Professional Opportunities


Senior Director, Finance and Operations, JFC-UIA


Position Overview

Jewish Federations of Canada – United Israel Appeal (JFC-UIA) seeks a Senior Director, Finance and Operations, to join our professional team, based in Toronto.

JFC-UIA is a national charitable organization that, as its primary focus, strengthens the engagement of our Canadian Jewish federations and communities with Israel and overseas communities, particularly through opportunities for connection and increased philanthropy. We bring together Canadian Jewish federations and communities to maximize their collective impact here in Canada, in Israel, and globally.

Reporting to the President and CEO, the Senior Director, Finance and Operations, will be responsible for overall finance, budgets, and cash management of the organization, working closely in collaboration with the senior finance professional in our Israel office, as well as responsible for operations in our Canadian head office. As part of the senior leadership team, the Senior Director, Finance and Operations will be an effective leader and demonstrate a mindset for continuous improvement and innovation. With exceptional strategic and critical thinking skills, the Senior Director, Finance and Operations, will be an enthusiastic and tactful leader who is passionate about improving processes and ensuring the smooth and effective financial and operational requirements of the organization to maximize impact in accord with the organization’s charitable objects.


  • Provides leadership in the development of and continuous evaluation of short and long-term strategic financial and related objectives.
  • Prepare quarterly and year-end financial information including preparing and presenting the annual budget and financial statements, liaising with the CEO, Treasurer, Board Chair, other lay leaders, and participating in board meetings.
  • Direct and oversee all aspects of the overall Finance & Accounting functions of the organization, in close collaboration with the senior finance professional in Israel.
  • Directly manage finance professionals in the Canadian head office.
  • Evaluate and advise on processes, introduction of technologies, strategies, insurance, and regulatory action.
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with senior management and lay leaders to identify their needs and seek a full range of business solutions.
  • Provide timely accurate analysis of budgets, financial trends, processes for financial forecasting, and consolidation and reporting to the organization in conjunction with the senior finance professional in Israel.
  • Ensure that effective internal controls are in place and ensure compliance with CRA, regulatory, corporate, and other legal requirements, as well as rules for financial, and tax reporting.
  • Staff finance-related committees including audit, investment advisory, and others, with responsibility for meeting preparation, conduct, and reporting.
  • Preparation and reporting of financial and related special matters for Board and other leadership meetings.
  • Preparation of a variety of schedules and working papers for the annual audit, as well as preparation and filing of annual returns, and U.S. tax filing.
  • Manage and oversee the accounting, weekly payments, and variance reports, including those for associated organizations that fall within JFC-UIA’s purview.
  • Organize and maintain a system for disbursement of revenue and capital of specific purpose and general funds, in a timely manner and in accordance with applicable criteria.
  • Maintain ongoing relations with senior finance and other professionals in Jewish federations and other affiliated organizations across Canada.
  • Manage and assist donations and funding relationships with various donors and organizations locally and overseas, with the ability to work with foreign exchange involving three currencies.
  • Assess and act on opportunities for external private and public funding grants for various initiatives.
  • Lead national initiatives that can assist Jewish federations and national organizations to operate more efficiently, such as bulk purchasing and other opportunities.
  • Assist the CEO with the operation of the head office of JFC-UIA, including gathering requisite board, AGM, and other meeting materials, preparation thereof, and other operational and governance matters.
  • Oversight of payroll function, including the review of the journal entry for each payroll cycle, and investigation of variances arising.
  • Maintain consistent and collaborative communications and working practices with the senior finance professional in Israel and their local team.



  • Degree in commerce or business administration with a CPA designation.
  • 5+ years of post-designation experience including budgeting and financial management in a business, public, or not-for-profit organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with boards and committees, such as acting as the liaison with external parties including banking, audit, and donors.
  • High level of integrity and professionalism.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
  • Experience using budgeting software and innovative modern relevant technologies.
  • Knowledge of charity law and charitable giving and relevant designations in risk management are an asset.
  • Experience working in the Jewish or Israel-related charitable world is advantageous.
  • All candidates with requisite financial expertise in the private/public sectors, and qualifications, with relevant comparable experience, will be considered.


If you are interested, please email your resume and cover letter, to Fern Goldman, Executive Assistant to the President and CEO, at