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Position: Director of Finance
Organization: Coast Funds
Location: Vancouver BC

Director of Finance

Coast Funds is globally recognized as a model of permanent conservation financing that invests to strengthen the well-being of First Nations and the ecological integrity of the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii. Founded with $118 million in 2007, Coast Funds is a partnership of private foundations and government. Currently, Coast Funds has approved over $77 million towards 330 conservation and sustainable development projects in the region. Coast Funds is comprised of two separate organizations, namely the Coast Conservation Endowment Fund Foundation (the Foundation) and Coast Economic Development Society (the Society). While the Foundation and Society each have different goals, their vision, mission and work are integrally linked. Learn more:

This is an exciting time to join the team at Coast Funds. The Board renewed its strategic plan this year with a key focus on developing a long-term vision with respect to the intergenerational sustainability of the endowment fund. Efforts on this are led by this leadership role in collaboration with the Executive Director. Further, Coast Funds is seeking to evolve its leading socially responsible investment practices, a key area led by the Director of Finance in support of the Board.

As a collaborative business partner and influential member of Coast Fund’s leadership team, the Director of Finance will be hands-on and involved in all aspects of the financial operations of Coast Funds. The Director has overall responsibility for Coast Funds’ accounting and financial reporting; planning, budgeting, and forecasting; treasury; investment reporting; policy development; disbursements of funding to First Nations; compliance reporting, performance monitoring and forecasting; risk management; administration of HR; and management of information technology and organization’s assets. Finally, in reporting directly with the Executive Director, the Director will make regular presentations and provide support to the Board’s Investment, Finance, and Audit Committee. The Director will also be actively involved with the ED in the long-term strategic planning of Coast Funds with a focus on evolving the organization’s socially responsible investment practices and furthering the long-term sustainability of the endowment fund.

We are seeking to connect with seasoned accounting professionals backed by a CPA designation combined with over 5 years of financial leadership experience. Ideally, you have experience working with non-profits and/or charitable organizations with insight on how foundations are structured and managed. More importantly, you want to be part of helping to advance the financial stewardship and leadership of an organization that is making an impact. Using your strong financial acumen, written communication, risk analysis and strategic planning skills, you are viewed as a leader who produces top quality deliverables. You are an exceptional communicator with strong listening, mentorship and team building skills. Results driven, self-motivated and well-organized, you are able to take initiative and can work independently while never losing sight of the mission of the organization as defined by the Board. Prior experience supporting the Finance Committee of the Board would be an asset.

The team at Coast is small, requiring a Director who wants to leverage his/her financial expertise to help build a non-profit with a big mandate. If you are at a stage in your career where you are ready to bring your financial leadership to advance the mission of Coast Funds, then we look forward to hearing from you. Coast Funds is partnering with WMC on this exciting opportunity, therefore, please submit your resume and cover letter in confidence at and feel free to contact Kataneh Sherkat of WMC at (604) 443-3717 for more information.

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GoodWork ID: 43673       Date posted to Jan 17 2018