Assistant Deputy Minister – Multiple Positions

  • Ministry of Health
  • Feb 09, 2021
Full time Government

Job Description

Assistant Deputy Minister – Multiple Positions

Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health is committed to building a patient-focused, results-driven, integrated, and sustainable publicly funded health care system. Our mission is to help people stay healthy, deliver high-quality care when they need it, and protect the health care system for future generations.

As stewards of the health care system, we provide overall direction and leadership, focusing on planning and guiding resources to bring value to the system.

The Ministry of Health’s mandate is to:

  • Establish the strategic direction and provincial priorities for the health care system;
  • Develop legislation, regulations, standards, policies and directives to support strategic directions;
  • Monitor, and report on, the performance of the health care system and the health of Ontarians;
  • Plan for, and establish, funding models and funding levels for the health care system; and
  • Manage key provincial programs, including the Ontario Health Insurance Program, Assistive Devices and Supplies Program, Drug Programs, Emergency Health Services, Independent Health Facilities and Laboratory Services.

The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the rest of the Ontario government and health system partners, is continuing to respond the COVID-19 global pandemic. We are seeking innovative and collaborative leaders who are inspired to bring impactful change to Ontarians during these unprecedented times. If you are a leader who thrives in a transformative environment where you are inspired to build, develop and improve policy, systems and processes within the Province’s health system, one of these leadership opportunities might be right for you.

Assistant Deputy Ministry, Health Transformation

The Health Transformation Division is responsible for leading, and reporting on, transformation initiatives from across the ministry. The division provides leadership on the establishment and oversight of Ontario Health; provides strategic planning, project and change management supports to the ministry; and oversees the modernization of the health sector supply chain.

What am I expected to do in this role?

Reporting directly to the Associate Deputy Minister of Health Services, Ministry of Health, you will:

  • Lead the implementation of the ministry’s transformation plan, which includes transferring relevant functions and accountability from the ministry to agencies and/or health care settings, while ensuring minimal disruption to patients and health care sector
  • Be responsible for direction and oversight of the transformation of the delivery of health care services in Ontario
  • Build collaborative and effective working relationships with senior executives across the ministry, government and health sector to ensure that the proposed model achieves the government’s mandate
  • Ensure the proposed transformation model supports and protects the delivery of frontline care

Assistant Deputy Minister, Mental Health and Addictions

The Mental Health and Addictions Division provides policy, program and fiscal leadership and oversight for the community-based mental health and addictions (MHA) sector, develops policy and provincial partnerships, and leads the implementation of the Roadmap to Wellness, Ontario’s plan to improve Ontario’s MHA system to better meet the needs of Ontarians, across the lifespan.

What am I expected to do in this role?

Reporting directly to the Associate Deputy Minister of Health Services, Ministry of Health, you will:

  • Provide strategic leadership and executive direction for the delivery of policy and program planning in the development and implementation of Ontario's Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, particularly relating to the mainstream treatment system and the Mental Health Act
  • Provide policy, program and fiscal leadership and oversight for the community-based mental health and addictions (MHA) sector
  • Design a consistent and connected provincial service system for mental health and addictions
  • Build a quality assurance system to ensure that provincial policy direction is translated into high-quality mental health and addictions service delivery across Ontario
  • Work with system-level partners, including the Centre of Excellence for MHA at Ontario Health, to support organization- and provider-level change management, implementation science, and continuous quality improvement

Assistant Deputy Minister, Home and Community Care and Executive Lead, Ontario Health Teams

As the Assistant Deputy Minister, Home and Community Care and Executive Lead of Ontario Health Teams Division, you will have the opportunity to make an everlasting impact on the quality of health care services Ontarians receive. The division is responsible for the creation of Ontario Health Teams, a new model to integrate health care delivery and funding across the province, and leads the modernization and transformation of home and community care to improve access, innovation, accountability and efficiency.

What am I expected to do in this role?

Reporting directly to the Associate Deputy Minister of Health Services, Ministry of Health, you will:

  • Provide executive leadership for the strategic planning, priority setting and overall direction for the creation of Ontario Health Teams across the province
  • Provide leadership for stakeholder engagement strategies that foster collaborative partnerships with internal and external health sector stakeholders (e.g. hospitals, primary care providers, long-term care providers)
  • Ensure the provision of timely analysis and advice on integrated health care and Ontario Health Teams, reflecting the best available information and sensitivity to the policy context
  • Provide executive leadership for the monitoring, analysis and assessment of a broad range of issues, trends and directions impacting the delivery of integrated health care
  • Support the goals of the Ministry while also providing strategic advice and critical support to the Associate Deputy Minister, Health Services, the Deputy Minister and the Minister
  • As a passionate and dedicated leader, be the single point of contact for health care providers who are on the journey to become an Ontario Health Team

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 continued 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 working with purpose to be diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, merit-based, and equitable. Diversified leadership is a top OPS priority, with the goal of parity with the Ontario labour force for the most underrepresented groups (Indigenous, racialized and persons with disabilities) by 2025. 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 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.

What we are looking for:

Executive Leadership

  • You have experience as a senior leader responsible for the delivery of complex policy and programs
  • You are able to provide expertise and recommendations to the Associate Deputy Minister and Deputy Minister on a broad range of key health programmatic related issues, including recommendations for strategies and approaches for the resolution of contentious issues
  • You lead change initiatives by developing, recommending, and implementing effective operational processes and creating positive and productive business operations
  • You have exceptional leaderships skills, based on a foundation of collaboration, inclusion, mentoring and service excellence
  • You foster a culture which respects diversity, encourages all employees to work together to achieve results and contribute to a healthy, rewarding, and productive working environment
  • You can maintain objectivity and strategic direction in growing the portfolio

Change Management

  • You have a proven track record of leading high-performing teams through periods of uncertainty and complex transformations
  • You can implement appropriate change management activities with cross-functional team members and stakeholders to understand, and ensure adoption of, transformation initiatives
  • You have provided executive oversight to ensure work is aligned to other transformational initiatives within and across the ministry and/or organizations
  • You have the ability to manage and mitigate risks and de-escalate any issues related to business transformation
  • You can lead and implement change initiatives related to business processes and technologies
  • You can drive adoption and proficiency of changes within the organization in accordance with the plan

Stakeholder Relationships and Communication Skills

  • You have superior communication skills and have led briefings and provided strategic advice to senior executives
  • You have developed and maintained positive linkages with both internal and external stakeholders in the health care sector (e.g. hospitals, primary care providers, long-term care providers)
  • You have experience fostering positive horizontal relationships across the organization to facilitate transformation in program and service delivery
  • You can effectively and productively engage with a broad range of internal stakeholders to ensure alignment of activities and initiatives
  • You build positive engagement with colleagues across ministries and special interest groups to ensure effective multi-ministry collaboration
  • You anticipate and recognize sensitive political situations, understanding the impacts of decisions on the ministry and/or the government
  • You have effectively communicated complex messaging to various stakeholders and the public with measurable results

Technical and Policy Development Knowledge

  • You have provided executive direction in policy and program analysis, along with the development of legislative specifications
  • You have knowledge of the Provincial and Federal Legislative Authorities (e.g. The People’s Health Care Act, 2019) and other relevant legislations
  • You have knowledge of the health sector, the role, governance, resources and relationships between different types of health care providers (e.g. hospitals, home care, primary care, etc.), professionals and decision-making groups
  • You understand government decision-making and legislative, policy development along with businesses practices and processes, and have strategically proposed appropriate options and recommendations
  • You have provided leadership in the development of strategies, plans, policy, legislative/regulatory changes and program frameworks within the broad framework of legislation and have ensured compliance

Location: Toronto

Salary: $164,910 - $216,170 Per Year

Job Term: 24 months

Please apply online, only, by Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 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.

Job Category

Assistant Deputy Minister


Toronto, ON