Financial Manager, Ocean Tracking Network


CLOSING DATE: March 6, 2019

Financial Manager

Ocean Tracking Network

Position Summary:
Reporting to the Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) Senior Program Manager, the Financial Manager will manage daily financial activities of the OTN and provide advice and guidance to senior management on financial, status, risk, and best practices, and assist with making sound business decisions while helping meet the overarching goals and objectives of the global network. In addition to the management of general finances, the Financial Manager will also help support a grant management program for OTN. This position will play a strong support role to the Senior Program Manager, and will include planning and implementing grant programs from its initial application to approval, monitoring, and reporting.


  • Collate, prepare and interpret reports, budgets, accounts commentaries, reimbursements and financial statements for all OTN staff.
  • Liaise with Dalhousie and other financial department employees, including financial administrators and Directors.
  • Track the OTN’s financial status and performance to identify areas for potential economies and efficiencies, review financial data, and prepare financial reports/reconciliations on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis.
  • Seek out methods for minimizing financial risk to Dalhousie’s OTN through business modelling and risk assessments.
  • Provide insightful information and expectations to OTN senior executives to aid in long and short-term decision making for OTN operations.
  • Establish and maintain financial policies, procedures, and best practices for the OTN, to ensure minimal financial risk and long-term growth.

Qualifications: Undergraduate degree in Accounting, Business, Economics, Finance or related field with 3 to 5 years of related experience in financial management (or equivalent combination of training and experience). CPA designation is preferred, as is relevant experience working in an NGO/Organization setting. Strong communication and leadership skills are required. Must have superior attention to detail and the ability to report on and track multi-million-dollar projects. Must have excellent time management and be able to prioritize competing priorities while meeting critical deadlines. Discretion with personal and confidential information.

Status: 37.5 hours/week

Pay Scale and Hours: $60,000 – $65,000 (plus additional benefits)

Duration: 1-year with possibility of renewal until 2022

Deadline for application: March 6, 2019

Interested parties should forward a cover letter and current CV to:

Brendal Townsend

Only applications submitted to the e-mail address above will be considered. We thank all applicants, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit


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