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The MaPP initiative is a partnership between the Province of British Columbia and 17 member First Nations that developed and is implementing marine use plans for BC’s North Pacific Coast. (Photo: Andrew S Wright)

This role will support the Marine Plan Partnership for the North Pacific Coast (MaPP), which creates opportunities for sustainable economic development, supports the well-being of coastal communities, and protects marine environments. This role involves full-cycle accounting, financial reporting, procurement, collaboration with project teams, completion and coordination of contracts, and adherence to financial guidelines.

Status Permanent, full-time (37.5 hours/week)
Start Date As soon as possible
Location Our offices are in downtown Vancouver, BC and most employees work a hybrid office/remote schedule.
For this role, we will consider candidates living anywhere in British Columbia. Some travel required.
Salary Range $60,000 to 65,000/year, depending on experience
Reports To Director, Finance

The Opportunity

As the Financial Project Accountant, you’ll work with a team that delivers financing for First Nations’ conservation, stewardship, and economic development priorities in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii.

In this role, you’ll largely support the MaPP program with a range of financial activites, including:

Project Accounting

  • Ensuring accuracy of all invoices and code accordingly, methodically reviewing all payment requests for compliance, and processing all payments on time.
  • Preparing cash flow analysis for transfers between investment accounts and budgeting purposes.
  • Supporting annual budget preparation, as needed.
  • Supporting coordination of MaPP procurement activities, including:
    • Providing input to funding agreements and contracts as needed.
    • Ensuring contracts align with sub-regional budgets and sufficient funding exists.
    • Maintaining contract and funding agreement files, ensuring approvals are documented and deliverables are received as required.
  • Executing contracts with Coast Funds signatories.
  • Ensuring timely reporting and payments to WorkSafe BC.

Financial Reporting

  • Preparing quarterly financial reports for MaPP partners that include:
    • List of revenue and expenses processed in the quarter and year to date.
    • Summary of cash flow position.
    • Summary of expenses against budget.
  • Responding to inquiries on financial reports as needed.
  • Reviewing financial reports with MaPP Operations Manager
  • Preparing financial reports for incoming grants as required.
  • Providing financial information to the Operations Lead and others as needed.
  • Completing Prepared by Client (PBC) schedules and spreadsheets for completion of year-end audit fieldwork, and maintaining all paper and digital files in addition to file archiving and indexing.

Other Responsibilities

  • Assisting the Senior Financial Accountant with general administration and accounting tasks as needed, including but not limited to reconciliation of company credit cards.
  • Identifying opportunities to improve financial processes and procedures.
  • Providing support to management and MaPP Operations Lead, such as drafting briefing notes.
  • Developing and maintaining collaborative and high-trust relationships with Coast Funds team members, First Nations clients, and MaPP partners.
  • Understanding and complying with all Coast Funds internal policies and the employee handbook.
  • Maintaining professional awareness of overall developments in the field of assigned areas by literature review, attendance at professional meetings, conferences, and seminars.
  • Ensuring that all activities comply with relevant Acts, legal demands, professional and ethical standards.

As with all positions in this dynamic and close-working non-profit team, being adaptable to an evolving work environment and comfortable assuming new roles, without hesitating to assist colleagues and First Nations, is essential.

About You

We’re looking for a detail-oriented accounting professional who shares our commitment to serving First Nations.

Specifically, we’re looking for:

  • A minimum of five years of experience in a bookkeeping or financial accounting role.
  • A diploma or bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or a related field.
  • Experience with accounting software such as QuickBooks, Simply Accounting, or similar accounting packages.
  • Experience executing contracts, grants, and funding agreements.
  • Experience with preparing financial statements.
  • Experience working within a non-profit environment.
  • Lived or work experience in coastal communities and/or experience working with First Nations communities or Indigenous-led organizations.
  • Solid technical and business communication skills in both written and verbal form.
  • Strong listening and compassion skills. Able to hear what is not being said.
  • A highly collaborative, team-oriented person who is passionate about achieving win-win outcomes with colleagues and clients.
  • An organized, motivated professional with meticulous attention to detail and an ability to move complex projects with multiple players to their conclusion without missing anything.
  • Adaptability to an evolving work environment, openness to new ideas, and comfort with change.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to create a clear understanding of expectations, address escalated challenges and issues, and positively represent the organization to clients and stakeholders. Always a team player with a positive attitude when handling complex situations.
  • Excellent project management skills with an ability to balance multiple priorities to produce tangible results in a dynamic and deadline-driven work environment.
  • A self-directed, problem-solving, efficient, and energetic professional who brings enthusiasm and an ability to learn quickly.
  • Ability to identify and look for ways to solve problems while achieving consensus.

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About Coast Funds

Coast Funds is an Indigenous-led conservation finance organization that supports First Nations to invest in sustainable economic development and ecological stewardship within their traditional territories.

Coast Funds was created in 2007, as an outcome of the Great Bear Rainforest agreements, and manages a conservation endowment and an economic fund, which are allocated between 27 participating First Nations. Since inception, Coast Funds has delivered more than $112 million in financing for 459 projects led by First Nations, including Guardian programs, conservation initiatives, ecotourism businesses, and community infrastructure.

Our team includes stewardship and economic development leads who work with Nations to support project applications and track community well-being outcomes, finance and development professionals who manage investments, disburse funding, and attract new funding for Nations, and communications and administrative staff who support relationship-building and storytelling.

Benefits and Work Culture

Coast Funds offers a competitive salary ($60,000 to $65,000/year), as well as a strong benefits package that includes health and dental coverage, paid sick days, RRSP contributions, a mobile phone plan, time off and budget for professional development, and opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Our growing team includes professionals from a variety of backgrounds who share a commitment to serving First Nations with respect and accountability. Together, we’re working hard to support Indigenous-led solutions that strengthen coastal economies and protect lands, waters, and life in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii. As a growing organization we actively support the career development aspirations of all staff members.

How to Apply

We are working with TEEMA Group to recruit for this role. To apply, please submit an updated resume and cover letter by email to [email protected]. Cover letters can be addressed to Zahra Laarif.

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis, until the position is filled. Our hiring team aims to schedule interviews in January.

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We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Given the nature of our work, we will be giving priority to Indigenous candidates and then to candidates who have worked with Indigenous organizations and bring a solid understanding of Indigenous practices, traditions, and worldviews.


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