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Finance Specialist

Reference number: PEN23J-022109-000538
Selection process number: 2023-PEN-EA-PAC-183345
Correctional Service Canada
Abbotsford (British Columbia), Agassiz (British Columbia), Mission (British Columbia), Victoria (British Columbia)
$61,154 to $66,206

For further information on the organization, please visit Correctional Service Canada

Closing date: 15 August 2024 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada, and Canadian citizens and Permanent residents abroad.

Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

When you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for a specific job, but to an inventory for future vacancies. As positions become available, applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment.

In addition to your application, you are required to answer screening questions in order to clearly demonstrate, with concrete examples, how you meet each essential education and experience qualification. It is not sufficient to only state that the qualifications are met or to provide a listing of current or past responsibilities. Rather you must clearly demonstrate HOW, WHEN, and WHERE the qualification was met through substantiation by providing concrete examples. Resumes will only be used as a secondary source to validate the information provided in your answers to the screening questions. Please note that responses such as "Refer to résumé" are unacceptable responses to any of the questions. Failure to clearly demonstrate how you meet the essential screening criteria will result in the rejection of your application. Candidates will not be solicited for incomplete or missing information.

When you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for a specific job, but to an inventory for future vacancies. As positions become available, applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment.

The first group of applicants will be pulled on August 28, 2023. Applications submitted after that date will be pulled for consideration on an as needed basis until August 15, 2024

The assessments for this process are: a written self-assessment, a written exam, an interview and reference checks.

CSC is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse workforce that is reflective of the communities we serve. We encourage all applicants who identify as a member of a designated employment equity group to self-declare on their application.

In your application, please identify the legal status which entitles you to work in Canada - Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or work permit. You will be asked to show proof of this status in order to complete the security screening required for employment. Failure to provide this information will eliminate your application from further consideration.

Individuals without Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status will only be considered if all other applicants are determined to be not qualified.


Provision of financial information and services to managers, staff, and inmates located in penitentiaries and other Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) offices and external partners and clients.
Performs on a day-to-day basis financial related tasks and processes accounting transactions.
Responds to urgent requests/demands for financial advice and services and processes a variety of ad hoc and/or immediate financial, administrative, and legislative requests.
Reviews, verifies, reconciles, monitors various financial transactions and accounts.
Inputs and maintains data in departmental financial systems and prepares various financial reports.
Provides on-the-job training, advice and assistance to management and staff on matters related to government and CSC financial policies, directives and issues and contributes to the development of site procedures and processes.
Provides inmates financial and related information services.
Controls and safeguards cash, cheques, and negotiables.
Performs administrative responsibilities for the Unit, i.e. Sorting mail, filing, ordering supplies and preparing correspondence.
Exercises Peace Officer status as circumstances dictate.

Work environment

About Us
The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) is the federal government agency responsible for administering sentences of a term of two years or more, as imposed by the courts. CSC is responsible for managing institutions of various security levels and supervising offenders under conditional release in the community.

Staff may be working in an environment where there could be inmate/offender contact.

Intent of the process

A pool of qualified candidates will be created as a result of this process and may be used to staff similar positions of permanent or temporary tenures within the Correctional Service of Canada in the Pacific Region.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

A secondary school diploma or a satisfactory score on the Public Service Commission test approved as an alternative to a secondary school diploma.

Degree equivalency

Experience* in accounting operations such as auditing, accounts receivable or accounts payable.
*Experience acquired through employment, volunteer opportunities or in-class

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

English essential

Information on language requirements

Demonstrating Integrity and Respect
Thinking Things Through
Working Effectively with Others
Showing Initiative and Being Action-Oriented
Attention to Detail
Effective Communication

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

Graduation with a degree from a recognized university with specialization in accounting, finance, business administration, commerce or economics.
Successful completion of two years of a post- secondary program with specialization in accounting, finance, business administration, commerce or economics.
Completion of at least one accounting course at the post-secondary level.

Degree equivalency

Experience in using computers and software including a computerized financial management system*, word processing and spreadsheet programs.
*Financial management systems could include SIGMA, SAP, Oracle, and/or IFMMS (Integrated Financial and Materiel Management System).
Experience in providing advice, guidance and information to clients in a client service environment.
Experience reconciling accounts.
Experience using the inmate accounting system.
Significant* experience in accounting operations such as auditing, accounts receivables or accounts payable.
*Significant experience is defined as experience typically gained from being in a position for a minimum of a one year period.

Selection may be limited to members of the following Employment Equity groups: Indigenous Persons, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, women.
Selection may be limited to a member of an equity-seeking group to increase representation to support diversity and inclusion and/or to meet business objectives.

Willingness to work overtime occasionally.
Willingness to travel occasionally.
May be required to work with inmates.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language(s) of their choice.

You MUST use the ONLINE application form. Please note that an e-mail is NOT considered an online application for the purposes of this selection process. To submit an application online, please select the button “Apply Online” below.

Persons with disabilities preventing them from applying on-line are asked to contact Cynthia.Woodward@csc-scc.gc.ca.

Candidates who apply to this selection process should include an email address that accepts emails from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email). Should your email address change during the process, it is your responsibility to inform us.

The Correctional Service of Canada is dedicated to supporting inclusive, barrier-free selection processes for all candidates. At any time during a selection process, candidates may request an accommodation to facilitate their assessment in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially. Please visit https://www.canada.ca/en/public-servicecommission/jobs/services/gc-jobs/informationcandidates/accommodations.html for additional information on accommodation in a selection process. Alternatively, you may direct any specific enquiries to the departmental contact identified on this advertisement.

For general information when applying on a selection process, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/public-service-commission/jobs/services/gcjobs/information-candidates.html.


Preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information

Cynthia Woodward, A/HR Advisor Developmental
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