Call for Interest: Standing Committee on Finance
The Governance and Nominating Committee of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is seeking applications from qualified Canadian financial experts to join the Standing Committee on Finance (SCF). Individuals with diverse financial and human resources expertise in public, private or not-for-profit sectors are encouraged to apply to complement the existing membership.
The mandate of CIHR’s SCF is to monitor and provide recommendations to Governing Council about matters related to finance and human resources. The SCF promotes transparency and accountability in all financial planning strategies of CIHR and ensures that there is alignment between operational resources and the strategic direction set by Governing Council.
The major roles and responsibilities of the committee are to:
- Ensure that CIHR has an effective planning process in place that provides appropriate alignment of financial (and human) resources with strategic directions;
- Review and recommend to the Governing Council, CIHR's annual budget;
- Assess CIHR's financial requirements on a continuous basis and recommend to the Governing Council, strategies and measures to increase CIHR's overall level of resources; and
- Review and recommend to the Governing Council major or strategic expenditures
- Review and recommend to the Governing Council matters of a strategic nature related to human resources, excluding matters delegated to the President by Governing Council.
The deadline for applications is Tuesday, October 31, 2023.
To be eligible for consideration, candidates must:
- Possess relevant expertise and high-level skills in areas of finance and human resources recognized in Canada and abroad. These may include, but are not limited to: accounting, financial/human resource management, investment banking, financial planning and/or advising, finance administration, risk analysis and management, policy development; and
- Have two or more of the following competencies related to financial and human resources management:
- ability to evaluate and provide oversight on financial plans, operating budgets, organizational resources;
- ability to provide input and advice on the financial and resource management of the organization and identify and address associated risks;
- demonstrated leadership in the financial sector and/or financial-related roles in public, private or non-profit sectors;
- ability to provide oversight and recommendations on the long-term financial and resource stability and sustainability of CIHR;
- demonstrated track-record of analytical and innovative thinking applied to financial and resource operations and/or strategy in order to meet organizational objectives and priorities.
Appointments to the Standing Committee on Finance will be made in a way that ensures:
- A strong and effective committee
- Transparency and fairness of process
- Breadth of financial expertise and experience
- Diversity of membership
The appointments will start on December 4, 2023 for a term of three years, and members may be renewed for a second term of up to three years.
The current membership and additional information on the SCF can be found here:
Standing Committee on Finance - CIHR (cihr-irsc.gc.ca)
To note: The Terms of Reference of all standing committees of CIHR's Governing Council are reviewed annually and more frequently if amendments are required.
The Committee meets virtually three times per year. Additional meetings may be held at the call of the Chair.
Remuneration and Expenses
Members are not compensated for their service. If however, an in-person meeting is planned, travel and accommodation expenses are reimbursed in accordance with the Government of Canada Treasury Board Guidelines.
How to Apply
Interested individuals are invited to apply by sending the following documents to CIHR’s Governance Secretariat: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- a letter of interest (maximum 1000 words), which makes reference to qualifications, expertise, and the perspective they would bring to the work of the Standing Committee on Finance (SCF);
- a curriculum vitae; and
- a completed self-identification questionnaire. (All applicants will be sent the self-identification questionnaire following submission of their application)
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