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Town of Edson, AB

Finance Manager

Town of Edson, AB



We have an exciting opportunity for a Finance Manager to join the amazing Town of Edson. They are seeking an experienced and driven Financial Manager to lead their financial operations team. Reporting to the General Manager of Corporate Services, this position provides insight and expertise to support the financial planning of the Town, mitigates current and potential risks, as well as provides leadership and direction to the Accounting Supervisor in assisting with the day-to-day operation of the Town’s financial systems, processes and policies. The Finance Manager may also assist other areas of the Corporate Services department.

All Managers are responsible for modeling, upholding, enforcing, and contributing to a workplace culture of honesty, integrity, and respect, and one that is premised on the Organization’s core purpose: providing meaningful, innovative, and efficient services to Edson residents.


The Town of Edson was named after Edson J. Chamberlain, General Manager of the Grande Trunk Pacific Railroad in 1911. That same year, the community was incorporated as a village, then a town in 1912. The railroad provided access to the rich Alberta Coal Branch and Edson acted as a supply depot as the railroad pushed west. It was also the jumping-off point for those who travelled the Grande Prairie Trail to homestead in the Grande Prairie Region. In the 1950’s, upgrading of Highway 16 caused a dramatic increase in private, commercial and industrial traffic.

Edson’s growth over the years is based on the rich natural resources in the region. We have a steady and viable economy now and into the future. Enjoy the vast and beautiful trail system throughout the community, take in some local history at the Galloway Station Museum, enjoy some of the great recreation and culture programs offered through our Community Development team, and embrace a lifestyle that lets you reconnect with the things that matter the most.

Through their values, they want everyone working for the Town to feel heard and connected to the organization, they encourage approaching initiatives with a curious mind and they are open to all ideas and are willing to try new things. They recognize that each person’s individual role and efforts contribute to the outcomes of the entire organization, and that each and every interaction with their team is done with respect and kindness. They acknowledge a need to be understanding of others and to treat each other as they would like to be treated.

To be a collaborative, respectful and innovative workplace focused on serving the community and each other.

Communication, Creativity, Kindness, Respect, and Teamwork. To learn more about the Town of Edson, visit their website at


Primary Responsibilities and Authority
• Oversee the administration of all financial services and functions including financial planning, analysis, accounting controls, taxation and assessment, budget development, investments, grant reporting, asset/inventory protection, and financial statements.
• Maintain financial policy, controls, and systems, and make recommendations for improvement.
• Compare and analyze actual results with budgeted forecasts, monitor variances, identify trends, and recommend necessary actions.
• Compile Quarterly reports for Council.
• Ensure bank accounts are reconciled monthly and that corresponding journal entries are completed.
• Work with the General Manager of Corporate Services on the yearly budgeting process for the Town.
• Assist with the development, and implementation of multi-year Operating and Capital budgets.
• Establish and maintain contracts with financial contractors and/or consultants.
• Work with Finance team members to prepare audit working papers and account reconciliations; liaise with town-appointed Auditors and lead the Audit process.
• Update and maintain the Tangible Capital Assets (TCA) register and prepare TCA for the yearly audit.

• Serve as the Finance/Admin Section Chief backup in the Emergency Operations Centre during a disaster response.
• Maintain technical knowledge by attending educational workshops/webinars, and by reviewing relevant publications.
• Assist the General Manager of Corporate Services to be compliant and up to date with current and newly implemented accounting standards of the Public Sector

Accounting Board for Financial Reporting.
• Understand and comply with the Municipal Government Act and other provincial legislation, Town Bylaws, contracts, and policies.
• Manage the grant agreements and deadlines to enable the preparation and submission of grant status reports.
• Assume the managerial responsibilities of the General Manager of Corporate Services in case of their absence.
• Perform tasks consistent with the position, including special projects and assignments as may be required on an ad hoc basis, and as assigned by the General Manager of Corporate Services.

Human Resources, Team Management, and Leadership
• Provide outstanding leadership by modeling the way, inspiring a shared vision, challenging the process, encouraging heart and enabling others to act.
• Create a team environment that inspires hard work, dedication, collaboration, and excellence.
• Cultivate a working environment that embodies integrity, trust, and respect.
• Train, mentor, and support staff to ensure their success and professional growth, while delegating sufficient authority to enable independent and creative completion of assignments.
• Work with staff to recognize and support a balanced lifestyle.
• Manage challenging personal and interpersonal dynamics sensitively and respectfully; respond appropriately to reports of disrespectful conduct.
• In collaboration with Human Resources, manage the hiring, terms of employment, evaluation, discipline, and termination of employees.
• Provide recommendations to the General Manager regarding the organizational structure and staffing of the Department.

Financial and Budgetary
• Prepare and recommend annual departmental operating and capital budgets and asset renewal.
• Ensure that all procurement is completed in accordance with the approved budget, the Purchasing Policy, and other legal or policy requirements.
• Ensure fiscal responsibility and pursue alternative funding sources (e.g. grants) wherever possible.
• Authorize purchases and accounts within assigned spending limits.

Health and Safety
• Model and foster a positive culture in which Health and Safety are highly valued and prioritized.
• Comply with all Town policies, work procedures, rules, safety instructions, and relevant directives in the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Act, Regulation, and Code.
• Promote health and safety initiatives within the department.
• Participate in workplace safety initiatives, including inspections and audits.
• Report all incidents, including near misses, to appropriate personnel.

Policy Development/Administration
• Develop and recommend a long-range departmental planning framework by means of 3-year operational plans, multi-year capital plans, and Council-approved master plans.
• Prepare reports for the Department related to the position.
• Respect organizational and staff confidentiality.

Public Relations
• Foster positive and responsible working relationships with other government agencies, the private sector, community organizations, and residents.
• Identify and develop strategies and tangible engagement plans for building and enhancing effective relationships with stakeholders and public communication.

• Certified Professional Accounting Designation (CPA or equivalent) is preferred, or the Town may consider a suitably qualified candidate in the process of completing their designation.

• Knowledge of Public Sector Accounting Standards.
• At least 5 years directly related progressively responsible experience managing financial employees and functions.
• Experience working in a municipal environment. Preference will be given to Alberta experience.
• Experience with the following municipal-based software: Diamond (Great Plains), Questica Budgeting, and PSD Citywide Asset Suite.
• Completion of NACLAA Level I would be considered an asset.

• Excellent communication skills including written, verbal/interpersonal, and presentation skills.
• Demonstrated experience in high-level analytics, problem-solving, and team leading.
• Fully conversant in the use of Microsoft Office applications and other financial system databases.
• Ability to foster a collaborative team environment and contribute to its growth.
• Attention to detail and a high level of accuracy.
• Effective organizational and time management skills.
• History of contributing to a positive cultural environment.

SANDY JACOBSON | T: 780.944.1327| |

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