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YWCA Peterborough-Director of Finance and Administration

Director of Finance and Administration


LOCATION: Peterborough

HOURS OF WORK: Permanent, full-time (35 hours/week)



For well over a century, YWCA has been a leader in the local community. We’ve provided life-saving, award-winning programs and services to over 20,000 women and children escaping violence and our primary focus is on safety: immediate protection from violence and abuse.

To that end, every day of the year, every hour of the day, the YWCA is here. Year after year, the need for our services continues to increase. Until the need for our services stops, neither will we.

We take pride in ensuring we’re always improving, always being as efficient as possible and always taking responsibility to manage ourselves prudently to ensure the support we receive does the good it was intended.

That’s why we take great care to build and maintain a robust, talented Leadership Team. The Director of Finance will work with the Leadership Team to support all aspects of the YWCA’s finances and IT systems. The Leadership Team leads the YWCA toward saving and changing more women’s and children’s lives, which ultimately leads to women and children thriving in our local communities.



Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Finance provides leadership in financial and capital asset management, personnel management systems, organization-wide technology, and administrative support.  The Director of Finance functions within a management team implementing organizational strategic plan, provides direct support to the Finance Committee and Board of Directors in financial matters, and ensures strong data integrity and interface between philanthropic and accounting functions. The Director of Finance and Administration is a member of the Directors team of the YWCA and may act as a resource to the Board and its Committees.



  • Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation an asset.  
  • University Degree in Finance, Business Administration or other similar field of study with experience in Not for Profit Fund accounting
  • Minimum 5-7 years progressively responsible experience and at least 3 years management/supervisory experience, preferably in a not-for-profit organization
  • Experience in producing budget submissions and reports to provincial and municipal government funders
  • 1 to 2 years’ experience in the management of Property and Information Technology
  • Excellent knowledge of information systems and infrastructures gained through experience or study
  • Advanced financial management skills to participate in the development of the YWCA and department budgets and manage the department’s budget
  • Advanced knowledge of legislation governing accounting, payroll, privacy, security and confidentiality
  • Experience with accounting software such as Adagio, PayDirt and Donor Perfect for accounting functions, reporting, etc.
  • Supervisory skills in a unionized environment including mentoring, motivation, coaching and communication skills to provide instructions and guidance to staff within the context of a collective agreement
  • Advanced ability to work with diverse communities, including public officials and community leaders
  • A satisfactory Criminal Reference Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening
  • Valid Driver’s License and access to a reliable motor vehicle with appropriate business class liability insurance may be required for occasional work-related travel



  • Excellent ability to use MS Office (e.g. Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Advanced knowledge of effective strategic planning, research, policy processes and evaluation techniques and proven ability to lead change and find creative solutions in a collaborative environment.
  • Critical thinking skills and ability to think analytically with attention to detail in highly important matters in the presence of frequent interruptions
  • Ability to make decisions of sound judgment, within tight timelines, consulting when appropriate to understand organizational impacts
  • Excellent planning, time-management , multi-tasking and organizational skills
  • Advanced written, oral communication and interpersonal skills providing articulate, constructive, meaningful and timely interaction at all levels with the ability to make complex issues understandable
  • Advanced financial management skills to develop and manage the agency budget
  • Excellent mentoring, coaching and communication skills to provide instructions and guidance to staff with respect to activities, challenges and questions
  • Strong dispute resolution and crisis management skills
  • Change management skills to achieve agency objectives
  • Advanced understanding and commitment to quality service and best practice
  • Ability to deal with extremely sensitive and personal information in a confidential manner
  • Acts with integrity, trustworthiness, humility, transparency and compassion




Commensurate with experience. Excellent Benefit Plan.


Interested in joining our team and making a difference in the lives of women and children? Please

submit cover letter and resume by 4 pm, Thursday May 25, 2017 to:


Tanya Scott - Human Resources Manager,


In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), YWCA Peterborough Haliburton is committed to providing accessible employment practices. If you require an accommodation for a disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please notify Human Resources Manager.


YWCA is an equal opportunity employer

We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. For more information about the YWCA Peterborough Haliburton, please visit: