Apply By: Thursday, August 31, 2023 11:59 pm EDT
Competition Status: Application Screening

The total number of applications is not available because applications were not received online.

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Senior Developer - React/Python/Drupal (Continuous Posting)

Ministry of Public and Business Service Delivery
Ontario Digital Service
Language of Position(s):
Job Term:
Temporary - up to 12 months with possible extension
Job Code:
17160 - Systems Officer 5
$1,628.82 - $2,104.14 Per Week*
*Indicates the salary listed as per the OPSEU Collective Agreement.
Posting Status:
Job ID:
There is an ongoing need for senior technologist roles in government. This posting will stay open until we find the right candidates for the jobs that are available. You can submit your application at any time for immediate review, and we will contact you within 1-2 weeks if your resume meets the requirements of the position. Please apply only once, as multiple applications will not be reviewed.

Join the Ontario Digital Service (ODS) to design and deliver the future of government services.

People are at the heart of our mission to ensure that government works for everyone. Be a part of a world-leading public service, and help improve the lives of over 14 million people of Ontario, through our work using modern design, data, and technology tools and practices.

Help us scale the impact across the public sector, tackling some of the most important challenges of our time. We work in multi-disciplinary, inclusive, and collaborative teams. We've been a distributed team since day one, offering flexible work arrangements, where big ideas and extraordinary people come together to drive change.

Bring your curiosity and build the future with us.

The Opportunity
As a Senior Developer in the Ontario Digital Service, you will be presented with the opportunity to support digital transformation of top government priorities. You will be part of a multi-disciplinary, high-impact team that fosters digital transformation within government while using user-centric design strategies and new technology trends. We are looking for people with a proven background and hands-on experience in implementing complex IT solutions. The ideal candidates should have exceptional hands-on experience in all aspects of the software development life cycle.

Virtual Open House
Attend a virtual open house on Monday March 20th, 1:00 PM EST to learn about our work, culture, and how we build products. Click the link below to register. This session is optional and will not influence the screening and selection process.

• Registration Link

Note: The Ontario Digital Service is a remote-friendly organization and encourages productivity and work-life balance. While this position is headquartered at 595 Bay Street in Toronto, we encourage you to apply as flexible work arrangements may be considered.

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?

As a Senior Developer, you will:
• Deliver user-centric solution designs, and implement cost-effective, high-performing, reliable and simple-to-use IT solutions.
• Have a unique opportunity to contribute to the delivery of the top digital government priorities that have a high impact on the lives of the people of Ontario.
• Be part of an agile team that includes a Product Manager, Software Developers, User Experience Researchers, Experience Designers, DevOps and Content Advisors.
• Research new technology trends and develop proofs of concept.
• Provide guidance in solution development and modern web frameworks related to open source technology solutions that ensure our solutions are available anytime, anywhere, and on any device.
• Be a champion for the development and implementation of forward-thinking standards and technologies to support transforming the digital experience for Ontarians interacting with government.
• Provide guidance in problem-solving that involves people, tech, and processes, using logic and common sense.

What you bring to the team
• You possess proven technical skills and expertise, and are not afraid to communicate new ideas to technical and non-technical staff.
• You possess exceptional analytical thinking needed for fast problem resolution of a technical nature.
• You are proactive, take initiative, and thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative, and empowered work environment.
• You are committed to sustaining the culture of equality, diversity, and inclusion where teams are supported to achieve the best results for everyone to advance and thrive.

How do I qualify?

Technical Experience:

• You have knowledge of, and hands-on experience with, open source web technologies, service-oriented architectures, and databases.
• You have knowledge of, and hands-on experience with, implementing IT solutions and working with a variety of programming languages like:
    • Developer 1: Python web frameworks (e.g. Flask, FastAPI); or
    • Developer 2: Modern JavaScript-based technologies like React, React Native; or
    • Developer 3: Modern PHP frameworks (e.g. Drupal, Symfony)
• You have actively contributed to all phases of the software development life cycle (particularly focusing on agile methodologies).
• You have built complex, API-based solutions and transactional systems.
• You have written automated test scripts for unit, integration, end-to-end, cross-browser, device, and accessibility.
• You have knowledge of common authentication technologies, browser-based security controls, and standard web application security tools.
• You have experience with code version control systems (e.g. Git), DevOps practices, cloud delivery/deployment models, virtualization, and container solutions (e.g. Docker, Kubernetes).
• You have advanced knowledge of theory and practices of systems design and development, and can steer the design, development, testing, and implementation of systems solutions.

Architecture and Design:

• You have an understanding of modern architectural practices for cloud-based solutions.
• You have proven experience applying software engineering best practices and architectural practices to agile product delivery.
• You have experience conducting feasibility studies, reviewing new IT system architecture or re-engineering legacy systems.

Leadership Skills:

• You have some experience heading complex projects and initiatives with high levels of autonomy.
• You have experience providing mentorship, and guiding the work of team members/colleagues.
• You demonstrate a high level of professional judgement, political acuity and interpersonal skills, which inspires trust and confidence.
• You have proven decision-making and prioritization skills needed to support developers on product teams.
• You are well-versed in, and have experience applying to your work, industry best practices that can be adopted by others.

Communication Skills:

• You have proven communication skills to participate in team discussions, make solution recommendations, and document/explain work.
• You have the ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team environment, to sell your ideas to colleagues, both technical and non-technical.
• You have developed processes to improve the efficiency of teams and taken steps to help others resolve conflict and maintain trusting relationships.

Project and Digital Expertise:

• You have worked on a mature product, balancing the need to address technical debt with new product enhancements through continuous iterations.
• You can define technical approaches to understand the user story, break down the tasks, and guide others in doing so.

A few more details:

The Ontario Digital Service is very serious about diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. We apply that lens to every aspect of our work. Traditional schooling is only one of many paths to knowledge and experience. If you're interested and feel you're a good fit for the role, we encourage you to apply.

We encourage applications from all people, including people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized people, people from diverse ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

For more information about the ODS, please check out the links below:

About Us
Jobs at the ODS
Digital Service Standard
COVID-19: Digital Rapid Response
Sign Up For Job Posting Alerts

Additional Information:

  • English Temporary, duration up to 12 months, 595 Bay St, Toronto, Toronto Region
Compensation Group:
Ontario Public Service Employees Union
Information Technology
Posted on:
Wednesday, March 1, 2023
  • The number of positions to be filled has not been identified at this time. This competition will be used to create an eligibility list of qualified candidates to fill upcoming opportunities within the next eighteen months following the closing date of the job ad posting.
  • W-FN-196049/23(5)
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.

Collection of Information

Your personal information is being collected and will be used to determine your qualifications for employment with the Ontario Public Service, and for recruitment modernization initiatives. OPS Careers is an authorized common service in accordance with s. 6 of the Ministry of Government Services Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. M.25 and this collection of personal information is necessary to the proper administration of OPS Careers.

Please do not provide more personal information than what is asked of you. For example, do not include your social insurance number, photograph, or banking information, etc. with your application. We strongly encourage you not to provide us with information beyond that which is requested in the job posting.

If you have any questions about the collection, use, disclosure, or retention of your personal information, please contact us.

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 Thursday, August 31, 2023 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.

All Ontario Public Service external job advertisements are posted in English and French. To confirm the language requirements of a job, check the "language of position" information at the top of each job ad. For all positions, candidates will be assessed in English, the business language of the Ontario Public Service. For English/French designated bilingual positions, candidates will also be assessed through French-language proficiency testing.

Toutes les offres d'emploi externes de la fonction publique de l'Ontario sont affichées en anglais et en français. Pour connaître les exigences linguistiques, vérifiez les renseignements sur la « langue du poste » figurant dans le haut de chaque offre d'emploi. Pour tous les postes, l'évaluation des candidates et candidats se fera en anglais, la langue usuelle de la fonction publique de l'Ontario. En ce qui concerne les postes désignés bilingues, la maîtrise du français des candidates et candidats sera également évaluée.

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