Associate Deputy Minister, Community Services Division, Ministry of the Solicitor General


Associate Deputy Minister, Community Services Division

Ministry of the Solicitor General

Play a leading role in supporting the communities of Ontario through the development of effective and sustainable adult community programs and services.

As part of Correctional Services, this division has jurisdiction over approximately 40,000 adult offenders under community supervision (probation, parole and conditional sentences), and provides programs, services and support designed to assist in offender rehabilitation and community safety.

As Associate Deputy Minister (ADM), you will be responsible for providing executive leadership and direction for the strategic planning, priority setting and overall direction of community services, including policy, business planning, operating plans and stakeholder partnerships.

An effective leader in the Ontario Public Service (OPS) is responsible, innovative and collaborative. A responsible leader demonstrates authenticity, accountability and courage in how they interact with others. An innovative leader leads with common purpose, embraces positive disruption, and has a future mindset. A collaborative leader focuses on helping others to grow, drives people-centred outcomes and promotes an environment of inclusivity; this leader works to confront bias and systemic barriers while understanding the importance of creating a more diverse and accessible workplace.

Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility and Anti-Racism

The OPS is an innovative, responsive, and accountable public service working with purpose to be diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, merit-based, and equitable. Diversified leadership is a top OPS priority, with the goal of parity with the Ontario labour force for the most underrepresented groups (Indigenous, racialized and persons with disabilities) by 2025. 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 invited to complete the voluntary survey and contribute to building a more diverse, inclusive and accessible OPS. If you have completed the survey since September 28th, 2020, you do not need to complete it unless you would like to change your responses or consent.

The OPS is an accessible employer and offers accommodation in all aspects of employment, including the recruitment process.

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What can I expect to do in this role?

Reporting to the Deputy Solicitor General of Correctional Services and having responsibility for managing directors in each of the regional offices, you will:

  • Lead the development, implementation and management of legislative, regulatory and administrative initiatives with respect to community services
  • Lead formal business planning and allocation, communication and reporting requirements to the fulfillment of the government’s mandate
  • Provide leadership for driving cultural change and supporting approaches that focus on issues of anti-racism, inclusion and diversity to proactively improve workplaces
  • Ensure effective operational management of the division
  • Establish positive working relationships and ensure effective coordination with ministry partners and stakeholders to facilitate transformation in program and service delivery
  • Forecast and develop strategies to address short- and long-term risks within the correctional services environment

How do I qualify?

Executive and Inclusive Leadership

  • You are an experienced executive with superior strategic and operational management expertise to lead, motivate and inspire teams to achieve operational, policy and program goals and/or unite around a shared vision
  • You have exceptional leaderships skills, based on a foundation of accountability, resiliency, collaboration, integrity and honesty
  • You are an inclusive leader who values and can create a culture of diversity, inclusion and equity in the workplace
  • You are a proactive and engaging leader with the ability to drive people-centred outcomes, involving others to deliver solutions
  • You have demonstrated ability to deliver positive business solutions and results using solid strategic and analytical skills
  • You have the ability to apply correctional philosophies, principles and best practices as part of the decision-making process
  • You have a solid understanding and knowledge of labour relations principles in a unionized environment

Policy, Operational and Change Management Expertise

  • You have a working knowledge of the correctional system in Ontario
  • You have experience working within the “continuum of care” system of offender management and within the probation and parole accountability framework
  • You have a comprehensive understanding of the institutional services structure and government decision-making processes
  • You have experience leading policy development and have a user-centred design approach, developing and maintaining agile and iterative processes in pursuit of client-focused programs
  • You have experience designing and delivering effective operational plans that align with the strategic direction of the organization
  • You have experience leading organizational change initiatives
  • You have proven ability to deliver on transformational change in large and complex organizations, including developing strategies to transform organizational culture
  • You have demonstrated ability to apply innovative ideas to improve program structure and service delivery based on ministry and client needs

Strategic Communications, Political Acuity and Relationship Management

  • You have employed interest-based approaches to achieve successful outcomes with internal and external partners having competing interests
  • You have demonstrated negotiation and problem-solving skills
  • You have a proven track record of developing positive union-management relations
  • You have experience fostering positive horizontal relationships across the organization to develop and deliver integrated analysis and advice
  • You are a sophisticated communicator and decision-maker who can effectively provide strategic advice and informed recommendations on strategic and high-profile issues
  • You have proven ability to represent the organization in public settings, discussing challenging and sensitive issues
  • You have proven political acuity to anticipate, recognize and effectively manage sensitive and high public profile issues

Location: Toronto

Salary: $164,910 – $220,520 Per Year

Duration: 1 Permanent

Please apply online, only, by Tuesday, June 22, 2021, by visiting Please follow the instructions to submit your application. Faxes are not being accepted at this time.

If you require accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please contact the Executive Recruitment Unit at Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with Ontario’s Human Rights Code.