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Team Lead (Indigenous Equity Branch)

Treasury Board Secretariat
People and Culture Division, Indigenous Equity Branch
Any City, Toronto
Language of Position(s):
Job Term:
2 Permanent
Job Code:
I1008B - Prog Planning & Evaluation51
$82,215.00 - $119,496.00 Per Year
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The Ontario Public Service (OPS) has a duty to bring about change and ensure our systems are fair, equitable, and that opportunities are accessible for Ontarians from underrepresented groups.

We have committed to creating an inclusive, diverse, equitable, anti-racist and accessible workplace that is free from discrimination and harassment. The Centre for People, Culture and Talent has created a new and permanent Indigenous Equity Branch to lead the development of policies and programs to remove systemic employment barriers, champion reconciliation and lead meaningful change for Indigenous peoples in the OPS.

To achieve our commitment, we need your help! For an organization to be equitable, it must actively build fairness and accessibility into everyday functions and long-term enterprise-wide initiatives. The Indigenous Equity Branch is hiring two (2) team leads:

• Team Lead, Indigenous Equity Programs Unit (I1008B)
• Team Lead, Indigenous Equity Policy Unit (I1008B)

Please note: The headquarters for these positions is at 315 Front Street in Toronto. Options for flexible work and telework arrangements are available.

This is an opportunity to be part of establishing a positive, supportive, and collaborative culture where, together, we will build reciprocal relationships and pathways for Indigenous people to thrive in the OPS. Bring your lived experiences as a First Nations, Métis or Inuit and help us achieve our commitment towards establishing fairness, accessibility, and equity in the OPS. We are looking for individuals dedicated to equity and a strong understanding of Indigenous peoples and cultures. Through working in the OPS, you have the opportunity to effect real change that will have an impact on thousands of OPS employees, support improved services to Indigenous communities and pave the way for Indigenous reconciliation within the organization.

About Us: Rooted in Indigenous frameworks, the Indigenous Equity Branch (IEB) champions reconciliation and renewal inside of the OPS and leads enterprise-wide initiatives to help ensure that the OPS is inclusive to Indigenous employees. The IEB works with ministries and corporate partners to support the attraction, development and retention of Indigenous employees. Our team has knowledge and experience in Indigenous ways of knowing, equity, human rights and impacts of colonization in workplace culture and dynamics.

The IEB leads responsibilities related to anti-Indigenous racism in the OPS, including the development and delivery of the OPS Anti-Indigenous Racism Strategy and policy to address systemic racism and employment barriers.

The Branch will:
1. Provide visible Indigenous executive leadership.
2. Offer a career pathway for Indigenous employees.
3. Attract strong Indigenous talent to the OPS in all areas and at all stages along the career trajectory.

 Check out our other exciting opportunities within the branch!

How we will support you: You will be supported with the tools and resources you need to reach new milestones in your career, as you share your knowledge with us and help to make the OPS a better place to work for Indigenous people. From in-depth on-boarding programs to training and coaching, including director led mentoring, we will help you gain valuable experience to broaden your skillsets and develop your OPS career.

The next step is yours! We encourage you to sign up for the virtual Indigenous Equity Branch Open House to learn more about these opportunities. Please review the Additional Information section below for more details or click here to sign up for the event.

OPS Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Anti-Racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.

We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario's Human Rights Code. Refer to the "How to apply" section if you require a disability-related accommodation.

What can I expect to do in this role?

In this job, you will:
• Provide strategic advice on issues, program and policy projects and initiatives.
• Identify and manage contentious issues that are highly sensitive.
• Provide policy interpretations, prepares briefing materials, coordinates Cabinet notes, House notes and backgrounders, and provides related information for issues management for the Deputy Minister.
• Develop and maintain networks of contacts within the ministry, stakeholders and Indigenous partners.
• Lead and coordinates complex, multi-disciplinary projects.

How do I qualify?

Leadership and Project Management Skills

• You have experience with project management to provide project planning and leadership on concurrent ministry initiatives.
• You can lead consultation processes, policy and research projects from initial concept through completion.
• You can provide project leadership and expert advice to ministry staff, senior management and the Minister's office.
• You can effectively re-prioritize in accordance with emerging pressures and meet deadlines in a high-volume environment.

Knowledge of Indigenous Peoples and Culture

• You honour, welcome and make space for the diversity of perspectives in Indigenous worldviews, beliefs, values, principles and cultural norms.
You are familiar with First Nations, Métis, Inuit and urban Indigenous people and organizations in Ontario, governance protocols, policy priorities and perspectives.
• You have knowledge and experience in Indigenous ways of knowing, equity, human rights and impacts of colonization in workplace culture and dynamics.
• You understand the historical, social, economic, legal, and political context underlying Indigenous policy development and government relations.
• You have an understanding of engagement principles and protocols relevant to First Nations, Métis, Inuit and urban Indigenous Peoples, as well as experience gathering input and building consensus.

Policy Expertise

• You have expert knowledge of policy and research methodology, and policy and program development and evaluation to support the development of OPS-wide strategies to combat anti-Indigenous racism and barriers within the organization.
• You can effectively interpret, apply and understand policies and directives.

Strategic Planning and Issues Management Skills

• You have strategic planning and issues management skills to proactively develop innovative solutions and make recommendations to dismantle anti-Indigenous racism and systemic barriers in government policies, programs, and services.
• You demonstrate political acuity, sound judgment and discretion to identify and manage contentious and politically sensitive issues.

Relationship Management and Facilitation Skills

• You have strong relationship building skills to develop meaningful relationships and ongoing engagement with Indigenous communities and organizations.
• You can lead consultations with stakeholders and Indigenous partners ensuring a shared understanding.
• You can create, lead, and present briefings on complex issues analysis to senior management.
• You can respond to issues, provide recommendations and prepare reports using standard computer software.

Additional Information

Open House (Internal and External Applicants)

Interested in learning more about these positions, how we work and what to expect? We are hosting an open house for potential applicants, where you'll have the opportunity to engage our senior leaders about the new Indigenous Equity Branch and the OPS. You will have an opportunity to participate in a Q&A session.

If you are interested in attending the open house, please click here to sign up.

Open House (External Applicants)

This open house will be offered for applicants who do not work in the Ontario Public Service (OPS) to find out more about the OPS, its role in serving the people of Ontario and its role as an employer. Participants will be invited to bring their questions and have the opportunity to hear from Indigenous employees about their experiences in the OPS.

If you are interested in attending the open house, please click here to sign up.

Additional Information:

  • 2 English Permanent, 315 Front St W, Toronto, Toronto Region or Any City, Anywhere in Ontario
Compensation Group:
Management Compensation Plan
Consulting and Planning
Posted on:
Wednesday, February 8, 2023
  • 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.
  • C-TB-193722/23(2)
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 Wednesday, March 1, 2023 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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