Senior Financial Accountant

The Salvation Army
July 29, 2020
St. John's, Canada
Job Type
$45,400 - $60,000
Competition #
Interested applicants must respond in writing to
Closing date
August 5, 2020


The Salvation Army is an international Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible; its ministry is motivated by love for God and the needs of humanity.

Mission Statement

The Salvation Army exists to share the love of Jesus Christ, meet human needs and be a transforming influence in the communities of our world.

Core Values

The Salvation Army Canada and Bermuda has four core values:

Hope: We give hope through the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Service: We reach out to support others without discrimination.
Dignity: We respect and value each other, recognizing everyone’s worth.
Stewardship: We responsibly manage the resources entrusted to us.

Position Purpose Summary:

The Senior Financial Accountant (“SFA”)is a leader of an accounting group and reports to the Assistant Director of Financial Accounting. Utilizing hands-on accounting experience and an in-depth understanding of accounting principles and organizational practices, the SFA will perform complex accounting activities and process development. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, accountability for account reconciliation, financial reporting, budget preparation, and provision of financial management advice to various stakeholders.


Provides maintenance and validity of the general ledger and related financial and analytical activities:

  • Manages monthly closing of the financial records and posting of month end information to ensure the accuracy of financial statements
  • Masters the Salvation Army policies to ensure expenditure claims, accrual and journal entries are appropriate and accurate as well as revenue accounts are correctly coded
  • Evaluates scenarios where internal policies are in conjunction with laws
  • On a monthly basis, reviews unit financial statements for accuracy, and financial health (i.e. Cash flow, fund balances, budgetary performance, etc.)
  • Develops new processes to promote efficiencies and improve internal controls
  • Implements and maintains systems and policies to support new processes
  • Advises and mentors accountants and partners regarding policy, tax law and accounting principles
  • Prepares the monthly journal entries to record purchases and sales of investment portfolio assets, and any related gain or loss, based on the information supplied to him/her by the Investment Officer
  • Approves journal entries prepared by others.
  • Performs significant account reconciliations ensuring that they are prepared on a timely basis and that appropriate clearing actions are taken
  • Researches and reconciles discrepancies on the bank reconciliations
  • Identifies errors and instructs the team of the required corrections
  • Prepares various accruals / pre-paid and ensures transactions are reflected in the appropriate accounting period.

Provides oversight and assistance with preparation of financial documents and reporting tools:

  • Prepares annual audit schedule and financial statements in accordance with the requirements of the funding agreements.
  • Prepares and or oversees preparation of client entities’ annual Registered Charity Information Returns by staff.
  • Ensures government filings are prepared in accordance with all applicable policies and guidelines.
  • Critically reviews and analyzes monthly budget variance report and balance sheet accounts regularly and identifies all significant budget variances and ensures information is complete and accurate.
  • Discusses budget variance analysis reports, forecasts and corrective action with partners.
  • Acts as a member of the budget team, in preparing a first draft of ministry unit budgets, and collaborating on a final budget submission on behalf of ministry units and THQ/DHQ departments.
  • Prepares multi-year forecasts on behalf of clients
  • Maintains client entity registration for the taxes including timely filing of returns.
  • Researches and/or prepares various analytical and financial reports.
  • Completes various recurring and ad hoc reports requested by funders, other government departments, ministry unit leaders, and other finance team members.

Manages partnership with ministry units and external clients:

  • Acts as the designated client contact and follows up with clients concerning outstanding issues related to financial statement and accounting processes
  • Remains fluent with and understands Salvation Army policies to ensure accounting transactions are in line with policy and procedure.
  • Initiates and maintains ongoing communications with clients, treating them with respect and courtesy at all times. Develops an understanding of client requirements, providing detailed solutions and explanations to queries.
  • Supervises a team of up to 3 or more staff


Qualifications and Education requirements:

*NOTE: For some jobs, you may be required to provide validated educational documentation.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in finance/ Accounting stream.
  • Enrolled in CPA program PEP
  • Minimum three years of related work experience in accounting
  • Minimum of three years supervising a team of accounting professionals

Required Skills/Knowledge:

  • At least three years of experience in full cycle accounting (AP/AR/GL)
  • Possess advanced knowledge of MS Excel for handling large volumes of data (Function knowledge specific to: VLOOKUP’s and index/match, indirect, trims, left, right, mid, substitute, if statements (with or/and logic), Excel spreadsheet skills, knowledge of Word
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent customer service skills are a must.
  • Flexible and adaptable and know how to prioritize his/her work.
  • Must poses excellent organizational skills and be able to multitask.
  • Experience in non-profit environments would be considered an asset

Successful candidates, prior to hiring, will be required to provide:

  • Background check consent
  • Education verification

Please include the competition # 20-032 in the subject line of your email.

If there is a competition number associated with this posting, please include within the subject line of your email, fax or regular mail correspondence.

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.

This posting is open to external and internal candidates alike. If you are an internal applicant, please advise your Department Head of your intentions prior to submitting your application.

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