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CJBS is a charitable arts organization located in Vancouver, and is BC’s largest music presenter – producer of the annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, one of the most critically acclaimed jazz festivals in the world, drawing over half a million patrons each year. The Festival features over 300 concerts (150 free) in 35 indoor and outdoor venues across Vancouver’s Lower Mainland and North Shore including the Downtown Jazz Opening Weekend and the David Lam Park Jazz Closing Weekend. The Festival will celebrate its 31st year in 2016.

The Society also produces the annual Music Series for the Winterruption Festival on Granville Island, year-round special engagement concerts, the Bright Moments Series and Frankie's Jazz Club. We also produce several education and outreach programs for high school and post-secondary students.

The Coastal Jazz and Blues Society is an equal opportunity employer, and provides a collaborative, respectful working environment.


Submit resume and cover letter to by January 31, 2016 

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Controller provides a full suite of financial management support to the organization. The Controller supervises the finance unit, and is the primary financial officer for the Society. He/she supports the ED and Society Directors on all strategic and tactical matters as they relate to budget management, cost benefit analysis, forecasting needs and the management of financial reporting to funding bodies, as well as executing day-to-day requirements including payroll and bookkeeping functions. 


  • Oversee the drafting and ongoing maintenance of master and project budgets
  • Work with management to ensure programmatic success through cost analysis support, and compliance with all contractual and programmatic requirements.
  • Develop and maintain systems of internal controls to safeguard financial assets of the organization and that substantiating documentation is approved and available such that Society activities may pass annual audits
  • Oversee the activities of independent auditors annually
  • Oversee financial aspects, including CADAC, of project and operating grants, awards and programs.
  • Ensure adequate cash flow to meet the organization's needs; oversee Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable, and act as principal liaison with Vancity, the Society’s business bank, and TD Waterhouse
  • Financial officer for the Society’s Coastal Foundation for the Performing Arts
  • Management of tax receipting and reporting for financial gifts to the organization
  • Handling of tax withholding and CRA reporting for artists, and artist payroll management


  • Knowledge of Canadian Accounting Standards for Not-for-Profits, and Accounting standards for Private Enterprises, as per CPA handbook guidelines 
  • Laws, regulations, and rules governing work requirements in Canada and BC
  • Knowledge of resources of public and private social service and related agencies.
  • General office software, particularly Microsoft Office Suite, and Sage/Simply Accounting software
  • Recognize and be responsive to the needs of all clients of the organization, including funding organizations, the Board of Directors, local community advocates, participants, and employers
  • Supervise contract staff in the finance unit when required  



  • Completion of a bachelor's degree at an accredited college or university or equivalent work experience
  • Professional accounting designation


  • Experience at the Controller or Finance Manager level.
  • Five years of financial experience and management experience with day-to-day financial operations of not for profit organizations 
  • Entertainment industry experience a definite asset