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Vice President, Finance | Edmonton John Howard Society

The Organization

Edmonton John Howard Society (“EJHS”) takes its name and spirit from the 18th century humanitarian, John Howard, whose name has become a symbol of humane consideration for reforming incarcerated individuals. As a private, involved citizen, John Howard set an example that has become a cornerstone of the John Howard Societies: there cannot be effective crime prevention solutions without community participation.

The John Howard Society plays a central role in community advocacy, public education, and influencing reform of the Canadian justice system. The Edmonton John Howard Society is one of 60 branches across Canada. The Edmonton John Howard Society has a mission of achieving safety and harmony in communities while treating individuals involved in the law in a just way, allowing them to successfully reintegrate into society. By undertaking this mission, the Edmonton John Howard Society hopes to eradicate the root causes of crime. The Edmonton John Howard Society works with all groups affected by crime. They provide public education to community members regarding the problem of crime and its impacts on society, advocate for crime prevention as a community responsibility, and provide services to individuals who might be in conflict with the law.

Vision: “Safety and Harmony in our Community.”

Mission: “Through our programs and services, we work to prevent crime and to help people affected by crime.”


  • We believe that every individual has intrinsic worth and has the right to be treated with dignity and respect.
  • We believe in the potential of all human beings and in their capacity for growth and change.
  • We believe that all individuals have the right to live in a safe and peaceful society and that justice is best served through measures that resolve conflict and restore harmony.
  • We believe that individuals are responsible for their own actions and must be held accountable for those actions.
  • We believe that the root causes of crime are found within communities and that the solutions to crime are also found in communities.
  • We believe in serving community needs by cooperating and collaborating to achieve a healthy and safe society.

For further information about Edmonton John Howard Society, please visit their website at www.


The Opportunity

Reports to:Chief Executive Officer
Direct Reports:3: Finance Manager; IT Consultant, Facilities Coordinator
Indirect Reports:12
Location:Edmonton, Alberta



Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Vice President, Finance will play a key role in the development, implementation, and maintenance of financial policies within Edmonton John Howard Society. This role will be responsible for strategically developing compensation and bonus policies, while also overseeing IT system upgrades, and maintaining safe, progressive facilities. The Vice President, Finance is a pivotal member of the leadership team who embraces change as an opportunity to learn, and is consistently seeking ways to improve the level of service to internal and external clients.


Key Accountabilities

The position will include the following responsibilities:

Strategic Leadership

  • Collaborate with colleagues on the Executive Leadership Team to further the strategic priorities of the organization.
  • Be intimately familiar with and lead by daily example all interactions, decisions, approaches and initiatives according to the organization’s leadership competencies of growth mindset, catalytic connector, brave & courageous, knowledgeable and accountable.
  • Self-govern according to the organization’s core competencies in all areas of conducting business on behalf of EJHS and ensure ongoing alignment to the values of the organization.
  • Be intentional in influencing and leading others toward alignment with the organization’s purpose and values.
  • Partner with leaders across the organization to increase cross-departmental collaboration to achieve strategic goals and objectives.
  • Interact with the Board of Directors and participate in Board meetings and initiatives.
  • Develop functional objectives and financial strategies by providing financial and accounting information, analysis, and recommendations to meet the EJHS strategic plan.
  • Assess organizational performance against the annual budget and EJHS strategic and long-term plans and make recommendations to the Board, CEO and/or ELT on potential solutions for issues identified.
  • Evaluate and advise on the impact of long-range planning, introduction of new programs/ strategies and regulatory actions.

People Leadership

  • Embody a client centric approach, balancing the needs of all stakeholders including internal departments, funders, and funding recipients.
  • Provide a psychologically safe environment that allows people to try new things and learn from experience so that the organization can continually improve and be adaptable for change.
  • Foster a strategic and collaborative approach to building operational capacity.
  • Illuminate a path to success for team members by establishing core competencies, key performance indicators and personal development goals.
  • Continue to develop a culture of coaching and performance excellence across the organization.

Facilities and IT Leadership

  • Oversight of facilities management, including capital assets and facilities maintenance.
  • Working with an external IT consultant, review current and future state IT requirements to ensure continued systems progression and security.

Financial Leadership

  • Maintain financial oversight of the organization to ensure funds are managed appropriately, from preparation of receipts to disbursements of funds to stakeholders.
  • Lead the annual budget process through to Board approval, as well as monthly and quarterly reviews and reporting.
  • Provide timely and accurate analysis of actual results to budgets, financial trends, and forecasts. Drive the financial planning process including set and track financial goals, objectives, and budgets.
  • Work closely with the CEO and Board in long term financial planning for revenue growth, cost savings and other funding opportunities.
  • Monitor financial performance by measuring and analyzing results and financial targets, initiating corrective action and minimizing the impact of variances.
  • Develop, review, and revise financial and accounting policies ensuring they reflect current operations while providing an environment that is as efficient as possible.
  • Ensure accurate reporting on the use of funds is completed to external stakeholders including funders, strategic partners and government agencies.

Financial Reporting and Analysis

  • Accountable for the organization’s financial internal control framework to support the completeness and accuracy of financial reporting and to safeguard the organization’s assets.
  • Leads financial reporting processes, including preparation for external audits, completion of various accountability reports for grants and conditional funding and preparation of financial analysis for special projects such as business cases for significant capital projects.
  • Prepares internal quarterly financial statements used by various stakeholders, as well as a variety of other financial analysis reports, variance analysis and requests for information.
  • Prepares documentation for various significant external EJHS reporting requirements.
  • Provides expert guidance and interpretation of rules, regulations and guidelines in meeting the external reporting obligations, including comprehensive understanding of the intent/use of the reporting and how to appropriately present financial information.
  • Responds to inquiries from leadership and the Board of Directors on financial analytics and metrics.
  • Oversees and ensures an effective integrated internal control environment including system configuration and access controls in the financial systems and appropriate documentation.
  • Responsible for cash forecasting and banking relationships.
  • Researches and assesses various financial risks and opportunities to the organization; provides advice and recommendations to the CEO and Board.

Budget and Financial Resource Planning

  • Leads the financial and budget planning and related reporting processes for the organization;
  • Leads preparation of financial modelling and analysis for special projects such as business cases for facilities, IT, and other projects.
  • Oversees regular forecasting for the organization.
  • Leads scenario planning, what if analysis; identifies risks to financial plans and proposes solutions for consideration.
  • Oversees all financial planning reporting for EJHS; ensures timely and accurate reports and statements and integrity in financial planning data reported to various users, government funders, external agencies and stakeholders.
  • Leads the operating budget planning process, including major planning assumptions and risk analysis.
  • Participates in long term planning operating and capital financial considerations.
  • Working with the CEO, provides support to the senior executive and Board, as well as various Board Committees and sub-committees as required.


First Year Deliverables / Measures of Success

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

  • Learn the ins and outs of the organization, service offerings and standard practices.
  • Thoughtfully integrate into the organization’s culture by building key relationships with staff, the Board, and external stakeholders.
  • Successfully establish and further implement necessary IT requirements.
  • Identify opportunities to further develop and formalize finance and accounting policy and processes.


Candidate Profile

The successful candidate will have the following:


  • Post-secondary degree in business, finance, accounting, or another related field is required.
  • CPA or CFA designation.


  • Minimum ten (10) years’ experience in financial leadership positions in a similar sized organization.
  • Demonstrated strength in financial review, budgeting, and forecasting.
  • Exceptional financial and investment acumen including the ability to strategize and solve problems and excellent knowledge of data analysis and forecasting methods.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and sound understanding of risk management and internal controls.
  • Experience in leading a change initiative and/or transformation.
  • Sound understanding of holding companies and related accounting standards and financial practices.
  • Makes informed assumptions to be used in preparing annual operating and capital budgets.
  • Addresses financial responses to year end forecasted estimates.
  • Responds appropriately to internal or external audit recommendations.
  • Delineates between operating expenses and capital expenditures.
  • Knows when to escalate significant issues or potential risks.
  • Leads and executes fiscal year end changes.
  • Identifies and makes adjustments to processes or procedures for enhancing efficiency and effectiveness of financial services.
  • Addresses potential or identified breaches in policy, procedure, or an internal controls issue.

Competencies and Attributes:

  • Highly developed strategic, analytical and problem-solving skills are required to address complex issues and manage a variety of situations.
  • Ability to apply sound business principles/professional judgment to a wide variety of situations and requests.
  • Ability to anticipate, assess and readily adapt to changing priorities, maintain resilience in times of uncertainty and effectively lead in a changing environment.
  • Ability to effectively interact, communicate, influence and collaborate with a variety of internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  • Superior leadership skills in making sound decisions.
  • Operates with the highest standards of integrity and trust.
  • Customer-centric and with a high level of focus on both internal and external customers.
  • Demonstrates exceptional verbal and written communication and presentation skills, as well as active listening skills, including an ability to distill complex issues and financial performance.
  • Possess superior expertise in the use of available data, to interpret emerging trends, transfer knowledge to peer executives and implement, as appropriate, to enable continued achievement of the organization’s vision.
  • Approaches challenging circumstances and relationships with confidence and initiative.


The Compensation

An excellent compensation package awaits the successful candidate.

How to Apply:

Please send your resume in Word or PDF format to: 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:
ADBG-522257 Vice President, Finance | Edmonton John Howard Society - ABAB - Edmonton and Area (OTIAPPLY)

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