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Company Name:
Alberta Law Foundation
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Calgary, Alberta
Position type:
Experience level:
5 - 10 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Director of Finance & Administration

The Alberta Law Foundation seeks an experienced finance professional to join its management team on a contract for up to 12 months.

The Alberta Law Foundation is an independent non-profit grant-making foundation that supports programs and projects that enhance the justice system and individuals’ access to legal services. For over forty years, the Foundation has provided funding to non-profit organizations engaged in legal research and law reform, public legal education and the provision of legal advice, representation and support to individuals who cannot afford a lawyer.  

The Director of Finance & Administration is accountable to the Executive Director for the effective direction and execution of the Foundation’s finance, accounting and risk management functions.   This position will have prime responsibility for budget development and monitoring, financial reporting to management and the Board of Directors as well as month end and year end processes. The Director of Finance & Administration works with the Executive Director in long term financial planning and analysis to ensure the continued sustainability of the Foundation and its grantees, and special projects as they arise.

 Key Duties and Responsibilities


  •  Assist the Executive Director in the development and monitoring of the Foundation’s operating and grant budgets.
  •  Monitor, track and analyze key market indicators and Foundation finances, prepare revenue and grant forecasts and financial reports for the Executive Director and the Board to support decision-making.
  •  Develop and manage key performance indicators and internal management reporting capabilities.
  •  Ensure monthly, quarterly and year end processes are completed and reports prepared for management and the Board. 
  • Prepare year end financial statements and coordinate work with auditors for the year end audit.
  •  Develop and implement policies and processes for effective cash management and controls.
  •  Ensure compliance with tax and regulatory requirements affecting the Foundation’s finances including preparation of tax returns, payroll reporting and remittances, and business tax exemption documentation.
  •  Work with the Executive Director to optimize revenue streams including negotiate interest rate and service fee arrangements with financial institutions, standardize financial institution reporting and develop and implement a compliance review program to ensure the Foundation receives the interest payable to it under the Legal Profession Act.
  •  Manage external contracts including facilities and equipment leases, information technology support, insurance and other vendor contracts.
  • Support the Executive Director and Board in the analysis of the performance of the Foundation’s investment portfolio and investment manager.
  •  Support the program staff in the development of a process and system to track, monitor and assess the outputs and outcomes of funded programs and projects. 
  •  Review and analyze the financial position and performance of grantees and prepare reports for the Executive Director and Board.
  •  Develop and monitor overall risk management assessment tools and identify, recommend, implement and manage risk mitigation strategies, including insurance, as necessary.
  •  Develop policies for review by the Executive Director and Board relating to the finance and operations of the Foundation.
  •  Work collaboratively with the Executive Director and other Foundation staff on a range of program and administrative issues and special projects, as required.

     Education, Training and Experience

    This position requires a professional accounting designation (CPA, CA, CGA or CMA) and at least five years of experience in a senior financial management role, preferably in the not for profit sector. It calls for a person with a well-rounded background and proven skills in the area of financial operations, analysis and reporting. Experience working with non-profit boards, and policy development would be a definite asset. Experience in developing or maintaining database systems would also be an asset.

     Skills and attributes

    • A strategic thinker with superior analytical skills.
    • Demonstrates strong initiative and excellent judgment.
    • A seasoned professional with a strong work ethic.
    • Possesses excellent verbal and written communication skills; able to write clear, concise and complete reports and correspondence.
    • Has an eye on the big picture but pays attention to detail.
    • Portrays a positive and professional presence with very good interpersonal skills.
    • Flexible, adaptable and open to change. 
    • Presents a consultative and supportive style.
    • A team player in a small staff work environment.
    • Politically astute, able to handle and resolve sensitive issues.
    • Able to travel occasionally in the province.
    • Competent in various accounting software environments including Simply Accounting, and standard office technology (MS Office).

    This is a full-time position located in downtown Calgary, Alberta with a start date in September 2017. The Alberta Law Foundation is prepared to offer a competitive compensation package based on the successful applicant's qualifications and experience. Further information on the Foundation can be found at


     E-mail a resume and cover letter to [email protected] by Monday, July 12, 2017, noting “Director of Finance” in the subject line.

     References will be required at a later date from those candidates selected for an interview.

    The Foundation thanks all applicants for their interest; only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.