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Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Associate Vice President, Finance 

Employee Group: Administration/Management
Hours of Work (BCGEU):
# of openings: 1
Hours Per Week (BCGEU):
Pay Level:16 – Administrative Salary Grid
Days of Work (BCGEU):
Employment Type:Permanent Full Time
Internal Closing Date:Open Until Filled
Travel Frequency:
External Closing Date:Open Until Filled
Competition ID: 2712

Kwantlen Polytechnic University
KPU offers all learners opportunities to achieve success in a diverse range of programs that blend theory and practice, critical understanding, and social and ethical awareness necessary for good citizenship and rewarding careers.  KPU strives to implement initiatives that will attract, support, engage, and retain KPU’s people and create an environment where all employees see themselves as contributing to student learning.

JOB OVERVIEW:  Associate Vice President, Finance 
This role reports to the Chief Financial Officer. Reporting directly to this position are the two Directors of Financial Services, Director of Procurement and Confidential Assistant, Financial Services.

The Associate Vice President (AVP), Finance provides leadership and management of financial operations and reporting at KPU, modernizing and streamlining the University’s budgeting, reporting, procurement, internal controls and financial systems. The AVP, Finance provides strategic and tactical insight to assist in the development of the University’s annual and long-term operating and capital budgets, as well as assists in generating cash flow projections and investing funds in short and long-term options. The AVP, Finance has management accountability for the financial operations of the organization, and ensures that the Chief Financial Officer has access to timely, meaningful, and accurate financial information for executive leadership and governing bodies.


  • Relevant Graduate degree plus a Canadian professional accounting designation in good standing or an equivalent combination of education and professional experience.
  • Minimum of 12 years of finance experience and at least 5 years senior and/or mid-level administrative experience in public sector finance and accounting.
  • Experience managing an investment portfolio is required.
  • Financial audit experience is required.
  • Experience in leading budget processes and working with budgets in the public sector is preferred.
  • Experience with reporting information to boards and committees in accordance with policy and governance.
  • Experience in dealing with competing agendas and diverse opinions, and has drawn upon their intuition, conceptual skills and leadership skills to find the best solutions.
  • An understanding of and an appreciation for complex, unionized public sector organizations is preferred; experience in and knowledge of post-secondary educational institutions is an asset.
  • Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.


  • Politically astute. Identifies potentially contentious issues and deals effectively with them while exercising tact and diplomacy.
  • Proven track record of innovative and strategic decision making, as well as experience in leading an organization to achieve aggressive performance goals.
  • Ability to deal effectively and diplomatically with people at all levels in an organization.
  • Possesses excellent business acumen and an appreciation for efficient operations.
  • A forward thinker with the ability to translate strategic objectives and operational plans into action; able to prioritize and set plans to reach the financial objectives.
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills. Is confident in making presentations to all levels.
  • Ability to analyze problems and opportunities, establish facts and draw valid conclusions quickly, appropriately and under pressure.
  • Ability to organize and analyze large amounts of information.
  • Ability to see the big picture – strong results and bottom-line orientation.
  • Ability to be decisive and willing to make difficult decisions when needed.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; can build and maintain trust and effective working relationships.
  • Collaborates in a meaningful, productive way. Understands where the line is between collaboration and decision making and acts accordingly, ensuring the proper communication and follow-up along the way.
  • Practices open and effective dialogue to ensure the exchange of ideas and information.
  • Intercampus travel is required, possession of a valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle is preferred.

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We at KPU understand that experiences and qualifications may look differently for everyone and, if this job description is of interest to you, we encourage you to apply.

Other information

  • Intercampus travel is required, possession of a valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle is preferred however we do have on campus shuttles

Why Join KPU?

  • Recognized as one of B.C.'s Top Employers  
  • KPU is committed to actively fostering an equitable and inclusive working environment
  • Competitive compensation  
  • Hybrid environment, flexible work around core hours
  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan - College
  • Extended Medical, Dental, Healthcare Spending Account, Sick Leave, Long Term Disability, Life Insurance, Optional Life Insurance, Accidental Death and Dismemberment, Emergency Travel Assistance, Employee and Family Assistance Program, Teledoc
  • Professional Development Days: up to 10 days paid per year
  • Maternity and parental leave top-up
  • Generous vacation package
  • Campus work environment, cafeteria, outdoor sitting areas and nearby walking trails
  • Campus athletic and fitness centers with a variety of instructor-led classes
  • Tuition waiver program – eligible to waive tuition costs of courses at KPU equivalent to 3 credits per semester
  • Inhouse training and development
  • Networking and social events such as KPU Day, Holiday Social etc.
  • Intercampus shuttle
  • Access to automotive, horticulture, brewery and other programs’ services
  • Clubs: Jeopardy, Toastmasters, E-sports, Ted Talks etc.
  • Library and Bookstore (discounts)    

Note to Applicants:
Kwantlen Polytechnic University welcomes and encourages applications from equity deserving groups and diverse experiences including, but not limited to, Indigenous people, racialized people, people with disabilities, and members of the 2S/LGBTQIA+ community.

If there are any barriers that you are experiencing or an accommodation that we can provide to support you through the application process, please reach out to us at

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

We thank all applicants for their interest in employment with KPU. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

Kwantlen Polytechnic University is committed to protecting the safety and welfare of employees, students, and the general public, and upholding the reputation and integrity of the University. For this reason, final applicants will be asked to undergo a background check.  

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