Vice President, Finance & Operations


Pathways to Education is a national, charitable organization breaking the cycle of poverty through education.  Its award-winning program is creating positive social change by supporting youth living in low-income communities to overcome barriers to education, graduate from high school, and build the foundation for a successful future.  Through the collective power of partnerships, Pathways to Education’s innovative program is preparing youth for tomorrow.


Reporting to the President & CEO, the Vice President Finance & Operations will provide oversight and leadership to all of Pathway Canada’s financial activities, strategically aligning the financial goals with the mission and vision of the organization to ensure long term sustainability and increased impact.  The Vice President Finance & Operations will serve as an integral member of a highly collaborative leadership team and work closely with the Board of Directors, the Audit, Investment and Risk Committee, and the organization’s program partners.  The Vice President Finance & Operations will provide leadership and guidance in the areas of finance, accounting, budgeting, compliance, risk-management, auditing and financial reporting and will lead a dedicated finance team to ensure that the day-to-day operations of the organization proceed efficiently and effectively. 


  • Advises the Leadership Team and the Board of Directors on all matters pertaining to finance policy ensuring that financial strategies, decisions and functions effectively facilitate achievement of the organizational goals.
  • Provides counsel in the formulation of overall fiscal policies, plans, and procedures regarding short- and long-term financial matters, strategies, and investments.
  • Prepares the general operating budget for presentation to the Board of Directors and monitors performance of the approved budget.  Maintains similar responsibility with respect to the management of special funds arising out of gifts, grants, or other allocations.
  • Reports to and collaborates with the Audit, Investment and Risk Committee of the Board.
  • Leads the evaluation of current comprehensive financial situation, including identification of risks and opportunities, and provides recommendations on alternate courses of action.
  • Oversees all financial reporting activities and provides accurate and up-to-date information on the financial activities of the organization.
  • Oversees the day-to-day administration and control of accounting, investment and payroll.
  • Functions to safeguard the organization’s assets and to ensure that financial transactions are processed accurately, timely, and are recorded in keeping with the accepted accounting standards and principles.
  • Oversees financial and operational audits, identifies opportunities for improved efficiencies and supervises the implementation of improvements to internal controls and/or operating procedures, including risk-management processes.
  • Leads an organizational data governance strategy including policies, practices and system enhancements required to protect and optimize the utilization of organization-wide data. 
  • Ensures all financial operations are carried out in compliance with organizational policies as well as relevant provincial and federal regulations, guidelines and laws.
  • Works closely with the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Development Officer, and Director of Government Partnerships to identify additional funding opportunities based on understanding of organizational expenses.  
  • Manages the effective development and retention of a high performing department team and ensures they are organized and deployed appropriately to achieve successful operation results.  Promotes a positive work culture that reflects the organization’s mission, vision and values.   


  • An experienced senior finance executive with a recognized accounting designation (CPA) and a track record of proven success and sound business judgement.
  • Demonstrated 10 years of progressively responsible experience including working with a cross functional leadership team, and setting and implementing organizational strategy.
  • A highly respected financial manager who is credible and comfortable with the work and is willing to roll up their sleeves to get the job done.
  • Knowledge about not-for-profit accounting principles, standards and regulations as established by the Canada Revenue Agency, CPA Canada, Imagine Canada, and other such bodies preferred.
  • Experience managing and reporting on organization-wide risk-management processes, including the creation and/or management of data governance strategies.
  • Excellent people skills with experience collaborating within a multi-disciplinary, diverse, and dynamic team.
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities, proposing new ways of creating efficiencies and increasing effectiveness.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to deliver persuasive presentations and to interact effectively with staff and volunteers at all levels of the organization.
  • Oral and written proficiency in French would be considered an asset.
  • Experience in an entrepreneurial, high-growth, mission-driven environment and or national, multi-level not for profit organization would be considered an asset.


To confidentially explore this opportunity, please submit a detailed cover letter and resume with the subject line Vice President Finance & Operations to [email protected] by February 25, 2019.  The review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Requests for additional information on the role and or confidential suggestions or nominations of suitable candidates may also be submitted to the email address above.  

Pathways Canada thanks all applicants for their interest.  Due to volume, only those who qualify for an interview will be contacted.

Pathways to Education Canada is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment.  Please advise us of any accommodations needed to ensure fair and equitable access throughout the recruitment and selection process.