Program Services 4
Alberta Municipal Affairs, Edmonton.
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The Municipal Services and Legislation (MSL) Division supports municipalities in meeting their mandate to provide accountable and effective local governance to residents of Alberta. The division achieves this objective through the work of three distinct but connected teams; the Strategic Policy and Planning Branch, the Municipal Capacity and Sustainability Branch and the Strategic Planning & Integration Branch, as well as the Special Areas Board. To find out more information regarding Municipal Services and Legislation, please visit: http://www.municipalaffairs.alberta.ca
Are you passionate about strong and viable communities and want to be a part of a team that works to ensure municipalities have the support they need to develop sustainable and effective local government for Albertans. Our office is searching for a positive team member with a strong financial focus to work with the municipal advisory team in responding to emerging issues, challenges and opportunities. If you have a talent for making things happen then this is the role for you!
Reporting to the Manager, Municipal Advisory, the Municipal Financial Advisor is a key member of an advisory team accountable for providing services to strengthen the capacity and sustainability of Alberta's municipalities. With the goal of enhancing municipal operational effectiveness, this position works in partnership with Municipal Advisory team members, other areas of the Municipal Services and Legislation division, municipal administrators, municipal councillors, other departments, and municipal associations.
- providing interpretation and explaining legislation, accounting standards and financial processes, providing support to enhance local governance and finance knowledge
- delivering training to elected municipal officials and municipal administrators to effectively manage municipal finances in accordance with best practices, applicable accounting standards and provincial legislation
- developing tools and resources to assist municipal administrators in adhering to legislative requirements and municipal best practices with respect to financial management, administration and governance
- responding to inquiries from the public, municipal administrators and elected officials regarding financial practices of municipal government, and as necessary, using appropriate departmental regulatory powers to address issues
- participating in ministry initiatives, programs and services related to enhancing service provision to ensure alignment of organization strategic vision
- analysis and interpretation of municipal financial statements and financial data collected through the provincial Financial Information Return
- providing support and expertise internally to the department on matters relating to municipal financial management
- interpreting and providing explanations of department performance measures and the Financial Indicator Graphs
The ideal candidate will have in-depth knowledge of accounting principles, financial statement preparation, the Public Sector Accounting Board standards and provincial legislation applicable to municipalities such as the Municipal Government Act, FOIP Act and their regulations. This knowledge is essential in ensuring that advice, training, and support provided to municipalities is in line with legislative requirements. You will require exceptional interpersonal skills; ability to build relationships with stakeholders; and use tact and diplomacy and good judgement to deal with sensitive and confidential issues. Excellent time management, organizational skills and effective written and verbal communication skills as well as good presentation and workshop facilitation skills will add to your success in this position.
Your ability to be Agile and readily assess emerging issues and develop strategic responses for internal and external stakeholders will be crucial. You will Build Collaborative Environments when representing the branch on project teams, works groups and committees as required. You will utilize Creative Problem Solving to recommend sound advice with respect to issues, opportunities and challenges associated with branch activities.
Salary: $2,775.64 - $3,638.48 bi-weekly. Closing Date: November 15, 2018. Job ID #1051912
All applications must include a cover letter. Those without a cover letter will not be considered. University graduation in a related field (such as Commerce, Management, Public Administration, Political science) plus minimum of 4 years progressively responsible related experience in municipal government is required. Knowledge and experience in municipal finance, and assessment and taxation are also required. A Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation is an asset. Use of municipal accounts software systems, is desirable. Certification in Local Government or equivalent or the National Advanced Certificate in Local Authority Administration (NACLAA) is preferred. Experience in project management and stakeholder relations is an asset.
Equivalencies will be considered on the basis of 1-year education for 1 year of experience or 1 year of experience for 1 year of education.
Competencies are behaviours that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process. The link below will assist you with understanding competencies: http://www.chr.alberta.ca/APSCompetencies
What we offer:
About the Work Environment: You will primarily be working in an office setting located in downtown Edmonton; however, you will have lots of opportunity to interact with business units and employees within the MSL division and stakeholder from municipalities across the province. A significant amount of travel may be required within the province for this position.
This competition may be used to fill current and future vacancies across government at the same classification.
Online applications are preferred via www.jobs.alberta.ca. Please ensure that you include contact information including email address on your resume. If you apply online, please address your cover letter and resume to Human Resources. Note: As only one file can be uploaded, please ensure your cover letter, resume, and any other related documents are submitted in one file. Applicants who apply online will be able to track the status of this competition.
If you are unable to apply online, please submit your cover letter and resume, quoting the Job ID, to: Alberta Municipal Affairs, Human Resource Services, 18th floor, Commerce Place, 10155 - 102 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4L4. You may also submit your cover letter and resume through Fax: 780-422-0214 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) - http://advancededucation.alberta.ca/planning/priorlearning/international/
It is recommended that applicants include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.
We thank all candidates for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' education and experience best meets the needs of the position. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.
Although this competition is closing on November 15, 2018, please continue to check jobs.alberta.ca for all career opportunities with the Government of Alberta.