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The Western Irrigation District provides irrigation water to over 400 farms and 110,000 acres of land. In addition, it supplies municipal water to over 12,000 people in four different communities through 1,200 km of canals and pipelines. Like other irrigation districts in Alberta, the WID operates under the rules and procedures of the Irrigation Districts Act. We are headquartered in Strathmore, Alberta, approximately 40 kilometers east of Calgary.

SOME PERKS OF WORKING HERE
The WID provides a friendly, diverse and inclusive work environment, competitive wages, comprehensive benefit packages to enrich your health and wellbeing, and a pension plan for salaried employees.
Western Irrigation district field and canal photo

Current Opportunities

We would like to thank everyone for their application;
however only those being considered for an interview will be contacted.

Western Irrigation District (WID) is an irrigation district established under Section 5 of the Irrigation Districts Act

It is the mission of WID to effectively and efficiently provide water to support our irrigators, enhance our communities, and promote economic prosperity for the region in harmony with our natural environment. See more about the organization on our website: https://www.wid.net.

WID is looking for a detail-orientated and enthusiastic Junior Accountant to join our Accounting and Finance Team, located in Strathmore, Alberta. WID is looking to start this new hire on or after March 15, 2024

This is a new role for the Irrigation District and will report to the Senior Manager, Finance of the Organization. The role will commence with introductory bookkeeping experience and is expected to progress into the full responsibilities of full cycle accounting and financial statement preparation within 1 year of start, depending on the progression of the candidate. 

The ideal candidate has a desire to pursue their Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation or to become a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). The following experience and qualifications are also desirable for a candidate:

  • Post-secondary degree, diploma or certificate in Accounting or Finance from an accredited institution or near completion.
  • Previous experience in accounts payable is considered an asset.
  • Proficient in the use of computer programs (MS Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Experience with Enterprise Resource Management (ERP) Systems, Accounting Systems, and Billing Systems is considered an asset.
  • Excellent time management and organization skills to simultaneously handle and prioritize multiple tasks/projects.
  • Experience working with organizations who receive grant funding before is considered an asset.

Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable:

  • Review and Record vendor bills into an Accounting System. 
  • Prepare vendor payment EFT batches, cheque runs, and pre-authorized debit transactions in the Accounting System. 
  • Prepare Invoices using a Billing System
  • Prepare and review the recording of interest on overdue accounts

Month-End Reconciliations:

  • Reconciliation of Prepaid Expenses, Inventory Transactions, Investment Transactions, and Deferred Revenue monthly. 
  • Reconciliation of Prepaid Expenses, Inventory Transactions, Investment Transactions, and Deferred Revenue monthly. 
  • Reconciliation of the Accounting Transactions to the Project Job Costing Reports
  • Reconciliation of grant fund expenditures to the allowable expenditure listings of the grant funding agreements.
  • Preparation of Bank Reconciliations that balance the bank statement to General Ledger Accounts.

Compliance:

  • Record and recognize Employee Expense Reimbursements and transactions.
  • Prepare or assist with the draft preparation of General Sales Tax (GST) Returns.
  • Prepare or assist with the preparation of Grant Funded Project Reporting.
  • Prepare or assist with the preparation of annual forecasts and budgets.

Financial Statement Preparation:

  •  Complete full-cycle accounting entries by posting non-cash accrual entries for amortization, depreciation, gains, or losses on sale of equipment or investments or assets, and any other adjusting entry required to properly account for transactions under Generally Accepted Accounting Standards (GAAP).
  • Prepare department-specific analysis of actual results to budgeted results and update forecasts or estimates where necessary to complete the monthly budget cycle.
  • Prepare for review the organizations’ monthly financial statements, Board of Directors’ Financial Report, and other special purpose financial reporting, where required.

This is a full-time salaried position.

Benefits: 6% vacation to start, Medical, disability, and life plans.

 

Allowance of up to $7,500 per annum to be expended towards membership of a professional accounting organization and/or fees towards completion of an accredited accounting designation.

Job Summary

The Western Irrigation District (WID) has a diverse collection of land holdings strategically positioned in the dynamic Calgary Region. The Project Manager, Land Development will be focused on adding value to existing assets to meet the evolving needs of our stakeholders and capitalize on various economic opportunities. This role is responsible for executing strategic land development and management initiatives; coordinating the subdivision of land, obtaining municipal zoning and permits, acquiring permits and coordinating utility installations, and ensuring compliance with land use & and development regulations. This role requires a self-starter with strong project management skills, business acumen, and the ability to work independently. The ideal candidate will be a big-picture thinker, capable of conceptualizing a vision and driving projects from conception to completion.

Key Responsibilities

Subdivision Expertise

  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding and hands-on experience with the subdivision process in Alberta.
  • Coordinate and manage the entire subdivision process, ensuring compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.

Municipal Permit Approval

  • Navigate the municipal permit approval process efficiently.
  • Establish and maintain positive relationships with municipal authorities to facilitate permit acquisition.

Utility Permitting

  • Acquire necessary permits for the installation of utilities, coordinating with relevant agencies and stakeholders.
  • Ensure compliance with environmental and safety standards during utility installations.

Regulatory Compliance

  • Stay well-versed in provincial and local land development regulations and requirements.
  • Guide project teams to ensure adherence to all relevant regulations.

Independent Work

  • Demonstrate the ability to work independently and proactively address challenges.
  • Take initiative in problem-solving and decision-making to keep projects on track.

Visionary Thinking

  • Be a big-picture thinker with the ability to conceptualize and communicate a clear vision for land development projects.
  • Contribute innovative ideas and solutions to enhance project outcomes.

Project Management

  • Manage the full project lifecycle, from conception to completion.
  • Develop and maintain project schedules, budgets and milestones.

Business Acumen

  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of business principles and apply them to land development projects.
  • Make informed decisions that align with overall business goals.

Contract or Employment Flexibility

  • Open to working either as an independent contractor or as a full-time employee, depending on project needs.

Qualifications

  • Possess a minimum of 5 years of previous experience in land development.
  • Showcase a track record of successfully completing projects and achieving measurable results.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Proficient in project management tools and software.
  • Familiarity with GIS (Geographic Information System) is a plus.
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field (e.g., Civil Engineering, Urban Planning, Real Estate Development). (not required but considered beneficial).

This job description is a guide to the general duties and responsibilities of the Project Manager, Land Development and is not an exhaustive list. The role may evolve to meet the changing needs of the organization.

Send resumes to careers@wid.net or drop them off at the WID office located at: A-1000 Pine Street, Strathmore

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