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Director General & Chief Financial Officer

Posted: Mar 28, 2024 Closing date of the competition: Apr 30, 2024 Location: Montreal (Balmoral) Flexibility Profile: Hybrid Position Status: Continuous - Full-time Division: Finance and Administration

Call for Applications
April 30th, 2024

Are you passionate about great storytelling, about exploring the issues that matter, about pushing the boundaries in new audiovisual experiences? So are we. As Canada’s public producer and distributor, the National Film Board (NFB) has been telling the country’s stories and pioneering breakthroughs in virtually every field of audiovisual content since 1939. But to do this, we need a team that truly reflects the richness and diversity of Canada. If you’d like to be a part of this team—and part of the NFB’s incredible legacy—we’d love to hear from you.


As a member of the Executive Committee reporting to the Chairperson and Government Film Commissioner, the incumbent contributes to the overall management of the NFB, in particular by participating in the process of developing strategic plans and defining vision, strategies and objectives, in accordance with the guidelines, priorities and requirements set out by the Commissioner and by their leadership team, and the priorities and requirements of the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Government of Canada. The incumbent represents the interests of the NFB within the relevant government communities, to contribute to the advancement of the organization’s interests within the federal government.


  • As a member of the Executive Committee, contributes to the development and success of the NFB’s strategic objectives.
  • In collaboration with other members of the Executive Committee, directs the strategic planning process and annual action plans.
  • Defines and supports the vision for each of the sectors under their responsibility; oversees the implementation and evaluation of resulting guidelines, strategies and priorities.
  • Establishes and maintains productive business relationships with different sectors of the NFB to promote the attainment of strategic and operational objectives.
  • Ensures that a management structure that supports the NFB’s mandate is developed and maintained.
  • Identifies partnerships and institutional sponsorships that are beneficial to the NFB, creates conditions favourable to securing them and, where applicable, directs the actions required to form agreements.
  • Ensures institutional oversight and influences the NFB’s strategic vision with regard to its business practices and resource-management and use processes.

As Chief Financial Officer (CFO):

  • Develops the financial plan for the entire NFB and ensures the integrity of financial data; is accountable for results in these areas to the relevant authorities, including the Commissioner, the Board of Trustees, Canadian Heritage, the Office of the Auditor General, the Office of the Comptroller General and other departments and agencies of the Government of Canada.
  • Ensures sound management and proactive planning of financial and material resources for the entire institution, as well as for the branch under their direct responsibility; performs general monitoring of budgets and justifies variances when necessary.

As Director General, Finance and Administration:

  • Provides leadership in the implementation of institutional objectives, effectively communicates strategic orientations, and directs all activities in the sectors for which they are responsible: financial operations, budget planning and analysis, internal controls, procurement.
  • Advocates sound management and planning of human resources in alignment with NFB values and policies and the collective agreements in force.
  • Ensures sound management and proactive planning of financial and material resources within the sectors under their responsibility.
  • Participates in the creation of key indicators and ensures that scoreboards measuring organizational performance are implemented.
  • Approves all non-routine transactions and service offers, ensuring a comprehensive analysis of financial, risk and performance aspects in order to offer sound recommendations to support decision-making and improve resource use.
  • Ensures that decisions, transactions and reports that have financial implications comply with all applicable regulations, laws, agreements and requirements.
  • Maximizes desired business results by communicating and managing priorities and financial aspects, as well as supporting the completion of strategic and operational files and projects.
  • Collaborates in defining and implementing the business-continuity plan and emergency-management programs that are essential to the operations of the sectors in their branch; where applicable, oversees any necessary actions by coordinating them with the other sectors involved.
  • Sets clear expectations and assesses individual and sector performance; establishes performance indicators, determines annual objectives and advances talent-development plans.


  • University degree in Finance, Accounting, Administration or equivalent;
  • Minimum 15 years of experience in large-team management relevant to the position’s main responsibilities, including at least 10 years in strategic advisory roles;
  • Member of the CPA Order;
  • Demonstrated experience in financial and budgetary management, ideally in the federal public sector;
  • Achievements demonstrating a strong capacity to manage large-scale, complex, diversified projects as well as strategic-thinking and analysis skills;
  • Significant experience in creating processes and controls to ensure objectives are attained, risk is managed and resources are used responsibly;
  • Bilingualism in the official languages (French and English), orally and in writing.


  • Strong ability to shape and create a strategic vision; excellent political sense and entrepreneurial spirit;
  • Comfortable leading, exerting influence and providing direction;
  • Collaborative mindset, ability to establish connections with various communities and people;
  • Strong capacity for analyzing and resolving complex problems;
  • Integrity and ability to work within a rigorous ethical framework;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in both official languages.


At the National Film Board, our work is guided by our core values, which include respect, diversity, generosity, integrity, courage and empowerment.

In keeping with the NFB’s commitment to providing a Canadian lens on the world while combatting racism and systemic discrimination, this position is exclusively open to individuals with firsthand experience with such issues, notably members of underrepresented communities such as First Nations, Métis, Inuit, Black or racialized groups, and/or persons with a disability.

Given our commitment to employment equity, you are invited to self-identify in your cover letter if you identify with an equity-seeking group.

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To submit your application, please send your curriculum vitae along with a cover letter by April 30th, 2024, to the following link.

Marie-Ève Cloutier, CRHA

Chief Executive Officer

Phone: +1 438-777-8622

The NFB is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. Feel free to advise us of any accommodation needs.

Please note that only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.