1 Financial Manager (Part-time) | West Coast Environmental Law

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Financial Manager (Part-time)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Employment Opportunity

Application deadline: May 8, 2017

Job Summary:

West Coast Environmental Law is seeking an individual with a professional accounting designation who is interested in using his or her skills and experience to fill an immediate opening for a part-time Financial Manager with a dynamic, progressive group of environmental law not-for-profit organizations.

You are a problem-solver with some supervisory experience. You will be functionally responsible for ensuring the financial integrity of the organizations, and for developing and overseeing implementation of all accounting policies, procedures and practices, including budget, payroll, financial reports, CRA reporting and audit functions. You will oversee financial strategy planning for the organizations and prepare forecasts under the direction of the Executive Director & Senior Counsel, and in consultation with program leads and other staff. You will be responsible for generating timely and comprehensive reports and supervision of record-keeping as well as implementing internal controls and supervising the annual audit. 

Favourable consideration will be given to applicants who are willing to provide contract services at a reduced rate to our group of environmental not-for-profit organizations or are interested in a part-time employment.


This position reports to the Executive Director & Senior Counsel and supports the Board Finance Committee. The Financial Manager supervises the Office Administrator in her booking-keeping tasks and manages our payroll service provider.


  • Work with management, Finance Committee and the Board to gain better understanding of financial impact of initiatives, and support financial awareness of mangers and staff.
  • Ensure that the organizations’ accounting policies and procedures are followed and recommend refinements as necessary.
  • Implement the organizations’ investment policy; monitor investments and work with our investment manager to ensure compliance with the policy and to make the most effective use of the organizations’ resources.
  • Prepare the budget and supporting documents from information gathered from Executive Director & Senior Counsel/program leads; Director of Development; program plans; and, the organizations’ strategic plan. Provide templates where applicable to assist in the budget process. Prepare quarterly re-forecasts of the annual budget.
  • Prepare budget for the organizations’ major funder (early December) and prepare financial term reports for the funder.
  • Review financial information for accuracy of recording and consistency with budget (monthly).
  • Analyze accounts and maintain schedules to assist in the review of the financial records, and to build information required to provide detailed answers to management, staff, and auditors, the Finance Committee and/or the Board (monthly).
  • Review financial information with the Executive Director & Senior Counsel as required.
  • Prepare financial reports for the Finance Committee – to include a Balance Sheet and Income Statement as well as any additional schedules, variance analyses and notes required to keep the Committee apprised of the financial position of the organizations (monthly).
  • Meet with the Finance Committee to discuss the reports (periodic calls, at least quarterly).
  • Ensure that financial and regulatory reports are completed in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Prepare and submit GST (yearly)/PST forms (quarterly); T2, T3010, non-profit, society forms during the year.
  • Motivate and prepare book-keeping staff for additional responsibility by increasing their authority, mentoring, and monitoring results.
  • Oversee payroll service provider and ensure smooth integration of payroll information into QuickBooks.



On a regular and continuous basis, exercises administrative judgment and assumes responsibility for decisions, consequences, and results having an impact on people, costs, and/or quality of service in the organizations in support of the Executive Director & Senior Counsel.


  • Professional accounting designation
  • Knowledge of and experience with charitable and non-profit regulations and filing requirements
  • Experience with charitable and non-profit accounting procedures.
  • Experience with QuickBooks (preferred) or similar accounting software
  • Supervisory experience an asset
  • Excellent verbal, analytical and organizational skills
  • Practical knowledge of financial reporting requirements for not-for-profit organizations



Please send CV and cover letter by May 8, 2017 to:

West Coast Environmental Law,
200-2006 West 10th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 2B3,
FAX: 604.684.1312 / EMAIL: admin@wcel.org