Right to Play – Director, Finance

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About right to play

Right To Play protects, educates, and empowers children to rise above adversity using the power of play. For 25 years, we have been a global leader in helping children learn and improve their well-being through play – one of the most fundamental forces in a child’s life. We reach millions of children each year in some of the most difficult places on earth, helping them to stay in school and graduate, resist exploitation, overcome prejudice, heal from trauma, and develop the skills they need to thrive. We work in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Indigenous communities in Canada where poverty, inequality, exclusion, and crisis keep children from learning and thriving. Our work with parents, caregivers, teachers, coaches, community leaders, local partners, and governments helps to unlock the power and potential in every child.

I am living what I learned from Right To Play. I was inspired by Right To Play to be a peace-builder and a leader. They showed me how to do it.

– Malual Bol Kiir, former child refugee and Right To Play participant, now a globally recognized youth leader and passionate peace advocate.

The role role Summary

Role: Director, Finance

Location: Toronto, Canada (preferred) or London, UK

Salary: $145,000 - $165,000 CAD plus benefits

Right to Play International is seeking a Director of Finance with strong people and communications skills with a minimum of 10 years of related finance and accounting experience. CPA accreditation and experience is essential. Experience working in an INGO with multi-country operations is important. Leadership and management skills are required and executive level aptitudes are desired. Candidates with an MBA would be highly desirable.

Candidates that are collegial, results-oriented, and have experience leading the controller function in a global organization are sought. A finance leader with ambition, a self-starter disposition and a strong sense of mission will thrive in this role.

This role requires technical accounting skills and strengths in identifying and analyzing change initiatives, as well as project management experience. This role reports to the Chief Financial Officer and has management responsibility for five direct reports. The Director, Finance will be responsible for the general accounting and bookkeeping functions for the entire organization. Month and year end consolidation procedures across over twenty companies and currencies as well as general monthly financial reporting in the local currency and the Canadian dollar are part

of the responsibilities as is the internal controls and accounting policies and procedures. The Director will oversee the external audits of financial statements, the set-up and permissions of the accounting software and overall cashflow management and treasury approaches. The Director, Finance is one of three finance focused directors. (The Director, Program Finance and the Director, Internal Audit and Compliance are the other two). The Director, Finance has dashed functional reporting lines with the finance leads in Right to Play’s 14 country offices located in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East focused on program implementation as well as the seven national offices in Europe focused on fundraising.

Comfort with accounting software (e.g. D365 BC, SAGE, SAP, Netsuite) and highly skilled in consolidation and comfortable with foreign exchange, this Director will bring a strong focus on controls and anti-fraud measures.

A leader with a strong service orientation, mentorship experience and eagerness to identify and develop new approaches to finance will succeed in this role. Cross-cultural skills and the ability to thrive in an inclusive and diverse organization is essential as is the availability to travel once or twice a year globally. Experience in international development and multi-country, divisional organizations are ideal.


• General accounting and book-keeping functional leadership for the enterprise

• Month-end and year-end consolidation procedures across over twenty companies and currencies

• General monthly financial reporting in the local currency and the Canadian dollar

• Management of the internal control environment and approach

• Accounting policy and procedure development for the enterprise

• Maintenance of the chart of accounts and dimension design

• External audits of financial statements

• Business owner of accounting software, set-up, governance, permissions

• Cashflow management and treasury approach

• Team leadership and management

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• CPA (Canadian designation) is essential

• Bachelor’s degree in a related field, with preference for finance, accounting or commerce specialization, with some openness to other options if candidates have the CPA accreditation plus strong aligned experience.

• MBA desirable

• Other technical accounting or technology certification would also be desirable

Experience & Attributes:

• 10 years minimum in accounting and finance

• Senior level or executive level experience

• Strong people management skills and experience managing a small technical team

• Strong technical accounting background and comfortable with full range of accounting practices

• Ideally charitable sector experience with a related organization

• Experience in a multi-country, divisional organization

• Knowledgeable in ASPE/ASNPO or IFRS

• International experience and skilled in cross-cultural communication

• Able to set strong tone from the top regarding controls and anti-fraud orientation

• Highly skilled in consolidation and intra-company eliminations and comfortable with foreign exchange issues

• Sophisticated communicator, able to clearly and simply express concepts and ideas in a fashion appropriate to the level of knowledge of the counter-party

• Capable of providing training services across the finance function and to the users of financial reports

• Languages in addition to English would be an asset (i.e. French, Arabic, Swahili, Portuguese)

How to Apply

All correspondence, at this stage, should be via Oxford HR. To apply for this post, visit the job advert on our website here, click on the “Apply Now” button, complete our online application form, and submit your CV and cover letter as two different documents, which should be prepared before applying as they will be considered in the application process. The cover letter should be no more than two pages long and explain why you are interested in this post and how your skills and experience make you a good fit.

The document should be saved in PDF in the following format: Your First Name-Your Last Name-Document Name-Date (mmyy) e.g., Pat-Jones-CV-072024-RTP or Pat-JonesCoverLetter-072024-RTP.


Closing Date: August 15th, 2024

Interviews: September, 2024

Selection Process

We are a child-centered organization. Our recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to the safety and protection of children in our programs. The successful candidate will be required to provide a satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Screening or equivalent criminal check as a condition of employment.

All candidates will receive an update regarding their application after the closing date. We advise candidates to add the role email to their safe senders list and regularly check their spam folder.


If you have any queries on any aspect of the appointment process, need additional information, or would like to have an informal discussion, please email arondi@oxfordhr.com or eguindon@oxfordhr.com in the first instance.

Equity Statement

Right To Play provides equal employment opportunities to employees regardless of their gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation or marital status. As such, we encourage groups who have been historically disadvantaged with respect to employment to apply for positions at Right To Play. We offer a familyfriendly environment that allows for flexible work arrangements in order to support staff diversity and ensure a healthy work-life balance.

We value and promote a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Should you require any accessibility related accommodations or specific adjustments to ensure fair and equitable access throughout the recruitment and selection process, and thereafter, please reach out to Alanna Rondi or Evelyne Guindon by email at arondi@oxfordhr.com or eguindon@oxfordhr.com. All information provided will be treated as confidential and used only to provide an accessible candidate experience.

About Oxford hr

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Oxford HR is a global leadership consultancy dedicated to searching for and supporting remarkable leaders and teams in purpose-led organisations.

We understand the nuances of purpose-led leadership because we’ve worked in organisations across the breadth of the sector ourselves. We’ve also worked with such organisations since 1995; so we appreciate just what benefits impactful people can bring.

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