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Recruiting Head of Finance

Camphill Communities of Ireland (CCoI) are recruiting for:
Head of Finance

Application form may be downloaded here

The full Job Description and Person Specification may be downloaded here

1       Main purpose of the role

The primary purpose is to support the CEO and Board of Management in CCoI to ensure financial compliance and accountability in respect of the financial business of CCoI in its entirety. The post holder will undertake a leadership role as a member of the Senior Management Team.  

This job description describes the roles and responsibilities as currently envisaged.  These may change over time in the light of changing circumstances or developments within the national disability sector programme.

2      Overall Objectives

  1. To support the CEO and Board of Management in CCoI to ensure financial compliance and accountability in respect of the financial business of CCoI in its entirety.
  2. To ensure the development and implementation of best practice in relation to the management of the finance function within Camphill and to achieve the delivery of Camphill’s business objectives.  
  3. To deliver change through partnership with the various internal and external stakeholders.
  4. To personally demonstrate behavior consistent with the Values of the Organisation and ensures this is reflected across the workforce.
  5. To provide leadership and development of the finance team.

3      Span of Control

Camphill Communities of Ireland operates a residential and day service in 16 centres, in which approx. 250 residents and day-attendees live and take part in day activities, delivered by a workforce of approx. 500 persons comprised of employees and voluntary co-workers.

This role will require a strong and experienced leader with a proven ability in managing and developing teams and services. This person will be responsible for overseeing the preparation, maintenance and analysis of all financial records relating to the Camphill Communities of Ireland.

Attributes and qualities should include:

  • Excellent and proven skills in financial reporting and analysis
  • Excellent written, presentational and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to set own priorities, meet tight deadlines and work effectively under pressure.
  • Have a high capacity for responsibility and individual initiative
  • Confident and flexible approach to work
  • Ability to manage and influence key stakeholders

This role will report to the CEO. He/she will be required to actively participate in the Senior Management Team, will attend Board meetings as required and participate in the performance management process.

4      Key Responsibilities

Key accountabilities of this post are to:

Financial policy – to establish and monitor a full set of financial policies appropriate to the Organisation. These will include maintaining financial compliance with the requirements of the various regulatory and funding agencies that Camphill interact with e.g.  Charities Regulator, HIQA, HSE etc.

Financial control – to ensure that the management of finance within Camphill is fully compliant with regulatory requirements and to ensure that all financial practices carried out in Camphill are handled in an appropriate manner

Promote and manage change to maximize efficiency – to manage and monitor the use of the organisation’s resources

Financial reporting– to ensure the preparation of year-end accounts and other financial reports as may be required

Relationship with external stakeholders – to work closely with Camphill’s external auditors, advisors and other stakeholders as required in respect of all financial matters

5      Reporting In roles

The Head of Finance will operate as part of the Senior Management Team. Other persons who are responsible for financial management at local and national level will report to the Head of Finance. 

6      Core Competencies

Maintenance and development of an effective system of financial controls

  • Maintain and develop a system of Internal Financial Controls to ensure budgetary control, management and accountability.
  • Report on variances against budget and provide detailed explanations.
  • Identify and report on financial trends and identify corrective action in liaison with the CEO and his/her senior management team.
  • Ensure all reporting is delivered within the agreed timeframes.
  • Develop service user costing systems to support service planning.
  • Monitor and report on budgetary performance through the preparation of monthly management accounts.

Management of day-to-day operations of the finance function

  • Manage the day to day operations of the finance functions of the CCoI centres to include:
  • Salaries
  • Accounts Payable
  • Patient Accounts (Accounts Receivable)
  • Management Information Systems
  • Provide full supervision of all duties carried out by Finance staff in the CCoI centres and deal with any competency issues.
  • Promote and ensure full compliance with all Finance policies, Finance Regulation procedures and best accounting practice at all times.
  • Assist with the integration of financial and management information systems and procedures within CCoI centres.

Management of financial resources to maximise income and ensure efficiency

  • Promote best practice in cost control and income generation. Advise on opportunities for value for money initiatives.
  • Ensure that all financial resources are used in the most effective and efficient manner in the delivery of day to day services.
  • Develop KPIs, financial governance arrangements, financial systems and business re-engineering processes.
  • Implement existing and new accounting policies and procedures to ensure compliance and efficiency

Preparation of financial reports

  • Prepare year end returns as required.
  • Prepare other monthly financial reports as requested by the CEO or Board of Directors.

Negotiation with external stakeholders

  • Develop strong working relationships with all key stakeholders both internal and external to CCoI
  • Any other ad-hoc duties as may be assigned by the CEO or Board of CCoI

Personal Commitment, Motivation and Integrity

  • Demonstrate commitment and buy-in to the role and in leading lasting change in the quality of service delivered with a focus on improving the outcome for residents and day attendees
  • Demonstrate high personal standards in terms of ethics, openness and probity and has a commitment to continued professional development
  • Undertake such other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned by the CEO and the Board of Camphill.

Qualifications, Knowledge & Experience

  • A fully qualified registered accountant (Essential)
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in a leadership role (Essential)
  • A minimum of 5 years post-qualification experience (Desirable)
  • Proven experience of participation at senior management/board level of an organisation (Essential)
  • Demonstrable experience of managing substantial resource allocation and budget management (Essential)
  • Experience of negotiation with external stakeholders around funding levels and service level arrangements, e.g. HSE (Desirable)
  • Experience of resource management in a large values-based organisation (Essential)
  • Experience in driving change across a large organisation in establishing and embedding new systems and processes (Essential)
  • Experience in the Not-for-Profit / Charity Sector and/or Section 38/39 organisations (Desirable)
  • An understanding of Camphill Communities of Ireland’s Vision, Values and Mission (Desirable)

Details of the Role:

Grade:                  Grade 8 equivalent

Salary Scale:       Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience

Location:              Head office in Dunshane, County Kildare, attendance at other locations as appropriate.

Duration:             Fulltime 40 hours - 3 year contract initially, with a possibility of extension

Closing date:      5pm on Friday 28th June 2019


How to apply

Please email your current cv and, cover letter.

Candidates shortlisted for interview will be contacted by Wednesday 03rd of July
for interviews been held week of 8th -12th July


Application form may be downloaded here

The full Job Description and Person Specification may be downloaded here


Camphill is an equal opportunities employer

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