The Town of Canmore is nestled in the Bow Valley in the Alberta Rocky Mountains. The Town is 106 Km (66 miles) west of Calgary, AB on the Trans-Canada Highway, 7 Km (4 miles) east of the Banff National Park gates and 22 Km (12 miles) east of the Town of Banff. Based on the 2021 Census, the Town of Canmore recorded a population of 15,990 permanent residents, with an additional estimated 20-30% of non-permanent homeowners with its surroundings. Canmore is the 9th largest Town in Alberta. Adjacent municipalities include the MD. of Bighorn No. 8. First Nations within the region include the Iyarhe Nakoda and Tsuut’ina nations and the Blackfoot Confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, and Piikani all within Treaty 7, and Metis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.
The Town is legislated under the Alberta Municipal Government Act and is governed by a Council comprised of a mayor and 6 councilors. Canmore’s economy is supported predominantly by tourism, eco-tourism, outdoor and wildland recreation, adventure sports, and an emersed-in-nature mountain lifestyle.
Town amenities include two ice arenas, an aquatic centre, golf and curling club, a public library, museum and geoscience centre, arts centre, civic centre, green spaces (parks), skatepark, playgrounds, and sports fields, a fire hall, and an RCMP detachment. Regional outdoor recreation amenities are abundant (Nordic Centre and Provincial Park, Banff National Park, Kananaskis Provincial Park).
Canmore offers a variety of education options from pre-school, elementary, middle school, and high school. Canmore has a general hospital and a variety of health and wellness facilities and services. There are seniors’ care and supportive living facilities in the Town.
The Finance Manager reports to the General Manager of Corporate Services.
The Finance Manger has four direct reports:
- Property Tax Coordinator (tax and utility assistant report to Property Tax Coordinator)
- Senior Finance Officer
- Asset Management Coordinator
- Finance Supervisor – Accounting (Finance Officer I, Accounts Payable Clerk, Finance Officer II, two Finance Customer Service Representatives)
Responsibilities and Accountabilities
- Provide critical and strategic advice to the GM of Corporate Services, senior leadership team, CAO and Council.
- Prepare financial reports for submission to the GM, senior leadership team, CAO and Council.
- Address and report back on all financial and accounting related action items from the GM, senior leadership team, CAO and Council.
- Prepare annual financial statements for audit by external auditors and supervise the audit process.
- Prepare periodic cashflow forecasts.
- Liaise with GMs and department leads and provide them with timely, accurate, and comprehensive financial information and analysis.
- Attend all regular management meetings and report on financial updates, variance analysis, and trending.
- Attend the majority of Council meetings and provide information and address questions on financial matters.
- Develop, implement, and maintain financial controls to ensure the integrity of records for all finance and accounting functions, including recommendations for system and process enhancements, and supporting internal controls.
- Develop, monitor, and ensure compliance with town finance policies and procedures.
- Financial management of banking, including loans, debentures and investments.
- Oversee the tangible capital assets inventory and other town investments.
- Oversee the annual assessment and taxation process, and utility billing process.
- Establish and maintain a positive, respectful, and professional working relationship with the GM, senior leadership team, CAO and Council.
- Effectively manage emergencies and support crisis management efforts.
- Effectively supervise and mentor employees and create a positive and collaborative working environment and ensure a spirit of continuous improvement.
- Exhibit a high level of personal, professional, and organizational integrity.
- Perform other support as may be requested or required by the General Manager of Corporate Services.
- A university degree or diploma in business, finance, or accounting and a professional accounting designation (CPA).
- 8+ years progressive senior management experience in the areas of finance, accounting, and administration ideally within the municipal sector or combined with other public or private sector experience.
- Working knowledge of the principles and practices of municipal finance.
- Knowledge of the Alberta Municipal Government Act (MGA) and other legislative and procedural requirements.
- Experience working with Microsoft Dynamics GP, or a comparable accounting system is an asset. (Diamond is used for taxes/utilities and Questica is used for budget development)
- Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
- Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communications skills.
The Town of Canmore is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognizes that a diverse staff benefits and enriches the work environment and contributes to organizational excellence. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals including candidates from diverse backgrounds and those with disabilities.
The temporary employment agreement and compensation package will be commensurate with skills and experience. Further details will be discussed in a personal interview.
The Town of Canmore maintains a mandatory COVID 19 vaccination directive (available for review). Finalist will undergo a Criminal Records and Credit background check.
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