Regional Controller, Atlantic Region

Full Time Salaried
Requisition ID: 1240

Location: Flexible in Atlantic Canada
Position details: Fulltime, permanent

Taking care of our environment has never been more important than it is today. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is looking for a Regional Controller, Atlantic Region to join a team committed to protecting our most important natural areas and the plants and animals they sustain.

NCC is the nation’s leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962 NCC and its supporters have protected 14 million hectares (more than 35 million acres) of ecologically significant land across Canada. NCC takes a collaborative, science-based approach to achieve conservation success for the sake of nature and Canadians. With a national office in Toronto and seven regional offices across the country, NCC delivers results you can walk on.

Purpose and General Description

Working with the Regional Management Team, the Regional Controller is responsible for the effective administration of all financial and accounting functions for the Region. This includes implementation of regional processes; oversight and compliance, day to day financial processing, financial reporting, budgets, and all reports required by funding partners. The Regional Controller will be the regional liaison with the Director, Regional Finance & /CFO and the National Office of NCC with respect to financial information and reporting. 

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Ensure accurate financial records, activities, controls and reporting

  • Supervises coding and donor allocations of expense and revenues for entry into the financial systems in line with NCC’s Policies, Accounting Standards and donor restrictions
  • Reviews project and program expenses to ensure compliance with donor restrictions and all funding agreements, including participation in development of project budgets, finance aspects of grant agreement and funding proposals, and preparation of related forms
  • Generates invoices related to legal agreements, tracks and coordinates collection of related accounts receivable.
  • Leads the financial accountability for grant compliance and reporting, using the deferral method and ensures expenditures and revenues are correctly allocated to projects and programs.  Includes the development of appropriate tracking methods for regional specific funding.
  • Coordinates, reviews and approves all time and billing entries for accuracy, consistency and compliance with funding restrictions and reporting requirements.
  • Performs regular reconciliations of balance sheet items related to the region. The balance sheet items include accruals, prepaid expenses, deferred revenue, receivables, internal and external loans, endowments and pertinent accounts that relate to the region.
  • Supervises and assists as needed with data entry and all other information necessary for month-end, quarter-end and year-end closing
  • Supervises and assists as needed with safekeeping and tracking of funds raised at regional events and activities
  • Ensures accuracy of financial statements and other financial information for regional management and corporate reporting, including monitoring and analyzing results and reporting on variances.
  • Coordinates and prepares audit working papers as required for regional grant and corporate reporting
  • Continuously reviews financial performance, available funding and on-going expenses and commitments for the sustainability of Regional operations
  • Works closely with the regional management team and all regional staff, to ensure regular exchange of information, such that the financial components of initiatives and matters are accurate and up to date.  Develops financial strategies to advance the mission of the organization
  • Alerts the Regional Vice President of any financial irregularities, operational challenges, strategic and technical matters that may or do impinge on the financial standing of the region, including unforeseen expenses, budget variances, and stranded funds, and works to find solutions to remedy the issue
  • Continuously reviews funding agreements and funding availability to ensure efficient leverage of funds and funding opportunities for Regional activities
  • Ensure appropriate regional systems of internal controls are implemented and maintained.
  • Identifies opportunities for business improvement and transformation, and serves as a member of the Regional Management Team, an advisory and decision-making body that addresses matters with significant implications to the region
  • Problem solve with program managers and provide financial guidance and education related to financial reporting, budgeting, and regulatory requirements
  • Providing advise to Regional team related to compliance with policies, procedures and regulatory matters.

2. Coordination, preparation and monitoring of budgets and financial forecasts

  • Assists with the coordinated preparation of budgets for programs, projects, funding proposals and grant applications, providing advice regarding the financial aspects, and the identification of revenue sources for expenses associated with regional activities.
  • Coordinates and leads the development of the annual regional budget and participates in business planning to ensure there is alignment and consistency
  • Ensures the proper presentation of budgets to the Regional Board, and any roll-up components to internal and external audiences as directed by the Regional Vice President.
  • Works with Program and Development teams, to correctly identify potential funding sources 
  • Reviews all funding proposal budgets before submission, and create donor reports which comply with donor requirements.

3. Other

  • As a senior manager within the Region, serves as a role model that builds upon and strengthens the team approach and demonstrates the values of NCC
  • Works with Regional Management Team to assess, manage and mitigate regional risks through frequent discussion and coordination. 
  • Reviews all agreements, financial commitments and contracts to be issued by the region before finalization
  • Takes full responsibility for the supervision, evaluation, training and mentoring of any Finance staff for the Region. Takes part in the relevant orientation and training of any new regional staff or consultants. 
  • As part of NCC’s finance team, provides input to organizational process review and improvement and assists with development and implementation of finance policies, procedures, internal controls and financial systems.
  • In cooperation with National finance, identifies funding suitable for new endowment contributions and administration of spending allocations.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Regional Vice President, the Director, Regional Finance or the C.F.O.

Required Skills and Attributes

  • Possesses or is working towards an accounting designation CPA with a minimum of 5 years of experience in all accounting areas including AP, AR, Land Purchase, Fund Accounting, Projects Accounting, and Financial Statement Analysis 
  • Knowledgeable with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
  • Advanced Excel skills
  • Good judgement in analyzing data and information
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent mathematical skills and numerical accuracy
  • Familiarity with Blackbaud Financial Edge accounting software would be a definite asset
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple and changing priorities and work to deadlines
  • Ability to excel in a service-oriented work environment
  • Knowledgeable with Canada Revenue Agency charitable regulations
  • Ability to maintain confidential or sensitive information
  • Proven ability to supervise and mentor staff
  • Ability to work within a flexible schedule, including occasional weekends and evenings
  • Commitment to the core values and mission  statement of NCC
  • Commitment to maintaining a strong team environment 
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills in English and French would be an asset
  • Strong interpersonal skills

How to Apply

NCC is an equal opportunity employer. If you are interested in joining our team, please submit your cover letter, resume and salary expectations through our Career Centre.

NCC welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

We value and incorporate diverse traditions, heritage, knowledge and experiences in our mission and in our workplaces. We celebrate the full participation of people from all walks of life as we work towards common goals. We strive for a conservation movement in which equity, diversity and inclusion are the norm. This is our continuous commitment: to promote healthy people, healthy communities and a healthy planet for everyone.

Please note that in-person office attendance, carpooling with co-workers to NCC properties or events, and in-person attendance at any indoor events are currently restricted to staff who are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Accordingly, if you are required to participate in any of these activities as part of your job the expectation is that you must be fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated means you have received two doses of the Pfizer, Astra Zeneca or Moderna vaccine or combination of, and have received the second dose at least two weeks prior to your start date or you have received one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two weeks prior to your start date.