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Finance Manager/Accountant

Job No: 94182
Location: Ucluelet, British Columbia

  • Great opportunity for an experienced finance professional to have a positive impact on a progressive First Nation! 
  • Take the next step in your career while enjoying all the lifestyle benefits of beautiful Vancouver Island! 
  • Receive a great health, dental, and pension benefits package, including relocation assistance for the right candidate! 

About Ucluelet First Nation

The Ucluelet First Nation, also known as the Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ (Yuuthlu-ilth-alth)) is one of five modern Treaty First Nations located on the west coast of Vancouver Island and on the northwest side of Barkley Sound.

With approximately 700 citizens, Ucluelet First Nation is experiencing an exciting time of growth and change with health and wellness programs, social development services, education support, cultural and language programs, youth programs, elder programs and partnerships with its economic development companies. This includes a collaborative fiscal policy engagement with the government of Canada to review the sufficiency of funding to support treaty implementation. 

Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ – Ucluelet First Nation is located on the beautiful and pristine west coast of Vancouver Island. Here you will find the world renowned Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, the Wild Pacific Trail, and some of the most beautiful stretches of hiking trails, beaches and scenery that Canada has to offer. The area is also Canada’s premier surfing destination and is popular for camping, fishing, cycling, boating, and wildlife viewing; not to mention the region is a kayaker’s paradise. The region also hosts a number of festivals each year including:

  • Pacific Rim Whale Festival, which kicks off whale watching season, is a festival celebrating life on the coast.
  • Edge to Edge Marathon and half marathon which starts at Long Beach
  • Ukee Days – a 3 day weekend long festival celebrating west coast life featuring live music and a salmon and oyster barbeque.

The west coast communities of Ucluelet and Tofino are host to an amazing range of entertainment including dining, shopping, arts and crafts, galleries, coffee shops, and surfing schools.

For more information about Ucluelet First Nation, please visit our website

About the Opportunity

We have an exciting opportunity for a Finance Manager/Accountant with in-depth knowledge of all aspects of accounting to join our team in Ucluelet, British Columbia.

In this pivotal role, you will be working together with a small and dedicated team to maintain the financial accounts of the Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Government by providing accurate and timely information to colleagues and external organizations. 

The Finance Manager/Accountant’s primary role is maintaining the financial accounting system and assisting the Chief Financial Officer with year-end accounting and audit preparation, annual budgeting and monitoring, monthly financial reporting, and other project reporting. You will also be advising the Chief Financial Officer on matters arising in accounting, managerial accounting, investment and treasury management as well as Capital Projects financial accounting to name a few.

Working across all departments, responsibilities will include (but are not limited to):

  • Monthly bank reconciliations and other monthly accounting reconciliations as appropriate
  • Monthly recurring journal entries (e.g. loans, cost allocations)
  • Analyzing and reconciling accounts receivable and accounts payable ledgers
  • Monitoring Investment Accounts and recording necessary monthly transactions
  • Accounting for Tangible Capital Assets
  • Monitoring and analyzing intercompany due to/from account reconciliations related to the commercial holdings of Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Government for completeness, accuracy and financial reporting purposes
  • Reviewing accounting systems and financial procedures and advising the Chief Financial Officer of any suggested improvements respecting effectiveness, efficiency and safeguarding of Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Government assets
  • Performing the year-end audit closing and prepare all necessary audit working papers
  • Assisting the Chief Financial Officer in the preparation of annual budgets in compliance with Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Government’s Financial Administration Act
  • Posting year-end accruals and deferrals
  • Preparing the annual audit binders with substantiating documents and working papers
  • Preparing analyses of balance sheet accounts and certain revenue and expense accounts
  • Supervising the Senior Accounting Assistant and Accounting Assistant in the processing of daily accounting transactions
  • GST and PST filings
  • Assisting with financial management of Capital projects, project expense reporting and preparing external compliance reports for filing with funding agencies
  • Assisting with the maintenance of the accounting software, in consultation with the external IT providers (Sage & The Answer Company)
  • Other related duties as assigned by the Chief Financial Officer

In this dynamic role, you will also need to build strong and long-term relationships within the community and consistently demonstrate tact, discretion, and sound judgment. Exceptional interpersonal skills along with strong cultural sensitivity and understanding 
will be the key to your success in this role. 

The Ideal Candidate 

For this role, we are seeking an accomplished finance professional or well-experienced accountant with a minimum of five years of progressive experience in all areas of financial accounting systems, preferably in First Nations or local government settings, including all aspects of general ledger maintenance. Experience in supervising a small finance team will also be key for this role.

In addition to the above requirements, our ideal candidate will also possess the following: 

  • A University degree in Accounting, Business Administration/Commerce or a related discipline (asset only)
  • A CAFM Designation (asset only)
  • Knowledge of accounting frameworks (GAAP & Public Sector Accounting Board standards)
  • Proficiency in budget preparation, supporting working papers and preparing year-end audit working papers.
  • Experience ensuring compliance with legislation, regulation and related policies (e.g. human resources, financial policies, labour code aspects, Canada Revenue Agency guidelines)
  • Experience with computerized accounting systems (experience with SAGE 300 is a definite asset)
  • Proficiency in MS Office and Excel

Most importantly, you must be an excellent communicator, have demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills, and be able to provide education and guidance to co-workers in accounting procedures. 

About the Benefits

The successful candidate will be rewarded with a competitive remuneration package that is negotiable based on your experience, skills, and qualifications. In addition to your salary, you can also expect to receive a comprehensive benefits package, including relocation support for the right candidate.  

All of our team members are encouraged to undertake ongoing training and development opportunities and will be supported by the organization. 

Upon joining the Ucluelet First Nation, you will be welcomed in a tight-knit community located in one of the Province's most pristine locations. With a host of lifestyle benefits, including surfing and a host of outdoor pursuits, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy life in a popular tourist destination. For more information about the region, please visit www.ucluelet.ca 

Don't miss this unique opportunity to use your leadership experience to make a positive and lasting difference in the future of the Ucluelet First Nation community. Apply to join our team today!

 

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