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Chief Financial Officer and Chief Security Officer

Closing date: 1 October 2021
Competition: 102000 (Internal/External)
Status: Regular Full-time
Section: Office of the CFO
Salary Scale: $125,900 to $148,100
Location: Ottawa

This competition is open to all candidates who meet the eligibility criteria. A hiring priority may apply to candidates who are Indigenous, Black, or racialized. Candidates from these groups who wish to qualify for preferential consideration must self-identify. This initiative is in support of the Council’s employment equity goals.

About the Canada Council for the Arts (the Council)

Join our team and play a role in supporting Canadian artistic creativity and cultural life. The 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 Council, please visit our website at www.canadacouncil.ca

About the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Security Officer

The Chief Financial Officer and Chief Security Officer (CFO/CSO) plays a fundamental role in ensuring the sound stewardship of the Council’s revenues, originated through government funding and sources of funding.  The CFO/CSO is responsible for the provision of budgeting, accounting, contracting, accommodation, and physical security services; accountable for mitigating risk and managing crises and incidents to ensure continuity of operations and safeguard the organization; and, responsible for implementing and maintaining security processes, practices, and policies for all physical assets.

Reporting to the Director and CEO, the CFO/CSO is accountable for the overall financial integrity of the Canada Council and all aspects of financial management, reporting and control. As a member of the Executive Management Committee, the CFO/CSO provides corporate leadership and strategic direction to executives and managers regarding financial, administrative, and physical security services and oversees external financial audits and the preparation of quarterly and annual financial statements.  This includes ensuring the accurate reporting of all Council financial data to the Council’s Board, the Audit and Finance Committee and the Investment Committee; ensuring compliance to the Delegation of Authority set and approved by the Council’s Board; ensuring effective management of a multi-million dollars investment portfolio; monitoring the budgeting and costing process and its alignment to corporate priorities; and resolving relevant issues and challenges, through the development and implementation of policies, processes and internal controls. The CFO/CSO has corporate accountability to effectively manage relationships and interfaces related to finance with government authorities and other stakeholders. 

This is one of six positions reporting to the Director and CEO of the Canada Council. The others are the Chief of Staff and Corporate Secretary, Director General, Arts Granting Programs; Director General, Strategy, Public Affairs and Arts Engagement; Chief Information Officer, and Secretary General for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.

As the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Security Officer, you will:

  • be responsible for providing leadership to the development and implementation of strategies, approaches, and initiatives for the effective stewardship of the Council’s financial and non-financial resources;
  • play a major role in the development of corporate plans and strategies, oversee the development of all financial plans, forecasts, and reports to the Board, the Director and CEO, and the Executive Management Committee on financial matters related to the Council’s annual and long-term revenues, expenditures and capital requirements;
  • provide strategic financial analysis and advice to support program integrity and costing models, especially where resources must be strategically re-profiled to make the best use of available funds and where savings, realignment or restructuring must be achieved;
  • be responsible for the preparation and attest to the completeness accuracy and fair presentation of the financial statements and other financial information to the Council, Executive Management Committee, Investment Committee, Audit and Finance Committee, Office of the Auditor General, Treasury Board and other Government Departments and Arts Granting Programs Division and as required, other sections of the Council;
  • support the work of the Investment Committee, making recommendations on the Council’s annual funding needs from the investment portfolio;
  • be responsible for the coordination and management of administrative activities generated by central agencies;
  • oversee the planning and provision of the Council's general administrative services that support its business lines and include accommodation, physical security, materiel management, procurement, contract management and other logistical needs;
  • provide expert advice on resource and expenditure management issues, and draw upon extensive experience and broad knowledge of the operating environment to develop expert recommendations, often under severe time constraints;
  • consult with senior executives across the Council, managing the identification of resource requirements of the Council's business strategy;
  • exercise significant latitude in representing the Council on resource management issues and speak for the Director and CEO on corporate financial management issues, particularly when conveying the business-specific needs of the Council with respect to financial management, administrative services, and physical security;
  • provide expert analysis and advice to the Council’s Executive Management Committee of which the incumbent is a member. The incumbent is called upon to provide strategic advice and expertise to various committees, task forces and working groups within and outside the Council.

This position provides the direct supervision of four (4) employees: Senior Strategic Advisor, Investment and Cost Management (CC-10); Manager, Finance and Budget Reporting (CC10); Manager, Administrative and Security Services (CC9), and Senior Administrative Assistant (CC5). Please refer to the job summary for more information.

You may be required to travel as part of your job and occasionally work irregular hours.

This position is in Ottawa. The Council provides eligible employees with financial assistance to help offset specific moving expenses associated with relocation to the National Capital Region (NCR).

Requirements of the position

*Important: Please submit your resume clearly demonstrating how you meet the following qualifications for Education and Experience. Please note that selection for further consideration is based solely on the information you provide in your resume and in the application form.


  • A graduate degree in commerce, accounting, or finance.
  • A Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation.


  • Minimum of ten (10) years of progressive experience directly related to the main responsibilities of the position.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of relevant management experience, including leading and supervising employees, and financial and budget management.
  • Considerable experience providing strategic and operational advice to senior management.


  • In-depth knowledge of the Canadian public sector accounting standards.
  • In-depth knowledge of financial management, project and program management, communication strategies, and policy analysis and implementation.
  • Knowledge of the Financial Administration Act, policies and procedures of the Government of Canada.
  • Knowledge of the Government Security policy and Directive on Security Management.
  • Knowledge of the context in which the Council operates.
  • Knowledge of the mandate, activities and programs of the Council, as well as partners in governmental, non-governmental, and international organizations.

Skills & Competencies

  • A leadership style marked by integrity and an open, flexible, and collaborative approach
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, exercising consistent diplomacy and professionalism
  • Exemplary judgment
  • Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities, and risks
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize large amounts of information, thereby delivering effective strategic advice
  • Ability and skills required to build consensus on sensitive issues
  • Excellent organization and time management skills
  • Ability to manage crisis and emergency situations that could jeopardize or impact the business continuity of operations.
  • Ability to manage various and concurrent projects and initiatives while maintaining quality, accuracy, timely, and professional service to meet client needs, deadlines, and budgetary requirements
  • Ability to assess and communicate key findings, including high quality reports
  • Proficient in planning, critical thinking, facilitation, complex problem-solving, team building and negotiation

Bilingual Requirements

  • The position requires the use of both official languages. The requirements for the second official language are as follows: oral proficiency, reading comprehension and written expression at the advanced level

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 Martine Flibotte 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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The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the targeted groups (women, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities) when you apply. Please note that while Council uses other terms such as Indigenous (for Aboriginal peoples) in this posting, Council uses the terminology prescribed by legislation for the purposes of employment equity monitoring and reporting.

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

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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.