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Finance Officer

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Type of employment: 
Union Status: 
This position is included in the Nunavut Employees Union
Northern Allowance: 
Subsidized staff housing available
Closing Date: 
07 July 2017

This employment opportunity is open to all applicants.

Reporting to the Manager of Finance; the Finance Officer provides accounting services to the Department within all applicable legislation, including the Government of Nunavut Financial Administration Manual, acts, policies, regulations, directives, financial accounting requirements and departmental procedures to ensure appropriate and effective controls are in place and adhered to, and that financial transactions are processed in a timely manner. The incumbent provides financial accounting services to the Department; maintains the Department’s financial coding structure and provides financial operational advice and guidance to the regional offices of the department.

The Finance Officer reviews and verifies accounts payable and commitment documents for the department to ensure that transactions are accurate and complete and made in accordance with all financial administration directives , policies and procedures; monitors processing of expenditures to ensure payments to suppliers, clients and employees are received in a timely fashion; develops and implements training programs related to employee travel and assists in the delivery of the training; monitors all applicable financial procedures to identify and recommend the need for additional or improved controls in the department; maintains the department’s coding structure by preparing appropriate coding or amending existing coding in consultation with managers both in Headquarters and the regions; prepares necessary journal vouchers for correction to financial coding; assists in the development of training of all staff on proper procedures for financial coding transactions; provides expertise, advice and direction to the Department of Health Headquarters and Regional staff in financial operations; responds to inquiries from suppliers, clients and employees on the status of their payments.

The successful candidate will have knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles, tendering, and contract law. Ability to recognize and address complex financial problem areas for further investigation to ensure compliance with legislation, the Government of Nunavut Financial Manual, acts, policies, regulations, directives, financial requirements and departmental procedures. Ability to communicate with staff at headquarters, regions and other departments in order to gain their compliance with required financial policies and regulations. Ability to use microcomputer programs (spreadsheets and word processing) is necessary.

The knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position are normally obtained through the completion of a Diploma in Public Business Administration; enrolment in a recognized accounting program and a minimum of three years’ experience in a financial organization. Equivalencies that consist of an acceptable combination of education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.

Fluency in more than one of Nunavut’s official language is an asset. Knowledge of Inuit language, communities, culture, land and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit is an asset.

An eligibility list may be created to fill future vacancies.

  • The Government of Nunavut is committed to creating a more representative workforce so it can better understand and serve the needs of Nunavummiut. Priority will be given to Nunavut Land Claims Beneficiaries. 
  • Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Nunavut Priority Hiring Policy. 
  • Employment in some positions requires an acceptable criminal record check. Possession of a criminal record will not necessarily disqualify candidates from further consideration. 
  • Job descriptions may be obtained by fax, email or on the website. 
  • Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Department of Finance (Iqaluit)

Government of Nunavut
PO Box 1000, Station 430, Iqaluit, Nunavut X0A 0H0
Phone: (867) 975-6222
Toll Free: 1-888-668-9993
Fax: (867) 975-6220