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Ontario Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

Director, Negotiations



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Director, Negotiations

Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

The Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation is seeking a leader with demonstrated experience in negotiations working with First Nations.  As Director, you will lead negotiations of complex land claims and self-government proposals to reach effective agreements with Canada and First Nations that will contribute to the advancement of Ontario’s objectives in Indigenous issues. 

You are a strategic, effective communicator, negotiator, and consensus builder, with exceptional judgement and political acuity. You will guide your team in producing significant progress in addressing the issues with First Nations in partnership with the federal and local governments.

What can I expect to do in this role?

  • Lead the development and implementation of a comprehensive two-year strategic plan for the Negotiations Branch.
  • Lead land claims and self-government negotiations to achieve targeted results consistent with Ontario's strategic goals, objectives and priorities.
  • Provide advice on issues, problem resolution, and program expertise to the Deputy Minister and Minister, as well as other involved ministries.
  • Establish and maintain collaborative, positive partnerships and relationships with First Nations communities, other ministries, and jurisdictions.
  • Represent the Ministry and the Ontario Government at senior level discussions with Canada, other provinces and Indigenous representatives.
  • Support and promote a productive, professional team environment which fosters a culture of excellence and creates an inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible workplace.

How do I qualify?

Strategic Leadership

  • You have demonstrated senior leadership expertise and experience in Indigenous affairs, to serve as a credible representative between Ontario and First Nations communities.
  • You are an experienced senior leader and can foster an inclusive, innovative and high-performing workplace culture.
  • You have experience managing strategic and operational priorities and activities to contribute to the timely, efficient and effective achievement of program goals, objectives and plans.


Negotiations Experience/Problem-solving:

  • You are a strong negotiator who can influence others to find collaborative solutions for complex issues.
  • You have superior communications and negotiation skills to build collaborative relationships with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders and partners.
  • You have strong conflict resolution skills with demonstrated decision-making and creative problem-solving skills.
  • You are a strategic thinker who has identified issues and risks arising from negotiations along with proactive approaches to resolving them.


Understanding of Indigenous Communities:

  • You have knowledge of Indigenous affairs, culture, socio-economic issues, organizations, land claim history, and self-government principles, to support achievement of negotiations and negotiated agreements.
  • You model and champion collaborative approaches and balance Indigenous and stakeholder interests.
  • You have demonstrated success in engagement with Indigenous organizations and promotion of partnerships.
  • You have in-depth knowledge of federal, provincial and local government legislation, regulations and jurisprudence, as well as policies, programs, positions and processes which affect Indigenous affairs.
  • You are familiar with the current and historical relations, positions and issues affecting land claim and self-government issues between Canada, Ontario and Indigenous communities.


Political Acuity, Relationship and Issues Management:

  • You have excellent analytical and strategic thinking along with a strong sense of political acuity to deal with a variety of sensitive issues.
  • You have employed interest-based approaches to achieve successful outcomes with internal and external partners having competing interests.
  • You have significant experience in issues management, including the ability to effectively advise senior management on emerging issues, crises, and emergency situations.
  • You have knowledge of processes for government decision-making in a complex, matrixed and multi-stakeholder environment.

Salary Range: $119,440 - $162,490 per year

Location: 160 Bloor Street East, Toronto; some travel required

Job Term: Temporary – 18 months

Please apply online, only, by Thursday, May 25, 2017, 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 Talent Search 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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Ontario Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
Posting Date: 01-May-2017Accounting and Finance Contract, Full-Time 18.00  Months Open 1 ASAP
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