Finance Director
Ermineskin Tribal Enterprises - Hobbema, AB

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Under the direction of the Tribal Administrator, the Finance Director is responsible to ensure the integrity of the Tribe’s financial information, by performing all necessary functions as stipulated in the job duties. The Finance Director is responsible for conducting the Tribe’s financial business and performing the duties in a manner as provided by the Good and Proper Management of the Affairs of the Ermineskin Tribe, Custom Law, other Tribal Custom Laws, and Policies and Procedures. The Finance Director will be required to report to Chief and Council and must work closely with the Finance Portfolio holder and the Finance Accounts & Accountant. This position will be on a one (1) year contract.

Job Duties:

1. Ensure all banking needs of the Ermineskin Tribal Enterprises are met (i.e. loans, Capital expenditures, etc.).
2. Shall ensure that sufficient funds are on deposit to meet requirements of approved current budget.
3. Shall ensure by arranging term deposits that a preferred rate of interest is paid on monies not immediately required to meet Tribal obligations and shall adhere to the Canada Trust Act for investment of funds.
4. Monitor Ermineskin Tribal Enterprises and non-centralized departments term deposits.
5. Shall immediately address any general account bank overdrafts with Chief & Council.
6. Meet with Chief, Council and Finance Senior Accounts/Accountant on a quarterly basis to review the Tribal Departments financial statements.
7. Ensure a list of inventory is completed at the end of each fiscal year by the departments.
8. Assist in the audit preparation and compile and prepare the audit working papers prior to the commencement of the audit.
9. Shall coordinate meetings for access to auditors and other persons authorized by Chief & Council to examine the books and accounts with respect to all monies of Ermineskin Cree Nation including the centralized and non-centralized departments/programs.
10. Ensure the Auditor is a recognized Public Accountant in good standing with a professional organization.
11. Shall ensure that recommendations made by the auditors are acted upon immediately following acceptance of the audit.
12. Ensure semi-annual training seminars to the Executive staff.
13. Be present at all budget readings.
14. Prepare Finance Department budget.
15. Perform an annual review of the Good and Proper Management of the Affairs of the Ermineskin Tribe Custom Law and amend as required.
16. Forecast the annual revenues for the Tribe to assist in budget process.
17. Coordinate the Finance Committee meetings along with Finance Senior Accounts/Accountant.
18. Inform Chief & Council on business matters affecting the Tribes’ finances prior to budget readings as necessary per the forecast prepared.
19. Ensure that centralized departments receive their monthly Income Statements.
20. Supervise Senior Accounts/Accountant to ensure that Generally Accepted Accounting Principles are adhered to.
21. Assist the Senior Accounts/Accountant to resolve issues/problems as requested.
22. Work closely with Chief, Council, and Departments to deal with INAC on funding negotiations for the Tribe as requested.
23. Work with Chief &Council to negotiate interest on Trust monies held by the Government of Canada.
24. Work with Chief & Council to withdraw Capital and Revenue Interest Earned Trust Monies according to Government procedures.
25. Work with Chief & Council on external issues such as ETEL, Indian Monies, investments, financial impacts by reviewing, evaluating and making recommendations etc.
26. Ensure external revenue received is transferred to the appropriate departments.
27. Orientate new Directors/Managers on financial policies and procedures.
28. Assess, monitor, and review non-centralized financial statements on a monthly basis.
29. Develop finance policies that ensures financial management policies and procedures are maintained to the department’s standards.

The ideal candidate should possess:

1. A University degree in a related discipline combination with a CMA designation
2. Minimum five years experience in a business accounting environment. Preference to be given to First Nations environment;
3. Supervisory experience including evaluating staff performance, training staff, and performance management
4. Ability to prepare and assess financial statements, financial business plans and loan proposals
5. Strong negotiation skills
6. Strong communication skills
7. Strong work ethics
8. Strong leadership qualities and positive team relationship
9. Knowledge of financial systems such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access) and ACCPAC.
10. Proficiency in developing and using financial models and spreadsheets
11. Ability to meet deadlines
12. Must be free to travel and possess a valid drivers license


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