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Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Agriculture Development Branch
Job Term:
1 Permanent
Job Code:
12124 - Industrial Development Officer 3
$1,452.79 - $1,854.32 Per Week*
*Indicates the salary listed as per the OPSEU Collective Agreement.
Posting Status:
Job ID:
Help us transform new research and ideas into practical programs, products and services which will ensure Ontario's horticulture sector remains competitive and environmentally responsible both now and into the future.

The Ministry
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs helps to build a stronger agri-food sector by investing in the development and transfer of innovative technologies, retaining and attracting investment, developing markets, providing regulatory oversight, and providing effective risk management tools. The ministry also helps enable rural Ontario to build strong, vital communities with diversified economies and healthy social and environmental climates.

The Division
The Economic Development Division is responsible for programs and services to support information technology transfer. Staff work with farmers, agri-businesses, municipalities, and other partners in the agriculture and rural sectors to identify needs and opportunities, adopt new technologies and make sound business decisions. It is responsible for expanding Ontario food and agricultural sales in export and domestic markets, and providing support to the processing industry through investment attraction, investment retention and sector development.

The Branch
Agriculture Development Branch is responsible for dealing with issues relating to agricultural production (crops and livestock), business management and marketing, and coordinates the delivery of technology programs across Ontario. The branch promotes high quality agricultural production through the application of best management practices, on-farm quality assurance programs and plant and animal health strategies. The branch also provides business management resources that assist clients with farm business development.

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

What can I expect to do in this role?

In this role, you will:
• Act as the lead provincial specialist related to pome fruit production
• Lead Ontario's technology transfer activities through the development, coordination and implementation of strategies, policies programs, educational and awareness-building training and tools to facilitate change
• Build partnerships and consult with client organizations and agencies to identify concerns, issues, trends and new developments which may relate to and impact on provincial programs, policies and information services
• Coordinate and implement research and projects designed to assess the applicability of new and existing practices, products, technologies and programs to Ontario's pome fruit sector• Provide expertise to senior management related to the pome fruit sector across Ontario
• Act as a liaison between the research community and industry
• Working in cooperation with other ministry staff, understand and manage contentious and high priority issues
• Represent provincial and ministry interests on multidisciplinary working groups to develop provincial, national or international initiatives related to pome fruit production

How do I qualify?


• You have a valid Ontario class "G" driver's licence to travel in rural areas not serviced by public transportation

Technical Expertise

You have:
• Knowledge and understanding of scientific theories, principles and practices of production, economics, business management and marketing related to the pome fruit sector
• Knowledge of the agricultural industry, and the roles and mandates of farm and commodity organizations in the rural community
• Knowledge of acts and regulations that impact pome fruit production sector organizations, producers and agri-businesses
• Knowledge of current issues, research accomplishments, environmental impacts, production practices, marketing trends and theories as well as programs and services provided worldwide
In order to:
• Identify the suitability, relevance and impact of new techniques, programs and policies on the pome fruit sector,
• Develop expert leading-edge information and educational materials related to pome fruit production
• In partnership with other staff and ministries, provide guidance on compliance of industry practices and techniques with legislation and regulations
• Ensure our client base has access to state-of-the-art information
• Provide expertise to senior management related to the pome fruit sector across Ontario

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

You can:
• Establish and enhance partnerships, coalitions and networks with producers and industry stakeholders at provincial, national and international levels, to facilitate program delivery, sharing of information, education and training
• Build consensus, encourage and motivate clients to facilitate change
• Present and discuss information, outline options and recommendations on how technologies, policies and programs can be applied; facilitate understanding and promote acceptance; and deliver training effectively
• Communicate concisely, professionally and effectively in writing through the compilation and preparation of technical reports, briefing notes, articles, publications and electronic media

Project Management and Coordination Skills

You can:
• Manage concurrent projects and activities to address agriculture and rural issues related to pome fruit production
• Plan and coordinate activities in consultation with clients and stakeholders
• Identify time and resource requirements, forecast and monitor project budgets, plan and coordinate own and other staff time in order to effectively and efficiently meet objectives

Research, Analytical and Problem-Solving Skills

You can:
• Use research methods and practices to investigate viability and applicability of new methods, techniques and technologies
• Analyze validity of research findings, prepare reports and provide recommendations on suitability and applicability for Ontario conditions
• Assess training needs of agriculture and rural clients to provide and deliver information, services and alternative innovative strategies and solutions
• Investigate issues, new trends and developments related to production, management and marketing of pome fruits, community economic development, and environmental sustainability

Training Experience

You have:
• Knowledge of adult education methods and techniques, consultation and group facilitation techniques as well as needs assessment techniques and program evaluation methods
• Demonstrated experience using adult education principles to develop and deliver educational and training materials for clients and colleagues

Computer Skills

• You have proficiency of computer applications for statistical analysis, data base management and electronic communications (including email, internet, social media, presentation tools, digital media e.g. video/audio creation/editing tools)

Additional Information:

  • 1 Permanent, 1283 Blue Line Rd, Simcoe, West Region
Compensation Group:
Ontario Public Service Employees Union
Posted on:
Friday, September 11, 2020
  • The information that you provide for the purpose of this competition and the results from this competition may be used to fill other positions These positions may be of various tenures including short-term assignments. Your information and the results from this competition will be retained for the purpose of filling vacancies in accordance with the applicable collective agreement or policy provisions.

Please be advised that the results of this competition may be used to form an eligibility list of qualified candidates to potentially fill future vacancies represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). In accordance with the Collective Agreement, eligibility lists are shared with OPSEU representatives. By applying to this competition, you are providing consent that your name may be shared with OPSEU representatives.
All external applicants (including former employees of the Ontario Public Service) applying to a competition in a ministry or Commission public body must disclose (either in the cover letter or resume) previous employment with the Ontario Public Service. Disclosure must include positions held, dates of employment and any active restrictions as applicable from being rehired by the Ontario Public Service. Active restrictions can include time and/or ministry-specific restrictions currently in force, and may preclude a former employee from being offered a position with the Ontario Public Service for a specific time period (e.g. one year), or from being offered a position with a specific ministry (either for a pre-determined time period or indefinitely). The circumstances around an employee's exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment.
Remember: The deadline to apply is Friday, October 2, 2020 11:59 pm EDT. Late applications will not be accepted.

We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for further screening or an interview will be contacted.

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