Indigenous Strategic Advisor 

Ministry of Citizenship and Multiculturalism

Closing Date 12-21-2022 Location Toronto Work Type  
Salary Range
Experience Level  - Job ID 191072 
Job Description

Indigenous Strategic Advisor

Are you interested in contributing to the development of policy and programs that promote strong relationships with, and positive outcomes for, Indigenous peoples in Ontario? Are you an experienced professional with excellent political acuity, strategic thinking and interpersonal skills, ready for an exciting and challenging opportunity? If so, we want to hear from you!
Who We Are
The Anti-Racism Directorate (ARD), Ministry of Citizenship and Multiculturalism, was established to fight systemic racism and promote racial equity to help all Ontarians, including everyone working within the Ontario Public Service (OPS). Systemic racism creates unfair outcomes for Indigenous, Black and racialized people. The ARD and ministry partners are working to identify and eliminate barriers caused by systemic racism so that everyone can reach their potential and fully participate in society. When we target and remove systemic barriers faced by the most disadvantaged communities, everyone benefits.

To learn more about the work that we do, visit the Anti-Racism Directorate page <> and follow us on Twitter <>.

Why work for the Ontario Public Service?
The Ontario Public Service (OPS) is committed to being an employer of first choice, creating a positive and inclusive work environment.
We offer:

• Competitive compensation and benefits
• Flexible work arrangements
• Collegial and professional work culture
• Career growth and development opportunities across multiple business areas
• On-the-job training to support your success in the role

OPS Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Anti-Racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy < > and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint < > pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.

We offer 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?

In this role, you will:
• Provide strategic advice to senior executives and stakeholders on program and policy files, projects and issues that impact ministry operations and priorities
• Proactively identify and monitor potentially contentious issues and work with the Executive Advisor, divisions and agencies to identify solutions and come to resolutions
• Establish strong relationships with staff and senior management within the ministry, other ministries and stakeholders to support ministry/government priorities, provide input and appropriately represent the office on a spectrum of issues and initiatives
• Plan and carry out a variety of special projects and assignments

Location:  Toronto

How do I qualify?

Relationship Management and Communication Skills:

• You can collaborate with senior management and staff to clarify issues and present recommendations to senior executives.
• You have verbal and written communication skills and the ability to communicate complex concepts clearly and succinctly.
• You can provide strategic feedback on the positioning of a variety of materials, including reports, Cabinet submissions, briefing materials and correspondence.
• You have political acuity to develop and manage critical and high-profile stakeholder relationships and to resolve politically sensitive issues.

Analytical, Research and Issues Management Skills:

• You have issues management skills to research and assess contentious issues, and their impacts and adhere to protocol in making recommendations for approach and strategy.
• You can analyze and think strategically to identify critical issues, gaps and risks as well as make linkages to other relevant issues and initiatives.

Project Management, Planning and Leadership Skills:

• You have project management skills to initiate, plan, and carry out a variety of special projects and assignments.
• You have prioritization and organization skills to effectively handle competing priorities and meet deadlines.
• You can foster an inclusive environment to support and strengthen employee engagement and promote innovation and creativity in a team environment.
• You can provide technical guidance to staff.

Knowledge of Indigenous History and Relevant Issues:

• You have knowledge and understanding of Indigenous history, culture and relevant issues.
• You have knowledge of the processes of reconciliation and decolonization.

Government and Business Knowledge:

• You have knowledge of policy development and legislative processes to provide leadership and coordination on a range of files.
• You have the ability to become familiar with decision-making structures in public sectors.

Salary Range: $81,401 - $118,313 Per Year

Additional information:

  • 1 Temporary, duration up to 18 months (with the possibility of extension), 1075 Bay St, Toronto, Toronto Region


  • The information that you provide for the purpose of this competition and the results from this competition may be used to fill other positions. These positions may be of various tenures, including short-term assignments. Your information and the results from this competition will be retained for the purpose of filling vacancies in accordance with the applicable collective agreement or policy provisions.

How to Apply

Please apply online, only, at, quoting Job ID 191072, by Wednesday, December 21, 2022. Please follow the instructions to submit your application. Faxes are not being accepted at this time.

If you require a disability-related 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.