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Director, Finance & Risk – Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan

THE ORGANIZATION

Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan’s (ASEBP) roots are in Alberta’s education sector. Jointly sponsored by the Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA) and the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) in 1968, ASEBP was created to provide a unique service: provision of health and welfare benefits specifically for the public education sector. This relationship guides ASEBP, shapes its decisions and secures its focus as a committed partner for school jurisdictions in Alberta’s K-12 education sector. Today, ASEBP serves over 60,000 covered members and 65,000 dependents in almost 60 school jurisdictions and 11 associations across Alberta. Its focus is on prevention, and the commitment is to creating resources designed to foster healthy lifestyles and healthy workplaces.

ASEBP is continually refining their approach in order to improve, maintain and protect their covered members’ overall wellness. They reinvest plan dollars in proactive health benefits and services and focus on fostering healthy lifestyles and healthy workplaces through innovative offerings and partnerships like The Sandbox—a space for healthy school workplaces.  They are always adapting and looking for new ways to reach and support their covered members and use evidence to inform their progressive plan design and case management, practices and programming.

ASEBP is different from traditional insurance providers and their governance structure offers no exception.  Governed by 10 Trustees, five appointed by the ASBA and five appointed by the ATA, the Trustees are bound by a Deed of Trust which sets out their operational terms and conditions. ASEBP’s Trustees are responsible for determining the mission, values and strategic direction of the organization. The Chief Executive Officer—appointed by the Trustees—along with the rest of ASEBP’s executive team then operationalize these and translate them into health initiatives, products and services which demonstrate a high value for covered members and their dependents.

Mission| As the recognized leader in providing comprehensive health benefits and services specifically designed to meet the needs of Alberta’s public education sector, ASEBP is a committed partner in promoting, protecting, improving, and sustaining the health of our covered members and their dependents.

 

Values |

People. However you connect with ASEBP, their supportive culture and commitment to quality service means that they’re with you—wherever you are on your health journey.

Integrity. Being a trusted partner on your health journey means ensuring this responsibility is reflected throughout every aspect of their organization.

Collaboration. ASEBP sees health as a shared responsibility. When individuals, organizations, health benefit plans and other stakeholders all work together to promote, protect, improve and sustain health and well-being in Alberta—everyone benefits.

Innovation. From technology tailored to your needs, to creative approaches for achieving health outcomes or effectively managing the plan, they are always seeking innovative opportunities to enhance our services.

Sustainability. Whether they’re carefully balancing investments, leveraging knowledge or assessing trends, ASEBP’s focus remains on the long-term sustainability of the plan for current and future generations.

For further information, please visit ASEBP’s website at www.asebp.ab.ca.   

 

THE OPPORTUNITY

Job Title:Director, Finance & Risk
Reports to:Chief Innovation and Finance Officer
Direct Reports:

 

 

 

 

5:  Manager, Financial Services

Risk Analyst

Lead, Project Management & Consulting Services

Information Distribution Coordinator

Facilities & Asset Coordinator

Indirect Reports:13
Location:Edmonton

 

THE MANDATE

The Director, Finance & Risk supports ASEBP as a holistic health organization committed to promoting, protecting, improving and sustaining the health of covered members and their dependents. This role is responsible for the performance of the financial services and legal & risk departments. The position oversees development and implementation of organizational strategies with respect to these areas, and is responsible for achieving, monitoring, and reporting on division metrics. The Director, Finance & Risk provides information and knowledge to support decision making and ensures operational efficiencies while striving to meet organizational goals and objectives.

 

Key Accountabilities 

  • Support the direction of the executive leadership at ASEBP through ensuring the operations within the area of oversight align with ASEBP’s strategic directives, objectives, and culture;
  • As part of the ASEBP executive team, determine organizational priorities and convert these into department objectives, aligning budget, resource allocation, and key performance indicators;
  • Responsible for directing and managing the Company’s finance, legal, and risk functions;
  • Ensure the legal and regulatory compliance for all accounting and financial reporting functions;
  • Responsible for the establishment of financial policies, procedures, controls and reporting systems;
  • Develop, monitor and enforce policies and procedures relevant to accounting, budgeting, forecasting, and project tracking;
  • Investigate variances in budgets, reporting, internal controls, and general accounting; deploy measures to resolve variances;
  • Use project methodology to lead and support organization change initiatives;
  • Ensure quality assurance controls and risk management strategies are in place with respect to the portfolio;
  • Perform various quantitative risk analysis to support the executive team’s decision-making process;
  • Provide leadership and support to all managers in the Finance & Risk portfolio;
  • Support performance management and employee development within the division and ASEBP;
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with ASEBP stakeholders and external partners;
  • Support a collaborative approach to working with all business units within ASEBP;
  • Develop and maintain up-to-date understanding of ASEBP’s operations and evaluate the potential impact of various operational risks;
  • Provide guidance and recommendations to the legal department and throughout ASEBP regarding indemnification clauses and insurance requirements of various contracts and lease agreements; and
  • Provide recommendations regarding risk retention and financing strategies.

 

Attractions

Working for ASEBP is about more than supplying great benefits. ASEBP offers:

  • A team-focused culture that supports people and performance;
  • Competitive compensation that goes far beyond a pay cheque;
  • An exciting chance to make an impact in the lives of Alberta’s school employees;
  • Advancement opportunities in a stable, growing organization; and
  • A wide range of health and wellness initiatives that encompass mental, physical and nutritional health.

 

FIRST YEAR DELIVERABLES / MEASURES OF SUCCESS

Success in the first year will be determined by the candidate’s ability to:

  • Gain a solid understanding of the complex nature of the organization, including its size, scope and scale, and how this role and team impacts that complexity.
  • Build positive and trusted relationships both within the team and the broader organization.
  • Make measurable strides in assessing the efficiency and skills of the team in order to further mentor and develop leaders and high performers.
  • Build an exciting and innovative environment where collaboration and engagement promote sharing of thoughts and ideas within the team.
  • Identify and implement process improvements within the functions of the department.

 

CANDIDATE PROFILE

The successful candidate will have the following:

Education

  • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in business or a related field;
  • Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) is required; and
  • A Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation would be an asset.

Experience

  • 5-10 years of experience in a leadership role;
  • Experience working in complex and politically sensitive environments, coupled with several years of progressive management experience;
  • Experience in the benefits industry, preferably in health & welfare trusts and/or providing benefits to the education sector;
  • Experience ensuring compliance with legal and regulatory bodies (e.g. CRA, PIPEDA/PIPA); and
  • Extensive experience in finance, particularly as it relates to disability management, chronic disease care pathways and drug management strategies.

Competencies and Attributes

  • Proven track record of maintaining accounting and financial principles, practices and procedures;
  • Ability to present various experience and status reports for senior management and the Board of Trustees in an engaging and meaningful way tailored to the audience;
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of contract standards and related legal issues;
  • Transformational leadership skills, including high positive psychological capital and emotional intelligence;
  • Excellent skills and demonstrated ability related to building and maintaining relationships with a wide variety of individuals and group; previous work with unionized client groups an asset;
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills, with the ability to develop, implement, and evaluate business plans and initiatives;
  • Demonstrated understanding and successful application of change management processes;
  • Strong decision making, analytical, and problem-solving skills; and
  • Strong written and verbal skills with an ability to effectively communicate complex health and benefit information to a variety of audiences.

 

DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION

ALBERTA SCHOOL EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PLAN is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognizes that a diverse team benefits and is essential to service excellence. ASEBP welcomes applications from all qualified individuals and encourage women, members of racialized communities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity to confidentially self-identify at time of application.  In accordance with the provincial legislation, accommodation will be provided by Optimum Talent and ASEBP throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

 


How to Apply:

Please send your resume in Word or PDF format to: pies_edmonton@optimumtalent.com. Copy and Paste the following job title and code and place it in the subject line of your email so we can identify the job and confirm receipt of your application:
AHQC-247134 Director, Finance & Risk – Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan - AB - Edmonton and Area (OTIAPPLY)

Please note that only those candidates meeting the selection criteria, established by our client, will be contacted further. Although we may not contact you directly for this particular role, all applications will be reviewed as we would like to consider you for future opportunities that may be appropriate. We encourage you to continue to visit our website at optimumtalent.com as our opportunities are updated on a regular basis.