Town of Vermilion

Vermilion, AB



The Town of Vermilion, Alberta ( is located 175 kms east of Edmonton and 60 kms west of Lloydminster at the intersection of highways #16 (Yellowhead) and #41 (Buffalo Trail). Vermilion was settled in early 1905 and incorporated as a Town in 1906. The population is approximately 4150, along with a fluid annual College student body of roughly 1000.

Vermilion’s primary economy is comprised of the agriculture and energy industries, which supports a vibrant secondary supplier and service sector. Lakeland Regional College, Vermilion Campus is located within the Town makes a significant positive economic and socio-demographic impact. Among other programs, the College is renowned for its comprehensive Fire & Emergency Services Program and Agriculture programs.

Adjacent to the Town is Vermilion Provincial Park offering an array of outdoor recreation opportunities including soccer field, baseball diamond, camping and water sports. Policing is performed through a full-time permanent local RCMP detachment. Vermilion hosts all the conveniences associated with a Town that functions as a regional centre such as retail, grocery, entertainment, recreation, professional practices, banking and other family, community, social and business services.

Key current and future strategic initiatives for Council and Administration include:

  • Development of a new Waste Water Treatment Facility
  • High Speed Broadband Pilot project
  • Business and Investment Attraction
  • Transparent and Sound Governance
  • Embracing and Exploring Technology Enhancements
  • Community Engagement
  • Visionary Leadership
  • Environmental Leadership


The Director of Finance will report to the Chief Administrative Officer and play an integral role in the Town’s Administrative team.

The Director of Finance will have accountability and responsibility for all functions related to financial reporting, accounting, budgeting, payroll, revenue collection, expenditure control, human resources and procurement. This position provides overall direction and leadership for these functions, with an emphasis on developing and implementing strategic goals and delivery of service. The position is responsible for the stewardship for the financial assets and human resources, and provides strategic advice to CAO and Council on municipal finance and financial stability.

  • Participate in and contribute to the leadership and direction of the senior administration team.
  • Direct accounting policies, procedures and internal controls related to financial and administrative services, and recommend progressive and responsive policies, procedures, systems, and investments.
  • Manage the acquisition of capital assets and ensure that assets are properly recorded, amortized, and disposed of as appropriate.
  • Lead annual budgets and compliance with policy and operating agreements.
  • Develop and maintains financial accounting systems for cash management, accounts payable and receivable, credit control and petty cash.
  • Prepare quarterly financial reports and identify variances.
  • Compile Annual Financial Statements and coordinate annual external audit to comply with statutory reporting requirements.
  • Oversee proper cost controls, recording of payment and revenues, expenditures and bank reconciliation.
  • Oversee Human Resources including succession planning, talent acquisition, policy and program review and development (e.g. benefits, wage grids…etc.), and performance management.
  • Advise on procurement procedures, systems, and agreements.
  • Work with CAO, Mayor and Council to address matters of importance to the Town, and help set vision and direction.
  • Maintain an open and supportive relationship with CAO, Administration, Mayor and Council ensuring parties are kept current on Town operations, achievements, and matters relevant to finance.
  • Monitor and advise on matters associated with risk, legal, finance, policy, business development, infrastructure, projects, safety, staff, environment, and community.
  • As required or may be prudent, attend Council meetings and other related committee or stakeholder meetings.
  • Participate and engage in community events and activities.
  • Foster, promote and facilitate positive customer services, collaboration, partnerships, innovation, accountability, and recognition.
  • Maintain current knowledge on relevant legislation e.g. Municipal Government Act reporting requirements and granting avenues / opportunities.
  • Manage and address accounting or finance matters from taxpayers, citizens, organizations, and other stakeholders.


  • A Post-Secondary relevant to Accounting, Commerce, Business, or a related discipline.
  • Ideally a minimum of 4 years experience in a municipal government environment.
  • Preference given to CPA designation.
  • Strong skills with the Microsoft Office and Bellamy Accounting Software is an asset.
  • Mature interpersonal and communication skills, and respectful of others.
  • Strategic thinking and relationship building skills.
  • Analytical skills to examine, research and assess documents / issues, and prepare a variety of reports and correspondence.
  • Demonstrated senior supervisory / managerial experience with financial and budgeting processes, strategic planning, government and people relations, negotiations, communications, conflict resolution, and capital works and infrastructure.
  • Takes initiative while duly assessing risk factors.


Compensation and terms of employment will be commensurate upon experience and skills. Candidates will undergo background, education, and credential checks.


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