BC Local Government Job Posting Service

Chief Financial Officer

We are seeking a dynamic individual who will provide leadership to the Finance department, as well as provide guidance to senior managers and directors across multiple departments at the District of Squamish. This position plays a significant role working closely with the members of the Senior Leadership Team to achieve the long term strategic vision of the organization.

The District of Squamish has made a significant investment by implementing modern, connected, enterprise-wide systems as part of a multi-year Technology Transformation program. The CFO will work closely with the TTP Project Manager to ensure the successful implementation and leadership of our new Finance System, Unit4 Business World.

Key responsibilities will be varied and include:

  • Working with the senior leadership team provide progressive, strategic financial advice to the Chief Administrative Officer and Council.
  • Working collaboratively with senior leaders throughout the organization to achieve the Strategic Plan.
  • Leading the development and continual improvement of District financial standards, policies & operations.
  • Leading the Finance department to apply best practices and provide excellent service to the organization and community.
  • Ensuring through effective finance processes legislated accounting and reporting is achieved.

At the District of Squamish, senior leaders such as the CFO possess and demonstrate essential traits including strategic thinking, long term vision, innovation, and a business focus to delivering exceptional service. Leaders are expected to motivate employees to achieve their best and grow in their careers. 

Our ideal candidate is hardwired to thrive in a team environment and possesses a university degree in a related discipline, a Chartered Professional Accounting designation, as well as five years of progressive financial management experience at a senior management level.

The District of Squamish is a growing community. With a small-town setting, spectacular natural environment, and world-class outdoor recreational opportunities, Squamish offers an incredible live-work-play lifestyle that few places can offer.

A complete job description can be viewed below.

External Job Posting

 Chief Financial Officer

Regular Full-Time

Work Area:

Posting Date:
December 19, 2019

Closing Date:
January 31, 2020


The Chief Financial Officer is a key member of the senior leadership team at the District of Squamish. This position provides long term strategic financial vision to the organization. Additionally, the Director of Financial Services is responsible for the statutory duties of financial administration under the Community Charter and Local Government Act and the efficient service delivery and operation of the Financial Services Department.

At the District of Squamish, Senior Directors and General Managers possess and demonstrate strategic thinking, long term visioning, innovation and a business focus to delivering service as essential competencies. These core leaders are required to motivate employees to achieve their best and grow their careers. Progressive leadership in a time of rapid community growth and changing priorities including Climate Change, Resident affordability and strategic economic development is paramount.

Key Leadership Competencies
Strategic Leadership – Ability to set visions and goals and communicate them effectively across an organization. Known to engage, inspire and motivate others through their own example, instilling enthusiasm and commitment. Ability to analyze, assess and make appropriate recommendations both internally and externally.
Business Acumen – Possesses a natural keenness and quickness in making meaningful strategic business decisions.  Accomplished and confident and owns decisions and outcomes. Understands how to infuse an entrepreneurial style with the accountability of achieving corporate objectives. 
Influential and Collaborative – Has an honest, open, and consistent approach to working with others and possesses strong relationship and interpersonal skills. A champion at relationship building, developing, maintaining and enhancing partnerships and strategic alliances, and obtaining stakeholder agreement.
Communication Skills – Clearly presents written and verbal information; writes with clarity and purpose; communicates effectively in both positive and negative circumstances; listens well. Possesses superior presentation skills.
Change Management – Strong ability to lead different types of people; has the resiliency to deal effectively with change and pressure; can adjust rapidly to new situations warranting attention and resolution.
People Development – Invests in continually shaping and developing their team, inspiring increasing commitment, work delivery and a focus on retention and succession.
Financial Planning and Risk Management – Senior managerial experience in finance and risk management; significant experience with capital and operating budget development and management; ability to manage the financial performance of the organization.


  • Contributes to the success of our team and creation of our community, by fostering the District of Squamish corporate values in their work: thinking beyond today, working together, acting with courage and enthusiasm, doing the right thing, and striving to do better every day.
  • Follows the District of Squamish’s Customer Service Guidelines to ensure the Delivery of Outstanding Service.
  • Maintains courteous and positive public relations with customers, including residents of the community, representatives of organizations and other District staff, by delivering quality customer service.
  • Ensures that all financial matters are conducted in accordance with the: Community Charter and Local Government Act, Provincial and Federal Legislation, and District of Squamish Policies and Bylaws.
  • Provides strategic financial leadership to the Chief Administrative Officer and Council.
  • Recommends and delivers proactive policy.
  • Provides leadership, direction, evaluation and supervision of Financial Services Department staff. Assures the effective utilization of staff through training, coaching, development and motivation.
  • Maintains direction of Financial Services Department operations to ensure delivery of a high standard of service that meets Council's standard.
  • Ensures, through finance team, that financial matters are recorded according to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles for local government.
  • Leads Finance staff to meet all required Financial Functions.
  • Provide expert leadership and guidance to the Finance department on all financial functions, including direction and control of financial reporting, accounting, departmental budgeting, revenue collection, and expenditure control functions.
  • Manages municipal insurance policies and claims; liaises with Municipal Insurance Association including reporting and monitoring of claims;
  • In conjunction with the Information Technology Department, approves and provides guidance on the design and required functionality of the computerized financial systems using cost-effective combinations of in-house and contracted programming expertise.
  • Provides interpretations, assessments and evaluations of bylaws relating to financial matters; proposes and prepares finance related bylaws or amendments as required.
  • Participates on committees as assigned by Council and the Chief Administrative Officer to represent the Municipality's interests, gather and provide input on finance matters or act as a resource person.


  • Proven leadership competencies as outlined above Ability to influence proactive strategy and effectively manage change.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills and ability to deal with people in a professional manner.
  • Excellent knowledge of financial and auditing principles and practices; internal control systems and procedures; and municipal budgeting skills.
  • Thorough knowledge of and experience complying with the Community Charter and Local Government Act, related statutes, laws, regulations and precedents respecting Local Government.
  • Ability to lead and supervise staff and maintain good working relationships with City officials, other personnel and the public.
  • Good knowledge of personnel and industrial relations practices.
  • Advanced computer word processing skills and thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office including MS Word, Excel and Outlook and Financial Software programs.


  • Valid BC Class 5 Drivers License
  • Bondable
  • Grade 12
  • Minimum of five years progressive financial management experience at a senior management level
  • Relevant financial management experience within public or municipal administration an asset


  • Chartered Professional Accounting Designation (CPA) is required
  • Local government specific education or training through an accredited institution an asset
  • Relevant Post-Secondary Degree


  • An equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Hours of Work:
Monday to Friday, 70 hours bi-weekly.

A competitive salary as well as a comprehensive benefits package including a compressed work week.

Please direct your application, quoting competition #19-95, to:

Human Resources
District of Squamish
37955 Second Avenue, P.O. Box 310, Squamish, B.C., V8B 0A3

Location: Squamish, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Categories: Financial Administration
Posted: December 19, 2019, 2:16 pm
Expires: January 31, 2020, 4:30 pm