Director, Finance, Corporate Services (CFO) Job in Iqaluit, NU at Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Iqaluit (Nunavut)


Permanent Full Time

$112,300 to $132,100 (Plus Northern allowances (approx. $25,000 to $40,000+), and housing available – see Important Messages)

Closing date: 13 October 2020 – 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: For this selection process, applicants will be considered in the following order:

(1) Those who are Inuit enrolled under the Nunavut Agreement.

(2) If there are no qualified Inuit enrolled under the Nunavut Agreement,

persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad will be considered.

Applicants are encouraged to apply ONLY if they are willing and able to work in or relocate to Iqaluit, Nunavut.

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Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation


We are looking to fill our Director, Finance and Corporate Services (Chief Financial Officer) position. This is the perfect position for someone who wants to work with a great team on interesting files related to financial management, corporate services and human resources.

This position in Iqaluit comes with a competitive salary, health and dental benefits, an employee pension PLUS applicable northern allowances of approximately $25,000/year to $40,000/year, as well as vacation travel assistance for you, your spouse/common-law partner and eligible dependents, of approximately $3,000 per person**.

Federal government housing and financial assistance for relocation are available**.

No cover letter needed! Our online application process includes a specially designed questionnaire that will help you provide all the information we need to fully assess your application. Just complete the questionnaire and attach your CV. If for technical reasons, you are unable to submit your application online, please contact Elizabeth Lesiak at [email protected] to discuss alternative methods to submit your application.

**For more information, please consult the following links: Isolated Posts and Government Housing Directive for more information: http://www.njc-cnm.gc.ca/ directive/ipgh-pile/ index-eng.php. and Relocation Directive: http://www.njc-cnm.gc.ca/ directive/nrd-drc/index-eng.php


The Director of Finance and Corporate Services serves as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), comptroller and corporate services officer for the Agency. As a valued member of the Senior Management team in a small Agency, the Director has the opportunity to lead and provide advice and guidance on a wide-range of interesting files and participates in strategic direction setting and decision making.

Work environment

Established in August 2009, the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) is the only federal department with an exclusive mandate for the North. It is headquartered in Iqaluit, Nunavut with regional offices in Yellowknife (Northwest Territories), Whitehorse (Yukon) and a liaison office in Ottawa (Ontario). This position is located at CanNor’s headquarters in Iqaluit and it is supported by staff in Iqaluit and Ottawa.

CanNor’s vision is to develop a strong, diversified, sustainable and dynamic economy for all northerners and Indigenous peoples across Canada’s three Territories. As the smallest of the Government of Canada’s five regional development agencies (approximately 115 staff), CanNor provides a unique opportunity for individuals looking to be part of a small but mighty organization that leverages its nimbleness to tackle some serious, high-profile socio-economic issues.

Intent of the process

Please note: We have an immediate need to staff one indeterminate position.

Inuit enrolled under the Nunavut Agreement who are found qualified in this staffing process will be appointed ahead of other qualified applicants.

Interchange Canada may also be used as a staffing option***.

*** Note: Interchange Canada is a program that gives people working outside the Government of Canada (for example, employees of Inuit organizations, Government of Nunavut, the private sector etc.) the chance to take a leave from their job on a temporary assignment to work within the federal government. There is no cost to the employee’s organization – the federal government reimburses the employee’s salary and employees maintain their benefits! If you would like more information, email Elizabeth Lesiak at [email protected] or click here: https://www.canada.ca/en/treasury-board-secretariat/services/professional-development/interchange-canada.html

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

You must meet all essential qualifications in order to be appointed to the position. Other qualifications may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed.

Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution or an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience.

Degree equivalency

E1: Significant* experience in the management of two (2) or more of the following areas: financial policy, financial systems, internal controls, accounting operations, financial reporting, resource management or procurement.

E2: Significant* experience in analyzing financial information and providing financial and strategic recommendations to senior executives.

E3: Experience in working collaboratively with internal clients and external stakeholders.

E4: Experience in the management of human resources.

  • Significant experience is understood to mean the depth and breadth of experience normally associated with having performed a broad range of various related activities which are normally acquired over a period of at least two (2) years.

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)

Occupational certification:
ACERT-01: Eligibility for the Chartered Professional Accounting (CPA) designation program through the workforce stream or in possession of the CPA designation.

For more information: https://www.cpacanada.ca/en/become-a-cpa/pathways-to-becoming-a-cpa/cpa-pep-admission-requirements-workforce

AE1: Experience leading financial management operations for government (territorial, provincial, Indigenous, municipal or federal), non-governmental organization, non-profit organization or publicly traded private sector company.

AE2: Experience working in a Northern environment, preferably Nunavut, the Northwest Territories or the Yukon.

AE3: Experience working in a cross-cultural environment, specifically as it relates to Inuit (culture and values) and non-Inuit populations.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

Various language requirements

Information on language requirements

K1. Knowledge of the principles and practices of management accounting, planning and control.

Leadership competencies:
KLC1. Create Vision and Strategy

KLC2. Mobilize People

KLC3. Uphold Integrity and Respect

KLC4. Collaborate with Partners and Stakeholders

KLC5. Promote Innovation and Guide Change

KLC6. Achieve Results

For more information on the Key Leadership Competencies, you can visit the Treasury Board Secretariat website at the following address: https://www.canada.ca/en/treasury-board-secretariat/services/professional-development/key-leadership-competency-profile/examples-effective-ineffective-behaviours.html

Abilities :
A1. Ability to analyze information (financial and non-financial) and make recommendations.

A2. Ability to communicate effectively.

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

AA1: Ability to speak Inuktut.


Preference given to Inuit enrolled under the Nunavut Agreement (e.g. Beneficiaries of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement).


  • Willing and able to work overtime on short notice.
  • Willing and able to travel.

Conditions of employment


Security Clearance: Secret

Medical clearance: The incumbent and their dependents (including spouse or common law partner and children) may be required to obtain Health Canada medical clearance in accordance with the Isolated Posts and Government Housing Directive.

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

The Selection Board may choose to communicate with candidates by e-mail to provide or request information and to invite candidates to participate in any portion of the assessment including: interviews, written assessments, situational exercises and/or reference checks.

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice.

The Public Service of Canada is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise the Public Service Commission or the departmental official in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner.

Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.



Preference will be given to veterans and to Canadian citizens, in that order, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

About the Company

Company: Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Company Location:  Iqaluit, NU

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About Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency