City of Toronto CONSULTANT CHILDREN’S SERVICES Temporary in Toronto, ON

City of Toronto

Branch Toronto ON CA

Toronto, ON

Conducts research into assigned area ensuring that such research takes into account developments within the field, corporate policies and practices, legislation…

Major Responsibilities:

Reporting to Director Service System Planning and Policy Development, the Consultant Children’s Services is responsible for developing and implementing a strategic Service Plan and community engagement strategy for the Children’s Services Division:

  • Develops and implements detailed plans and recommends policies regarding program specific requirements.
  • Manages assigned projects, ensuring effective teamwork and communication, high standards of work quality and organizational performance and continuous learning.
  • Conducts research into assigned area ensuring that such research takes into account developments within the field, corporate policies and practices, legislation and initiatives by other levels of government.
  • Ensures that the project expenditures are controlled and maintained within approved budget limitations.
  • Supports the General Manager in addressing ongoing and emerging issues and priorities for the division to ensure timely delivery of services and special projects.
  • Ensures that the General Manager is fully briefed on matters, in a timely, accurate and comprehensive manner.
  • Provides senior level strategic policy advice and operational support on complex and contentious issues to General manager and senior management team.
  • Develops policy options and divisional practises and procedures that ensures the division is in full compliance with corporate requirements.
  • Leads and manages assigned projects related to divisional/cluster/corporate strategies and issues assigned by the General Manager and senior management team, applies sound project management methodologies and ensures effective teamwork and communication, and high standards of work quality.
  • Designs and project manages broad community engagement initiatives such as the “Parents Summit”
  • Develops and implements strong and creative communications strategies that include social media.
  • Drafts responses, speaking notes and messages from the General Manager for a variety of issues.
  • Manages the development and delivery of major multi-stakeholder projects and programs associated with the delivery and implementation of children’s services related to provincial legislation and guidelines.
  • Establishes an effective and collaborative working relationship with the division’s senior management team, managers and project managers, staff from other City divisions and external stakeholders.
  • Liaises with political representatives on behalf of the General Manager and responds to political enquiries.
  • Acts as the main point of contact for the General Manager related to all general matters of interest affecting the division.
  • Acts as the divisional representative on Cluster or Corporate teams for Toronto Public Services initiatives, labour disruption planning, etc., as assigned by the General Manager.
  • Resolves policy and administrative issues on behalf of the General Manager by liaising with senior staff across the organization.
  • Identifies emerging issues and responds to opportunities or unplanned events.
  • Maintains a continuous and thorough knowledge of current corporate and other divisions’ issues and initiatives.
  • Represents the division on corporate campaigns.

Key Qualifications:

  • Post secondary education in Public Policy and Administration or a related field, along with considerable experience working in a public sector or large not for profit organization, or an approved equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Considerable experience in strategic policy and planning preferably within a government setting or a large not for profit organization, supported by excellent analytical skills with the ability to effectively identify barriers, areas for improvement, propose solutions and implement recommendations.
  • Experience working with community service and support agencies, politicians and various stakeholders from all levels of government, coupled with political acuity and judgement in order to establish partnerships and effective working relationships.
  • Experience in program integration related to the provision of human services.
  • Advanced knowledge of and ability to work with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other software packages and programming languages currently used to collect, analyze and report research data; SAS is an asset.
  • Thorough knowledge of the legislation and policies governing the planning, funding and delivery of child care.
  • Well developed mediation, negotiation and facilitation skills to provide leadership on projects with the ability to impact and influence others.
  • Well developed oral and written communications skills to prepare written materials and communicate information clearly and simply, along with knowledge of social media.
  • Familiarity with Ontario Statutes, including Occupational Health and Safety Act, Day Nurseries Act, Labour Relations Act, applicable collective agreements, in addition to other relevant legislation governing child care.
  • Sound knowledge of current issues and trends in the children’s services field and delivery of community service to advise and debrief the senior management team.
  • Excellent organization and project management skills to manage multiple assignments and set priorities.
  • Good financial planning and analysis skills.
  • Please note that all applicants are encouraged to provide a valid email address for communication purposes. Applicants who provide an email address may receive their written correspondence with respect to this job posting directly to the email address provided with their application. As an applicant, it is your responsibility to ensure that you check your email regularly to receive this correspondence.

    In accordance with Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and the City of Toronto’s Accommodation Policy , accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process. Applicants are required to make their needs known in advance.

    or proceed with Standard Application Form.

    Employment Type: Temporary
    Location: Toronto, ON, CA
    Posted on: 2015-03-21
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