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Director Of Finance And Administration

Director of Finance and Administration

  • Toronto, ON
  • Applications have closed.
  • Salary: $100k+

Website Canadian Stage Company

POSITION TITLE:                            Director of Finance and Administration

STATUS:                                           Full-time Permanent

START DATE:                                  June 2019


Canadian Stage, one of Canada’s leading professional non-profit theatres, is searching for a full time Director of Finance and Administration to join our team.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Finance and Administration guides Canadian Stage’s financial policy and direction while also being an active partner with the senior leadership team in planning the organization’s future strategy, implementing ongoing operations, and enhancing CS’ commitment to equity, diversity, accessibility and inclusivity.

She or he will lead all financial administration, business planning, budgeting, and human resource administration. The Director of Finance and Administration collaborates closely with peers on the senior leadership team, including the Director of Production, Director of Marketing & Communications, Director of Development, and Producer, as well as the Board Treasurer and Finance and Audit Committee. The Director of Finance and Administration directly oversees 5.5 FTE member finance and administration team.   Canadian Stage’s annual operating budget ranges from $8.5M to $10M, subject to programming cycles.

This position full-time salaried, with a competitive salary with benefits will be provided.


  • Guide financial decisions by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing internal controls, and operational policies and procedures; make recommendations for increased efficiency and effectiveness
  • With the Executive Director, develops and implements the annual operating budgets and 5-year budget outlooks, monitors performance against budget, with regular variance reporting
  • Coordinate and direct daily and periodic accounting operations and processes, assuring that financial records and systems are maintained in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
  • Participate in the strategic planning process as an integral member of the senior leadership team through development and use of predictive models and activity-based financial analyses
  • Cultivates an organizational culture of shared financial management, develops tools for forecasting and scenario planning, brings financial perspective to strategic decisions
  • Perform cash flow analysis and planning to ensure availability of funds as needed
  • Maximize return and limit risk on cash by managing bank balances, and overseeing investments
  • Supervise general accounting duties including A/P, A/R, G/L analysis
    Monitor and confirm financial condition by conducting internal audits
  • Lead communication with external auditors and supervise the annual audited financial statements and annual returns
  • Prepare accurate interim financial statements and special reports for both internal and external use, through collection, analysis, and consolidation of financial data
  • Prepare annual operating and capital budgets and quarterly re-forecasts.
  • Achieve budget objectives by scheduling expenditures, analyzing variances, and initiating corrective actions
  • Liaise with the Finance Committee and participate in Committee and Board meetings
  • Manage reporting on government grants as required
  • Direct human resources functions, including recruitment, hiring, termination, and development and management of employment policies
  • Work closely with hiring managers to ensure consistent application of human resource policies and best practices
  • Ensure compliance with federal, provincial, and local requirements, through research and awareness of existing, new, or anticipated legislation, and liaise with legal counsel to advise management on needed actions or potential impacts
  • Ensure effective management and support of internal information systems including telephone system, telecom providers, computer hardware and software, and all network infrastructures


  • You are a qualified accountant with demonstrable experience of financial management, no less than 10 years’ experience in management, who has performed effectively in a role that requires the ability to deal with a wide range of strategically, operationally-significant and time-sensitive issues
  •  Experience gained in the cultural and/or not-for-profit sectors, while not a requirement, is considered advantageous
  • You must be experienced in managing organizational change
  • The successful candidate will have, at the very least, an interest in the arts
  • A key attribute you require is the ability to build external relationships and to work effectively across internal teams and with stakeholders (including government departments and agencies, funders, auditors, etc.). You are an effective communicator, skilled at building consensus and ensuring understanding
  • You have robust and demonstrable experience managing and engaging staff
  • Experience with unionized environments, not-for-profit organizations, Boards, as well as multiple stakeholders is a strong asset


Founded in 1987, Canadian Stage is one of the country’s leading not-for-profit contemporary performing arts organizations. The company produces, presents, commissions, and collaborates with multiple partners on cross-disciplinary work with a focus on performance styles that integrate theatre, dance, film, visual arts and more. Sharing innovative and vibrant performance work from Canada and around the world, the company stages an annual season at three Toronto venues (The Bluma Appel Theatre at TOLive; The Berkeley Street Theatre; and the High Park Amphitheatre), in addition to running a series of artist training through our MFA in Theatre Stage Direction in collaboration with York University, RBC Emerging Artist Program, and TD Programs, Canadian Stage has established a distinct place within the national cultural landscape. Operating in the culturally vibrant downtown east end of Toronto, Canadian Stage is a home for new, challenging dynamic art forms, as well as an incubator and exporter of leading edge contemporary and multidisciplinary activity. For more information, visit


Submit a letter of interest and CV to Lisa Traini, by Friday, April 12 via email: Please note “CS Director of Finance and Administration” as the subject line. No telephone inquiries, please.

We thank everyone who applies, but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.  All applications are considered confidential. Canadian Stage welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process

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