Chief Digital Officer for Ontario

0 other recent jobs
Created: July 12, 2016


Lead a digital revolution – in government

Ontario is blazing a trail as part of a global movement working to change the way that people interact and engage with government. Your mission, as Ontario’s first Chief Digital Officer, will be to make government work better for citizens by delivering simple and straightforward digital services and products.

This is a one-of-kind senior executive opportunity to reinvent government for the digital age, to partner with all parts of a 60,000+ person organization, to ignite disruption and innovation, to mobilize new ideas, measure performance, and build upon success – in one of the best places to live in the world.

Government experience isn’t essential, but being the ultimate champion for the user experience is. If you’ve got courage, value excellence, are willing to challenge conventional thinking, spark curiosity, take smart risks, make tough decisions, believe that government *can* be better and have the digital chops to make it happen - we’re looking for you.

If you’re up for the challenge, send us your resume, skip the cover letter and tell us about how you would make the vision of digital transformation come to life in Ontario.

Put “I’m Your CDO” in the subject line, and email

We’ll get in touch and go from there. Closing date: July 29, 2016 ------------------------------ About the role

As Ontario’s first Chief Digital Officer (a Deputy Minister-level position) you will report to the Head of Ontario’s Public Service and to Ontario’s first Minister Responsible for Digital Government and be the ultimate champion for the citizen experience with government.

Working with senior levels of government, organizational leaders and digital delivery teams, the Chief Digital Officer will set and execute a bold vision for Ontario through its first-ever Digital Government Action Plan - the province’s roadmap for change. Job profileEmployment TypeFull-timeExperienceExecutive (Deputy Minister) IndustryPublic sector

- [image: speaking] Active participant

Changes things by doing them – together with people, at all levels, inside and outside of government. - [image: game] Game changer

Inspires an energizing culture of innovation where everyone is stirred to participate in the change happening. - [image: strategy] Sharp tech strategist

Introduces new and different ways of doing things to re-invent platforms and business processes – using emerging technologies and data. - [image: education] Passionate educator

Decodes the complexities of the digital world to advance skills and interest across the organization. - [image: mentor] Awesome mentor

Leads with authenticity and purpose, empowers influencers and models values-based leadership. - [image: thinking] Bold thinker

Contemplates the big problems and works with scores of people to design smart solutions that benefit citizens.

Icons made by Freepik <> from ------------------------------ The team

The Chief Digital Officer will head up Ontario’s Digital Government Office, a nimble team with start-up values and a diverse skill-set that will help you get moving quickly – and that you can build as you get into your role.

The Chief Digital Officer will also serve as Chair of the province’s first Digital Government Board and partner with people across government and with communities and collaborators outside of government to lead transformation. ------------------------------ Background

Ontario is becoming a North American leader in accelerating how citizens engage and interact with government through the power of digital technology.

Led by Canada’s first Minister Responsible for Digital Government, Deb Matthews, the province is sparking a new era of innovation – inside and outside the halls of government.

Our digital transformation is about making government work better for people:

- designing digital services and products around user needs, not government needs - harnessing new technologies to deliver user-focused government programs and services - attracting in-demand digital talent and advancing digital skills, organization-wide - delivering the best-possible citizen experience on an industry-leading web platform - unleashing new opportunities for economic growth and collaboration across Ontario’s innovation ecosystem - being open, transparent, and connected in everything we do - making a lasting impact on government and society in Ontario

------------------------------ Mandate

In Ontario’s Budget 2016, the government set a clear goal: make life easier for people through easy-to-use online services and programs. Budget 2016

To meet the expectations of the public, government digital services must mirror the simplicity and effectiveness that the people of Ontario have experienced using private-sector digital services. This does not simply mean putting existing processes online; it means fundamentally rethinking how government programs and services are delivered in Ontario.

In 2016, Ontario will release a Digital Government Action Plan that unveils a vision for transforming government online, including creating a new digital service office, led by a Chief Digital Officer, to drive change across government.

The action plan will serve as a roadmap for Ontario’s digital transformation — setting new organizational standards, empowering the next generation of digital talent and shifting government culture to deliver the best possible customer experience.

The action plan will outline key initiatives such as:

- identifying high-impact digital projects and services to be transformed - adopting a “digital-by-default” approach focused on making online services so easy to use that people prefer to use them over traditional methods of service delivery - a digital talent strategy to attract in-demand skills - online information and engagement initiatives to make it easier for people to participate in government decision-making

Living in Ontario

The Chief Digital Officer role will be based in Toronto, Ontario, a world-class city at the heart of Ontario’s innovation corridor and a key connection point to in-demand markets and talent across the province.

Learn more about Ontario <>

Learn more about Toronto <>

[image: Downtown Toronto seen from Toronto islands] ------------------------------ About the Ontario Public Service

The Government of Ontario includes ministries, agencies and Crown corporations. Its workforce of 60,000+ public servants is called the Ontario Public Service (OPS).

The OPS:

- helps the government of the day to develop and deliver policies and programs - is politically neutral and remains in place through elections - works in diverse areas (e.g., policy, communications, technology and program delivery) - is governed by the rules set out in the Public Service of Ontario Act, 2006

How to apply


Jess Whyte



Published: Tuesday, July 12, 2016 11:35 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:40 UTC