- A unique opportunity for a motivated finance leader to gain valuable, professional experience in Terrace
- With the support of the First Nations Financial Management Board, this is your chance to make a true difference in the vibrant community of the Kitselas First Nation!
- Receive an attractive $81K - $121K salary based on skills, education and experience, plus an excellent benefits package!
Nestled in Northwest British Columbia, the Kitselas First Nation (KFN) thrives with approximately 700 proud individuals. Encompassing the City of Terrace and the scenic Skeena River, our progressive nation embraces our rich heritage and contemporary achievements. Our vast traditional territory spans from the Pacific Ocean to the Skeena River Valley, where we have thrived for close to 5,000 years.
Rooted in the Tsimshian culture, we cherish the Kitselas Canyon, a revered National Historic Site, symbolizing our strength and history. Our language, dance, art, and traditions intertwine to create a vibrant multilayered culture passed down through generations.
With a compelling vision, we strive for self-sufficiency and responsible leadership. As one of 14 Tsimshian tribes in BC, our identity reflects in four main clans - Gispudwada, Laxgiboo, Laxsgiik, and Ganhada - fostering a sense of unity and belonging within our community.
Welcome to the enchanting world of Kitselas, where the spirit of the past as the "people of the Canyon" harmoniously intertwines with aspirations for a thriving future.
To learn more about Kitselas First Nation, please visit our website.
Kitselas First Nation, a member of the First Nations Financial Management Board, has an exciting opportunity for a Director of Finance to join our team in Terrace, British Columbia on a full-time basis.
Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), you will be responsible for the operation of the accounting system, budgeting, and statutory duties by following the policies and procedures set out by the Kitselas Chief and Council and in accordance with Federal and Provincial legislation and KFN Laws.
Your key responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:
- Participating in and leading strategic financial planning, including budgeting, 5-Year Financial Plans, Long-Term Capital Plans, Investment Plans, and forecasting
- Providing financial advice, direction, and leadership to the CAO, organizational leadership, and stakeholders, taking into account the specific considerations of treaty and non-treaty statuses
- Overseeing and managing all accounting, financial systems, and internal controls
- Conducting comprehensive financial analysis and preparing monthly and quarterly financial information, and other financial statements and reports and providing same to the CAO
- Developing and implementing purchasing practices, monitoring procurement systems, and managing contract, tendering, and RFP processes
- Managing all auditing and year-end requirements, and providing distribution and interpretation of annual audits
- Implementing and monitoring a system of comprehensive and effective financial policies and procedures
- Handling ISC/CIRNAC and other reporting systems, including Year End Management Reports, DCI Reports, Band employee benefits, OSFI, Pension, CMHC, and other regulatory obligations
- Establishing and maintaining stringent cash controls, effectively managing cash flow, and overseeing Treasury Agreement, debt, and debenture
- Proactively monitoring departmental spending and promptly recommending corrective actions when necessary
- Managing investments, reserves, and local revenue accounts for optimized financial growth, while creating a well-defined strategy to recover from the deficit in the next decade
- Overseeing and managing payroll systems and processes, ensuring strict compliance with financial legislation, policies, and procedures
- Providing inspiring leadership to the Finance department, delegating tasks, and addressing staff inquiries effectively
- Supporting and managing services for the Finance and Audit Committee (FAC), meticulously preparing minutes, recommendations, and financial information for FAC/Council approval
- Diligently researching, preparing, and submitting quarterly financial statements for FAC/Council approval while adhering to Financial Administrative Law requirements, maintaining tangible capital assets schedules, and creating accurate forecasts for rehabilitation or replacement costs
The successful candidate will be a highly regarded representative of the organization and will be responsible for attending all Council meetings. They will provide strategic input and recommendations to organizational leadership on financial matters that align with the needs and desires of all stakeholders within the organization.
In order to qualify for this pivotal role, you will need to have a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting or a related field, along with a Professional Accounting Designation (CGA, CPA, etc). You will also join us with a minimum of 3-5 years of senior-level experience in financial administration or another related role. A suitable combination of education and experience may be considered, and a Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager is preferred.
As our successful candidate, you will also join us with the following attributes:
- Proficient financial and accounting capabilities and experience
- Being a strategic thinker
- Having a working knowledge of Public Sector Accounting Standards (PSAS), this being the accounting framework under which the Nation’s financial statements are prepared (required)
- Thorough knowledge of applicable legislation, acts, statutes, and regulations
- Excellent interpersonal communication - verbal and written
- Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with an attention to detail and a high level of accuracy
- Highly proficient in a computerized accounting environment
- Ability to understand and interpret laws, regulations, and agreements
- Excellent leadership, stress management, and time management skills
- Ability to maintain confidence, build trust, and adapt to changing business requirements with a high sense of personal responsibility
- High proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint
- Having familiarity with accounting software such as Adagio (preferred) or Sage 300 (asset)
- Experience working in both non-treaty and treaty First Nation communities/organizations (asset)
- Familiarity with the operations of the Department of Fisheries and Forestry (asset)
Furthermore, you will possess highly developed organizational and interpersonal skills, along with the ability to work effectively and respectfully in a cross-cultural setting,
In appreciation of your hard work and dedication, you will be rewarded with a highly attractive salary of $81,000 - $121,000 / year based on experience and qualifications, plus a myriad of benefits including:
- 2-week Christmas vacation, paid stat holidays, and flexible additional paid vacation time (negotiable)
- Robust health, vision and dental benefits
- Pension plan program
- Comprehensive health, dental, and vision
- Relocation assistance
Upon joining the Kitselas First Nation, you will be welcomed into a culture that is supportive and inclusive.
If you're looking for a new challenge with a forward-thinking employer where you can advance your skills, apply now!