candidate > job search > job search results > job details

job details

Ontario Ministry of Transportation

Director, Indigenous Relations



Company Information


Job Description

Director, Indigenous Relations

Ministry of Transportation

Consider this opportunity to help provide strategic guidance for the Ministry’s policy and program development work on matters involving Indigenous communities and organizations, and to support policy and program offices, and the Ministry’s regional offices in building critical partnerships with Indigenous peoples across the province.

For context, the Ministry of Transportation conducts a variety of policy, legislative, regulatory and operational functions that directly involve Indigenous communities in Ontario. Some of the Ministry’s key projects include transportation infrastructure planning, new highway construction and improvements to existing roads and bridges; supporting negotiations on the acquisition of reserve lands for highway purposes; inspections of commercial vehicles and school buses; and the operation of airports servicing remote northern communities. Specific Indigenous initiatives include supports for Indigenous Procurement, development of an Indigenous Consultation Framework and input into a Provincial Indigenous Economic Development Strategy.

What can I expect to do in this role?

  • You will lead the development of policy and program supports for the Ministry to establish and maintain positive relationships with Indigenous communities while implementing the ministry’s mandate.
  • You will provide strategic advice and support to the Ministry’s various divisions in the resolution of Indigenous issues to facilitate the development of transportation infrastructure plans, delivery of the ministry’s capital infrastructure, maintenance and rehabilitation programs, as well as the development and delivery of road user safety programs and activities.
  • You will serve as the point of contact for the Ministry with the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation and co-ordinate Ministry input into government-wide corporate policy and program initiatives addressing Indigenous affairs.
  • You will collaborate with the Ministry’s Regional Offices on the design, development, implementation and management of Indigenous engagement frameworks, consultation and issues management frameworks, as well as processes related to specific negotiations.
  • You will establish and maintain collaborative, positive and constructive business relationships with internal and external partners to keep abreast of issues, problems, and opportunities and to promote the goals and objectives of the Ministry and the Government of Ontario.
  • You will represent the Ministry and the Ontario government at senior tables to resolve roles, responsibilities, policy issues and cost-sharing agreements, and attend forums, conferences and symposia to promote the Ministry’s position on Indigenous issues.
    • You will provide strategic advice as a member of the Ministry’s senior management team through effective business planning, program development and crisis management.

How do I qualify?


  • You have the ability to provide leadership and strategic policy direction to staff on initiatives and projects involving others outside the branch or government.
  • You have strong interpersonal skills and a demonstrated commitment to develop staff through coaching, managing performance and mentoring on policy development and program delivery issues.
  • You are an innovative and inclusive leader who values diversity and creates a culture of inclusion and excellence.


Policy and Indigenous Affairs Knowledge

  • You are an influential leader with demonstrated management experience in a policy development and/or program delivery setting.
  • You have superior critical analysis and research skills to manage sensitive and high-profile policy development/operational issues.
  • You have a strong understanding and awareness of Indigenous cultures and communities both past and present.
  • You have the ability to develop strategic policy that integrates input from and is reflective of the needs of contemporary Indigenous communities.


Stakeholder Relations, Communications and Political Acuity

  • You have a track record of building and sustaining positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders and through collaborative and consultative work processes.
  • You have demonstrated success in risk-management and in managing complex and contentious issues.
  • You have superior presentation and writing skills necessary to deliver briefings on complex matters to senior executives, including the Minister.
  • You have the ability to leverage your skills and experiences to build immediate credibility on key executive committees.
  • You are a strategic communicator with experience managing and speaking to complex situations and earning the trust of external partners and stakeholders.
  • You have proven political acuity and can demonstrate sound judgement on sensitive and political issues.

Job Term: 1 Permanent

Location: 777 Bay Street, Toronto

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

Please apply online, only, by Thursday, June 29, 2017, by visiting Please follow the instructions to submit your application, and indicate in which position(s) you are interested. 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.

Contact Information

Ontario Ministry of Transportation
Posting Date: 01-Jun-2017Government Relations/Legislation Permanent, Full-Time Open 1 ASAP
Share this Job

Email addresses won't be used for marketing purposes, they will only be used for sending this opportunity.