Employment Opportunity

Memorial Univ. of Newfoundland
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Permanent Position


Memorial University is a comprehensive, multi-campus, public, university committed to excellence. The Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) is Memorial’s oceans and polytechnic campus with locations in St. John’s, Foxtrap, Holyrood, Lewisporte and Stephenville, a budget of approximately $55 million and approximately 375 employees. MI is considered to be the most comprehensive institution of its kind in North America, with highly qualified employees and unique facilities such as full-motion ships bridge simulators and the world’s largest flume tank. It offers graduate and undergraduate degrees, diplomas, certificates and industry training for the marine sectors.



Based in St. John’s and reporting to the Associate Vice-President, (Marine Institute), Administration and Finance, working collaboratively with the leadership team at MI and the department of Financial and Administrative Services (St. John’s Campus), the Manager, Finance and Contracts leads the financial administration and services for MI ensuring that campus objectives are achieved and are in compliance with University policies and procedures. Supervising a team of 11 staff, the position plans, manages and delivers a broad range of financial services and functions including: contract review and administration, budgeting, contract/project accounting, financial reporting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, travel, procurement, cashiering, information/client relations, and accounting services for owned and un-owned separately incorporated entities. The Manager provides advice and guidance on university policies and procedures, informs budgetary decision making by the senior executive of MI and analyzes a variety of information for preparation of management reports. Liaising with officials from across the University including legal counsel, the manager prepares and reviews legal documents (contracts, memoranda of understating, professional services agreements etc.) for all MI activity including industrial response training, applied research, partnerships and collaborations. The position is also a member of various committees on both the MI and St. John’s Campuses.



The ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge and experience (8-10 years) in progressively responsible financial management roles, possess a minimum of an undergraduate degree in Commerce or Business Administration supplemented by a Chartered Professional Accountant designation. Experience in contract review with a thorough understanding of contract language is essential.  The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills with a strong ability to listen and effectively advocate, creatively problem solve and confidently work through difficult budgetary issues. Other required competencies include: excellent facilitation and presentation skills, change management skills, and project management skills.  An ability to build and maintain strong relationships and deliver quality service to all client groups is critical to this role. An equivalent combination of experience and training may be considered.  



Memorial University is a progressive employer at the forefront of the university sector in Canada, with competitive compensation and wide range of benefit programs. The work environment is stimulating and dynamic and employees are encouraged to partake in the diverse intellectual, cultural, social and recreational offerings.


CLOSING DATE       July 31, 2020          


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, preference will be given to applicants who are legally entitled to work in Canada. Memorial University is committed to employment equity and diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women, people of any sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression; Indigenous peoples; visible minorities and racialized people; and people with disabilities.


The personal information requested in your application is collected under the authority of the Memorial University Act (RSNL 1990 c M-7) for the purpose of identifying and recruiting candidates; assessing applicant qualifications; and maintaining records pertaining to the administration of employment with Memorial University of Newfoundland.

If you are a successful candidate, this information will form part of your permanent employment record and will be used for other activities related to the employment process. This information may be disclosed to government departments and agencies as legally required; and to third party service providers, as necessary to administer programs and activities.

If you have any questions about the collection, use and disclosure of the information on this form, please contact MyHR, Department of Human Resources, at (709) 864-2434.

For further information concerning this opportunity, email humanresources@mi.mun.ca, or contact the Human Resources Office, Marine Institute, Room E3306C.



We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000

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