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Director, Design and Engineering

Ministry of Transportation
Toronto (City), Ontario (CA)
$130,930 - $176,820 Per Year
Closing date
Nov 30, 2022

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Consider this exciting opportunity to be part of an innovative and forward-thinking leadership team supporting the delivery of one of the largest capital programs for Ontario. The Transportation Infrastructure Management Division is a leader in highway design, research and construction, and works in collaboration with stakeholders, agencies, and partners across government and the transportation sector throughout the province to deliver cost-effective mobility-focused infrastructure projects using sound engineering principles. As the Director, you will be able to leverage the latest technology in delivering on the branch’s programs.


The Ministry of Transportation is looking for a Director of Design and Engineering to oversee the design and engineering program through project delivery teams and subject matter expertise in various areas of engineering, geomatics and property functions that support project planning, design and delivery. This Director will lead a large geographically dispersed, high-performing team to work collaboratively with external partners, other levels of government and internal partners across the ministry to successfully provide client-focused services. As a member of the ministry’s senior leadership team, this Director will be accountable for upholding a diverse, inclusive, accessible and respectful workplace where every employee has a voice and the opportunity to fully contribute.


Leveraging your background in leading people and developing talent, and modernizing and transforming business lines, you will ensure the continuous improvement of service and program delivery to meet changing business and client needs and the implementation of new technologies.


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 environment of inclusivity. A leader who consistently 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 that works hard to be diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, merit-based, 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 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 again 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.


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, diversity and inclusion.


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 and Chief Engineer, Transportation Infrastructure Management Division, the Director, Design and Engineering will:


  • Lead, support and create a climate that enables staff to do their best while fostering strong morale and principles of diversity and inclusion Lead the development and implementation of the design and engineering program that ensures efficient performance of provincial highway and related infrastructure Provide technical, operational, and strategic direction for the development of an integrated approach to the ministry’s design and engineering program development and delivery Build and foster relationships with key stakeholders, including, but not limited to, other ministries, jurisdictions, Infrastructure Ontario, and the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies - Ontario Lead negotiations on key issues pertaining to design and engineering for the Province Direct development of strategies, policies, procedures, and guidelines to support the design and engineering program as well as address government priorities and directions Manage the branch’s resources, including equipment, finances, and human resources Provide senior-level expertise and advice to the Minister, Deputy Minister and Senior Leadership Team on a broad range of policies, programs and issues related to design and engineering Direct transformation and change management projects that build organizational capacity



How do I qualify?




  • You are licenced by Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO)

Executive Leadership:


  • You are an inclusive leader who fosters and creates a culture of diversity, inclusion, anti-racism, and equity in the workplace You demonstrate resiliency and have experience leading and motivating high-performing teams in a fast-paced, highly visible, and demanding environment You demonstrate political acuity and can effectively brief, and deliver strategic and confidential advice to, Ministers, senior management, and various other stakeholders You have a strong track record of building credibility with staff, stakeholders, and partners You have a track record of championing the adoption of innovative methods and technologies that drive true transformative business practices and solutions

Change Leadership and Innovation


  • You challenge assumptions and look for ways to improve service delivery with measurable outcomes
  • You are considered a leading-edge thinker and have adapted business processes and implemented new technologies to improve service delivery, and solve challenging issues related to design, construction and land acquisition You have demonstrated experience as a project and program management leader, working within complex transformation and change environments, and with a vast array of stakeholders and partners You are a strategic and innovative thinker who can lead professionals in the timely delivery of programs and projects You provide strong executive leadership to ensure strategic direction, organizational alignment, fiscal and human resource accountability, and delivery on time, within scope and budget You are adept at enabling teams to identify opportunities, challenges, and solutions to complex, cross-functional problems, keeping a clear focus on program objectives You have demonstrated experience in leading and affecting change You can develop and implement the modernization of existing IT systems

Relationship Management and Political Acuity


  • You have a proven track record of fostering collaborative relationships with internal and external partners and communicating and influencing across a broad spectrum of organizations You have a collaborative leadership style, and recognize the value of working horizontally with internal and external stakeholders with diverse perspectives You have a high degree of integrity and demonstrated experience communicating complex and sensitive information to senior leaders/stakeholders, and can recognize politically sensitive issues and their potential implications in an organization with high public profile and scrutiny

 Job Knowledge


  • You can provide expert technical advice and engineering expertise related to asset management, planning and programming, engineering, construction, operations, maintenance and policies, standards, and specifications for highway infrastructure You can lead and direct, both technically and strategically, all design and engineering programs associated with transportation infrastructure management

Note: This position will require occasional travel throughout the province.


Location: London, Toronto (Downsview or Queen’s Park), Kingston, St. Catharines, Thunder Bay, North Bay


Salary: $130,930 - $176,820 Per Year


Duration: Permanent


Please apply online, only, by Wednesday, November 30, 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 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.


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