Director, Finance, Planning and Administration

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to becoming Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. Our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.

Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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The Team 

The Faculty of Arts connects academic excellence with relevant results, encouraging active and critical minds. We stimulate awareness for better understanding through examination of the past and present, both locally and globally. Through collaboration and inclusion – of diverse ideas, people, and cultures – we inform innovative policy and drive positive change for community and individual empowerment.

The Faculty of Arts empowers students, graduates and faculty members to become local and global citizens, leaders who are catalysts for positive change in society and our communities.

The opportunity 

As part of the Dean’s management team, the Director, Finance, Planning and Administration will provide effective strategic planning, budget and fiscal management to support the activities of the Faculty of Arts. The Director will be responsible for the implementation of the Faculty’s projects and initiatives under the leadership of the Dean. In this role, the Director will collaborate with the Dean and academic leadership of the Faculty as part of the strategic planning process, and will support and contribute to the development of immediate and long-term plans to execute the Dean’s vision and to support the University’s strategic goals and priorities. In this capacity, the Director will provide financial and administrative expertise on academic and non-academic matters.  

The Director will lead the effective management and administration of the Faculty’s financial affairs in an efficient and professional manner with an openness to innovative thinking and in accordance with university policies, procedures, applicable collective agreements and Faculty goals and objectives as determined by the Dean.  As needed and appropriate, they will also represent the Dean and the Faculty in long-term financial/human resources/operational planning activities at the University level.  


To help us learn more about you, please provide a cover letter and resume describing how you meet the following required qualifications:

  • Completion of a Master’s degree program in business or public administration (or equivalent experience), strategic and financial planning and administration, or in a relevant field;

  • Minimum of five (5) years of progressive, relevant management experience in strategic, financial and resources planning and administration;

  • Five (5) years of demonstrated experience managing staff in a unionized environment required, preferably in a public sector organization;

  • Strong financial and project management skills; demonstrated knowledge of accounting methods and exceptional risk assessment ability;

  • Demonstrated strategic leadership abilities with strong decision-making skills in an extremely fast-paced environment; Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with internal stakeholders at all levels of a large organization;

  • Demonstrated experience in managing complex multiple projects from ideation to completion; excellent ability to manage changing priorities;

  • Exceptional ability to lead, develop and motivate teams; strong knowledge of human resources management principles including hiring, performance management, coaching, training and development and needs assessments;

  • Excellent financial and project management skills; 

  • Understanding of, and sensitivity to principles of equity, diversity and inclusion

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; demonstrated interpersonal skills;

  • Superior ability to gather, interpret and synthesize large amounts of information; 

  • Strong understanding of, and capacity for financial and administrative complexity, university policy and regulations; experience working within a complex matrixed organization

Position #10001176

Reports to: Dean, Faculty of Arts

Vacancy type: FTCE

Start date: ASAP

Employee Group: MAC

Hours of work: 36.25

Grade: D62

Salary Scale: $102,079 - $163,060 (hiring range: $102.079 - 132,571)

HR Contact: Renee Gordon

Posting date: May 2, 2022

Closing date: May 16, 2022

Qualified MAC employees will be interviewed before members of other employee groups.

We encourage all First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples or Indigenous peoples of North America, to self-identify in their applications and also reach out to Tracey King, Indigenous Human Resources Lead for support during the selection process.

As part of the selection process, candidates may be required to complete an occupational assessment.  

Applications will only be accepted online through Ryerson's careersite.

Ryerson University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), and aims to ensure that independence, dignity, integration and equality of opportunity are embedded in all aspects of the university culture.

We will provide an accessible experience for applicants, students, employees, and members of the Ryerson community.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the recruitment process.   If you have restrictions that need to be accommodated to fully participate in any phase of the recruitment process, please reach out to:  All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.