Finance Director

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Finance Director

Date Posted: 10/06/2020
Req ID:1268
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Pharmacy
Department: Leslie L. Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


The Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy (LDFP) is Canada’s largest pharmacy school offering the most innovative and leading-edge pharmacy education programs in the nation. The Faculty has an international reputation as a pre- eminent centre for innovation and discovery in the pharmaceutical sciences and competes globally to attract the best and brightest students and faculty. LDFP is also committed to life-long learning through the Office of Continuous Professional Development, which delivers leading-edge educational programs that improve and expand the competency of pharmacy professionals, researchers, scientists and allied professionals involved in pharmacy policy and practice. The Faculty has approximately 95 faculty and staff, 1,500 students, and annual operating revenues of over $23M and $12M of research funding.

Under the general direction of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), the Finance Director is the second most senior financial officer at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. The incumbent is responsible for the effective and efficient utilization of the Faculty’s limited financial resources. The incumbent provides leadership in managing and overseeing all aspects of the financial administration for the Faculty including accounts payable, accounts receivable, purchasing, financial accounting and budget planning, internal auditing, financial reporting, contract management, financial analysis, payroll processing, and the design and implementation of proper financial controls to ensure financial integrity is maintained at all times.

The incumbent provides expertise on all financial matters to the CAO and the Dean, associate deans, senior administrators, directors, faculty, and staff and is a key partner in the achievement of the Faculty's long-term strategic financial goals and objectives.

The Finance Director is responsible for preparing budgets for all work units within the Faculty; forecasting the Faculty’s expenditures; managing trust, endowment, investment, and research accounts to ensure that monies are invested appropriately and are being utilized according to donor and agency policies and agreements; recommending and developing the Faculty’s financial and administrative policies and business processes and systems; ensuring and overseeing the accuracy, security, and integrity of information relating to the Faculty on the Administrative Management System (AMS); and negotiating, reviewing and approving contracts when asked to do so by the CAO based on knowledge of University policies and procedures, ensuring that the terms and conditions are in the best of interest of the Faculty.

The Finance Director is responsible for fostering strong relationships with a variety of foundations, government agencies, and donors that fund various academic and clinical programs within the Faculty. The incumbent is responsible for the overall financial management of these funds including preparing funding reports for program directors to provide to the funding agencies.

The Finance Director is responsible for managing his/her direct reports in the Finance Office and provides them with training, mentoring, coaching, and performance management as required.

The incumbent liaises with senior administrators and fellow financial officers centrally and across the University to share information and respond to requests and complex financial inquiries.




University degree in business/commerce/accounting with a recognized professional accounting designation such as CMA, CGA, CPA or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Minimum five (5) years of related experience in a financial management position, preferably in a postsecondary environment or large public sector organization.
  • Expertise in budget planning, financial management and control, as well as administration of budget and financial resources.
  • Experience in the application of sound financial principles and practices.
  • Experience overseeing the payroll function.
  • Proven experience in human resources management in a unionized environment.
  • Experience with FIS, HRIS, and AMS an asset.


  • Excellent financial management, organizational, and analytical skills.
  • Excellent communication skills. Strong leadership and conflict resolutions skills.
  • Strong problem solving and decision-making skills.
  • Superior planning, budgeting and project management skills.
  • Strong computer skills with advanced proficiency in Word, Excel and Power Point.


  • Proven ability to think strategically/see the big picture, build effective teams and work effectively with people at all levels of the organization, work independently as well as part of a team, and ability to be self directed and take initiative.
  • A collaborative and consultative management style as well as the ability to foster and maintain effective relationships with faculty, staff, students, senior administrators, and external constituents.
  • Ability to solve problems in a creative and effective manner, multi-task and manage conflicting priorities and deadlines, and ability to execute and complete tasks under pressure and within timelines.
  • Keen attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Capacity to understand and work with the unique challenges and opportunities presented by a growing professional school with strong ties to the healthcare industry.
  • Proven ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion, tact, and good judgment at all times.

Travel: None


Some extended work hours may be required as a result of strict deadlines, which includes weekends, evenings, and/or holidays.

There is also a requirement to be on-call outside regular working hours (e.g., evenings and weekends) in case of critical deadlines and emergencies.

Closing Date: 10/26/2020,11:59PM EDT
Employee Group: Salaried
Appointment Type: Budget - Continuing
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: PM 4 -- Hiring Zone: $91,506 - $106,758 -- Broadband Salary Range: $91,506 - $152,510
Job Category: Finance/Budget/Planning/Audit

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Posted: 10/7/2020
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