WE HAVE YOUR COMMUNITY’S BEST INTEREST AT HEART
Here is an opportunity to help shape and advance the economic development of your community. If you’re looking to make a positive impact, consider leading a team of professionals and help promote and support the development and delivery of diverse economic development programs and strategies.
About our Branch
The Regional Economic Development Branch (REDB) works with northern communities, businesses and other stakeholders to identify economic development opportunities and to access government funding programs.
The Ontario Public Service (OPS) Leadership Behaviours defines what it means to be a leader by the following expected attributes and behavioural competencies:
• We are responsible for being a leader by demonstrating authenticity, accountability and courage.
• We are innovative for the future by embracing positive disruption, a future mindset and by developing each other, every day.
• We are collaborative by leading with a common purpose, being inclusive and driving people centered outcomes.
Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility and Anti-Racism
The OPS is an innovative, responsive and accountable public service that works hard to be diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, merit-based, and equitable. Diversifying leadership is a top priority for the OPS. Our goal is to achieve parity with the Ontario labour force by 2025 for the most underrepresented groups (Indigenous, racialized and persons with disabilities) on our leadership teams.
The OPS is collecting socio-demographic information to identify potential barriers and help underrepresented groups to achieve equal opportunity to senior leadership roles. We invite you to contribute to our efforts in building a more diverse, inclusive and accessible OPS by completing our voluntary survey.
The OPS is an accessible employer and we offer accommodation in all aspects of employment, including the recruitment process. Visit the and the to learn more about the OPS commitment to advancing racial equity, diversity and inclusion.
Why work for the Ontario Public Service?
The Ontario Public Service (OPS) is committed to being an employer of first choice, creating a positive and inclusive work environment. We offer:
· A defined benefit pension plan
· Maternity and parental leave top-up benefits which includes adoptive parents
· Comprehensive Health Plan
· Life and Disability insurance
· Flexible work arrangements
· Collegial and professional work culture
· Career growth and development opportunities across multiple business areas
· On-the-job training to support your success in the role.
The OPS has been recognized as a top employer. We are proud to have been acknowledged as one of:
· Canada’s Best Diversity Employers
· Greater Toronto’s Top Employers
· Canada’s Greenest Employers
· Canada’s Top Employers for Young People
What can I expect to do in this role?
Leading a team of professionals, you will:
• Lead, manage, and provide direction to a team of professional program management staff.
• Develop and manage partnerships with local/federal/provincial government, and private and public sector stakeholders.
• Monitor and administer funding agreements to improve northern communities and advise on resolution conflicts and the economic viability of projects.
• Provide leadership and management to promote sustainable economic growth and productivity in northern Ontario.
• Lead economic development initiatives by promoting and providing awareness of government programs and services available to Northerners.
How do I qualify?
Strategic Leadership Skills:
• You have been successful in promoting equitable practices that value diversity and inclusion into your work environment and that support employee engagement.
• You have demonstrated leadership and managerial skills to supervise, guide, develop and direct highly trained professional staff engaged in diverse program activities.
• You have knowledge and ability to apply financial management and budgetary policies and practices to administer operational and program budgets.
• You have excellent analytical and strategic thinking skills along with a strong sense of political acuity to deal with a variety of sensitive issues.
Program Delivery Knowledge and Skills:
• You have an in-depth understanding of economic theories and principles, business/economic analysis and economic development strategy.
• You have excellent analytical, conceptual and decision-making skills to assess and interpret data, feasibility analysis, options, agreements and business development strategies.
• You have knowledge of the economic and business climate conditions and complexity of the northern Ontario economy.
• You have the ability to apply and interpret relevant legislation and acts such as Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Act, Northern Services Boards Act.
• You have knowledge of Ontario’s political structure and policy development and approval processes.
Relationship Management and Communication Skills:
• You have well developed negotiation, interpersonal and diplomacy skills to promote stakeholder participation, administer funding agreements, and address politically sensitive issues.
• You have demonstrated oral and written communication skills to liaise and provide advisory services, make presentations, and prepare reports and briefing materials.
• You are able to engage, nurture and develop effective relations with stakeholders, other ministries, Federal departments and local governments and media to negotiate partnerships/agreements, discuss issues, and exchange information.
• You can effectively manage expectations and anticipate and resolve major obstacles and conflicts.