Director Financial Services

Requisition ID: 15037 


The City of Vancouver is striving to become the greenest city in the world, and a city powered entirely by renewable energy before 2050. We are proud to be one of Canada's Top 100 Employers, BC's Top Employers, and one of Canada's Greenest Employers.  With employees that have helped Vancouver consistently rank as one of the world's most livable cities, the City values a diverse workforce which represents the vibrant community we so proudly serve.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.


Reporting to the City’s Chief Financial Officer, the Director of Financial Services has a mandate to advance the City of Vancouver’s mission and operations through financial leadership, service excellence and innovation. The Director is responsible for the City’s financial reporting and accounting as well as stewardship of financial resources and assets in a large and complex environment.  This role also develops and administers key financial policies and critical financial processes related to the City’s financial resources, revenues and expenditures including administration of a number of the City’s core operational processes such as property tax and utility billing and collection, payroll for over 10,000 staff, and accounts payable and receivable.  As well, the Director is responsible for the administration of Vancouver’s Empty Homes Tax, the first of its kind in Canada, directed at improving affordable housing in Vancouver. The Director plays an integral role in defining the City’s financial systems and ensuring development of and compliance to internal controls as well as to external legislative requirements. In addition, the successful candidate works to partner with the various departments and agencies of the City to support their ability to meet the financial reporting and accounting needs of the organization.


A strategic systems thinker with experience in large, complex and highly diverse organizations, you are a seasoned accountant with at least 15 years of senior leadership experience. You have excelled at providing outstanding service in a multi-stakeholder environment, and you have experience working in organizations with multiple lines of business. You bring a strong understanding and aptitude for financial reporting, financial systems, processes and policies, internal controls and compliance. As a leader of more than 100 unionized and non-unionized staff, you have a proven track record as an excellent developer of team and you are able to maximize the contributions of the team to meet changing business needs. You bring an ability to innovate in a large, complex environment, and you bring clarity and standardization to end-to-end business and accounting systems and controls. Your experience is complemented by a degree in a related discipline and a CPA designation. Experience in the public sector and in a unionized environment would be an asset.


Business Unit/Department: Finance, Risk & Business Plan (1150) 

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Application Close:  December 8, 2019


At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, including Indigenous applicants, all genders, nationalities and persons with disabilities. The City of Vancouver is always interested in adding high performing team members to its staff.  If you would like to be considered for this exciting and impactful career opportunity, please apply on our careers site.

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.  

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