Job Posting #19506
Commissioner Enterprise Resources Management Services - Treasurer
About Niagara Region
Serving a diverse urban and rural population of more than 430,000, Niagara Region is focused on building a strong and prosperous Niagara. Working collaboratively with 12 local area municipalities and numerous community partners, the Region delivers a range of high quality programs and services to support and advance the well-being of individuals, families and communities within its boundaries. Nestled between the great lakes of Erie and Ontario, the Niagara peninsula features some of Canada's most fertile agricultural land, the majesty of Niagara Falls and communities that are rich in both history and recreational and cultural opportunities. Niagara boasts dynamic modern cities, Canada's most developed wine industry, a temperate climate, extraordinary theatre, and some of Ontario's most breathtaking countryside. An international destination with easy access to its binational U.S. neighbour New York State, Niagara attracts over 14 million visitors annually, as well as a steady stream of new residents and businesses.
Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer, the Commissioner of Enterprise Resources Management Services (ERMS) provides a high level of strategic leadership in the delivery of centralized support services for the Region of Niagara and its shared service partners, ensuring that departmental programs and services are able to respond to the strategic priorities, objectives, and initiatives of the Region.
This position also serves as the Treasurer for the Region, accountable for general financial oversight and compliance.
- Post-secondary degree in Accounting, Financial Management, Public Administration or equivalent related discipline.
- Masters degree in Business/Public Administration or equivalent related discipline is preferred.
- 10 years senior management experience in the leading a large and complex portfolio, strategic business planning, fiscal accountability/ sustainability within a public or private sector environment.
- Over 10 years senior management experience in leadership and administration of relates services (including fiscal accountability) within a Municipal government setting is preferred.
- Professional Accounting designation.
1. Oversees the development and implementation of Enterprise Resources Management Services (includes Facilities, Legal and Court Services, Strategic Procurement, Finance and Treasury Functions) for the Niagara Region and its Shared Service Partners.
- Develops department goals and strategies that support the implementation of Council’s Business Plan and CLT Goals and Objectives and stakeholder interests, establishing success and performance indicators, measurement tools and operational standards to monitor department results achievement and manage deliverables.
- Ensures operating and administrative policies and practices for the department are developed and implemented in accordance with the policies established by Provincial legislation (includes the Municipal Act, Development Charges Act(s), etc.), Regional Council and administrative directions set by the Chief Administrative Officer.
- Ensures all Enterprise Resource Management Services operational plans, designs and maintenance activities and initiatives support stakeholder interests.
- Provides advice and guidance on program and service delivery issues, identifying controversial and sensitive issues that may impact the department’s success, assessing potential risks and developing strategies to address issues.
- Balances multiple stakeholder views and needs (the taxpayer, the individual, staff, multiple programs and services, politicians) to create sustainable communities and effective program delivery.
- Operates as Treasurer for the Region, accountable for general financial oversight on behalf of and in the manner directed by Council, ensuring appropriate financial systems and controls are in place and effective compliance with relevant legislation.
- Provides financial advice to CAO on prudent financial management for the benefit of the Region as a whole.
- Works collaboratively with senior leadership team to establish the Enterprise Resource Management Services agenda (in the areas of Facilities, Legal & Court Services, Strategic Procurement, Finance and Treasury) of the organization to support service delivery within the department and across the organization.
- Develops, manages, and approves annual and multi-year Capital and Operating budgets for the business unit, ensuring support of Council’s objectives, financial transparency and accountability, budget adherence, and identifying and explaining variances and financial reporting is effectively managed in compliance with corporate financial policies. Authorize, and administer the acquisition of goods and services for the operating unit in accordance with the procurement policy and procedures. Approve the delegation of division and department budget ownership outside of established guidelines for managers and directors.
2. Participates in the development and implementation of corporate-wide-strategies, structure, systems and policies as a member of the Corporate Management Team.
- Participates in the development of Council’s Business Plan and CLT goals and objectives.
- Provides advice and guidance to Council, Municipal organizations and the community on services, policies and strategies as required.
3. Develops and manages relationships with internal and external stakeholders, ensuring department strategies are managed and financial and performance expectations are fulfilled.
- Positions the Region within the larger political arena as a strong player, earning credibility and recognition as an influential advocate on the organization’s behalf.
- Represents the corporation/department in the community and with stakeholders.
- Collaborates and partners with internal management and staff in operating and support departments/divisions to ensure cross functional input to planning and development activities, and a consistent and aligned approach in delivering service.
- Collaborates and partners with local area municipalities, conservation authority and the province to support joint initiatives and to create healthy and prosperous communities.
- Maintains an up-to-date knowledge of all Federal and Provincial policy and legislation, ensuring compliance, and liaising with federal and provincial authorities, area municipalities, conservation authorities, with consultants and the public.
- Builds networks, alliances and partnerships to create vision and influence results.
- Participates in several external and industry committees representing the needs of the Region and advancing common goals and objectives.
4. Accountable for strategic, long range people resource planning for the business unit, supporting corporate culture and strategy, ensuring an engaged workforce resulting in optimal people performance by determining ideal organizational structures, identifying desirable role and skill mix requirements and ensuring ongoing work quality and deliverability of results.
- Working through leadership team, enables results with the organization’s human capital strategy to foster employee engagement.
- Oversees employee performance, career development, and succession planning activities, ensuring open and transparent metrics and processes are developed and implemented and opportunities are created to facilitate employee growth and development.
- Ensures effective communication between leadership and staff, so ultimately staff is connected to corporate priorities and direction and has the information and resources required to make successful plans and decisions.
- Ensures all people related issues, including recruitment, grievances and labour relations issues, are aligned to HR and Corporate standards and practices.
- Ensures Occupational Health & Safety policies, programs and practices are implemented, maintained and integrated into all aspects of planning and decision-making within the operating unit.
- Ensures the competency and performance of the Internal Responsibility System within their department, as outlined in the Niagara Region’s Health and Safety Policy is achieved and maintained.
5. Monitors trends, issues and changing circumstances in the external environment, conducting environmental scans, assessing impacts on budget and financial performance, service delivery and ensuring long-range plans incorporate internal and external anticipated realities.
- Challenges current practices and modifies organizational/departmental structure and systems in anticipation of the changing external environment.
- Ensures operational processes, policies and protocols are established and compliance is monitored, assessing changes in legislative/regulatory requirements, identifying potential areas of vulnerability and risk, providing advice on emerging issues and developing strategies to ensure continued program and service delivery success.
- In accordance with the Corporate Criminal Record Check Policy, the position requires the incumbent to undergo a Criminal Records Check and submit a Canadian Police Clearance Certificate.
- May be required to support emergency operations under the incident management structure, at the direction of the Emergency Operations Centre Director.
- Regional staff strive to enable the strategic priorities of council and the organization through the completion of their work. Staff carry out their work by demonstrating the corporate values of service, honesty, choice, partnership and respect
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