Chief Financial Officer

Job Description


Position Summary The Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) seeks a visionary financial executive for the role of Chief Financial Officer who brings a fiscal lens to the operations, capital development, financial reporting and controls of the Board. The Organization  Transforming the world through witness, faith, innovation and action: The Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB), Canada’s largest publicly-funded Catholic school board, is an inclusive learning community rooted in the love of Christ. We serve students from diverse cultural, linguistic and ethnic backgrounds and are proud to be a significant part of the fabric of publicly-funded Catholic education in the Province of Ontario. Working in partnership with parents, teachers, unions, associations, the Archdiocese of Toronto, and the wider community, the TCDSB educates students to their full academic, social, physical and spiritual potential in an inclusive learning community imbued with Catholic faith. With a long and distinguished history of providing excellence in Catholic education for the Toronto community, the TCDSB serves more than 92,000 students in 201 schools, employs 14,000 staff, and represents close to 475,000 Catholic school supporters in this city. The TCDSB seeks a visionary financial executive for the role of Chief Financial Officer. Responsible to the Board of Trustees via the Associate Director and the Director of Education, the Chief Financial Officer brings a fiscal lens to the operations, capital development, financial reporting and controls of the Board. In this crucial role, the Chief Financial Officer supports the growth and success of TCDSB’s students, staff, and communities and effectively positions the Board to effectively meet the challenges of education today and into the future. The ideal candidate will bring a critical financial mindset to planning and budgets, performance measurement, finance, controls, reporting, and development. With a demonstrated track record of success in implementation and leading through change, the preferred candidate is a champion of innovation, with a passion for TCDSB’s mission and vision. Key Responsibilities The successful candidate will: Represent Catholic education executive leadership locally and provincially by demonstrating a commitment to the strengthening of publicly-funded Catholic education; Ensure TCDSB’s integrity of operations with comprehensive and timely financial measures, reporting and internal controls; Ensure that quality assurance checks and balances, and appropriate accountability measures are in place and actively monitored; Provide critical measures, insights and leadership in support of the development of budgets and plans; Drive continuous improvement, seeking efficiencies, enterprise-wide cost management and risk; Support spending priorities and capital allocation through rigorous and defensible, evidence-based business case disciplines; Lead and engage both non-union management and unionized staff to ensure service excellence; Build collegial relationships/rapport with the Associate Director, Director of Education Board of Trustees, and other members of the leadership team; Build relationships with incumbent finance team members, assessing areas of strength and opportunities for improvement; and Engage with external auditors. Requirements The ideal candidate will have: A university degree and a professional accounting designation; 10 years of proven leadership experience in large, complex organizations; Supervisory Officer’s qualification is desirable or a willingness to complete if awarded the role; Proven ability to create and sustain excellent working relationships; Exceptional analytical and business skills required to deal with the complexities of a publicly funded catholic school system; Political acuity and an ability to advance agendas, collaborate with the Board of Trustees, government officials, colleagues from other boards, etc.; Experience in developing and implementing strategic direction in planning and budgeting, business case development, and decision support on the allocation of capital, performance management, financial reporting, risk management, real estate, and capital development in a large complex organization; Demonstrated experience in guiding, inspiring, and promoting a culture of collaboration among different departments in support of an organizations’ strategic plan; A leadership style that attracts, supports, and develops top talent, that advances equity, diversity, and inclusion, and that encourages a culture of quality, teamwork, accountability, and transparency; Deep understanding of the provincial funding model, including Pupil Accommodation and Transportation grants, and the process for development and building projects; and Excellent communication skills.

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