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Manager, Budget and Grants

November 1 2021
Categories Accounting, Finance, Financial Information Systems, Management accounting
Toronto, ON

Permanent, full-time position

A best practices budgeting and accounting leader, equally adept at supervising mid-management and unionized staff, you are ready to take your career forward and welcome this sizable mandate with the Peel District School Board (PDSB).

Reporting to the Assistant Controller of Finance Support Services, you'll be responsible for developing and monitoring the Board's annual operating and capital budget, as well as managing the operations of the Budget and Grants Department with the goal of maximizing Ministry grants. This will range from managing the budget collection model, and preparing timely, comprehensive Ministry budget submissions, to communicating with senior management on budget matters, providing staff mentoring, coaching and supervision, and providing guidance and advice to all stakeholders on budget strategy.

As Manager, Budget and Grants, you'll work closely with relevant stakeholders to develop yearly operational plan, review and approve budget allocation, additions and transfers to schools and departments, ensuring that allocations are in line with Board procedures and guidelines. As can be expected, it will be your job to ensure the integrity of the general ledger and that the chart of accounts is followed with the appropriate controls, and monitor expenditures versus budget during the year to ensure accuracy.

Analytically minded, detail-oriented and focused on accuracy, you'll analyze the impact of new Grants for Student Needs funding, ensure that maximum funding is received, prepare extensive grant analyses for each of the Ministry reporting cycles for presentation to the Board and senior management, and oversee  the development of the Board's budget book and related key reports presented to the Board for approval. You'll also review Ministry annual submissions, including comprehensive financial and statistical reporting, and liaise with Ministry staff on grants and reporting issues through EFIS, the Ministry reporting website. As a valued resource, you'll present at the Budget Development Committee, Special Education Advisory Committee and other committees, and review, keep up to date and implement any required changes to ensure that the Board complies with the Ministry's regulations and accounting standards.


This is a pivotal role for an accountant whose Professional Accounting designation – Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified General Accountant (CGA), Certified Accountant (CA) – is backed by a bachelor's degree in Business, Commerce, Finance, Accounting, Taxation, or a related field. As the Board's Manager, Budget and Grants, you'll also put into practice the following experience, knowledge and skill set:

  • A minimum of eight (8) years' progressive business experience in accounting, managing large budgets, and developing and implementing best practices for improvement efficiencies.
  • Demonstrated progressive experience in the supervision of mid-management-level staff and unionized staff.
  • In-depth knowledge of current Public Sector Accounting Board standards, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Canadian Audit Standards.
  • Demonstrated effective coordination, planning, decision-making and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent organization and analytical skills and attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and experience supervising a team.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.
  • Advanced understanding of, and skills in the use of, financial information systems and other applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, report writing, etc.).
  • Demonstrated commitment to working in a diverse school community and/or work environment.


  • Public sector experience.

Salary range: $97,504 - $121,883 per annum

To apply for the position of Manager, Budget and Grants, please complete an online application through Apply To Education .  Your completed application package on Apply to Education must include your cover letter, resume and supporting educational credentials. Applications must be received no later than 4:30 p.m., Thursday, October 28, 2021.

The Peel District School Board (PDSB) is a racially, culturally and linguistically diverse board that serves 155,000+ students and approximately 17,000 employees. We have 257 schools, 217 of which are elementary and 42 are secondary. In PDSB, 87% of students are racialized, non-white, representing 162 different ethnic backgrounds. Students in Peel have 121 different first languages. Student diversity also exists in terms of gender and gender expression, sexuality, ability and faith. A responsive and empathetic understanding of the lived experiences of the students and communities we serve is vital to those who will take on leadership roles within the PDSB. The workforce consists of teachers, office staff, custodial staff, education assistants and professional staff. The workforce is largely unionized through PDSB's numerous affiliated bargaining agents. The Board's strategic plan includes four pillars: high expectations for achievement; parent, community and staff engagement; equity and inclusion; and safe, positive healthy climate/well-being. Although Equity and Inclusion is a separate pillar within the strategic plan, equity and inclusion is also the lens through which all areas of the strategic plan must be seen, internalized and understood. The Board is committed to equity, inclusion, and dismantling systemic inequities that lead to marginalization and oppression of students from specific identity groups and with certain lived experiences.

Commitment to Equity, Anti-Oppression and Anti-racism

The Peel District School Board is committed to equity in employment. We are committed to equitable hiring practices that allow us to hire qualified staff who reflect the full diversity of the Region of Peel. We will provide reasonable accommodation (e.g., an accessible location, rescheduling of interviews that fall on Days of Significance, etc.) based on any of the human rights protected grounds, during the hiring process if advised in advance.

We are also committed to inclusion, anti-oppression and anti-racist practices while also supporting the continuous growth and development of an equitable and empowered education system at the PDSB.

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Recruitment Process

We appreciate the interest of all applicants, but will only be contacting candidates whose skills, experience and qualifications best meet the requirements of the position. When contacted, candidates will be provided with an overview of the various elements of the selection process; such as, test and skill demonstrations. All communication to applicants regarding this job posting, including an invitation to complete skills assessments and/or a job interview if applicable, will be made through email. Candidates are encouraged to regularly check their email as listed on their account.

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