Job Opportunity: Director of Finance

February 16th, 2021

Employer: Responsible Investment Association (RIA)
Location: Toronto
Hours: 30 hours per week, Monday to Thursday.
Start date: April, 2021
Application deadline: Please apply ASAP. Virtual interviews will begin in March.

About the Responsible Investment Association (RIA)

The Responsible Investment Association (RIA) is Canada’s industry association for responsible investment (RI). The RIA aims to drive the growth and development of RI in Canada, with a vision to align capital with sustainable and inclusive development as codified in the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Our members include asset managers, asset owners, advisors, and service providers who support these objectives.

The RIA is a strong proponent of diversity and strives to foster an inclusive workplace culture driven by purpose, wellness, development, and productivity. We encourage applications from traditionally underrepresented groups, including but not limited to: Black and Indigenous communities, people of colour, women, members of the LGBT2Q+ community, and people with disabilities.

Due to the pandemic, our staff are working remotely and will continue to do so until it is safe to return to the office. We expect this will be no sooner than September, and we will adapt our timeline as needed to ensure the safety of our staff. Our office is located at 111 Peter Street in downtown Toronto.

Position Overview

The Director of Finance will be part of a team of eight core staff members working to promote the development of RI in Canada. Reporting directly to the CEO and working closely with the Director of Operations and the Senior Manager of Member Relations, the Director of Finance will be responsible for the financial management of the association including full-cycle accounting, financial statement preparation, annual audit participation, budgeting, forecasting, and cash flow management. The Director of Finance will also work closely with the RIA’s Treasurer and Finance and Audit Committee (F&AC), participating in Board and F&AC meetings and contributing to finance policy development.

Key Accountabilities

Financial Management

  • Full cycle accounting including management of accounts payable, invoicing & accounts receivable, payroll, statutory remittances, reconciling bank accounts and financial reporting.
  • Responsible for all government remittances and other tax filings (payroll, G/HST, QST, WSIB) on a timely and accurate basis.
  • Support the membership team with the membership renewal process, including invoicing and member renewal tracking.
  • Support the operations team with any financial requirements necessary for successfully delivering the RIA’s programs and events.
  • Prepare monthly financial statements for review with the CEO. This includes reporting and analyzing budget variances and working closely with the CEO to regularly update the year-end forecast.
  • Closely manage and report on cash flow.
  • Prepare quarterly financial statements for F&AC and Board meetings; attend all Board and F&AC meetings, as well as other board committee meetings as needed to make presentations and respond to questions.
  • Work with the CEO and F&AC in preparing the annual operating budget.
  • Prepare year-end working papers for our external auditor, KPMG. This includes preparation of all financial statements and related notes, and responding to auditor inquiries.
  • Ensure compliance with accounting standards and best practices for non-profit organizations.
  • Maintain and continuously improve finance and accounting procedures, ensuring that relevant policies are followed, and controls are effective.

Payroll and HR Administration

  • Manage the RIA’s payroll via Ceridian, our third-party payroll service provider.
  • Ensure the reconciliation of payroll accounts and Ceridian year-end reporting; issue T4s prepared by Ceridian.
  • Process contract payments to RIA’s associates / sub-contractors.
  • Administer the RIA’s benefit, pension and wellness plan; handle new employee enrolment and staffing / salary updates.
  • Track RIA staff vacation, sick days and other absences.

As we are a small team, the Director of Finance will also be expected to occasionally help out with other tasks assigned by the CEO.

Key Qualifications

  • CPA designation and a university degree.
  • Minimum 7 years of increasingly progressive experience in accounting and finance role(s), preferably in the non-profit sector or the investment industry.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of Canadian accounting standards for non-profit organizations (“ASNPO”) and regulations governing non-profit accounting.
  • Proficient in QuickBooks accounting software (or skills to transfer from QuickBooks over to another accounting program).
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel and Word programs. The RIA also uses Google Drive, Salesforce, Dropbox, and Slack, so familiarity with these programs would be an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Bilingualism (French and English) would be a valuable asset.
  • Effective communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Meticulous attention to detail in all areas of work.
  • Strong time management and prioritization skills.
  • Due to the nature of this position, the successful candidate will be required to pass a mandatory background check.

What You’ll Need to Succeed

  • You are all about accuracy and attention to detail!
  • You have the ability to interpret financial statements in relation to actual business operations and decision-making.
  • You have a deep respect for compliance, process and deadlines.
  • You are a problem solver who is adaptable, resourceful and entrepreneurial.
  • You are an independent learner, able and willing to meet and exceed expectations with limited supervision.
  • You have an interest in societal issues such as sustainable development, human rights, diversity, and good corporate governance.

What’s in it for you

  • Competitive salary for a non-profit organization.
  • Health and dental benefits after completing three-month probationary period.
  • 6% RRSP contributions after one year of employment.
  • $1,000 annual credit for professional development activities.
  • $1,000 annual credit for wellness expenses.
  • Full coverage of annual CPA dues.
  • Three weeks of paid vacation (FTE), plus the RIA winter office closure between December 24th and January 1st, for a total of four weeks of paid time off.
  • When it is safe to return to the office, you will work in a bright, modern office space in downtown Toronto with sit-stand desks and nearby access to public transit.
  • Be part of a small team of professionals who are helping to create positive societal change in the investment industry!

To Apply

  • Please send your resume and cover letter as a single PDF to with the subject line, “Director of Finance Position.” The filename of your PDF should follow the format, “FirstName_LastName_Application.
  • In your cover letter, please explain why you are interested in this position, and describe how your experience will enable you to succeed in this role.