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Title Chief Financial Officer
Job ID --77
Organizational Overview Public Health Ontario ("PHO" / "Agency") is Crown corporation dedicated to protecting and promoting the health of all Ontarians and reducing inequities in health. As a hub organization, PHO links public health practitioners, front-line health workers and researchers to the best scientific intelligence and knowledge from around the world.

PHO provides expert scientific and technical support relating to infection prevention and control; surveillance and epidemiology; health promotion, chronic disease and injury prevention; environmental and occupational health; health emergency preparedness; and public health laboratory services to support health providers, the public health system and partner ministries in making informed decisions and taking informed action to improve the health and security of Ontarians.

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Position Details The Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) provides financial leadership through the development of internal financial management policies, processes and practices to enable the organization to meet its strategic objectives. The CFO provides strategic fiscal and technical operational advice to all internal stakeholders and is the key liaison with external partners for financial and procurement matters.

The CFO has lead responsibility for ensuring appropriate internal controls and co-ordinates through the CEO the organization’s internal audit function.

The CFO has primary responsibility for managing the relationship with the Board’s Audit and Finance Standing Committee.

Key Responsibilities • Provides strategic financial advice to assist the organization in meeting its strategic objectives.
• Advises the Chief Executive Officer ("CEO") and Executive Team members and of risks and risk management opportunities related to financial and procurement management within the organization’s operations, and of possible risks to its operations and reputation; advises managers on internal fiscal trends, as well as changes in policy/legislation and their implications on program operations; collaborates with other staff to monitor and respond to opportunities and priorities in fiscal and procurement governance.
• Primary responsibility for managing the relationship with the Board’s Audit and Finance Standing Committee.
• Provides, as appropriate, independent financial advice directly to the CEO and/or Audit and Finance Standing Committee.
• Principal liaison with external partners, including government partners for financial and procurement matters.
• Leads the development, implementation and management of the organizations strategic financial and procurement management plans and reporting requirements, ensuring they are consistent with the mission, vision and key objectives of the organization; ensures compliance with fiscal management and accountability legislation and with government reporting and financial management requirements.
• Establishes the framework for internal financial and procurement governance , financial and procurement policies and processes as well as information requirements for key decision makers, ensuring they comply with relevant accounting standards and government regulations; evaluates proposed and existing program areas for fiscal accountability and information needs; prepares written reports, communications and presentations to support activities and to inform key stakeholders.
• Lead responsibility for ensuring appropriate internal controls and co-ordinates through the CEO the organizations internal audit function.
• Manages and supervises all financial resources and staff (both direct and jointly supervised) within the program area, including directing, planning, monitoring and evaluating resources congruent with PHO internal policies and procedures, professional standards, Human Resources requirements and other relevant standards, legislation or regulations; advises on staff training needs and recommends human and financial resources to meet program delivery goals; build and leads a team of multi-disciplinary experts which supports the organizations activities in financial management; controls the program area budget.
• Participates as a member of other internal or stakeholder project teams by maintaining effective and efficient working relationships and contributing to the operation of PHO as a whole.

Knowledge and Skills • Excellent knowledge of financial management, which includes: strategic financial and capital planning, creating procurement protocols, financial management of stakeholder partnership agreements, internal governance and financial controllership.
• Excellent knowledge and experience in business process reengineering.
• Demonstrated experience in working with Boards of Directors.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills in order to create correspondence, reports, prepare presentations and a wide variety of other materials for third parties.
• Expertise in contemporary general management methodologies including operational planning, resource management, business and financial analysis, human resources management, performance measurement, risk assessment/management, information management, business improvement and change management in order to plan, monitor and evaluate the delivery of department programs.
• Strong understanding of operations and business management principles relating to financial management and of the strategic relationship between the financial management function and achieving business results.
• Broad knowledge of health-industry financial management requirements with ability to translate strategic priorities into tactical and operational requirements.
• Excellent interpersonal, leadership, team building and relationship building skills in order to interact well with all stakeholders, maintain effective linkages with all levels of contacts/staff and deliver program results on time and within budget.
• Demonstrated ability to develop and implement complex projects from design to execution.
• Ability to negotiate with internal and external stakeholders with a track record in developing partnerships and communicating complex issues to a wide range of clients.
• Highly organized, with priority setting and workload management skills to coordinate multiple, concurrent issues and projects; excellent problem solving skills.
• Proficient with various computer systems and software programs including: database management, word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications.

Education and Experience • Completion of a profession accounting designation (Chartered Accounting (CA), Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Certified General Accountant (CGA) or Certified Management Accountant (CMA)) designation.
• A minimum of 10 years of experience at the executive level in leading a financial management function, preferably a health or broader public sector environment.
• Extensive experience working with Boards of Directors and Audit and Finance Committees, including both oral and written presentations and briefing note preparation.
• Demonstrated experience working within a complex funding framework, (e.g. grants and flexible multi-institution funding arrangements) within a public sector setting.

Job Status Full Time Regular
Posting date 2/25/2013
Closing date 3/18/2013
Street Address 480 University Avenue
City Toronto
Province Ontario [ON]
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