Director of Finance

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Toronto

CIS Ontario

Summary of Position

The Director of Finance (DF) is an approachable leader, who provides strategic and operational direction for many key school functions and initiatives, including the effective management of finance, human resources, property and facilities, and ancillary services. 

The DF reports directly to the Principal and is a key member of the Strategic Leadership Team (SLT), providing proactive advice and support to the Board, the SLT and all employees, in alignment with the school’s strategic and financial priorities.

SHS is in an exciting stage of campus expansion, with a substantial new building project currently in the planning stages. The DF will work closely with the Principal and various vendors to support the realization of this transformational development and to ensure SHS’s ongoing financial stability.

Specific Responsibilities


  • Develops and implements long-term financial plans in alignment with the strategic objectives of SHS, as well as the objectives of the Sterling Hall School Foundation (SHSF).
  • Prepares and manages annual operating and capital expenditure budgets, ensuring prudent allocation of resources to support SHS goals.
  • Manages financial operations and monitors and analyzes financial performance for reporting to the SHS and SHSF Boards of Governors, and to other stakeholders, as required.
  • Oversees financial aspects of major construction projects, including collaboration with vendors, financial providers, and the Advancement team to support capital campaigns.

  • Human Resources

  • Manages recruitment and onboarding; retention and performance management; employee relations; development of policies and procedures; compensation and benefits; health and safety; training and development.
  • Ensures SHS’s policies and practices attract and retain talented and diverse employees while ensuring compliance with relevant laws and regulations.
  • Leads a team working in finance, facilities, healthcare, administration and ancillary services, fostering a culture of collaboration, professionalism and trust.
  • Property and Facilities

  • Liaises with our facilities and food services management service providers regarding staffing, operations and contracts.
  • Collaborates with the Facilities team in planning and executing work to ensure the effective maintenance and renewal of building systems and infrastructure.
  • Skills, Experience and Attributes

  • Bachelor’s degree and a CPA designation is required; HR accreditation is an asset.
  • A minimum of 8 years of progressive experience in finance and human resources, ideally in an educational environment, with a background in the not-for-profit sector.
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to align financial and human resource practices with the school’s mission and goals, and with an appreciation of an independent school environment.
  • Strong financial acumen, including expertise in financial planning, analysis, and reporting, with proficiency in finance and HR software, as well as Google Suite.
  • High level of emotional intelligence and excellent communication skills. 
  • Supportive and empathetic, with sound judgment, integrity, tact and discretion to deal effectively with sensitive and confidential matters.
  • Strong work ethic, recognizing the need for a full-time presence on site, and willing to work extended hours as required, including some evenings and weekends. 
  • Additional Information

    To apply, please send a resume and letter of interest by email to for the attention of Rick Parsons, Principal. The school will begin considering candidates in March and the posting will remain open until the position is filled. The start date for the position is June 24, .

    The Sterling Hall School is committed to fostering an inclusive, equitable and accessible environment.

    We encourage applications from all qualified candidates with a diverse range of experiences and perspectives who may contribute to The Sterling Hall School’s organizational diversity and who share the school’s values.

    We thank all candidates for their applications; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Upon request, accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout our recruitment process. 

    A satisfactory vulnerable sector screening and background check is a condition of employment.


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