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Ministry of the Attorney General
Civil Law Division
Job Term:
1 Permanent
Job Code:
MCC05D - Management Crown Counsel
$201,697.00 - $235,259.00 Per Year
Posting Status:
Open Targeted
Job ID:
The Province of Ontario is seeking a values-driven senior leader with a people-first focus to champion a workplace culture that is inclusive, respectful and customer service focussed.

The Assistant Deputy Attorney General (ADAG) is a senior leader in the Ministry of the Attorney General who works with colleagues and partners in the Ontario Public Service (OPS). We are seeking a senior leader with strong interpersonal skills who can showcase creative and transformative skills to lead a large, complex division in an evidence and outcome-based working environment to deliver a full and exciting mandate.

The ADAG is responsible for championing the division and ministry vision, affirming and modelling the OPS vision and values, setting and adhering to ethical standards, leading through change, promoting innovation and creativity, and cultivating learning and growth.

What can I expect to do in this role?

The ADAG oversees and manages the legal services provided to ministries and agencies, boards and commissions. Specifically, the ADAG is responsible for the provision of superior, strategic and timely legal advice to the Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General and government. The ADAG oversees representation in civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution processes, and maintains the integrity of prosecutions of civil matters. In order to support the division in meeting these goals, the ADAG promotes a collaborative, inclusive and respectful workplace and provides direction in legal planning; technology; communications; strategic, operational, financial and resource planning; administration and program evaluation; and standards.

As the ADAG you will be responsible for leading a professional team that:
• Drives initiatives to maximize flexibility and quality assurance for legal services across government.
• Provides strategic leadership and executive direction for the development, implementation and evaluation of a strategic framework to facilitate divisional policies, programs and services.
• Provides regular and strategic advice to the Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General, other Ministers and senior executives, and Cabinet on issues related to civil litigation and legal risks associated with operational, policy and strategic decisions facing government.
• Manages the daily operations of the division, including issues and change management, and long-term operational planning for the division and the Ministry.
• Communicates the strategic direction of the Ministry and its alignment with broader government direction and modernization to staff, clients and the private sector bar.
• Ensures best business practices within the division and in its relationships.

How do I qualify?

Executive Leadership

• You have demonstrated executive leadership in a large and complex organization of diverse professional/technical staff, and have delivered on challenging initiatives that resulted in positive and meaningful change.
• You demonstrate a high level of political acuity, professional judgment and interpersonal skills.
• You think critically and creatively to conceptualize new models of delivery and ensure ongoing effectiveness.
• You are an inclusive leader who affirms, promotes and demonstrates a commitment to diversity, inclusion and accessibility.
• You promote a culture of fairness that values people and their contributions.


• You have an advanced understanding of civil law, civil litigation and prosecutions, administrative law including support for inquiries, constitutional law and the legislative and parliamentary process for the drafting of statutes and regulations.
• You have exceptional knowledge, background and experience that enables you to understand legal, business and strategic analysis and related solutions.
• You can interpret concepts and principles to make informed decisions and can communicate these effectively to decision-makers and stakeholders.
• You provide results-driven direction and superior change management to optimize the delivery of legal services through human resource, financial and strategic planning, as well as driving innovative and technological solutions.

Relationship Management and Communications

• You have proven success in building and managing high performance teams.
• You can provide strategic advice and expertise to the Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General and other government officials on emerging and contentious issues and implications.
• You have employed interest-based approaches to achieve successful outcomes with internal and external partners having competing interests.
• You have proven political acuity and ability to manage public and politically contentious issues.


Membership in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Additional Information:

  • 1 Permanent, 720 Bay St, Toronto, Toronto Region, General Screening Requirement
Compensation Group:
Management Compensation Plan
Posted on:
Friday, February 2, 2018
  • In accordance with the Ontario Public Service Employment Screening Checks Policy, the top candidate(s) may be required to undergo a security screening check. Please refer to the Additional Information / Address section above to determine the screening checks that are required for this position.

    You will be responsible for obtaining the criminal record check at your own expense and provide it, along with your written consent, to the Transition and Security Office (TSO), HR Service Delivery Division to evaluate the results. If applicable, the TSO, with your written consent, will request and obtain any additional screening checks as indicated in the Additional Information / Address section above that were not obtained directly by you. (Note: If a Vulnerable Sector Screening/Check is required, it must also be obtained in person at your local police service.)

    A record under the Criminal Code and/or other federal offence record(s) does not automatically mean you will be ineligible for the position. The screening check(s) will only be reviewed and evaluated by the TSO for the purpose of making a security clearance decision. The details of an individual's screening check(s) will be considered in specific relation to the duties and responsibilities of the position being filled. Screening check records will be maintained by the TSO and kept strictly confidential.
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Remember: The deadline to apply is Friday, February 16, 2018 11:59 pm EST. Late applications will not be accepted.

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