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Job Title: Director of Finance and Operations

Job ID: 48156

Location: Canada

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


Toronto, Ontario, Canada CAN05


Nature United is a national organization committed to reimagining conservation across Canada. We believe that nature—thriving and full of life—is the foundation of strong communities, a prosperous economy, and a future worth passing on to our grandchildren. We believe that reconciliation is at the heart of our progress as a nation. And we believe that Canada can be a global beacon for hope. Our vision is a sustainable Canada where nature is the foundation of human well-being, prosperity and opportunity for future generations. We unite partners in governments, industries, non-profits and communities to define new pathways towards a sustainable future. We invest in people to drive change at the scale and pace needed to address the greatest challenges we face. As an affiliate of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), what we do is informed by the best global science and supported by the leadership of the world’s largest conservation organization. Established in 2014, Nature United is headquartered in Toronto and builds on the Conservancy’s long history of conservation achievements in Canada.

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The Director of Finance and Operations will provide overall direction and leadership for all operations functions within Nature United. The Director will be responsible for Finance and Accounting, Human Resources and Operations including facilities, information technology and organizational effectiveness. The position reports to the Executive Director and is a member of Nature United’s Leadership Team. The DFO will leverage constructive and effective relationships with a wide range of people, including senior management, public and private sector colleagues, and partners including financial/legal advisors and others.


The Director of Finance and Operations (DFO) will work towards meeting the strategic priorities of Nature United by leading finance/accounting, human resources and operations for the organization.

Finance & Accounting: The DFO is responsible for the management, maintenance and reporting of all financial data related to Nature United and The Nature Conservancy’s Canada Program. This includes annual budget development, monitoring and maintaining all financial information, providing board and management reports, working with project managers to track financial information, processing payrolls and payments and assisting with tracking of grants and contracts. The DFO assists in developing budgets for funding proposals and reports as well as reviewing, monitoring and overseeing private and government grant finances. S/he performs the annual accounting closing and reporting process and leads the annual financial audit. S/he is also responsible for supporting the relationship with The Nature Conservancy.

S/he also manages all aspects of Nature United’s bank account and general ledger for Nature United. The DFO provides relevant recommendations related to finances in the overall organizational planning, policy development and implementation for the Nature United Program. S/he serves as a resource to conservation, fundraising and other program staff on financial matters, policies, procedures and guidelines, and educates staff as required. The DFO works collaboratively with other members of the team to ensure that financial management processes in the field compliment and support project outcomes as well as long-term financial sustainability, and where necessary, designs financial management tools and processes to help facilitate this.

Human Resources: The DFO will be responsible for Human Resources and overseeing a range of functions including recruitment, performance management, training and employee relations. S/he will also be responsible for overseeing the team’s culture initiative and ensuring that we live up to our Shared Values as we strive for strong employee satisfaction and organizational excellence. S/he will oversee the team’s diversity, equity and inclusion objectives, create ongoing opportunities for relationship building and team cohesion, ensure process and tools support a decentralized organization and lead the ongoing evaluation process to assess progress.

Operations: S/he will reinforce consistency in the organization’s policies and procedures and provide direction related to operations, as well as to ensure compliance with Canadian charity laws for Nature United and US charity laws for The Nature Conservancy. S/he will be responsible for ensuring that programmatic work is collaborative and well-integrated across the team. S/he will lead the annual organizational planning and budgeting process. S/he will work with teams to establish and track measures that are indicators of progress and success. S/he will lead diverse activities, develop complex processes, project outcomes, and initiate solutions in order to improve organizational effectiveness. S/he will serve as team leader for the enhancement of systems and tools used by the team. S/he will be responsible for directing central administrative functions such as facility management, information technology, central filing and processing purchasing requests. S/he will oversee other operations staff.


  • Manage administrative or professional staff, including training, professional development, establishing clear directions, setting ‘stretch’ objectives, and overseeing the execution of day-to-day work;
  • Conceive, design and manage complex and diversified projects, including directing work of staff and ensuring program accountability;
  • Conceive and lead new programs/initiatives that will ensure program and organization-wide goals are achieved and to improve efficiency across the organization;
  • Provide timely and accurate financial reports and analysis to board members and project managers;
  • Develop and monitor budget and forecast plans, ensuring annual and strategic goals and objectives are met;
  • Lead Nature United’s annual financial audit with external auditors;
  • Oversee general accounting duties, manage and oversee Nature United bank account, income statement and balance sheet;
  • Oversee day-to-day financial activities such as purchasing, processing invoices, negotiating, and contracting with vendors;
  • Direct or participate in negotiations for complex, high profile, or sensitive agreements;
  • Ensure that programmatic commitments, Nature United policies and procedures, and financial standards are met and managed for ethical compliance, and adhere to Canadian and US charity laws;
  • Oversee Human Resource services, including but not limited to hiring, onboarding, training, compensation, employee relations, terminations and extended benefits;
  • Oversee the team culture initiative to ensure it is supported and we are living up to our Shared Values;
  • Maintain confidentiality of frequently sensitive and emotionally-charged information;
  • Make strategic decisions that may have program-wide impact and may bind the organization financially or legally;
  • Manage strategic initiatives through collaboration with stakeholders in order to enhance performance in accordance with short and long-term objectives;
  • Act independently and resolve complex issues within program area;
  • Minimize legal risk to Nature United and ensure legal compliance with applicable regulations;
  • Some travel required, as is flexibility with working hours; and
  • Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements and minor physical exertion and/or strain.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 8 years related experience or equivalent combination, including 3 years managing operations functions;
  • Financial / Accounting, Operations and HR experience;
  • Experience generating financial reports and analyzing and interpreting data;
  • Experience developing and administering departmental budget or equivalent;
  • Experience managing and supervising a multidisciplinary team;
  • Experience developing, managing and implementing multiple projects and strategic goals;
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams across multiple organizational levels;
  • Experience, coursework, or other training in principles, practices, and procedures of relevant field; and
  • Fluent English is required, ability to speak French is an asset.


  • Excellent communication skills including presentations, conversations, and documents;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and experience building effective relationships at all organizational levels;
  • Experience managing a diverse and geographically dispersed team;
  • Expert knowledge of current and evolving trends in relevant disciplines;
  • Experience working with board of directors and supporting board committees;
  • Proficiency in synthesizing materials from multiple sources into a coherent and accurate summary;
  • Proficiency in working independently as well as jointly with colleagues on a team;
  • Accounting degree and CPA, CGA or CMA certification, as well as non-profit GAAP accounting experience;
  • Understanding of best practices in non-profit management;
  • Leadership experience with organizational design and culture, human resources and improving organizational efficiency; and
  • Multi-cultural or cross-cultural experiences are appreciated.


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