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Senior Strategic Financial Advisor, Corporate Services

Closing date: 17 October, 2017
Competition: 2002 (Internal/External)
Status: Regular Full-time
Salary Scale: $96,900 to $121,600
Location: Ottawa

The results of this competition may also be used to fill other similar vacancies, on a temporary or regular basis.

About the Canada Council for the Arts

Join our team and play a role in supporting Canadian creativity. The Canada Council is a dynamic, highly-respected federal Crown corporation with a mandate to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and production of works in, the arts for the benefit of all Canadians. We offer competitive salaries and benefit package. For more information about the Canada Council for the Arts, please visit our website at www.canadacouncil.ca.

About the role

Under the direct supervision of the Chief Financial Officer, Chief Security Officer and Director General, Corporate Services, the Senior Strategic Financial Advisor is responsible for providing sound and strategic advice to the latter regarding the achievement of the Division’s commitments.

As the Senior Strategic Financial Advisor you will:

  • develop and ensure adherence to the Council’s funding and granting strategies, its procedures and financial policies;
  • coordinate the preparation and control of the annual budget and its monitoring;
  • play a key challenge function throughout the budget process;
  • analyse and investigate all budget variances to ensure appropriate action is taken;
  • prepare the related documents for Board of Directors meetings, with financial information supplied by the Director of Finance and Administration;
  • provide strategic financial advice to Directors of Programs in their decision making process;
  • provide advice on financial and management concerns;
  • lead the development and implementation of new costing models used to track and monitor spending to provide decision makers with accurate and relevant cost information;
  • lead the development and implementation of the integrated operational planning exercise of the Division;
  • be responsible for integrating the financial information requirements in relation to cost management for the Council with those of central agencies while ensuring that the cost management needs of Council are met and that legislative and regulatory requirements are adhered to in the conduct of program delivery;
  • represent the interests and concerns of the Council in discussions and negotiations with the Department of Canadian Heritage, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat and other central agencies;
  • conciliate the strategic direction, mandate and operating principles of the Council with the evolving approaches and strategies of the central agencies;
  • lead the development of delegation of financial authority and other financial policies, training plan, training material and guidelines;
  • deliver training on financial policies and procedures to all managers to ensure understanding of accountability to minimize financial risk; and perform other related duties.

You may be required to travel up to ten (10) days per year and on occasion, work irregular hours.

Basic requirement of the position


  • An undergraduate degree in administration or finance
  • A professional designation (CA, CPA, CMA or CGA).


  • Seven (7) years of experience in financial planning and costing
  • Five (5) years of recent experience negotiating, liaising and discussing financial priorities with Central Agencies (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Department of Finance and Department of Canadian Heritage)
  • Recent experience in integrated operational planning would be an asset


  • Strong knowledge of accounting, budgetary control and financial management principles, practices and analysis.
  • Strong knowledge of financial and cost management theories, principles and general management theories and principles.
  • Strong understanding of cost relationship of activities to processes, process to services and methods to effectively manage the drivers of those costs.
  • Extensive knowledge of financial planning and costing process in the public service.
  • Knowledge of the budgeting and financial reporting cycle of the government of Canada.
  • Knowledge of government legislation, regulations and practices pertaining to grants.
  • Knowledge of the arts in Canada and the Council’s mandate, risks and priorities would be an asset.
  • Strong knowledge of computerized management information systems.

Skills & Competencies

  • Excellent analytical, planning and budgeting skills.
  • Excellent tact and judgment, creativity and financial acumen skills.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to think strategically
  • Ability to work with various technologies
  • Ability to work in a fast-pace environment
  • Ability to adapt to changing work environments

Bilingual Requirements

  • This position requires the use of both official languages. The requirements in the second official language are: an advanced level in oral, reading comprehension and in writing.


This position is located in Ottawa.

How to apply

Send the complete Application Form quoting the competition number listed above and a copy of your resume to the attention of Mylène Mougeot, Human Resources, prior to the closing date by email at competition@canadacouncil.ca.

For more information please contact Mylène Mougeot at 613-566-4414 or 1-800-263-5588, extension 4124 or by e-mail at competition@canadacouncil.ca

We thank all applicants for their interest; only those selected for an interview and/or a written exam will be contacted.


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We value diversity in our workforce and encourage candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups:  women, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities.

We are committed to providing a workplace that is inclusive and accessible to all.  Should you require accommodation  during the staffing process, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our Human Resources team.

Application Form

PDF Application Form [PDF, 149 KB] 

Send the completed form to:

email: competition@canadacouncil.ca

Human Resources, The Canada Council for the Arts,
150 Elgin Street, P.O. Box 1047,
Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 5V8.