Director Finance and Administration

The Opportunity

Managing a small team, the Director of Finance and Administration is responsible for leading and managing Crossroads International’s financial and administrative operations with an emphasis on developing highly efficient and customer service oriented  department. The Director of Finance will be the lead finance person reporting to the Executive Director and providing sound finance, accounting and administrative leadership to the senior management team. This includes financial and asset management; contract management, IT systems and support; administration, facilities and human resources management. 

The Organization

Crossroads International, a leader in international cooperation, has been fighting inequality for more than 50 years. We do this by bringing people together for a common cause, to create lasting solutions to overcome poverty and advance women’s rights. Crossroads works in some of the world’s poorest nations in Southern Africa, West Africa and South America.  We work with local partner organizations to create decent jobs and to empower women to become leaders and live free from violence.  Every year, we engage hundreds of experienced volunteers and staff North and South who apply their expertise locally to address global issues.  We invest in local partners who are best positioned to meet the needs of their communities.  With local partners, we develop co-operatives and collective enterprises that generate income and advance the autonomy of youth, women and the rural poor. We pilot innovative approaches to reducing violence against women and girls and advancing women’s rights. Together we are leveraging knowledge, expertise and dollars to create a more just and equitable world. 

Crossroads is a registered charity, supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development (DFTAD), other government and non-government funders and many individual donors around the world. 

The Ideal Candidate

The Director of Finance and Administration is a strong financial accountant who can focus on the big picture while still managing the day to day accounting activities of the finance department. The Director is a hands on finance leader with experience working in a complex service delivery environment in the private, public or non-profit sectors with multiple and diverse funders. He/she will have experience supporting the Executive Director and Board on major strategic initiatives.

The Director of Finance will bring to the role experience and track record creating highly service oriented finance departments that support the work of program staff, senior leaders and board members.  The Director of Finance is forward thinking, results oriented performer who is motivated by improving processes, creating efficiencies, and leveraging the finance and administration role to support the mission of the organization. 

The director will be diplomatic and patient leader.  Attention to detail, meticulous accounting practices, strong organization and project management skills, and the ability to manage and motivate staff as well as strong commitment to ethical practice is imperative in the role.  


Professional Accounting designation ( CPA)  or exceptional knowledge of finances gained through equivalent experience

Five years directly related experience including two years’ experience at a management level

Strong analytical capacity and ability to plan strategically

Proven success in the non-profit sector with strong knowledge of the public and private sectors

Demonstrated experience with institutional or bilateral donors (DFATD and others)    

Experience developing and supporting the development of policies and key work processes and systems 

Tech savvy with superior information and technology knowledge including mastery of Sharepoint, Microsoft Office, computerized accounting systems (ACCPAC preferred).

Strong verbal and written communication and presentation skills

Demonstrated supervisory experience in a multicultural environment

Bilingual skills in English and French is desired

Previous experience in an international development organization would be an asset.


SCOPE:  Budget 2015   $4-million with $2.2-million in assets under management


Supervision:  Financial analyst and Finance assistant

Committees:  Finance Committee, Board of Directors

 Position Type: Full Time with competitive salary and benefits.

 Location: Toronto

If you are interested in joining a dynamic international development organization, in a role that has global impact please submit your cover letter and résumé in one document  (word or PDF) by e-mail to  Please include Director, Finance and Administration in the subject line.  

Closing Date: This position is open to internal and external applicants. The deadline for internal applicants is October 16. External Applications will be reviewed October 26; however, the posting will remain open until the position is filled.

Crossroads International is committed to principles and values of access and equity. We encourage applications from people of colour, people with disabilities, and people from aboriginal and/or other marginalized communities.

All applicants must currently be eligible to work in Canada. We thank all applicants in advance; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


ONE WORLD where poverty is eliminated, equality prevails and the rights of women and girls are fulfilled.

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