Website Water First


Job Title:

Director, Finance

Work Hours:

Monday to Friday – 8:30AM – 4:30PM


$90,000 – $120,000.  There is some flexibility based on the level of experience

Anticipated Start Date:

“Immediate for Hire”


This role is a hybrid work-from-home position. Candidates must be available to travel occasionally to the Creemore, Ontario office located at 178 Mill St., Unit D, for critical meetings as required.

Job Description

Looking for a meaningful job with a great team addressing a pressing challenge in Canada? Water First works in partnership with Indigenous communities to address local water challenges through education, training, and meaningful collaboration.

With significantly expanding operations and community partnerships, we are seeking a Director of Finance for this exceptional charitable organization.

Water First supports progressive labour policies, including:

  • Flexible hours
  • Health benefits
  • Defined benefit pension plan
  • Generous paid vacation

The Director of Finance will be a strategic thought-partner, reporting to the Executive Director. The successful candidate will join and lead two existing members of our financial management team and be a hands-on, productive manager who will lead and continue to develop our internal team to support the following areas: Finance, Business Planning, Budgeting, Human Resources, Administration, and Information Technology.  Ideally the successful candidate will have experience in financial management for a complex non-profit with multiple funding sources and diverse programs delivered nationally.

The Director of Finance will play a critical role in partnering with the senior leadership team in strategic decision making and operations as Water First continues to enhance its quality programming and build capacity. This is a tremendous opportunity for a finance leader to maximize and strengthen the internal capacity of a well-respected, high-impact organization.

Responsibilities for this position include:

Financial Management

  • Analyze and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly and annual financial results; collate financial reporting materials for various funders, and oversee all financial, project/program and grants accounting.
  • Coordinate and lead the annual audit process, liaise with external auditors and the finance committee of the board of directors; assess any necessary changes.
  • Oversee and lead annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the ED; administer and review all financial plans and budgets; monitor progress and changes and keep senior leadership team abreast of the organization’s financial status.
  • Manage organizational cash flow and forecasting.
  • Oversee the accounting department to ensure appropriate accounting systems and internal controls are in place and supervise Water First’s finance staff.
  • Implement a robust contracts management and financial management/reporting system.
  • Update and implement all necessary business policies and accounting practices; improve the finance department’s overall policy and procedure manual.
  • Effectively prepare communications and information reflecting critical financial matters for the board of directors.  Engage with leadership to develop short, medium, and long-term financial plans.
  • Remain up to date on non-profit audit best practices and provincial and federal law regarding charitable organizations. Ensure proper filing of required tax returns.

Human Resources, Information Technology and Administration

  • Collaborate with and support Water First’s human resources team, participating in the development of enhanced professional development, compensation and benefits, performance evaluation, training, and recruiting.
  • Participate in corporate policy development as a member of the senior management team.
  • Work closely and transparently with all external partners including third-party vendors and consultants.
  • Coordinate with the leadership team with respect to administrative functions, facilities and information technology to ensure efficient and consistent operations as the organization scales.


The ideal candidate for this position will possess the following:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree, ideally with an MBA/CPA or related degree.
  • At least 7-10 years of overall professional experience; ideally 6+ years of broad financial and operations management experience.
  • Considerable experience in or knowledge of non-profit accounting, including fund and grant accounting, compliance, and reporting for a charitable organization.
  • The ideal candidate has experience of final responsibility for the quality and content of all financial data, reporting and audit coordination for either a division or significant program area.
  • Ability to translate financial concepts to – and to effectively collaborate with – program leaders and fundraising colleagues who do not necessarily have finance backgrounds.
  • Technologically savvy with experience selecting and overseeing related accounting software installations and managing relationships with software vendors; knowledge of accounting and reporting software.
  • Commitment to training and mentorship programs that maximize individual and organization goals.
  • A successful track record in setting priorities; keen analytic, organization and problem-solving skills which support and enable sound decision making.
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • A multi-tasker with the ability to wear many hats in a fast-paced environment.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the mission of Water First.

Vaccination Policy:

Candidates must be fully vaccinated


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If you are interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity, we would love to hear from you! Qualified Indigenous applicants are encouraged to apply.

Water First is an equal opportunity employer and employs personnel without regard to race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, language, citizenship, creed, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, physical and or mental handicap or financial ability.

By following the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Water First Education and Training strives to ensure that all recruiting processes are non-discriminatory and barrier-free. If you require accommodation, please advise in advance of attending an interview.

While we appreciate all interest, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


Date Posted:

April 14, 2022  

Posting expires:

May 27, 2022

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