Strategic Initiatives Advisor – Ministry of Northern Development and Mines

The Strategic Programs Unit of the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines is looking for an experienced, dedicated individual to play a critical role in managing multiple, concurrent high-profile projects and initiatives. If you have strong policy, project management, and economic development experience, come join us where you will play a key role in the development and implementation of strategic economic development initiatives for Northern Ontario.

The following work locations will be considered and negotiated with the successful candidate:

70 Foster Drive, Sault Ste. Marie
435 James Street South, Thunder Bay
447 McKeown Avenue, North Bay
159 Cedar Street, Sudbury
5520 Hwy. 101 East, South Porcupine
810 Robertson Street, Kenora

What can I expect to do in this role?

Working in a fast-paced environment on matters that are often contentious and politically sensitive, you will:

  • participate in policy analysis, and contribute to program development and planning processes in support of economic development/planning and strategic initiatives.
  • provide strategic advice to senior ministry officials on development and implementation of strategic initiatives affecting Northern Ontario and new policy/program proposals, and assist in developing materials for business plans, Management Board of Cabinet and Treasury Board submissions.
  • plan and facilitate discussions with northern partners, including northern municipalities, Indigenous communities, business, economic development corporations, education and research organizations to exchange information, build consensus and support and develop positive working relationships and networks.
  • oversee all aspects of project management, including defining goals, planning resources, monitoring project progress and achievements, identifying issues and developing options and recommendations.
  • provide strategic project management guidance and expertise to senior management on the financial and operating requirements of projects and strategic initiatives.
  • develop and prepare various reports, papers and communication materials, and make presentations to internal/external stakeholders with respect to projects or initiatives.
  • provide analysis and assessment of a broad range of current and emerging economic issues/opportunities and socio-economic trends.

How do I qualify?

Policy and project management skills:

  • You have demonstrated expertise in development of policy options and in leading the development of new policy and program initiatives.
  • You have knowledge and skills in policy and program development to provide leadership and expertise in program development and implementation.
  • You have knowledge of project planning and possess project management skills to plan, lead and conduct studies and consultations within tight deadlines.

Stakeholder and communication skills:

  • You have effective engagement and consultation skills to develop key relationships with various northern partners (internal and external).
  • You demonstrate proven negotiation and conflict resolution skills to resolve outstanding issues and concerns associated with projects and initiatives.
  • You have demonstrated oral and written communication skills to prepare business cases, status reports, briefing materials and to deliver presentations to senior management and stakeholders.
  • You have excellent tact, diplomacy and political acuity when dealing with officials at all levels.

Technical knowledge and experience:

  • You have knowledge of economic development tools, programs and initiatives, and social and political factors that impact on Northern Ontario’s economy.
  • You have knowledge of Indigenous communities and their governance structures.
  • You have knowledge of financial processes and practices to assess funding requirements and financial impacts of initiatives and/or business strategies.

Analytical and issues management skills:

  • You have analytical and issues management skills to conduct policy and program analysis, anticipate problems and issues, and provide options and recommendations.

Salary Range: $70,538 – $103,944 per year

Additional information:

  • 1 Temporary, duration up to 9 months (with possibility of extension), 159 Cedar St, Sudbury, North Region or 70 Foster Dr, Sault Ste Marie, North Region or 447 McKeown Ave, North Bay, North Region or 5520 Hwy 101 E, South Porcupine, North Region or 435 James St South, Thunder Bay, North Region or 810 Robertson St, Kenora, North Region

Please apply online, only, by Friday, March 16, 2018, by visiting and entering Job ID 120519 in the Job ID search field. 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 us at to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours. 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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