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Director, French Language Priorities (Bilingual)

Ministry of Colleges and Universities
French-Language Teaching, Learning and Achievement
Language of Position(s):
Bilingual English/French
Job Term:
1 Permanent
Job Code:
XEXE2 - Executive 2
$130,930.00 - $175,070.00 Per Year
Posting Status:
Open Targeted
Job ID:
Join the exceptional leadership team at the Ministry of Colleges and Universities, where you will make an impact in the lives of French-language students in Ontario's postsecondary education system.

As the Director, you will provide strategic leadership in the delivery of priorities related to French-language and bilingual postsecondary education programs and services to support students achieve academic goals and ensure they are able to contribute to the vitality of Ontario's Francophone communities and economic prosperity of the Province.

As a member of the Ministry's leadership team, you will build and foster effective relationships with a broad range of Francophone stakeholders and partners to promote approaches that reflect Francophone culture and educational needs. You will also be looked upon to demonstrate anti-racist and accountable leadership in support of creating a racially equitable and inclusive workplace, where all employees feel safe and supported in advancing an anti-racist approach to ministry business processes, partnerships and strategy.

An effective leader in the Ontario Public Service (OPS) is responsible, innovative and collaborative. A responsible leader is someone who demonstrates authenticity, accountability and courage in how they interact with others. An individual who models ethical behavior, and who is honest and capable of making difficult choices. An innovative leader is someone who leads with common purpose, embraces positive disruption, and has a future mindset. An individual who inspires others, values continuous learning and encourages development and integration. A collaborative leader focuses on helping others to grow, drives people-centered outcomes and promotes an environment of inclusivity. A leader who consistently works to confront bias and systemic barriers while understanding the importance of creating a more diverse and accessible workplace.

OPS commitment to 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, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable. Diversifying leadership teams is a top OPS priority with the goal to achieve parity with the Ontario labour force by 2025 for the most underrepresented groups (Indigenous, racialized and persons with disabilities) in leadership positions.

You are invited to complete the voluntary survey and contribute to building a more diverse, anti-racist, inclusive and accessible OPS.
The OPS invites all interested individuals to apply and encourages applications from Indigenous and racialized individuals and persons with disabilities.

Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advancing racial equity, diversity and inclusion.

The OPS offers employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario's Human Rights Code. Refer to the application instructions below if you require a disability-related accommodation.

What can I expect to do in this role?

Reporting to the Assistant Deputy Minister, you will:

• Promote the development and access to French-language and bilingual programs and services for learners with a focus on high demand and emerging sectors of Ontario's economy
• Support Ontario's French-language and bilingual institutions and agencies to address the specific needs of French-language and bilingual learners and clients
• Create and support conditions that promote excellence in French-language and bilingual postsecondary services
• Direct the research, development and provision of specialized expertise to ensure French language policy development is aligned with the government's highly skilled workforce agenda
• Build and promote effective relationships with French language and bilingual education stakeholders to develop and promote cooperative approaches and partnerships that reflect Francophone culture and educational needs
• Cultivate an environment that demonstrates a commitment and action toward an inclusive, diverse, accessible and anti-racist workplace
• Provide strategic advice and briefings to the Deputy Minister and Assistant Deputy Minister on key priorities and issues related to Francophone and bilingual postsecondary education services

How do I qualify?


• Oral and written proficiency in English and in French at the superior level


• You have demonstrated the ability to lead and motivate a high-performing team to achieve quality and timely results, incorporating the principles of inclusion, diversity, anti-racism and accessibility
• You are a courageous innovator who challenges the status quo and fosters an environment where new ideas are valued, and team members are empowered to be their best
• You have proven skills to manage and guide managers and staff in the delivery of exceptional customer services to meet the needs of clients

Job Specific Knowledge and Experience

• You have existing knowledge of or demonstrated skills to quickly understand:
-the government's priorities, challenges and opportunities related to the French language postsecondary education sector
-economic, social, cultural, political, and educational issues facing the Francophone communities in Ontario to inform the development of programs, initiatives and resources
• You have proven expertise in policy, program and financial analysis
• You have strong financial acumen and literacy to develop and manage the Branch budget and identify critical French-language education priorities, issues and concerns as part of the annual budget-setting process
• You have experience influencing policy development and delivery outcomes using evidence and your knowledge of government decision making processes

Stakeholder Relations and Political Acuity

• You have experience establishing, managing, and fostering effective relationships with internal and external partners and stakeholders such as the Federal government and postsecondary institutions
• You are a connector who excels at bringing people with varying viewpoints together in support of common goals
• You have a high degree of political acuity to provide expert strategic advice to ministry executives and senior officials
• You have superior communication skills and have experience briefing senior leaders on complex issues

Additional Information:

  • 1 Bilingual English/French Permanent, Toronto, Toronto Region
Compensation Group:
Posted on:
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
  • This ad is also available in French.
  • The OPS uses multiple methods to assess candidates for executive positions; these may include resume screening, interviews, assignments, psychometric assessments, simulations and reference checks.
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Remember: The deadline to apply is Sunday, December 5, 2021 11:59 pm EST. 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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