Full-time, Permanent Position
Closes: February 5, 2021
Starting salary range: $145,000-$150,000 annually

The role:

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO), under the direction of the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO), is responsible for overseeing, analyzing, and interpreting all financial and accounting functions of the MNO, to ensure compliance with the directives of the Provisional Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario (PCMNO), the Finance and Audit Committee, external auditors, funding agreements, legislative requirements, GAAP, and MNO Financial Policies.

In this role, the Chief Financial Officer will oversee annual revenues of 50M+ and a team of 10-15 people. The Chief Financial Officer will be part of the Senior Management Team, responsible for leading the overall organization (300+ employees) in concert with the Chief Operating Officer (programs and services), Chief Strategy Officer (government, community, and citizen supports) and Strategic Human Resources Advisor (people and work culture).

The creation of this new role reflects the dramatic growth of the Métis Nation of Ontario, and the emerging complexity of the financial infrastructure needed to support it as it transitions to a fully recognized and resourced third order of government–one of the first fully recognized Metis Governments in Canada.  This role requires a seasoned leader who has both business and political acumen, the experience to effectively lead people and change (processes, systems and policies), the desire to expand the visibility and credibility of the Finance function, and the passion to work in a dynamic, fast-paced, multi-issue environment.

Who we are:

In 1993, the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) was established through the will of Métis people and Métis communities coming together throughout Ontario to create a Métis-specific governance structure and vision, encapsulated in the Statement of Prime Purpose, which has been central to the MNO’s success over the last 27 years. Some of the goals set out in the MNO Statement of Prime Purpose include:

  • Creating a Métis-specific governance structure for the implementation of the nation’s inherent right to self-government in the province;
  • Establishing a credible and recognized identification system for Métis people within the province;
  • Focusing on ‘nation building’ through working together as a collective in order to support Métis citizens and communities;
  • Pursuing a rights-based agenda and proudly asserting the Métis existence as a distinct Aboriginal people within Ontario;
  • Protecting and preserving the distinct culture and heritage of the Métis Nation in the province; and,
  • Improving the social and economic well-being of Métis children, families and communities throughout the province.

Today, the Métis Nation of Ontario has built a province-wide governance structure which includes: an objectively verifiable, centralized registry of over 20,000 Métis citizens; approximately 31 Chartered Community Councils across the province which represent Métis citizens at the local level; a provincial governing body that is elected by ballot box every four years; an Annual General Assembly where regional and provincial Métis leaders are required to report back to Métis citizens yearly between elections; a charitable foundation which promotes and support Métis culture and heritage (Métis Nation of Ontario Cultural Commission); and an economic development arm (Métis Voyageur Development Fund).

In addition, the Métis Nation of Ontario has built an accountable, results-based provincial delivery structure to meet the socio-economic needs of its citizens and communities. Currently, the MNO delivers programs and services to its citizens through these branches: Healing and Wellness; Education and Training; Housing; Lands, Resources and Consultation; Intergovernmental and Community Relations; Self-Government and Registry. Through these various branches, the MNO maintains 30+ service delivery access points across the province, administers over $50 million annually, and employs about 300 personnel across the province.

What we offer:

As an employer, the Métis Nation of Ontario offers a collaborative work environment with competitive salary, comprehensive employer-paid health benefits, a pension plan (5%, employer matched), 15 days vacation to start, annual paid two-week holiday closure in December-January, 15 paid public and employer holidays, early closures on long weekends, and 15 paid health & wellness days (sick leave).

Key responsibilities of this role include:

  • Lead the transformation of the Finance Branch, including introducing new finance systems, optimizing processes, and building a high-performance team.
  • Assess operating results in terms of performance against budget, cash flow planning, tracking key operational performance metrics and conducting financial audits as required.
  • Oversee the administration of the organization’s funds according to budgets, monitor financial expenditures, and provide reports and forecasts.
  • Establish financial and administrative controls, provide direction to the key decision makers on overarching financial decisions, taking into account fiscal realities and Branch structure, identify and evaluate risks, both internal and external, and elevate these risks for discussion and action.
  • Oversee the process to develop annual budgets with budget holders, provide reporting on budgets both internally and externally to F&A Committee and PCMNO, and oversee MNO’s long-term financial plan, with a view towards sustainability.
  • Work with the Infinity and Prosperity Trusts and the Métis Voyageur Development Fund to play a role in investment decisions.
  • Play a key role in developing and implementing strategic plans, and overseeing the development of long term and short- term plans, in collaboration with the Senior Management Team, Secretary-Treasurer of the PCMNO, and external stakeholders, such as PCMNO, auditors, governments and communities.


Education, Knowledge, Skills & Attributes:

  • Chartered Professional Accountant or equivalent
  • 5-7 years of progressive experience in a management role in a financial environment (C-Suite or Director level preferred)
  • 1-2 years previous experience as an Executive Director, ADM, or CFO for a government department, private corporation or complex Not for Profit with revenue of $40-50M+ annually preferred
  • Graduate degree or an advanced degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Management, or a related field preferred
  • Experience and knowledge in dealing with accounting systems, budgets, internal controls, business planning and asset management
  • Experience with strategic development and initiative-based project leadership
  • Experience with managing cross-branch and cross-disciplinary resource allocation
  • Experience with government funding models and multi-funder environments
  • Experience coaching, mentoring and developing director and management-level employees, as well as building high performance teams
  • Experience working with Finance and Audit Committees, external auditors, and an elected Board of Directors (Provisional Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario)
  • A clear and solid understanding of the issues faced by the Métis Nation of Ontario and Métis and Indigenous People in Ontario
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain effective relationships with key internal and external stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to lead strategic planning, innovation, change management, and continuous improvement initiatives
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate and model positive change, and hold self and others accountable for achieving it
  • Demonstrated ability to be an effective leader on a senior management team, and to build and maintain collaborative and effective relationships with the team
  • Demonstrated ability to balance completion of own work with that of the team, superior organization skills and time/priority-management
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate a team to accomplish objectives
  • Demonstrated ability to solve conflicts and to manage challenging situations
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly acquire and expand knowledge and to be flexible in a demanding and dynamic environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced multi-issue environment, serving a wide range of varied internal and external interests
  • Demonstrated ability to identify key stakeholders and build a plan to establish and maintain effective relationships with same
  • Strong focus on balancing leading effectively in an environment that values consultation and collaboration, with achieving results by delegating, setting expectations, and monitoring progress of direct reports
  • Sound analytical thinking, planning, prioritization, and execution skills
  • Strong understanding of risk management
  • Strong business acumen and political acumen
  • Strong formal and informal leadership skills as part of a senior management team
  • Strong understanding of core business functions (Finance and Information Technology primarily) and how they support the organization
  • Advanced communications skills, both written and verbal, and the ability to communicate clearly to a non-financial audience
  • High degree of personal accountability
  • High degree of tact, diplomacy and discretion
  • A role model for others in terms of ethics and integrity
  • A high degree of technology literacy and proficiency in standard office equipment
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a high degree of self awareness

The Métis Nation of Ontario is a diverse and inclusive employer, and we welcome applications from all qualified candidates. Preference may be given to qualified Métis candidates.

Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Please email humanresources@metisnation.org if you require an accommodation during the hiring process.

Please email recruitment@metisnation.org if you are having issues with your application with your resume and cover letter or have any questions about the role.

We thank all applicants for their interest but advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

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