Senior Officer in Finance and IT
University of Alberta, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry (FoMD) is seeking a forward thinking, determined, and strategic professional to join the Faculty’s leadership team as the Senior Officer, Finance and IT. Reporting to the Dean, you will provide strategic leadership within the financial and information technology space for one of the largest faculties within the University of Alberta (U of A).  You will contribute to the strategic plan, develop objectives, establish processes, enhance relationships and undertake a multitude of financial and information technology challenges that will further enhance the faculty success.

As the Senior Officer, Finance and IT, you will have the opportunity to make a significant impact on healthcare education and research by bringing a disciplined approach to evaluating and improving FoMD’s financial risk management, internal control and information technology processes, while being adaptable to new and changing priorities. Your exceptional collaboration and relationship building skills will be key to developing and maintaining effective relationships with all stakeholders, including one of the largest joint relationships with Alberta Health Services (AHS).  Using your strong, visionary leadership skills, you will lead by example and build an engaged workplace culture.

As one of Canada’s top medical schools, the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry is a large, complex, and diverse Faculty with 21 Departments, 7 Research Institutes, 16 Centres, 65 Undergraduate Programs, 58 Residency Programs, and 13 Graduate Programs. We are an innovator in medical care, research, and teaching, with first-class facilities supporting our renowned researchers and staff across 20 buildings. Click here to learn more about us.

In exchange, you will have the opportunity for professional growth at one of the world’s top universities, work in a dynamic environment, participate in an outstanding Management and Professional Staff (Excluded) benefits package (benefits overview), and build your professional network with meaningful relationships within the U of A community and beyond.  

As the Senior Officer, Finance and IT, you will:

  • Be a member of the Faculty’s Executive Team and contribute to the faculty vision, values and strategic plan
  • Implement financial and IT strategies to address the strategic plan and provide progress reports on alignment and delivery
  • Lead the faculty on financial planning, budgeting and forecasting of approximately $349 Million ensuring that there is effective overall management and internal controls of all financial matters which includes complex facets of the University budget process and systems, management of endowments, Alberta Health Funding, donations and research funding requirements
  • Provide leadership and direction regarding information technology related to the Faculty’s administrative systems and the joint relationship with AHS
  • Oversee all financial aspects of space planning, working with the Vice Dean, Faculty Affairs and the Director of Facility Planning and Projects
  • Drive continuous improvement in the services and operations of the Faculty while demonstrating an understanding of unit needs, sector trends, and best practices
  • Provide strategic financial advice and guidance to the Dean, Faculty Executive Committee, the Faculty's Chair Committee and members thereof, including undertaking recurring and special assignments/projects that relate to strategic initiatives of the Faculty and its units
  • Participate on the Faculty's key strategic committees as well as representing the Faculty on certain University and government committees, and institutional wide strategies, programs, and services
  • Provide leadership and direction to the Finance and Information Management teams

To be successful as the Senior Officer, Finance and IT, you will possess:

  • University degree in a related discipline required; a graduate degree in business is preferred
  • A recognized accounting designation, such as a CPA, is required
  • 8-10 years related experience at a senior management level including management of the financial function in a large organization, preferably in a sector related to public service, health services, academic, or health research & policy
  • Understanding and experience overseeing an IT function
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic and business planning, budgeting, policy development, performance measurement and reporting, and financial accountability
  • Interpersonal and management skills and perspective necessary to effectively inspire and motivate a team of professional and administrative staff in the finance and IT fields
  • Ability to establish and maintain a highly productive working relationship with internal and external Senior level Professionals
  • Qualities of respectful and politically astute. You understand when to involve certain stakeholders, and have driven partnerships that have helped to leverage your work
  • Ability to address strategic issues with creativity and innovation, while keeping an eye on the fundamentals – and knows when it is appropriate to further innovate, use the fundamentals already in place, or adapt practices from another organization

In accordance with the Handbook of Employment for Management and Professional Staff (Excluded), this full-time continuing position offers an annual salary range, which will be commensurate with qualifications. This competition will remain open until filled, however, applicant considerations will begin March 31, 2019.

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