Employment Opportunity:  Accountant

General Description:

The University of Winnipeg Community Renewal Corporation (UWCRC) is a not-for-profit charitable corporation, created to support the University of Winnipeg and to contribute to sustainable downtown campus revitalization, with a view to community inclusion.  UWCRC is responsible for planning and development of University capital projects including academic buildings, blended student and community residences and retail and other amenity spaces. In addition to property development, UWCRC manages several ancillary business units. Most significantly, UWCRC has partnered with a community economic development organization, SEED Winnipeg, to create a unique campus food service, Diversity Foods, a social enterprise which provides affordable, nutritious, locally sourced, organic, multi-ethnic food.  Diversity also provides significant job opportunities for new Canadians and Aboriginal people.

In 2016, the Board of UWCRC and the Board of Regents of the University of Winnipeg saw the benefit in creating a sister corporation (UWCRC 2.0 Inc.) to support and foster values-driven development in the broader community. The mandate of UWCRC 2.0 Inc. is to apply UWCRC’s values, skills, competencies, and experience to non-University specific economic development activities. UWCRC 2.0 is mandated to develop wholly-owned or joint-venture real estate developments and to provide development, project management and property management services to other post-secondary institutions, non-profit organizations and First Nations clients.

UWCRC 2.0 is currently working on several mixed-use (commercial/residential), mixed-income (market/affordable) housing projects, which are in the development phase in downtown Winnipeg. These projects include, the West Broadway Commons, a 110 unit residence owned in partnership with a local church and a wholly-owned 119 unit residence at 290 Colony Street.

For more information about UWCRC 2.0 Inc please see: www.uwcrc.ca

UWCRC 2.0 is seeking an Accountant who will be responsible for maintaining the financial records and capital project submissions for UWCRC 2.0 Real Estate Development, Business Development, Property Management Services and ancillary business units by accurately recording the day to day financial transactions of the corporation.  The Accountant directly reports to UWCRC 2.0’s Comptroller and assists the Comptroller, CFO, and all team members within the organization with the ongoing financial management and record keeping of the corporation.

UWCRC 2.0 is committed to employment equity, welcomes diversity in the workplace, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of racialized communities, indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.  In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, first preference must be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

Main Job Tasks and Responsibilities of UWCRC 2.0 Accountant:

  • responsible for the Accounting of capital projects, capital assets, including working with project managers, staff and outside entities to monitor expenditures, monitor and request funding and analyze payments for approval, appropriate authorization, budget dollars, coding and managing cash flows including requesting funding and monitoring loan payments
  • assist with the development of cash flows and funding plans
  • develop and maintain separate holdback accounts for each project
  • develop checklists of items to be acknowledged and review upon receipt of capital project progress payments
  • plan, develop, maintain and communicate a variety of complex and precise reports
  • check and verify source documents
  • review contractor invoices for accuracy, compliance with budget and relevance to supporting documentation
  • maintain internal control systems
  • manage accounts payable and accounts receivable
  • prepare cheques, process payments, bank deposits, journal entries, and bank transfers
  • prepare reconciliations of various UWCRC 2.0 general ledger accounts and its related entities to ensure their accuracy and timely resolution
  • analyze general ledger accounts and suggest adjustments to the Comptroller where necessary
  • assist with the monthly preparation of financial statements and bank reconciliations
  • assist with the compliance of relevant reporting requirements
  • assist the Comptroller and Project Managers with annual budget preparation
  • assist with annual audits
  • provide financial support to management and other team members

Key Competencies:

  • planning and organizing
  • team-work
  • attention to detail
  • information collection and monitoring
  • adaptability
  • ability to work and communicate clearly with a variety of specialist and operational personnel
  • excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • analytical and problem solving
  • ability to balance multiple simultaneous priorities
  • ability to meet tight deadlines
  • confidentiality
  • integrity

Education and Experience:

  • educational credentials in accounting, finance or business, such as completion or enrollment in at least Level 4 of the CPA program
  • experience in Accounting for Capital Projects is an asset
  • knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and procedures
  • knowledge of data entry, management and financial data analysis
  • self-motivated, dependable and possesses strong problem-solving skills
  • ability to work in a high-paced small team environment
  • working knowledge of relevant computer applications, including:
    • Quickbooks Online
    • MS Word and MS Excel
    • Working knowledge of Yardi Genesis2 (and/or other property management and accounting software) is an asset


Position Category:

Full-time, continuing

Probation/Trial Period:

910 working hours or six (6) months, whichever occurs first

Hiring Range:

$62,524.80 to $68,016.00

Start Date:

As soon as possible


February 27, 2020

Close Date:

March 12, 2020


Application, including a cover letter, resume, and name, title, address, telephone number and email address of three current references should be completed and sent to the attention of:

Dean Lash UWCRC 2.0 Comptroller

515 Portage Ave. Winnipeg MB R3B 2E9


We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

UWRC 2.0 Accountant Position