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Chief Financial Officer - Canuck Place Children's Hospice

Nov 24, 2023
Vancouver, British Columbia
Chief Financial Officer

Location: Vancouver or Abbotsford, Hybrid

Reporting to: Chief Executive Officer

Job status: Permanent, full-time

Salary range: $117,675 - $149,469 annually

The salary range is designed to be flexible and placement within it will vary dependent on your unique qualifications, skills and expertise.


Canuck Place Children’s Hospice (CPCH) is British Columbia’s recognized pediatric palliative care provider. For over two decades, through the many programs and services we provide, we have made a significant difference in the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses and the families who love them. Be part of a talented and innovative team that takes pride in supporting and providing the highest quality pediatric palliative care.
It is the expectation for all roles across the organization to know the organization’s philosophy of pediatric palliative care and uphold a commitment to further ones knowledge. Our philosophy of pediatric palliative care is as follows: Pediatric palliative care improves quality of life, promotes comfort, and reduces suffering for children with life-threatening conditions (serious illness) and their families through a holistic approach addressing; physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. It is collaborative person & family-centered care delivered using a team-based approach throughout the continuum of care across all ages and stages of illness, including bereavement. It values choice and honest and compassionate communication.

At Canuck Place we understand that uniqueness is powerful. We hold each other accountable for an inclusive environment where employees feel empowered to share their experiences and ideas and know that they belong. We believe diversity drives innovation and the best pediatric palliative care for children and their families therefore we welcome that every person brings an individual perspective and experience to advance our mission. We have more work to do to advance diversity and inclusion and we are building a culture where difference is valued. We have a commitment to inclusion across gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, age, neurodiversity and disability status, to ensure our team members are empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to work. All staff are encouraged to contribute their perspective and lived experience through our internal employee groups such as Care 4 the Caregiver, Culture, DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging), Green Team, Truth and Reconciliation and Wellness Committees.


Canuck Place careers are full of connection, community, and care. We aim to nurture a supportive culture rooted in compassion, collaboration and support while providing expert care to children and families. Our team includes individuals with a special blend of sensitivity, compassion, and appreciation for life. Canuck Place is where no moment is missed. A place where you can make a difference.

We offer competitive compensation and a benefits package focusing on wellness and self-care that includes:
  • 25 days’ vacation to start with ongoing annual anniversary increases up to an organizational maximum of 45 days
  • Up to two paid mandatory wellness days a year
  • Generous paid leave including compassionate and special leave when you need it
  • Municipal Pension Plan (MPP)
  • 100% employer paid benefits package from your first day which includes extended health and dental and $1,500 annually for counselling
  • Health and Wellness Spending account that provides up to $1,000 annually to ensure you can focus on the benefits that are important to you and your family
  • Flexible working options
  • Free meals on-site at the hospices
  • Continuous paid training and development opportunities so everyone has the opportunity to learn new skills and grow
  • Ongoing parental support including top up for maternity and parental leave and paid leave for new grandparents

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) reports to and works closely with the CEO, in partnering with the senior leadership and the board of directors to develop and implement the strategic plan throughout the organization. They must be able to adapt to a continually evolving environment and thrive in an autonomous and deadline-oriented workplace while managing a busy portfolio.   Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • provides financial leadership and ensures efficient and effective financial control systems
  • develops administrative policies and processes for reporting financial and operating results and for the discharge of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice (CPCH) Society and Foundation obligations as prescribed by law, regulatory bodies, and government contracts
  • oversees all payroll functions, at all CPCH locations, other corporate services including IT, investment and treasury management, and risk management.
  • assumes the role of Chief Privacy Officer for the organization
  • represents the company to financial partners, including financial institutions, partners, foundation executives, auditors, and government officials.
  • Plans, develops and implements effective financial and accounting systems, policies, procedures, controls and records which meet audit and legal reporting requirements, properly safeguard assets, and provides meaningful financial reporting, planning, analysis, budgeting, and forecasting.
  • Directs and reviews work performed by Finance department staff in order to ensure accuracy and to remain fully appraised of the financial activities of the Society and Foundation at all times.
  • Contributes as a key member of the senior leadership team in the overall strategic planning for the Society, collaborates in the development of performance measurement standards, which facilitate reporting requirements for census, costs, and economic measures, creates financial benchmarks and a balanced scorecard and ensures that financial policies and procedures are integrated into the program philosophy. Contributes to organizational strategy and policy making as required.
  • Develops business plans, co-ordinates the preparation of draft capital and operating budgets and produces final budgets; reviews operating costs, monitors budgets and provides advice on capital requirements, courses of action to reduce operating costs, improve profitability etc.
  • Leads the development and implementation of corporate services including IT, leasing and procurement.
  • Establishes policies, procedures, and best practices to enhance cyber and information security, that are based on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cyber Security Framework and other regulatory requirements.
  • Partners with organizational leadership and Board members to inform and reinforce the importance of cyber and information security to maintaining the trust of Canuck Place’s key stakeholders, including children & families, donors, employees and volunteers.
  • Projects and manages revenue, investments and cash flow to ensure appropriate return on surplus funds and assists with sourcing long-term funding.
  • Provides leadership and support to the Audit Committee and Investment Review Committees of the Board, and to the Foundation Board.
  • Manages the annual audit process and works with external auditors to ensure audited financial statements are accurate and complete.
  • Recruits, trains, develops, leads and motivates staff and conducts regular performance management reviews.
  • Prepares and reviews RFPs for banking, investment and audit services and recommends successful firms.
  • Follows policies, procedures and standards of excellence to ensure a safe environment for children and families, staff and volunteers.
  • Contributes to the CPCH culture by understanding and supporting our Mission and Vision and actively demonstrating our Values.
  • In accordance with the strategic directions of CPCH, patient safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone at CPCH, and as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position.
  • Protects the health, wellness and safety of self and others by complying with applicable regulations and standards, safe work practices and procedures established by CPCH. Employees must report any health hazards and unsafe conditions to their supervisor for corrective action.
  • Assumes other related responsibilities, as assigned.  

Completion of a recognized accounting designation, CPA equivalent.  An MBA would be an asset.  A minimum of ten years related professional experience at a senior leadership level with computerized financial systems and reporting, fund accounting, project management, payroll, budgeting.  Experience with Government funding requirements, and charitable fundraising programs with associated CRA requirements.  Experience overseeing IT is required.


What you bring to the role:
  • Exceptional analytical, presentation and report writing skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to build teams, lead and motivate people to accomplish goals and objectives to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Proven effectiveness leading professionals in finance, payroll and IT.
  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP’s), financial, administrative and contract management, audit and program evaluation principles and practices.
  • Thorough knowledge of financial issues including accounting and financial policies and procedures, financial internal control concepts, and government requirements.
  • Knowledge of Employment Standards, Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) requirements.
  • Knowledge of practices and principles related to development and operation of computerized payroll and financial reporting systems.
  • Demonstrated leadership, planning and organizational skills coupled with the ability to identify, analyze, and resolve problems in complex situations.
  • Demonstrated strategic and anticipatory thinking related to current and potential challenges and opportunities.
  • Ability to assess financial trends and concerns and develop effective solutions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain appropriate professional and personal boundaries.
  • Technologically savvy, with the ability to develop and implement new processes and systems that will increase efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Ability to manage investment portfolios and make sound investment decisions within organizational investment policies.
  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively with individuals at all levels regarding financial matters.
  • A clear and valid BC driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle are required.
You have:
  • High integrity; creativity; balance, good judgment and objectivity; high vision and conceptual capabilities; consultative, facilitate and collaborative; sense of humor.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Demonstrates flexibility that allows you to work with high energy, creative people.
  • Able to thrive and effectively manage priorities in a changing, ambiguous environment.
Please note:
  • Evidence of Health Canada approved vaccinations must be provided prior to your first day of work.
  • Flexibility is necessary, as this position may require occasional weekend and evening work and travel within and outside the Lower Mainland.

We understand that the recruitment process is not a one size fits all, our inclusion values and flexibility extend to your hiring experience.  Canuck Place is committed to providing inclusive access and accommodations throughout the application and selection process. We are continuously working to improve our systems, policies, and practices to ensure our employees, in all their diversity, can succeed. Should you require accessibility accommodation through the recruitment process, please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equality and diversity within its community and to a welcoming and inclusive workplace. We especially welcome applications from Indigenous persons, visible minority group members, persons with disabilities, people of all sexual orientations, genders and gender identities, members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.


Please submit your cover letter and your resume at this position will remain open until filled. We recognize the importance of a diversified workforce, and we encourage First Nations, Inuit and Metis candidates, members of visible minorities and persons with disabilities to apply.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates who have been short-listed will be contacted.

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