Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Closing Date: January 24, 2021 11:59 pm
Type: Salary

Permanent Full-Time

Position Description: Fort William First Nation requires an energetic, motivated and career-minded Chief Financial Officer (CFO) responsible for reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The CFO will play a critical role in the development and implementation of the Fort William First Nation financial strategy. As a member of the senior leadership team, the CFO will be an advisor to the Departmental Directorship, evaluating and assisting them with their financial plans. The CFO will be responsible for overseeing all fiscal and fiduciary responsibilities for the organization under the directorship of the CEO, Chief and Council.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Provide overall strategic leadership to the Finance Department
  • Create, coordinate, and evaluate the financial programs and supporting information systems of the company to include tax planning, and conservation of assets
  • Manage the accounting operations including the review of journal entries, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable and statutory reporting
  • Establish and monitor internal controls to ensure that accounting activities are in accordance with established legal regulatory and organization policies and procedures
  • Provide advice and guidance on all accounting matters including financial systems, record keeping, analysis, budgeting and reporting
  • Coordinate the year-end audit and preparation of audited financial statements
  • Work with external auditors, finance portfolio and FWFN Chief and Council
  • Assign and authorize cheques, purchase orders and invoices
  • Develop and assist in the implementation of related goals and financial policies / procedures
  • Seek out finance and administration opportunities and funding sources
  • Ensure compliance with local, provincial, and federal budgetary reporting requirement
  • Oversee the approval and processing of revenue, expenditure, and position control documents, department budgets, ledger, and account maintenance and data entry
  • Coordinate the preparation of financial statements, financial reports, special analyses, and information reports
  • Develop and implement finance, accounting, billing, and auditing procedures
  • Establish and maintain appropriate internal control safeguards
  • Interact with Directors and Managers to provide consultative support and financial recommendations
  • Ensure records systems are maintained in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards
  • Analyze cash flow, cost controls, and expenses to guide business leaders
  • Analyze financial statements to pinpoint potential weak areas
  • Develop tools and systems to provide critical financial and operational information to the Chief and Council and CEO and make actionable recommendations on both strategy and operations
  • Support long-term budgetary planning and costs management in alignment with Fort William First Nation’s strategic plan
  • Manage cash flow and forecasting
  • Develop a reliable cash flow projection process and reporting mechanism that includes minimum cash threshold to meet operating needs
  • Optimize the handling of banking relationships and initiate appropriate strategies to enhance cash positions
  • Assist Directors and CEO with the implementation of budgets, monitor progress and present quarterly and annual operating results for each department
  • Represent FWFN externally to government agencies, funding agencies, and Membership
  • Supervise, and evaluate department staff
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required


  • Undergraduate or Graduate Degree in Finance or Accounting required
  • Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation required
  • Five (5) years of experience in a senior-level finance or accounting position
  • Knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting, and cost control principles including Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
  • Knowledge of Indigenous Services Canada’s government funding and reporting structure
  • This position will be subject to a criminal records check

Salary: To be negotiated

Job Posting Closing Date: Applications, consisting of a cover letter and resume with three (3) references, must be received by 11:59 pm on Sunday, January 24, 2021.  Please direct your application to the attention of:

Donna Mullen
Human Resources Assistant
Ph: 807-623-9543 ext. 806, Fa: 807-623-5190
Email: [email protected]