Vice President of Finance & Risk

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford
  • Accounting / Finance
  • Management / Executive
Full Time
  • Ontario - Hamilton Area - Hamilton
Senior Executive (E.D., CEO, CFO)N/A2019-09-092019-09-27

YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford
79 James Street South
Hamilton, ON
L8P 2Z1

Salary Range: Level 2                      
Position Status: Full-Time         
Placement: Immediate


Why Work for the YMCA?

As a charitable organization, the YMCA values the contributions of its diverse teams.   We recognize the importance of providing meaningful opportunities that allow employees to grow and thrive.   At the YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford, in addition to fair wages, we offer a complimentary general membership with additional options for family participation.    A comprehensive benefits program is also available to employees including a competitive and robust pension program.   YMCA Employees enjoy a generous vacation entitlement that increases with seniority, as well as other paid entitlements. All employees have access to an Employee Assistance Program which provides confidential counseling and referral services as well as preventative education. Additionally, the YMCA understands the holistic needs of its employees is equally important and attempts to support these goals by offering a variety of staff discounts on the programs and services that support good health and strong families.   We look forward to welcoming you to the YMCA.

Organizational Overview:

As one of the largest charitable community service organizations in Canada, the YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford responds to critical social needs in the community and works to provide solutions. By nurturing the potential of children, youth and adults, the YMCA connects people to life-building opportunities, to each other and enhances their quality of life. We foster social responsibility and healthy living. The YMCA works collectively with community partners that share the YMCA’s determination in strengthening the foundations of community for all people.

This position requires a commitment to the YMCA mission and core values of: Belonging, Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility, as well as, a commitment to building developmental assets in children and adults.  All offers of employment will be subject to the provision that the successful incumbent provides the YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford with a current and satisfactory Police Records Check.   Positions responsible for the direct supervision of children and/or vulnerable persons will be required, in addition to a Police Records Check, to provide a Vulnerable Sector Screening Report at the time of hire.

About the Role:

The YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford (YMCA) seeks a senior financial professional to join our dynamic team as Vice President of Finance and Risk. As a key member of the Executive Management team and reporting directly to the President & CEO, the successful candidate will provide strategic and operational leadership for the overall financial integrity of the YMCA with consolidated revenue of approximately $60 million. This includes responsibility for a staff team, financial reporting, audits, operating and capital budgets, Canadian charity obligations, taxation, forecast analysis, cash management, insurance, accounting controls, and risk management systems.

In this capacity, the Vice President will also provide financial leadership in support of the YMCA’s strategic plan, including but not limited to, the future development and evolution of YMCA facilities and associated logistical planning.

The Vice President attends Board of Directors’ meetings and works closely with members of the Executive Management team and various Board sub-committees. This individual acts as a key financial resource for all long-term planning and operational decisions and will utilize the experience and expertise to assess and look for continuous improvement with initiatives that impact the financial performance and future direction of the YMCA.

The Vice President’s demonstrated abilities will support initiatives and practices to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of internal financial and accounting systems and make sound recommendations where change is desirable. The person is responsible for maintaining a reputation of integrity and transparency of all financial transactions. This includes operating in a fiscally responsible and cost-effective manner and being a proactive resource to all operating departments.

Oversight of Risk Management:

  • Identify, analyze, assess, mitigate, and monitor significant operational and other risks across the YMCA, in alignment with the National insurance program
  • Develop and maintain an effective risk management process and its procedures to support business units in identifying, assessing, and managing risk
  • Promote a risk-aware culture through regular communications and training
  • Educate and advise operational leaders on internal controls and best practices to manage risks
  • Recommend updates to policies and procedures and process changes as needed
  • Participate in compliance, regulatory, and operational projects and procedure enhancements
  • Working directly with our Insurers, monitor industry trends and best practices and recommend ways to effectively apply them at the YMCA
  • Provide senior leadership and oversight in the area of claims management and incident reporting protocols

The Candidate We Are Seeking:

  • Has a strong record of professional accomplishments overseeing all aspects of Finance and Risk.
  • 10+ years of recent, relevant and progressive management experience complemented by a university degree or equivalent education and experience in a field related to business, commerce or accounting along with a professional accounting designation;
  • An appreciation and understanding of the diverse charitable work the YMCA delivers to the communities it serves; candidates should have an understanding of regulations pertaining to donations, endowments, government grants, and the applicable reporting requirements.
  • Experience working with charitable organizations and understanding of specific not-for-profit accounting rules/sales tax regulations;
  • Candidates should have a demonstrated appetite and desire to seek continuous improvement and efficiencies with internal systems and practices; exhibit strong business and analytical acumen along with planning, prioritization, and execution skills.
  • Proven experience collaborating with members of senior management, Board of Directors, and various Board sub-committees combined with a strong work ethic and solid communication skills, candidates should exhibit a high level of integrity, accountability, and urgency.
  • While they can act as a key strategic advisor on financial priorities, they also enjoy the hands-on operational side of the finance role and bring solid experience in areas such as cash management, financial analysis, forecasting, and operating and capital budgeting, to name a few.
  • A highly respected leader, candidate must demonstrate excellent communication skills and have a natural ability to coach and guide members of the finance team. The VP will bring a leadership style that is visible, open, engaging and transparent.

Education, Skills, & Qualifications:

  • University Degree in finance, accounting, economics, or another related field
  • CPA or other relevant professional accounting designation
  • 5+ years’ experience at a senior level managing large and diverse financial systems combined with risk management experience assessing operational risks, preferably within the charitable sector
  • Experience with an internal controls framework and adapting risk assessment methodologies
  • Ability to interpret regulatory requirements, best practices, and implement changes to risk management processes
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and presentation skills
  • Superior problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Ability to work independently, think critically, and make decisions in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong organization and prioritization skills with exceptional attention to detail


The YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford is committed to creating an inclusive environment that accommodates all individuals, including those with disabilities. We support the goals of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Acts (AODA) and have established policies, procedures and practices which adhere to the accessibility standards set out in the AODA. Should you require any accommodation throughout the recruitment process please do not hesitate contacting our Human Resources Department.

The YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/ Brantford is an equal opportunity employer.


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