Employment Opportunity Details

Cress Housing Accountant


Full-Time Position Available

Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC) improves the quality of life of First Nations through mutually beneficial partnerships with community organizations and industry. Opportunities for improved living are accessed through programs and services in health, safety, economic development, education, and financial investments in the broader community. Acting as a representative body for seven First Nations, STC delivers programs and services to those living in member communities and Saskatoon. More information is available at www.sktc.sk.ca.

FIRE: Fairness, Integrity, Respect, Excellence

The Position

Under the supervision of and reporting to the General Manager, the Accountant will be responsible to oversee all aspects of the financial management of Cress Housing Corp. and to report on all financial activities. The successful candidate will be a self-motivated individual who can work independently as required.

The fundamental duty of this position is to provide timely and accurate financial information on the corporation to management, the Board, funding and regulatory agencies and other organizations as required. The position is part of the management team of the Saskatoon Tribal Council, assisting in financial planning and other matters as required. The position is responsible to implement, monitor and enforce financial policies and procedures as adopted by the Board and adhere to the terms and conditions of funding and regulatory agreements.


  • Oversees all financial activities on a day-to-day basis and ensures that such activities are being carried out in accordance with the directions of the Board and with established policies, procedures, agreements and contracts.
  • Assists the General Manager in the design of office administration systems, financial systems and program procedure systems and performs follow-up as required.
  • Provides input into the development and/or implementation of the strategic plan and performs follow-up as required.
  • Provides financial reports and statements on a regular basis.
  • Advises and assists the General Manager in management and decision-making as required.
  • In conjunction with the General Manager and management as applicable, prepares the annual budget and expenditure plans according to the anticipated funding and revenue levels.
  • Prepares detailed year-end audit working papers, financial statements and schedules and facilitates audit fieldwork. Assists with legal counsel liaison as required.
  • Schedules working time so as to prioritize and complete tasks necessary to the continuing operation of the corporation in a timely manner.
  • Attends training and workshops as applicable to enhance knowledge to continually improve efficiencies in the Finance Department.
  • Assumes operational responsibility for all matters related to Finance including:
  • The development and maintenance of a Chart of Accounts and a logical numerical coding system for all program activities;
  • The development of detailed and substantiated budget proposals for maintenance of existing service levels as well as new program initiatives;
  • The reconciliation of the general ledger and subsidiary accounts on a regular basis;
  • The payment of invoices and reconciliation of supplier accounts (manages Accounts Payable);
  • The preparation of invoices and reconciliation of rental revenues (manages Accounts Receivable);
  • The evaluation of compliance of financial reporting with funding agency requirements;
  • The preparation of periodic financial reports according to the terms and conditions of the funding agreements and coordination of the submission of these reports with required written reporting from other staff as required;
  • The preparation of routine reports that include financial statements, cash flow analyses, financial projections, external financial information reports and budget statements;
  • Monitoring of staff timesheet and payroll systems in conjunction with the Saskatoon Tribal Council Finance Department staff;
  • Monitoring of benefits plans for staff including the group insurance and registered pension plans in conjunction with the Saskatoon Tribal Council Finance Department staff; and
  • Other duties related to the financial operation of the corporation as required.
  • Identifies and evaluates possible courses of action through the use of quantitative and qualitative methods in order to provide business advice for decision making including:
  • The preparation of financial evaluations and/or analyses for the General Manager and Board as required;
  • The evaluation and explanation of financial/accounting policies of the applicable funding agencies; and
  • The interpretation and review of variance reports and submission of recommendations for management and Board review as applicable.
  • Develops and implements policies and procedures which improve the quality of both the decision making process and decisions of the corporation including:
  • Writing, maintaining and periodically revising the accounting/management policies and procedures for the corporation; and
  • Reviewing and/or recommending new operational practices and/or processes.
  • Participates in the corporation decision-making processes including:
  • The preparation of information packages to help secure outside financing for the corporation;
  • Networking with other federal, provincial, municipal and Indigenous corporations to maximize opportunities;
  • Determining the insurance needs for the corporation and the selection of the insurance agent;
  • Making recommendations regarding software needs; and
  • Making recommendations on budget, policy and procedures with regard to administrative matters.


  • Must possess an accounting designation (CPA, CA; CPA, CMA; CPA, CGA or CAFM) and/or at a minimum, an undergraduate degree in Business, Accounting or Commerce;
  • Must have a minimum of five years’ experience in a related position; supervisory experience would be an asset;
  • Must have an excellent working knowledge of and skill in the Sage Accounting and YARDI property management software systems;
  • Must demonstrate competency in the preparation and presentation of budgets, financial reports and financial statements to management, the Board and other organizations as required;
  • Must demonstrate skills in working with payroll software and time capture applications, payroll processing and benefits administration;
  • Must demonstrate skills in PC software applications, specifically the MS Office programs Excel and Word;
  • Must demonstrate excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills (both oral and written);
  • Must demonstrate a willingness to work as part of a team to contribute to successful outcomes;
  • Must demonstrate skills in problem-solving and adapting to changing environments;
  • Previous experience working with a First Nation corporation would be an asset;
  • Knowledge of property management and working with organizations such as CMHC and the Saskatchewan Housing Authority is an asset;
  • Knowledge of the political, social and economic objectives of the Saskatoon Tribal Council and of the Dakota, Cree, and Saulteaux cultures will be considered an asset;
  • Must be bondable.
  • Must possess a valid Saskatchewan driver’s license and meet STC’s insurance requirements;
  • Must provide a current, original, Canadian Criminal Record Check (CPIC) as a condition of employment; and
  • Must be willing to work flexible hours, evenings and weekends.

Application Process

Job posting closes Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 4:30pm.
To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter along with three (3) references using our online application form.

No telephone calls please. Saskatoon Tribal Council appreciates the interest of all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Internal postings are open to qualified band members of Kinistin Saulteaux Nation, Mistawasis Nehiyawak, Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Muskoday First Nation, One Arrow First Nation, Whitecap Dakota First Nation, Yellow Quill First Nation or eligible current employees of the Saskatoon Tribal Council.

Applicants are required to state how they meet the eligibility requirements in their cover letter.

* Internal postings are STC employment opportunites - open to qualified members of Kinistin Saulteaux Nation, Mistawasis First Nation, Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Muskoday First Nation, One Arrow First Nation, Whitecap Dakota First Nation, Yellow Quill First Nation, or current permanent employees of the Saskatoon Tribal Council.

* External postings are STC employment opportunites - open for application by the general public

* Community Postings are STC member First Nation employment opportunities - open for application by the general public