’s Code of Ethics

Essential Functions:

  • Prepare and maintain the annual programs and organizational budgets and forecasts (approx. $7 million) by working with various program Managers and Management Team throughout the year
  • Work closely with the Executive Director and Executive Team to ensure financial plan aligns with Aunt Leah’s vision, mission and core values
  • Participation in Management Team
  • Lead, supervise, and mentor Finance Team (made up of Bookkeeper and Accounts Payable Clerk)
  • Review internal control processes and analyze program and operational requirements to improve accounting related procedures and control environment throughout the organization
  • Maintain computerized accounting system capable of producing detailed and accurate reports for both internal and external stakeholders
  • Review, prepare, and present monthly and ad hoc reports to Director of Operations and Management Team, Finance Committee and/or Board of Directors
  • Work with Director of Operations and Management Team to build the financial literacy of Program Managers and Supervisors
  • Develop and produce accessible and easy-to-understand financial updates to Program Managers’ and Supervisors, when necessary
  • Chair Finance Committee and ensure the timely preparation of agendas, minutes, and financial reports on a monthly basis
  • Analyze and review budget variances with Finance Committee, Director of Operations and Management team on a regular basis to identify and implement programming and operational changes and to coordinate any necessary accounting adjustments
  • Analyze all funding and grant contracts/contributions to ensure complete and accurate implementation of the terms of funding; the appropriate tracking of all eligible expenses; and the accurate and timely preparation of external financial documents required in various funding proposals
  • Lead the annual external audit
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned by the Director of Operations and/or the Executive Director that do not affect the nature of the work

 

Working Conditions:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

  • Work is generally performed in an office environment and may require flexibility for some remote work and occasional evenings and weekends during peak periods.
  • The position requires sitting and using a computer.
  • There is some driving requirement for this role within Metro Vancouver.
  • This is a full-time permanent position (37.5 hours a week; 7.5 hours a day, generally Monday to Friday)

 

We offer: A comprehensive benefits package that includes: dental, extended health care including vision care and prescription, RRSP matching, generous vacation, and personal time package, and an employee discount at our Thrift Store.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications

 

How to Apply:

Please send your resume and cover letter with salary expectation noted, quoting Finance Manager in the subject line, to hr@auntleahs.org. Short listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.

 

We encourage qualified people of all gender expressions and identities, sexual orientations, visible minorities, Indigenous persons, and persons with disabilities to apply if you are interested in supporting our mission and mandate and like what we have to offer. Thank you for your interest in Aunt Leah’s Independent Life Skills Society.

What We Believe

Our Values

  • 01
    All behaviour has meaning and is the human tool for communication.
  • 02
    Success is fragile and must be tended to and supported with care.
  • 03
    An individual’s artistic/soulful centre must be expressed and appreciated.
  • 04
    Celebration is essential to a successful life.
  • 05
    Community building ensures that we all have a place to go when we need support.
  • 06
    Entrepreneurial spirit builds individuals and organizations.

Why Join Us

  • You’ll tackle unique challenges - Not two days are the same and each participant has their unique story but you have what it gets and will be given the support and resources to do the best. You’ll play a role in creating a future that otherwise wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for our team's entrepreneurial spirit and creativity.
  • Your professional development matters - Constant learning is essential and we also like to learn together. Once a month, we all get together to participate in meaningful workshops and discussions that enhance our ability to serve our participants and our community in a better way. We also invest in your individual education and training.
  • You will be part of one of the Top 10 Impact Charities in Canada - Aunt Leah's Place has been selected as a top 10 Impact Charity, by Charity Intelligence for three years in a row. We are the only one in B.C. with this designation.
  • You will feel like you are working with family - Our participants and staff frequently comment that Aunt Leah's feels like a family. We embrace individuality, diversity, and care for each other.
  • You’ll become part of a greater mission - The overrepresentation of BIPOC people in the child-welfare system in Canada is a result of years of colonial practices. We are on a mission to change the system and reduce the number of kids who enter the foster care system. Aunt Leah's uses research, data, and stories of lived experiences to understand the challenges before us. We advocate and partner with other root grass organizations to build innovative solutions, raise awareness, and drive much needed systemic changes.
  • We've got great leaders - Our leadership team rolls their sleeves up,  lead by example, openly recognize individual contributions and fully understand that we are humans with unique strengths and challenges. Their combined experience, sense of humour, and development skills, make it really easy to get up and go to work every day.

What We Offer

Besides a great workplace culture, we offer a generous benefits package (Dental and Extended Health Care), RRSP matching program, a generous vacation, and personal time package and employee discounts at our Thrift Store.

Every dollar counts

Your support helps kids in foster care and young mothers
achieve a better future.