Assistant Director of Accounting

The Salvation Army - Finance Department
November 29, 2018
Toronto, Canada
$55,300 – $88,040
Competition #
Interested applicants must respond in writing to
Closing date
December 14, 2018



The Salvation Army is an international Christian denomination and social services organization, operating in 125 plus countries worldwide.   In Canada, the Army’s operations comprise 500 individual registered charities with assets of over $1 billion, an annual operating budget of nearly $500 million, 900 commissioned officers (pastors), 10,000 employees, and thousands of volunteers, the Army is one of the largest charities in Canada.

The Finance Department is comprised of 150 professional and support staff who provide corporate finance, accounting, financial reporting, investment, treasury management, and pension and payroll services to The Salvation Army. About half of the group is based at the Army’s head office in Toronto, with the remaining staff located in Calgary and St. John’s.


The Assistant Director of Financial Accounting reports to the Director of Accounting and assists with managing, supervising, and leading the day-to-day operation of the finance staff within the Territorial Headquarters of The Salvation Army. This position will assist in delivery and development of financial accounting services and solutions for The Salvation Army divisions, units, and ministries, and contribute to the strategic planning and execution of innovative accounting systems and solutions.



Provides oversight and management assistance in the provision of financial accounting services to on finance department clients:

  • Assists the Director in managing the day to day activities and functions of the financial accounting group as well as their development and training.
  • Work with various finance department clients including ministry units, divisional and territorial headquarters departments to enhance and establish accounting procedures and processes.
  • Ensure that all general ledger reconciliations and standard reports (internal and external) are completed accurately and on time.
  • Ensure that month end tasks are and accruals are completed to facilitate a five (5) day month-end close for all clients.
  • Creates strong relationship with divisions and ministry units by developing an in-depth understanding of payroll business processes, issues and automation requirements within each group.
  • Manages the distribution of work load within the accounting group to ensure effective and efficient work flow operations.
  • Ensure various tax rebates and government remittances are processes on a timely basis for each client entity to maximize cash flow to the unit.

Process and system development:

  • Assists the Director with the development and maintenance of the following systems as they apply to Accounting including Agresso, TEM, and T3010 software.
  • Assists the Director to ensure that system interfaces are properly designed and maintained.
  • Responsible for ongoing review of practices, processes and technology to identify opportunities for continued improvements in efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Working with the Director, perform research as required, especially when changes in legislation are announced, to implement and manage the required changes.

Audit preparation:

  • Reviews year-end trial balances and prepares final entries to close accounting records for the year, ensuring year-end accruals, allocations and eliminations are correctly applied.
  • Prepare draft statements and notes for presentation to external auditors.

Reporting services:

  • Preparation of annual charitable returns required for all clients on an annual basis.
  • Review and analyze client monthly financial statements, communicating observations and recommendations to applicable clients.
  • Prepare quarterly/annual government filing documents on behalf of client entities as requested.

Advisory services to clients:

  • Receives and resolves inquiries from ministry units, divisional headquarters, and territorial headquarters departments.
  • Arrange regular recurring consultation with clients to provide interpretation and answer questions on financial statements
  • Provide financial management advice regarding cash flow, target reserves , and budgetary variance analysis
  • Develop an understanding of clients, treating them with respect and courtesy at all times.



  • Completion of university degree in accounting from an accredit program
  • Working toward completion of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada designation (CPA).
  • Minimum six years senior experience in provision of financial accounting, preferably on a client based basis
  • An in-depth understanding of integrated, cross-functional system environment
  • Knowledge of the key business processes associated with accounting and financial management
  • Supervision of staff and leadership experience required
  • Experience in systems implementation
  • Experience in automated workflow environments and systems
  • Accounting systems knowledge and working knowledge of cloud and web-based applications
  • Excellent verbal and communication skills
  • Commitment to quality customer service
  • Ability to be an “out of box” thinker

Please include the competition # 18-068 in the subject line of your email.

Please include the competition # in the subject line of your email.

The Salvation Army will accommodate candidates as required under applicable human rights legislation. If you require a disability-related accommodation during this process, please inform us of your requirements.

In accordance with The Salvation Army policy and legislated requirements, employment is conditional upon the verification of credentials and completion of a background check.

Internal Applicants, please advise Department Heads of your intentions prior to submitting your application.

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