Starlight Careers

Executive Director of Finance (Public Entities), U.S. Multi-Family


Reporting to the CFO, Starlight U.S. Multi-Family, the Executive Director of Finance will have direct responsibility for the financial accounting and reporting functions for various publicly traded entities including the preparation of the Financial Statements and MD&A filings for the public entities.  In addition, the position will lead the Financial, Planning and Analysis function for the U.S. business involving management reporting and analysis, budgets and forecasting.  The Executive Director will also oversee the internal control environment and provide leadership on process improvement initiatives.

Application Qualified candidates can submit their resume to

Duties and Responsibilities

Public Reporting
  • Responsible for preparation of Financial Statements and high quality MD&A filings for public entities
  • Lead Finance representative on prospectus filings for equity offerings including financial statement requirements
  • Assist CFO in responding to research analyst requests
Financial Planning & Analysis
  • Build strong relationships with Asset Management group and lead Finance participation in monthly calls with Property Managers focused on improving financial performance
  • Overall responsibility for the preparation of monthly / quarterly operating reports by vehicle including detailed analysis of property performance relative to Budget and Prior Year
  • Ensure Asset Management receives high quality, informative property reporting and analysis on a timely basis each month
  • Oversight of an efficient annual Budget process
  • Lead preparation of cash forecasts by vehicle monthly and operating forecast updates as required
  • Support CFO in preparing analysis and information for debt financings as required
  • Oversight of the Controller and Finance team including high level review of balance sheet account reconciliations and preparation of financial statements for various vehicles
  • Oversight of Controller to ensure accounting staff perform an efficient but rigorous review of financials received from Property Managers each month
  • Oversight of lender relationships including compliance reporting to lenders
  • Oversight of accounting for acquisitions, dispositions, re-financings and other complicated transactions
  • Lead an effective relationship with the external audit firm
  • Lead role in driving process improvements across the organization
  • Key responsibility for maintaining and improving Internal Controls
  • Oversight of preparation of tax returns (Canadian and US) completed by tax advisors to ensure critical deadlines are met


  • BCOMM, BA, MBA, CPA or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum of 10 years of related business experience
  • Experienced Finance leader
  • Significant experience in drafting public company Financial Statements and MD&A reports is key
  • Experience in supporting business performance and growth through effective reporting and analysis
  • Strong interest in partnering with business people to improve profitability
  • Proficient communication (both written and verbal), interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Experience overseeing audits performed by external audit firms
  • Some knowledge of both Canadian and US tax systems would be helpful
  • Experience of reporting requirements for public equity offerings
  • Debt financing experience / knowledge would be an asset
  • Ability to respond appropriately in pressure situations with a calm and steady demeanor
  • A well-defined sense of diplomacy, including solid negotiation, conflict resolution, and people management skills
  • Excellent teamwork and team building skills
  • Good problem-solving skills and the ability to make the necessary decisions to move forward the work at hand
  • Sound analytical thinking, planning, prioritization, and execution skills
  • Good organizational, time management and prioritizing skills
  • While the role has a significant element of management review, the environment is dynamic, and the individual must be prepared to get into the detail


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