Apply By: Saturday, November 26, 2022 11:59 pm EST
Competition Status: Application Screening

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Assistant Deputy Minister, Contract Management and Agency Oversight

Ministry of Transportation
Contract Management and Agency Oversight
Job Term:
1 Permanent
Job Code:
XEXE3 - Executive 3
$164,910.00 - $222,720.00 Per Year
Posting Status:
Open Targeted
Job ID:
The Ministry of Transportation is seeking a strategic, collaborative and inclusive leader to be the Assistant Deputy Minister, Contract Management and Agency Oversight. The division will take a steadfast approach in delivering on the Ministry's mandate to strengthen oversight and accountability with key agencies, including Metrolinx, Owen Sound Transportation Company and Ontario Northland Transportation Commission. The division will act as a centre of excellence specific to third party services contract management and oversight, while supporting its operational and program partners across the ministry. The Contract Management and Agency Oversight division will be focused on rigor throughout the procure-to-pay process, cost-benefit analysis, vendor compliance with contract terms and conditions, supporting agencies in adherence to the principles of good governance, monitoring agency compliance to Ministerial directives, and working with the operating divisions to ensure a high level of quality-of-service delivery.

If you are an executive leader who inspires excellence and collaboration, and someone who is committed to establishing a centre of excellence, which adopts and executes on best practices and sound decision-making, we encourage you to apply for this position.

An effective leader in the Ontario Public Service (OPS) is responsible, innovative and collaborative.

A responsible leader is an individual who models ethical behavior, who is honest and capable of making difficult choices, and is someone who demonstrates authenticity, accountability and courage in how they interact with others.

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.

To advance this goal, the OPS is collecting socio-demographic information that will help to address potential barriers and achieve equity in hiring. You are requested 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, accessibility, diversity and inclusion in the public service.

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?

The ADM, Contract Management and Agency Oversight can be expected to establish the division as a centre of excellence that adopts and executes on best practices related to third party service management, accountability, compliance to standards and ensuring quality of service, good governance, and stewardship of taxpayer funds.

How do I qualify?

Senior Executive Leadership

• You play an integral role in supporting and contributing to the success of the Ministry's senior management team and have significant experience as a senior leader within public or private sector organizations responsible for providing a vital service to the public
• You are an agent of change who successfully establishes consensus and inspires a commitment towards achieving a long-term strategic vision; you have demonstrated ability as a transformational leader
• You have demonstrated strength in leadership and can effectively provide valuable support and advice to the Minister, Deputy Minister, and other Assistant Deputy Ministers and senior executives
• Experience demonstrating leadership of people, including motivating employees to reach corporate objectives, talent management, and organizational change
• You are an inclusive leader who values and creates a culture of diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and equity in the workplace

Strategic Alignment and Vision

• You are an experienced leader who has the sector knowledge and foresight to successfully set the vision and strategy and inspire a team to deliver continuous improvement and aspire for excellence in the management of 3rd party contract and agency oversight
• You participate in the development of ministry planning, strategic agenda and priority setting including the development, implementation, and evaluation of ministry performance measures
• You have a customer-centric mindset, essential to ensure delivery of public services that best meets the needs of all Ontarians within a government mandate
• You identify and plan short-term priorities and long-term business, fiscal and policy development work in collaboration with critical stakeholders
• You are an integrated systems thinker who is committed to successfully developing and delivering on long term strategic plans

Stakeholder Management and Political Acuity

• You demonstrate the ability to develop effective working relationships with Agency executives, business partners and stakeholders, as well as senior government officials, working across organizational boundaries, hierarchies, and mandates to achieve results with leaders in other ministries, agencies, municipal and community partners, and other levels of governments
• You have excellent judgement, diplomacy and tact in navigating complex, contentious, and sensitive situations
• Experience in building and maintaining productive and effective multipartite relationships with partner organizations, diverse stakeholders, and senior government officials
• You have proven political acuity and the ability to establish consensus and resolve complex issues with critical stakeholders and key partners

Job-Specific Knowledge

• Experience in the oversight of developing terms of reference for negotiations, developing contractual terms and conditions, managing and/or ensuring compliance to commercial contractual arrangements, and managing financial resources at an executive level
• Strong business acumen and decision-making experience with respect to complex and sensitive issues
• Knowledge of the role and responsibilities of a President and Chief Executive Officer, the Board Chairperson, and the Board of Directors, including fundamental accountabilities to the shareholder(s)
• An understanding of the public policy environment facing a Crown Agencies, and a general understanding of the legislative environment in which they operate, or the ability to acquire such knowledge
• A solid understanding of sound corporate governance and management principles and practices
• Competency in operational planning, the development of outcome-based metrics, evaluation of corporate performance, and the development of timely effective performance dashboards

Additional Information:

  • 1 Permanent, Toronto, Toronto Region
Compensation Group:
Posted on:
Wednesday, November 2, 2022
  • The ability to knowledgeably examine financial records, create budget reports and conduct audits would be a strength for this role.

    The ability to confidently communicate with vendors in French and English is a benefit for this role.

    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 Saturday, November 26, 2022 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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