Volunteer Opportunity: Treasurer, CSCNS Board Directors

We’re looking for a new Board Member!


Volunteer Opportunity: Treasurer, CSCNS Board of Directors

The Community Sector Council Nova Scotia is looking for a new team member for its Board of Directors Team.  If you are someone who loves working with community organizations, and looking for ways to strengthen Nova Scotia communities, and has a strong background in financial management, we want to hear from you.

About the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia

The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia is located on the ancestral homelands of the Mi’kmaq people. The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia (CSCNS) works to build the individual and collective capacities of non-profit organizations across the province in addressing labour force and human resource issues. The role of CSCNS is to facilitate the sector’s capacity to work collaboratively to find innovative solutions to emerging and existing social and economic issues in Nova Scotia.

Diversity & Inclusion

The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace. We welcome and encourage applications from individuals from equity seeking groups such as racialized/visible minorities, Indigenous/Aboriginal peoples, persons with a disability, persons who identify in the LGBTQ+ community and others who reflect the diversity of our Nova Scotia communities. The Community Sector Council’s priority is to expand the diversity of perspectives and skills of its team and priority will be given to candidates who meet the qualifications of the position and strengthen the diversity of perspectives of the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia. 

Role Description:

Accountability and Authority

The board treasurer is an executive and voting member of the board of directors of the Association and appointed in a manner consistent with the bylaws. He/she is accountable to the Board for the fulfillment of the duties and responsibilities outlined below. The treasurer, as other board members, has no authority to direct staff or take independent action on matters outside of the duties outlined unless given such authority by the Board

Time Commitment and Terms of Office

Ten hours per month (board meetings, meetings with the Executive Director, committee meetings). Two years with the possibility of renewal for a second term.

Committee Membership

The treasurer is automatically a member of the Executive Committee and will normally chair the following committees when and where such are necessary:

  • Audit Committee
  • Budget Development Committee
  • Financial Policy Development Task Group

Roles and Responsibilities

The treasurer will offer guidance to the Executive Director and financial officer1 in ensuring good fiscal planning, decision-making and oversight at a governance level. His/her principle duties are to:

  • Oversee the development of financial policies and their review by the board
  • Assist in the preparation of the annual budget and its presentation to the board for review
  • Ensure that the appropriate financial statements are reviewed by the board
  • Ensure that the organization maintains the appropriate financial books and records
  • Ensure that government tax filings and remittances are submitted on a timely basis
  • Ensure that payroll and other liabilities are settled in a timely manner
  • Serve as a co-signer of cheques and automated payments with at least one another signing officer
  • Assures the organization is in compliance with its financial regulatory and contractual obligations.
  • Assist the organization in audit preparation and participate in the annual audit process.
  • Present the organization’s financial report and recommend appointment or reappointment of auditor at the Annual General Meeting
  • Helps, along with the Executive Director, keep the board informed of important financial events, trends, and issues relevant to the organization


  • Commitment to the organization’s mission and strategic directions
  • A professional accounting designation required
  • An appreciation of the kind and level of financial information needed at a board level to support decision making
  • An ability to commit the time required to fulfill the responsibilities described, including the ability to be flexible with time commitments and meeting times
  • A strong working knowledge of QuickBooks Online

Please send an Expression of Interest letter to Arlene MacDonald, Executive Director, amacdonald@csc-ns.ca by 4:00pm Friday, December 14th with Treasurer in the subject heading. Please advise if any disability related accommodations are needed in assuming this position.