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Ministry of Education

Executive Director, Education Finance



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Ministry of Education

Explore an exciting and challenging opportunity in the Education Labour and Finance Division (ELFD), Ministry of Education, where you will provide executive leadership in education funding and reform.

As the Executive Director, Education Finance, you will have a significant impact in advancing and supporting the government’s priorities for education and finance reform by leading the costing, forecasting, and financial implications of collective bargaining in the elementary/secondary education sectors.

What can I expect in this role?

This senior executive role will:

  • Provide strategic advice and recommendations to the Deputy Minister, Assistant Deputy Minister, Education Labour & Finance and the ministry senior management team related to financial reform, economic trends, opportunities and issues management.
  • Partner with the Executive Director, Labour Relations, and report to the ADM, Education Labour & Finance, to develop integrated multi-year funding strategies, including the development of modelling capacity to project operating funding requirements, a structure for stakeholder consultation and engagements, new reporting and accountability measures and communications measures that promote public confidence in publicly funded education.
  • Establish linkages and collaborate with other divisions to ensure effective coordination and alignment of divisional or regional programs and services with other ministry initiatives to support government/ministry policy direction and program objectives.
  • Provide oversight and accountability to develop and ensure the implementation of the strategic, business and operational plans (e.g., Grants for Student Needs funding) necessary to ensure sound strategies and plans for the development of the government’s objectives for education funding and management.
  • Lead the development of costing and forecasting of financial impacts in support of establishing collective bargaining financial mandates in the publicly funded elementary and secondary education sectors. 
  • Oversee timely and accurate reporting of education finance information for provincial reporting purposes through oversight of all aspects of school board funding and financial reporting, including compliance with all applicable accounting standards.
  • Act as a key ministry contact with senior officials in other ministries/jurisdictions and with representatives of a broad range of external stakeholders to build and sustain effective stakeholder relationships, resolve problems, and keep abreast of strategic issues and business/operations matters of significance to the division/ministry.
  • As a member of the divisional/ministry senior management team, lead/participate in divisional/ministry corporate strategic planning initiatives, operational/business plans and results review, and issues resolution.

How do I qualify?

Executive Leadership

  • You have a record of delivering excellent results for your organization and have a reputation of being open, transparent and effective at managing competing interests.
  • You are a seasoned executive who possesses the leadership skills and abilities to lead and influence a broad range of stakeholders, including internal and external partners, the public, and the education sector.
  • You have the ability to anticipate and recognize politically sensitive situations and their potential implications.
    • You are an inclusive leader who leads by example, promotes a positive team environment and fosters a culture of excellence, diversity, inclusion and equity.

Technical Knowledge 

  • You have knowledge of financial theories, principles and practices, financial protocols and business/financial cycle components, financial and accounting systems and controls to direct and coordinate business planning processes.
  • You have knowledge of relevant acts, regulations and policies which form the framework for collective bargaining in the education sector, such as the Education Act and Regulations, Labour Relations Act, Employment Standards Act, Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, Pay Equity Act, etc., to understand the legal framework under which school boards operate.
    • You have knowledge and understanding of publicly funded education systems to direct the development of policy frameworks, guiding principles, funding agreements and resources to meet the educational needs of Indigenous learners, and can apply knowledge of economic, social, cultural, political and educational issues facing Ontario and the inherent challenges and opportunities they present to deal with Indigenous education funding and resource issues.

Relationship Management

  • You are recognized for your ability to build collaborative relationships, engage, cultivate and sustain effective horizontal working relationships, and influence decisions that impact a large internal and external stakeholder base.
  • You are skilled at providing strategic advice and influencing senior-level decision-makers.
  • You possess superior negotiations, communications and issues management skills.
    • You foster a collaborative work environment that promotes and facilitates transparency and accountability.

Judgment, Tact and Political Acuity

  • You have a high degree of integrity and political acuity to manage complex issues within an organization with high public profile and scrutiny.
  • You are open to new ideas and are able to adapt to a changing environment.
    • You understand political issues and organizational impacts.

Salary Range: $162,470 - $204,670 per year

Location: 900 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario

Status: 1 Permanent

Please apply online, only, by Friday, September 22, 2017, by visiting http://www.gojobs.gov.on.ca/Preview.aspx?Language=English&JobID=111881. 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 careersexecutive@ontario.ca. 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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Ministry of Education
Posting Date: 08-Sep-2017Accounting and Finance Permanent, Full-Time $162,470 - $204,670/yr 1Member or Student ASAP
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