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Assoc. Minister of Children & Women's Issues/MCCSS-Director of Policy

Director of Policy

Associate Minister of Children and Women's Issues/ Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS)

The Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues is seeking a Director of Policy who is strategic, thoughtful and can work in a fast-paced environment.

A successful candidate will be an experienced policy-maker who is extremely detail oriented, organized and is flexible with evening and weekend hours when needed.

The ideal candidate for this role is someone who has prior experience working in a Minister’s office who is a dynamic team player and critical thinker. We are looking for someone to join our team that is passionate about women’s issues and equality for all. The candidate would develop a strong policy framework to deliver on the Associate Minister’s mandate including but not limited to: advancing women’s economic opportunity, policy solutions to assist women’s recovery after COVID-19, modernizing the Child Welfare System and developing ongoing regulations to eradicate human trafficking in Ontario.

The ideal candidate is someone who has experience working in this sector and passionate about these topics, who is a self-starter, takes initiative and is collaborative. We are looking for a candidate who can work well with other ministries and members offices to drive our message and initiatives.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Lead strategic planning, policy and legislative development, program evaluation and research services
  2. Provide policy support by developing and implementing policy, amending legislation, and by undertaking research and stakeholder consultations; develop, negotiate and implement strategies and initiatives
  3. Ensures that the Minister’s Office plays a leadership role and works collaboratively with other ministries, as appropriate, to integrate information and support strategic planning and prioritization exercises, as directed by the Minister
  4. Works collaboratively to identify short, medium and longer-term strategies to improve results and delivery of Government priorities
  5. Provides leadership and support to staff and ensures delivery on the Ministers’ office priorities

Key Compentencies:

Executive Leadership:

 You have demonstrated experience with strategic planning, leading legislative policy initiatives

  • You have experience and background implanting policy in the areas of child welfare, human trafficking, adoption, children’s mental health and wellbeing and social justice policy.
  • You have demonstrated political acuity and well-developed ability to build and maintain partnerships, develop trust and positive working relationships with internal/external partners, executives, ministry personnel and other Minister’s offices
  • You are open and transparent and can empower and engage staff to promote progress and deliver the best results
  • You oversee the development of political and economic impact assessments, cost/benefit analysis and strategic information activities to ensure international relations policy decision making

 Strategic Communication Skills:

  • You are skilled at providing advice and briefings regarding issues, negotiations and agreements to the minister, senior executives and/or officials
  • You use data and analytics to support informed risk-taking and the development of new and innovative services, processes and user-experiences
  • You have excellent communications skills to articulate/explain legislative policy decisions and can translate complex information into a form that is transparent and easy to understand

Relationship and Stakeholder Management Skills:

  • You collaborate, build networks and involve diverse and underrepresented perspectives in order to understand issues and achieve the best possible outcome
  • You are an effective negotiator and consensus builder, collaborating effectively with colleagues and stakeholders
  • You have excellent interpersonal skills and experience dealing positively with others.

Political Acuity:

  • You are a strategic communicator with experience managing and speaking to complex, politically sensitive issues to senior management and external partners
  • You seek common ground to achieve results and manage conflicts when consensus cannot be reached
  • You have flexibility and resilience to adapt in a changing environment
  • You can identify long-term issues and trends and develop mitigation strategies
  • You are skilled at providing advice and briefings regarding issues, negotiations and agreements


  • Post-secondary education in Public Policy or a related field.
  • Five to seven years of experience in public policy development and government relations
  • An innate ability to communicate complex issues simply both verbally and in writing.
  • A demonstrated track record of building strategic relationships
  • Ability to support the values of the Government of Ontario to ensure a culture that champions equity, diversity, and respectful workplaces

If you are interested in submitting an application for this role, please send your CV to Only successful candidates will be contacted.