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Director, Finance and Administration

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Position Details

Position Information

Position Title Director, Finance and Administration
Department/Unit AVP Ancillary Services
Location Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Posting Number S357-23
Employee Group DPMG
Position Type Regular, On-Going
Duration of Contract (if applicable)
Employment Type Full Time
Full-time Equivalency (FTE) 1.0
Salary $86,697 - $116,918 per annum
Classification ADM-08
Provisional Statement
About Dalhousie University
Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada’s leading research-intensive university and a driver of the region’s intellectual, social and economic development. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of our almost 21,000 students coming from outside of the province. Our 6,000 faculty and staff foster a vibrant, purpose-driven community, that celebrated 200 years of academic excellence in 2018.
Job Summary
Dalhousie is partnering with Meridia Recruitment Solutions to bring a Director, Finance and Administration to the Ancillary Services department in Halifax. Ancillary Services (AS) delivers services to students as well as to the greater Dalhousie and business community including on-campus residence, food services, university bookstores, conference services, off-campus housing listing service, and university ID (DalCard) among others.

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President (AVP), AS, the Director, Finance & Administration is responsible for the budget and financial management for all AS business operations; overseeing the business processes, ensuring proper systems of internal control and monitoring financial activity of individual units ensuring they are consistent with the overall AS department objectives and University requirements. This is a hands-on role for a technically strong CPA who enjoys working with multiple stakeholders.
Key Responsibilities
  • Complete high-level trend analysis, risk assessment and changes in financial results for senior management and for regular decision making to support the cost recovery budget. Identify areas of financial risk and recommend financial strategies, contingency plans and options.
  • Serve as a key contributor to Ancillary’s strategic financial, human resource, and capital planning and risk assessment. Investigate and maintain awareness of new trends in modelling, financing, planning, technology, enrolment and student expectations as it relates to AS businesses. Advise on personnel related matters as required.
  • Develop multi-year funding plans for major capital renewal or construction projects and monitor costs and results against plans. Prepare detailed analysis to support decision making and negotiations. Manage service contracts including strategy and project planning.
  • Develop, manage and monitor budget development and financial reporting in Ancillary units including budget development and reporting in collaboration with managers.
  • Plan, develop and lead initiatives to support the implementation of new system functionality and/or new business applications in collaboration with the university community and ITS.
  • Provide special project support to Financial Services; participating in high level and strategic institutional projects.

Required Qualifications
  • CPA designation and significant experience in financial and information systems management (or equivalent combination of training and experience) required.
  • Undergraduate degree in accounting or related field.
  • Master’s degree in a related field (e.g. Business Administration) considered an asset
  • Experience in strategic planning and execution.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in Dalhousie’s core and leadership competencies, in particular: Adaptability; Communication; Resource and Process Management; Accountability for Performance and Results; and Change and Innovation.

Job Competencies
Additional Information
A complete application must include a completed Self-Identification Questionnaire, which is available here. Please download the form and attach a completed copy at the end of your resume when applying.

To express interest in this opportunity please apply online by clicking the link below:

For more information about this exciting opportunity please contact Heather Labucki, Partner, or Sara Morey, Consultant, at If you require accommodation to participate in the recruitment process, please let Sara Morey know.

Meridia Recruitment Solutions connects leading organizations with top talent by building strong relationships and creating ideal matches with candidates because we are only successful when you are. We appreciate your interest in this opportunity.

Application Consideration
Applications from university employees and external candidates are given concurrent consideration. Among short-listed candidates, university employees will be given special consideration.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Diversity Statement
Dalhousie University commits to achieving inclusive excellence through continually championing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons (especially Mi’kmaq), persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), and members of other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, women, persons identifying as members of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit
Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1
Open Date
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicant
To express interest in this opportunity please apply online by clicking the link below:

For more information about this exciting opportunity please contact Heather Labucki, Partner, or Sara Morey, Consultant, at
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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Résumé / Curriculum Vitae (CV)
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