Manager, Financial Reporting

Accounting & Finance
Nova Scotia
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Manager of Financial Reporting
Halifax, NS
Reference HL-16716

Our client, 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 19,000 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.

Dalhousie Financial Services strives to provide the highest quality financial services and information to ensure the effective stewardship of University assets to the benefit of students and scholarly activities. Financial Services is a core service unit of the University, providing services in areas of financial accounting, budgeting, procurement, risk management, cash management, and financial systems and policies. Reporting to the Associate Director, Research Finance, the Manager of Financial Reporting will provide senior level finance and accounting support for Research Finance group.

Key Responsibilities include:


  • Responsible for financial oversight on research contracts and awards, including the set up of new large or complex accounts, reviewing all financial reports for funding agencies for compliance with agreed upon terms, and reviewing information from large institutional projects.
  • Responsible for the ongoing financial audits and reporting responsibilities in the Research Finance group, including the research funding compliance program, the annual Single Audit report required by United States funding agencies, and all standalone funding agency audits.
  • Serve as a resource person/advisor to faculty, departmental administrators, support staff regarding the policies and procedures of the University related to financial administration in relation to the research projects.
  • Review and develop improved institutional research reporting provided to senior management.
  • Manage the research accounting team (5) in financial services, including interviewing, hiring, training, ensuring work is distributed effectively, ongoing daily supervision and performance management.
  • Provide support for the annual financial audit, preparation of annual financial statements and other annual and ad hoc financial reporting requirements.
  • Special projects, as required relating to research.

The ideal candidate will possess:


  • Undergraduate degree in a field such as Business, plus a professional accounting designation (CPA) with at least five years’ post qualification experience, ideally in post-secondary education.
  • Experience working in a public accounting audit firm considered an asset.
  • Strong leadership abilities, along with demonstrated supervisory experience is required.
  • Must be able to exercise initiative and independent judgment in a complex organizational environment. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal) are required.
  • The ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with others is key.
  • Flexibility and creative problem-solving skills are vital to this role.

The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate proficiency in Dalhousie’s core and leadership competencies, in particular:


  • Integrity
  • Respect & Inclusion
  • Thinking & Acting Strategically
  • Relationship Building
  • Accountability for Performance & Results

Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Their total compensation package includes a defined benefit pension plan, health and dental plans, a health spending account, an employee and family assistance program and a tuition assistance program.

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 with a disability, racialized persons, including persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of their community. For more information, please visit

A complete application must include a completed Self-Identification Questionnaire, which is available here. Please download the form and attach a completed copy to your resume when applying.

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