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Finance Officer

Job Information
Author eocanada
Date May 14, 2018
Type Full Time
Company Pauquachin First Nation
Salary Competitive + Benefits - Per Hour
Location Victoria, BC
Category Accounting / Finance
Contact Information
For full details and to apply, please visit
  • Great opportunity for an experienced finance professional to have a positive impact on the lives of a First Nations community!
  • Take the next step in your career while enjoying all the lifestyle benefits of beautiful Vancouver Island!
  • Use your skills in a highly collaborative and supportive environment!

About Pauquachin First Nation

The Pauquachin First Nation is a strong independent nation that takes pride in ȻEṈEṈITEL ȽTE (working together). Through unity BOḰEĆEN we will thrive as a safe, healthy and successful nation taking an active role to protect our lands and resources for our SELISET (family).

Located in and around the beautiful Saanich Inlet basin, we are deeply connected to the land and forest. We are committed to maintaining our culture and traditions which roots of our community through storytelling, Longhouses. and community events.

For more information, please visit our website.

About the Opportunity

We have an exciting opportunity for a Finance Officer with knowledge of all aspects of accounting to join our team in Victoria, British Columbia.

Reporting to the Administrator, and as a key part of the management team, you will provide stewardship, oversight, and management of Pauquachin First Nation’s financial operations while ensuring the fulfillment of contractual deliverables, including reporting requirements and monitoring contract compliance for funding agreements.

More specifically, you will manage all financial operations of the Nation and provide accurate information to the Administrator and Chief and Council, stakeholders, and funders. You will also manage the Finance Department including supervising and monitoring operating and capital budgets.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Overseeing accounting operations, including the review of bank reconciliations, journal entries, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable and statutory reporting
  • Overseeing and monitoring internal controls to ensure that accounting activities are in accordance with established legal regulatory and organizational policies and procedures
  • Overseeing all budgeting, financial reporting, and cash flow monitoring
  • Assisting with strategic and business planning, including managing the budget process, preparing the annual budgets, and ensuring all statutory reporting and remittances occur on an accurate and timely basis
  • Liaising with Chief and Council for quarterly Finance Committees meetings and with Trusts investment committee meetings
  • Contributing to the preparation of complex funding proposal budgets and grant application budgets to all levels of government, external agencies, and community partners
  • Ensuring that all month-end financial accounting duties and all resulting financial reporting are completed timely and accurately
  • Coordinating the preparation of financial information for the annual audit, including year-end account analysis, preparation of adjusting entries, preparation of detailed working papers, and preparation of the year-end financial statements
  • Troubleshooting and managing financial and operational risk to the Nation ensuring the stability of systems and process within the finance department
  • Supervising and supporting Finance Department staff and assisting in the recruitment, training and performance evaluation of Finance personnel
  • Reviewing and authorizing disbursements for the purpose of journal entry codes and eligible costs against funding and vendor agreements
  • Monitoring budgets of all programs and providing the Program Managers with regular reports

The Ideal Candidate

For this role, we are seeking an accomplished finance professional or well-experienced accountant with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and a minimum of five years of Senior Accounting experience, including experience with fund accounting.

Previous experience working in a First Nations, government, or municipal environment is a definite asset.

In addition to the above requirements, our ideal candidate will also possess the following:

  • Knowledge of accepted accounting rules, practices, tax laws, and reporting requirements
  • The ability to develop consultative relationships with the Band Administrator and other Program Managers
  • The ability to write concise reports to various audiences
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel and email and the ability to adapt to and learn new software

Most importantly, you must have exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate across all levels of the organization. You will also have demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills coupled with strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

This is a pivotal leadership role in which you will also need to consistently demonstrate tact, discretion, and sound judgment.

Flexible and adaptable, you are and comfortable working both independently and as part of a collaborative team. Above all, you must have cultural awareness and demonstrate integrity in everything that you do.

About the Benefits

Upon joining the Pauquachin First Nation, you will be welcomed in a tight-knit community located in one of the Province’s most pristine locations. From community dinners, social events, access to services provided to the members, you will truly be welcomed as part of the community.

And that’s not all! In exchange for your hard work and dedication, you will receive an attractive annual salary plus a pension plan.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to use your leadership experience to make a positive impact on the future of the Pauquachin First Nation community. Apply to join our team today! For full details and to apply, please visit

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