Apply By: Friday, July 10, 2020 11:59 pm EDT
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Ontario Science Centre
Finance and Accounting
Job Term:
1 Temporary - up to 18 months
Job Code:
M0601D - Finance30
$57,398.00 - $81,032.00 Per Year
Posting Status:
Open Targeted
Job ID:
The Opportunity:
Are you a financial professional looking to make the transition into management? Consider this rare opportunity to hone your financial expertise while gaining valuable leadership experience to help launch your management career. Join the Ontario Science Centre and play a key role in the modernization of our Finance department.

Guided by our mission to inspire passion for the human adventure of discovery, the Science Centre:

  • engages visitors in lifelong learning
  • is a vital link in the education and innovation ecosystems
  • is a convener of public dialogue about science, technology and society

The Science Centre welcomes 900,000 visitors each year, and offers interactive experiences and insights into science and technology that help visitors of all ages understand and contribute to the world around us.

The Ontario Science Centre, part of the Ontario Public Service, offers:

  • a progressive work environment that promotes a work/life balance
  • flexible learning and development opportunities including online training and mentorship programs
  • opportunities for career advancement and specialization through a wide range of career fields within both the Ontario Science Centre and the Ontario Public Service
  • a dedicated approach to creating an inclusive and accessible work environment for all employees
  • optional enrolment in a defined benefit pension plan and group benefits coverage for fixed-term employees

Note: This position will work remotely while the Science Centre continues to adapt its operations in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

What can I expect to do in this role?

This position is a key contributor to the ongoing business viability of the Science Centre and by applying your financial expertise, you will:

  • manage and oversee the Science Centre's accounts-related activities including financial planning, analysis and control, revenue control, and purchasing control
  • lead the department's reporting activities, including financial statements, and analysis of cash flows and financial solvency
  • maintain the integrity of the Science Centre's financial system to ensure accurate recording and reporting
  • provide strategic advice to management with respect to effective and efficient accounting practices.

How do I qualify?

Leadership and Organizational Skills

You can:
  • Provide leadership and technical guidance to department staff by setting and communicating standards, assigning and reviewing work, and monitoring progress..
  • Provide leadership in the development and implementation of financial procedures and controls, including control of organizational assets and support for business planning. .
  • Effectively plan and coordinate operations with other areas including developing work plans to meet program objectives and administer program operations on a timely basis. .
  • Deal with priorities, tight time pressures and unexpected changes in deadlines.

Accounting and Financial Knowledge

You have knowledge of:
  • Theories, principles and practices of accounting and financial administration such as Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and accounting to support preparation of budgets, financial analyses, general ledger entries and financial statements.
  • Management of automated financial tracking systems through the development of system controls, operational controls, and standard procedures including the ability to develop reports, spreadsheets and analytical programs to monitor and test controls and present key information.
  • Quality assurance principles and practices to ensure that financial controls meet accounting/business standards, related legislation and established practices.
  • Delegations of financial authority for approval of contracts, payments and revenue management to ensure effective management of accounts payable and accounts receivable processes.
  • Governing legislation, policies, systems and practices and relevant Provincial and Federal Tax laws and revisions relating to nonprofit and government organizations.

Communication and Consultation Skills

You demonstrate:
  • Communication, consultation and interpersonal skills when interpreting financial policy and procedures and when providing advice and guidance on financial management matters.
  • Persuasion and negotiation skills when obtaining or exchanging information, discussing pricing, and when resolving problems and delays in deliveries and services.
  • Oral communication skills when liaising with program staff to exchange information and to provide advice on compliance with policies, procedures and practices.
  • Written communication skills to prepare reports, business cases, planning documents, correspondence and presentations.

Analytical, Research and Problem-Solving Skills

You have:
  • Effective problem solving skills to determine the appropriate solution to financial and administrative problems arising from conflicting demands.
  • Analytical skills to identify potential impacts, options and proposed courses of action.
  • Research skills to provide recommendations for improvement to systems and processes using new technology and alternate service delivery methods.
  • Investigative skills to provide advice and interpretation of financial/budgeting/purchasing and travel directives, policies and guidelines.

Additional Information:

  • 1 Temporary, duration up to 18 months, 770 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, Toronto Region
Compensation Group:
Management Compensation Plan
Finance and Economics
Posted on:
Monday, June 15, 2020
  • T-SC-150833/20
All external applicants (including former employees of the Ontario Public Service) applying to a competition in a ministry or Commission public body must disclose (either in the cover letter or resume) previous employment with the Ontario Public Service. Disclosure must include positions held, dates of employment and any active restrictions as applicable from being rehired by the Ontario Public Service. Active restrictions can include time and/or ministry-specific restrictions currently in force, and may preclude a former employee from being offered a position with the Ontario Public Service for a specific time period (e.g. one year), or from being offered a position with a specific ministry (either for a pre-determined time period or indefinitely). The circumstances around an employee's exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment.
Remember: The deadline to apply is Friday, July 10, 2020 11:59 pm EDT. Late applications will not be accepted.

We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for further screening or an interview will be contacted.

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