Career Opportunity: Director of Strategic Financial and Business Planning

About The Community

As the largest urban area on Cape Breton and the island’s historical capital, Sydney, Nova Scotia offers the perfect mix of metropolitan charm and home-town hospitality.

As with many Nova Scotian communities on the ocean, the heart of Sydney is its waterfront. On a warm, summer evening it’s a great place to go for a walk, stop to listen to a busker and watch the ships in the harbour. Along the way, be sure to visit the world’s largest fiddle, built in recognition of Cape Breton’s musical talent. It is also an ideal place for those who enjoy the outdoors, with unparalleled access to unspoiled beaches, hiking in the famous Cape Breton Highlands, sea kayaking, skiing, and sailing on the world renowned Bras d’Or Lakes.

About New Dawn

At New Dawn, we are building a vibrant and sustainable Cape Breton community. Part of this building work has involved the creation of a number of businesses that address needs or fill gaps in the community: New Dawn Healthcare, New Dawn Rental Properties, New Dawn Investments, New Dawn College, New Dawn Community Engagement and Education and the New Dawn Centre for Social Innovation, among others.

As an ever-growing and evolving organization, meeting the needs of the community today and preparing ourselves to meet the needs of the community tomorrow, we are in search of someone who can wrap their arms around the financial health and structures and future financial sustainability of the whole organization and its many moving parts: from managing a $10 million local investment fund to guiding the financial projections and planning of New Dawn’s businesses, to developing new revenue opportunities, and balancing our mission and vision with our annual fiscal capacity.

If you are excited by for-profit and not-for-profit financial analysis, planning, monitoring, and development, we want to hear from you. If you have great intuition, an entrepreneurial inclination, know how to take calculated business/financial risks, and can capitalize small businesses in new and creative ways we really want to hear from you.

As Director of Strategic Financial and Business Planning, you will:

  • Lead/manage the overall financial position of the organization, with consultation and collaboration with other New Dawn Directors/Managers; ensuring sound financial policy, planning principles, operations, structures, budgeting, reporting, and processes.
  • Create, administer, and update (as required) policies, procedures, operations and guidelines that increase the overall sophistication, professionalism, responsiveness, and innovation of the organization as it relates to finances, financial transactions, financial reporting and financial planning.
  • Lead/manage the New Dawn CEDIF program including: the identification and research/analysis of potential CEDIF investees and the development of long-term relationships with them, leading New Dawn’s relationship with the Nova Scotia Securities Commission, Nova Scotia Department of Finance, Nova Scotia Rural and Economic Development and Tourism; and assisting in the development and launch of a larger New Dawn financial/lending institution.
  • Manage New Dawn’s investment portfolio.
  • Present to and consult with mid and senior level management on business trends with a view to expanding the New Dawn family of companies and New Dawn’s market position by locating, developing, defining, negotiating, and closing new business opportunities and relationships
  • To achieve the above, you will be working with the President, Director of Finance, Director of Operations, and Director of Communications, Business/Division Managers, and New Dawn’s CEDIF Boards of Directors. Your work will ensure a fiscally sound and values-based financial future for the organization in the near and long-term.

Requirements and Qualifications

Educational Requirements: At least one undergraduate degree in a discipline relevant to the position/organization (business studies, management, statistics, finance, mathematics, accounting, economics, and/or community economic development). Preference will be given to those with a graduate degree and relevant experience.

Communications Skills: This position requires excellent formal and informal/interpersonal communication skills. It requires the demonstrated ability to interact and engage with others online and in-person and the ability to host and lead a diverse array of conversations in a manner consistent with the vision and values of New Dawn Enterprises. It requires the ability to represent the organization, in a professional manner, in a number of forums ranging from those that bring together local businesses to those that bring together provincial departments.

Technical Skills: Advanced financial/investment/business literacy, understanding of new web technologies, demonstrated experience in basic database administration.

Core Competencies: Leadership, Building Collaborative Relationships, Creative and Innovative Thinking, Decision Making and Judgment, Development and Continual Learning, Planning and Organizing, Adaptability/Flexibility, Problem Solving, Investment Literacy.

Assets: Demonstrated financial analysis/planning and investment management experience, demonstrated business development experience.

Position may involve some travel and evening and weekend hours.

How to Apply

Please direct position-related questions to Erika Shea, Director of Communications, at

E-mail Applications
E-mail to
Subject Line: Application for Director of Strategic Financial and Business Planning

Fax Applications
Fax number: 902-539-7210
Attention: Mary Keeping
Subject Line: Application for Director of Strategic Financial and Business Planning

Mail Applications
Attention: Mary Keeping
Re: Application for Director of Strategic Financial and Business Planning
New Dawn Enterprises
P.O. Box 1055
75 Prince Street
Sydney, NS
B1P 5J9

Application deadline: applications must be received no later than Friday April 17, 2015 at 5:00pm AST.