Leadership Opportunity: Director, Finance

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As Director, Finance, you’ll work with a team that helps finance Indigenous-led conservation, stewardship, and Guardian programs in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii. (Photo: Haisla Fisheries)

As a collaborative business partner and influential member of Coast Funds’ leadership team, the Director of Finance will be involved in all aspects of the financial operations of Coast Funds, including accounting, impact investing, budget forecasting, and financial reporting.

This is a permanent, full-time position that reports to and works closely with Coast Funds’ CEO. At present, Coast Funds is a hybrid organization, with team members working out of our downtown Vancouver office and remotely.

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The Opportunity

As an influential member of a small, collaborative, high-functioning team, you’ll:

  • Lead Coast Funds’ accounting and financial reporting, planning, budgeting, and forecasting.
  • Manage all treasury and investment reporting requirements, and collaborate with Coast Funds’ independent advisors, custodians, and fund managers to steward a $110-million investment portfolio.
  • Oversee Coast Funds’ economic development project funding stream.
  • Lead on policy development, compliance reporting and risk management, and management of information technology and other assets.
  • Supervise and support staff members (Financial Administrator, Economic Development Manager) and external contractors, including independent investment advisors and managers, auditors, bank representatives, legal teams, IT consultants, and building services.

About You

Coast Funds is looking for a reputable accounting and finance leader with a commitment to serving First Nations and supporting community-driven economic development.

Specifically, we’re looking for someone with:

  • A university degree, preferably in business, accounting, finance, or a similar field, combined with a professional accounting designation (CPA).
  • Financial management experience in a complex multi-stakeholder environment with experience at the senior leadership level.
  • Solid knowledge of Canadian accounting standards for not-for-profit organizations, including statutory reporting, compliance, and regulatory requirements for not-for-profit organizations and registered charities.
  • Experience in a charitable foundation, trust or private fund and knowledge of the investment management industry. Experience acting as a company officer would be an asset.
  • Broad functional expertise in providing oversight of and implementing accounting, financial reporting, financial planning and analysis, budgeting and forecasting, treasury, investment, finance, and risk management functions.
  • Advanced knowledge and proficiency with Microsoft Office products and familiarity with Salesforce (or a similar CRM) would be an asset.
  • Advanced knowledge of risk management and governance best practices.
  • Experience working with First Nation communities or Indigenous-led organizations.

About Coast Funds

Coast Funds is a globally recognized conservation finance organization that supports First Nations investing in sustainable economies and ecological stewardship.

Established in 2007 with funds from governments and private foundations, Coast Funds has approved $107.9 million in investments towards 436 conservation and sustainable economic development projects in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii.

Equity and diversity are essential to Coast Funds’ work and team culture. We believe that an open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged.

Team and Benefits

Coast Funds offers a competitive salary and benefits package that includes a flexible health and dental plan, RRSP contributions, and support for ongoing professional development.

Our small team includes professionals from a variety of backgrounds that share a commitment to serving First Nations with respect and accountability. Together, we’re working hard to support Indigenous-led solutions that strengthen coastal economies and protect lands, waters, and life in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii.

How to Apply

We’ve partnered with KasaHR Consulting to help us find our new Director, Finance. To apply, submit your cover letter and resume through the KasaHR careers page. If you have questions about the role, please feel free to contact Kataneh Sherkat (kataneh@kasahr.com).

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

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We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Given the nature of our work, we will be giving priority to Indigenous candidates and to candidates who have worked with Indigenous organizations and bring a solid understanding of Indigenous practices, traditions, and worldviews.