University of Ottawa

The University of Ottawa is a major research university with a full range of programs of study. Founded in 1848, it is now the largest French-English bilingual university in the world, with 10 faculties and 43,000 students registered in undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral studies. Year after year, it ranks among the leading research universities in Canada, and it aims to be among the top five in the next 10 years.  For more information on the University of Ottawa, visit


Reporting to the Vice-President, Resources, the Associate Vice-President, Financial Resources provides strategic and operational leadership in planning, implementing and managing the University’s financial and procurement activities. He or she supports the Vice-President, Resources and provides expert advice.

The Office of the Associate Vice-President, Financial Resources, oversees the following units: Accounting; Research, Trust and Endowment; Procurement Services; Communications Management and Financial Operations.

Opportunities and Challenges

The Financial Resources department plays a key role in supporting the University of Ottawa's academic mission and all the activities related to teaching, research and outreach. For the experienced leader and manager who understands the importance of sound and effective financial management for the success of the University, this position represents a unique opportunity to participate in the transformation of the University in its pursuit of excellence and quality of the experiences of all: students, faculty and employees.

As part of this transformation, the University has undertaken a project to modernize its administrative practices in order to increase the efficiency and the contribution of administrative activities related to human and financial resources. The position holder's leadership, collaboration and change agent skills will ensure the success of this optimization.

Although this position reports to the Vice-President, Resources, the incumbent will be required to work closely with the Provost and Vice-President Academic Affairs, who is now accountable for budget and financial planning, to ensure excellence and the primacy of the academic enterprise at the University of Ottawa.

Key Experience and Competencies

  • University degree in accounting or finance or equivalent degree; CPA designation; a master’s degree (e.g. MBA) is considered an asset.
  • Minimum of 15 years’ experience in the education sector or with a large organization, including at least 8 years in a senior management position.
  • Extensive knowledge of and experience in the planning and development of policies and procedures in a complex and decentralized environment.
  • Demonstrated leadership in financial management, procurement and major complex financial operations.
  • Excellent ability to analyze and resolve complex problems.
  • Excellent ability to articulate, summarize and present detailed and complex information.
  • Excellent ability to exercise professional judgment in order to develop, interpret and apply policies and procedures and to assess operational risks.
  • Ability to innovate and develop projects; plan for the short, medium and long terms; and take appropriate actions in order to achieve goals.
  • Experience developing and implementing major financial systems.
  • Good organizational skills; ability to meet tight deadlines, set priorities and carry out multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Bilingualism – French and English (spoken and written).


If you believe you have the profile we are seeking, please forward your résumé with a letter explaining your interest by completing the “Registration Form”. All information received will be treated in the strictest confidence. We appreciate the interest of every candidate; however, only those selected for the next step in the process will be contacted.

The University of Ottawa is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities. In keeping with Citizenship and Immigration Canada requirements, all qualified persons are invited to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

The University of Ottawa is proud of its over 160-year tradition of bilingualism. At the time of their appointment, senior administration team members are expected to have the ability to function in a bilingual (French and English) setting.