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Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Division: Aviation Forest Fire and Emergency Services (AFFES) Published: November 6, 2017
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Organization: Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Division: Aviation Forest Fire and Emergency Services (AFFES)

City: Sault Ste Marie

Job Term: 1 Permanent

Job Code: 20203 - Financial Officer 2 (B/U)

Salary: $1,069.40 - $1,309.07 Per Week* *Indicates the salary listed as per the OPSEU Collective Agreement.

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Posting Status: Open Targeted

Job ID: 113832

Are you looking to showcase your initiative and leadership skills? If so, do not miss this opportunity where you will provide financial support and expertise to the Aviation Services Management Team and support staff.

What can I expect to do in this role?

In this role you will:

• provide financial planning, management and analytical services of Section budgets and assess and report on financial performance

• provide financial reports and analysis to support operational planning and activities, ensuring accuracy and integrity, and provide recommendations to prevent control/financial risk

• conduct a review of budgets, operating expenditures, capital expenditures and revenue recovery as well as leading and coordinating audit activities

• provide advice, guidance and support to various staff on financial accounting and reporting

• support business planning/financial activities by coordinating external funding and leading and coordinating the financial management planning and in-year review

• prepare strategic financial analysis and recommendations to offset short and long term business/financial challenges

• act as a lead contact to the section management and staff on all financial and related administrative human resources matters

• work closely with the Information Services Officer to accurately forecast, process and maintain Aviation Services' recoveries in order to balance the budget

• provide regular updates and formal presentations to the Management Team

How do I qualify?

Financial and accounting knowledge and skills

  • You have thorough knowledge of government resource allocation, budget and estimates planning processes and related policies to conduct costing, assist in coordination of submissions, lead work planning and in-year financial reviews.
  •  You have sound knowledge of and experience with financial information systems such as the Integrated Financial Information System (IFIS).
  •  You have knowledge of guidelines and experience in all aspects of financial administration, including budgeting, planning, reporting, reporting processing, monitoring, and control to evaluate funding shortages and over-spending.
  • You have knowledge of auditing principles and practices used in assessing compliance.
  • You have knowledge of purchasing/accounts payable/accounts receivable policies and procedures, including requisitioning procedures, purchase card usage policy and travel claim expenditure guidelines, to provide advice on purchasing matters to staff and to participate in the contract management process.

Analytical and problem solving skills:

  • You have proven analytical skills to lead operational planning and budget estimating, to monitor budgets, and work through potentially contentious financial issues, pressures and constraints.
  •  You are efficient with verifying expenditures, researching and explaining discrepancies.
  • You have problem solving skills to provide strategic financial expertise and advice on a range of issues, identify risk and recommend remedial actions.

Leadership and organizational skills:

  • You have proven leadership and organizational skills to lead/guide staff on financial matters, budget coordination, youth programs and budget expenditure process issues.
  • You can effectively organize and maintain large amounts of data.

Communication and interpersonal skills:

  • You have well developed oral communication skills to make presentations, explain accounting and financial processes and issues.
  • You have advanced written communication skills to draft submissions, prepare reports, correspondence, briefings and presentations.
  • You have interpersonal skills and a high degree of tact and discretion to work effectively with all levels of staff and to participate on the Financial Officers forum; as well as to train junior staff members.


  • You have sound knowledge of general office software applications, manual and electronic financial information systems and databases, including advanced knowledge in Excel and spreadsheets.
  • You have the ability to learn program specific software, including A/CIMS, PIMS, WinAir, MSQL, MS ACCESS and COGNOS.

Other knowledge and skills:

  • You have auditing skills or knowledge to conduct process and financial audits and ensure compliance with government policies.

Additional Information:

Address: 475 Airport Rd, RR 2, Sault Ste Marie, North Region

Compensation Group: Ontario Public Service Employees Union

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Category: Finance and Economics

Posted on: Monday, November 6, 2017

Note: N-NR-113832/17

How to apply:

  1. You must apply online by visiting You must enter the job id number 113832 in the Job ID search field to locate the job ad.
  2. Your cover letter and resume combined should not exceed five (5) pages. For tips and tools on how to write a concise cover letter and resume, review the Writing a Cover Letter and Resume: Tips, Tools and Resources.
  3. Customize your cover letter and resume to the qualifications listed on the job ad. Using concrete examples, you must show how you demonstrated the requirements for this job. We rely on the information you provide to us.
  4. Read the job description to make sure you understand this job.
  5. OPS employees are required to quote their WIN EMPLOYEE ID number when applying.
  6. If you require a disability related accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please Contact Us to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours.

Please be advised that the results of this competition may be used to form an eligibility list of qualified candidates to potentially fill future vacancies represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). In accordance with the Collective Agreement, eligibility lists are shared with OPSEU representatives. By applying to this competition, you are providing consent that your name may be shared with OPSEU representatives.

All external applicants (including former employees of the Ontario Public Service) applying to a competition in a ministry or Commission public body must disclose (either in the cover letter or resume) previous employment with the Ontario Public Service. Disclosure must include positions held, dates of employment and any active restrictions as applicable from being rehired by the Ontario Public Service. Active restrictions can include time and/or ministry-specific restrictions currently in force, and may preclude a former employee from being offered a position with the Ontario Public Service for a specific time period (e.g. one year), or from being offered a position with a specific ministry (either for a pre-determined time period or indefinitely). The circumstances around an employee's exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment. 

Remember: The deadline to apply is Tuesday, November 21, 2017 11:59 pm EST. Late applications will not be accepted. We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for further screening or an interview will be contacted.

The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer. Accommodation is available under the Ontario Human Rights Code.