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Director, Indigenous Equity Branch

Treasury Board Secretariat
Ontario (CA)
$130,930 – $175,070 Per Year
Closing date
May 16, 2022

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Director, Indigenous Equity Branch

Treasury Board Secretariat

Are you an Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) leader looking for a challenging opportunity to lead the Ontario Public Service (OPS) in eliminating systemic barriers and increasing a sense of belonging for, and the advancement of, Indigenous OPS employees? Do you have expertise and experience to transform OPS policies, practices, and procedures to support a more equitable and culturally responsive workplace for Indigenous employees?  Can you collaborate with Indigenous employees, communities, and organizations to champion and drive the change needed for Indigenous OPS employees to thrive? Are you a strategic leader with cultural competency and knowledge of relevant theories and frameworks? If so, we would like to hear from you!

As the Director, you will lead the new Indigenous Equity Branch within the Centre for People, Culture, and Talent. The team will work in collaboration with partners, including the Nation to Nation: The OPS Indigenous Employee Network, ministries, and corporate partners to attract, retain and support the advancement of Indigenous employees in the organization. The team will provide guidance and expertise to ministries related to policies, programs and initiatives that advance the processes of reconciliation and decolonization and make meaningful change.

An effective leader in the Ontario Public Service (OPS) is responsible, innovative, and collaborative. A responsible leader is someone who demonstrates authenticity, accountability, and courage in how they interact with others. An individual who models ethical behaviour, and who is honest and capable of making difficult choices. 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-centred outcomes and promotes an inclusive environment. 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 committed to establishing and continuously strengthening relationships with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples and communities guided by truth and reconciliation and working in partnership to address the legacy and ongoing impacts of colonialism which contribute to systemic anti-Indigenous 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 is seeking an Indigenous leader for this role. The OPS encourages applications from 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?

Reporting to the Assistant Deputy Minister, you will:

  • Lead a team in the development and delivery of a strategy for the OPS to address anti-Indigenous racism in the workplace, from engagement to implementation.
  • Work with the human resources community and with ministry partners in developing and implementing corporate policies and programs promoting equity and rights for Indigenous employees.
  • Provide advice and expertise to ministries on dismantling systemic anti-Indigenous racism in corporate policies, practices, and employee programs.
  • Develop and lead relationship-building approaches that result in meaningful relationships and ongoing engagement with Indigenous partners and communities within the OPS.

How do I qualify?

Executive Leadership

  • You demonstrate a strong commitment to, and promote a culture of equity, inclusion, and anti-racism.
  • You lead in an inclusive way that draws on the diversity of those working for and with you to achieve the best possible outcomes.
  • You can lead the development of a new team and drive a vision and organizational goals with an Indigenous perspective and deliver on key public service commitments.
  • You demonstrate the principles of inclusive leadership by empowering employees, encouraging collaboration, and defining a team culture rooted in respect, continuous learning, cultural competence, and performance excellence.

Relationship Management and Political Acuity:

  • You have proven experience building trusted relationships with Indigenous partners and communities, using a collaborative approach to advance common goals.
  • You are a skilled communicator and can provide insights and strategic advice to senior executives on policy and program initiatives and priorities within a sensitive environment.
  • You demonstrate political acuity and judgment skills to anticipate and manage contentious issues, and to identify mitigation strategies.

Strategic Planning, Strategy and Delivery:

  • You can lead strategic planning, engagement, development, and implementation of the Indigenous-focused components of the OPS Anti-Racism Policy.
  • You can provide strategic advice, and work across government to identify, prevent, and dismantle anti-Indigenous racism and systemic barriers in government policies, programs, and services.
  • You can develop a thorough understanding of the policy and government decision-making process (e.g., preparation of Cabinet submissions, briefing notes, etc.) to advance the branch mandate on addressing systemic racism.
  • You are able to work across divisions and organizations with senior leaders to achieve results.

Knowledge of Indigenous Peoples and culture:

  • You have a strong connection to Indigenous communities and cultures.
  • You are knowledgeable about First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples, and organizations in Ontario.
  • You are familiar with governance and engagement principles and protocols, policy priorities and perspectives relevant to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples. 
  • You are knowledgeable about Indigenous rights and sovereignty.
  • You understand the historical, social, economic, legal, and political context underlying Indigenous policy development and government relations, and the legacy and ongoing impacts of colonialism on Indigenous Peoples and communities.

Additional information:

Open House

Interested in learning more about this position, 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.

Location: Any city in Ontario

Salary: $130,930 – $175,070 Per Year

Duration: Permanent

Please apply online, only, by Monday, May 16, 2022, 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

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

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