Current Opportunities

Articling Student (2021-2022)

Under the direction of Senior Counsel, the Articling Student will provide legal support across the office and manage a caseload of files involving legal issues. During your employment at our office, you will be involved in all facets of our work and will provide a range of legal services, including legal advice and research, supporting the investigation of complaints, legal representation, policy development, and outreach under the supervision of the Articling Principal.
 

ABOUT YOU

Successful candidates will have the following:

  • Completion of the prerequisites required to participate in the Law Society of Ontario Articling Program

  • Demonstrated interest and competency in Administrative Law

  • Superior written and oral communication skills in English is required.

  • Competency in written and oral French at the advanced level is preferred.

  • Balanced legal background including education and hands on experience, paid or volunteer, which includes working with clients and researching legislation and issues

  • Superb interpersonal, analytical, organizational and writing skills

  • Self-starter with a proven ability to work independently and within a team

  • Familiarity with social media and new technology is an asset

This is a unique opportunity to develop your hands on legal skills by working with a team of legal professionals dedicated to administrative fairness.

Candidates will be paid at the rate of $1,374.61 per week.

All applications should include:

  • A cover letter detailing your interest in our office and your related experience

  • A detailed resume

  • A writing sample

  • A copy of your law school transcripts


Our recruitment practices reflect the Ontario Ombudsman’s continuing goal of encouraging a diverse and inclusive workplace.  Accommodations will be provided in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

All applications must be received by Friday, September 25, 2020 at 5 pm.

Please Note: Moving expenses will not be paid.    

Bilingual Investigator - French Language Services Unit

Investigators at the Ontario Ombudsman are responsible for both leading and working as a team on various investigative files. As an investigator, you will be accountable for investigations from inception to completion, which includes identifying issues, interviewing witnesses, and gathering and analyzing information, as well as writing clear and comprehensive reports.

As part of the French Language Service Unit team, your work will play a crucial role in the development of the Commissioner’s recommendations to improve policies and programs on French Language services. You will lead and work as a team on various investigative files on the delivery of governmental services in French as described in the French Language Services Act of Ontario.

This opportunity will appeal to people who are keen to develop innovative solutions supporting individual rights identified in the French Language Services Act while respecting existing processes and procedures.
 
 

ABOUT YOU

Successful candidates will have the following:

  • University degree (in a field such as law, psychology, political science, public administration) ideally with a minimum of 2 years of recent experience in investigations and/or administrative oversight.

  • Ability to manage complex complaints, including: the identification and analysis of legal issues, the conduct of research and liaising and negotiating with affected and involved parties.

  • Proficiency in oral and written communication in both English and French languages at the superior level.

  • Working knowledge of the French Language Services Act, its interpretation and application.

  • Excellent knowledge of Francophone communities in Ontario, other Francophone key stakeholders as well as linguistic and cultural issues, to develop and manage relationships, partnerships and liaison initiatives with Francophone communities and support the Ombudsman and Commissioner’s interest in the enhancement and development of the Francophone population of Ontario.

  • Demonstrated experience in conducting investigations and developing and executing investigation plans.

  • Recent experience reviewing policy and making recommendations

  • Well-developed research and analytical skills.

  • Experience preparing well-written, detailed reports based on research and analysis.

  • Proven ability to interview individuals at all organizational levels, as well as strong interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to exercises good judgement and common sense, and be accountable for decisions.

  • Capacity to work effectively in a team-based environment, and be open to consultation and collaboration in determining appropriate solutions for complaints and inquiries.

  • Demonstrated commitment to quality in service delivery and application of administrative fairness.

Some travel may be required.

This is a unique opportunity to join a dynamic, exciting work environment and be part of a world-renowned office with a team of top public sector professionals.

Our recruitment practices reflect the Ontario Ombudsman’s continuing goal of encouraging a diverse and inclusive workplace. Accommodations will be provided in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

All applications must be received by Friday, July 31, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

Please Note: Only applicants selected to participate in the recruitment process will be contacted. Moving expenses will not be paid. This is a unionized position.

Director, Special Ombudsman Response Team (SORT)

The Director, Special Ombudsman Response Team (SORT) is a key member of the Ontario Ombudsman’s Executive Management Team (EMT), providing investigative expertise, leadership, high-level strategic advice and critical management support to the Ombudsman and Deputy Ombudsman in the fulfillment of the Ombudsman’s mandate. In addition, the Director represents the Ombudsman in high-level discussions with senior government and agency officials up to and including at the Deputy Minister level, to address problems identified in individual and systemic complaint reviews and investigations. The Director also provides training internally and on behalf of the Office on the methodology for investigations and related issues.
 
The position is responsible for the leadership and direction of the Special Ombudsman Response Team, which conducts systemic investigations focused on maladministration and fairness issues that affect the public trust in institutions. The Director of SORT ensures that all investigations conducted by the team follow the methodology developed by the Office and meet its high quality standards related to thoroughness, investigative integrity and impartiality. The Director is responsible for identifying and elaborating strategies to deal with all issues and challenges that may arise during the course of complex and systemic investigations, including resistance and lack of co-operation.
 
The Director works in collaboration with other directors and senior managers across the organization in setting and implementing organizational strategy, providing guidance and direction on the conduct of investigations and enabling the Ombudsman to make recommendations and report on issues of significant interest to the Ontario public.
 
The Ombudsman’s Office has grown over the past year, with the broadening of its oversight mandate to include children and youth in care and French language services. These additions create great opportunity to broaden the reach for SORT and the issues that the team is asked to investigate. Within this context, the Director oversees all investigations conducted by SORT, including pre-investigative and assessment work, drafting investigation plans and executing them, as well as producing reports and co-ordinating follow-up on the Ombudsman’s recommendations.

 

About the Special Ombudsman Response Team (SORT)

Created in 2005, SORT was designed to handle the most complex, systemic and high-profile investigations that the Ombudsman undertakes. These investigations follow a thorough evidence-based assessment process and are meticulously planned to conform to the principles of excellent investigations for which the Office is renowned. For the past 15 years, SORT has led dozens of significant investigations, resulting in Ombudsman recommendations that have prompted widespread government reforms, benefiting millions of Ontarians through improved services, reduction of waste, and even saving lives. Some of these changes include enhanced de-escalation training for police, improved screening of newborn babies for preventable diseases, better access to drug funding, overhauls of lottery ticket retailing and property tax assessment, and more supports for adults with developmental disabilities. The Ombudsman’s office also handles thousands of complaints about municipalities and school boards, promoting accountability and transparency at the local government level.

 

About You

The Director will be someone who can maintain SORT’s reputation for excellence in the calibre of investigations and reports, as well as the impact of its work. With extensive investigative experience, strong diplomatic skills, tact, and excellent communication and writing skills, the Director will build credibility and maintain strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders, and function as a direct representative of the Ombudsman. The successful candidate must have demonstrated an excellent work ethic, creativity, innovation, superior judgment, discretion and loyalty, as well as honesty and integrity, and the ability to maintain effective and professional working relationships within senior levels of an organization and/or government.
 
Experience and Qualifications:

  • University degree in social sciences or related field, or an acceptable combination of education and experience.

  • Experience in directing investigations in an oversight or similar type body and in managing teams of investigators (minimum 5 years).

  • Experience in planning and executing systemic investigations and developing reports and recommendations (minimum 10 years).

  • Experience in directing the delivery of services and programs to the public.

  • Flexible and effective management and communications styles, and creativity in seeking solutions to problems and in developing ways to improve services to the Office’s constituents.

  • A thorough appreciation of the techniques and methodologies used in administrative investigations, as well as the role and function of a classical or executive model of Ombudsman.

  • Experience in planning, conducting and evaluating investigations.

  • In-depth knowledge of provincial government departments, boards, agencies, commissions and tribunals, as well as the machinery of government including applicable accountability and management frameworks.

  • Detailed working knowledge of the theories and principles applicable to complaints resolution and methodology for executing investigations in an administrative oversight environment.

  • Knowledge of the Ombudsman Act and the role and function of the Ombudsman of Ontario.

  • Ability to communicate and work in French is considered an asset.

  • A combination of experience and academic qualifications will be considered.

Early Resolutions Officer - Children and Youth Unit

As part of the Early Resolutions team Children and Youth Unit, you’ll be the first contact for people coming to the Ontario Ombudsman’s office with complaints about children and youth and services provided by children’s aid societies (CAS) services, residential licensees, and secure treatment programs. Early Resolution Officers (EROs), Children and Youth, triage and analyze complaints to clearly identify issues and determine how to resolve them or when to escalate them. EROs must be able to capably frame issues for escalation and for regular reporting to senior management. Each ERO manages a caseload of files, as well as assists with trend analysis to identify complaint patterns and potential systemic issues. In addition to receiving complaints by email and letter, EROs use their active listening and interviewing skills to take complaints over the phone and in person, at times dealing with complainants who may require special accommodation, or who may be frustrated and distressed by their experience.

This opportunity will appeal to people who are keen to develop innovative solutions within a structured framework and while respecting existing processes and procedures. Successful candidates are both analytical and empathetic, and enjoy working independently as well as collaboratively. Opportunities to work on complaints in French for bilingual candidates.

 

ABOUT YOU

Successful candidates will have the following:

  • A minimum of two years’ experience providing intake and complaint handling services in a similar organization

  • Post-secondary education in social sciences or law

  • An understanding of issues that children and youth experience related to children’s aid societies, residential licensees, and secure treatment

  • Demonstrated experience in analyzing and identifying issues without injecting opinion or acting as an advocate

  • Ability to bring innovative thinking to an issue, while working within a prescribed framework

  • Capable of multitasking, balancing the need to resolve issues quickly with an effective and thorough analysis

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with children or youth and those specifically who are distressed, emotionally distraught or who may require special accommodation

  • Excellent verbal and written skills, and ability to communicate effectively and efficiently with individuals at all levels

  • Self-starter with a proven ability to work independently and with a team

  • Preference will be given to candidates with experience working with provincial government or broader public sector organizations responsible for the delivery of services to children and youth including relevant boards, tribunals, and agencies

  • Familiarity with social media and new technology an asset

This is a unique opportunity to join a dynamic, exciting work environment and be part of a world-renowned office with a team of top public sector professionals.

Our recruitment practices reflect the Ontario Ombudsman’s continuing goal of encouraging a diverse and inclusive workplace. Accommodations will be provided in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

All applications must be received by 11:59 pm on Friday July 31, 2020.

Please Note: Only applicants selected to participate in the recruitment process will be contacted. Moving expenses will not be paid. This is a unionized position. Starting salary for this position is $70,367/year. Any individual hired will need to submit a vulnerable sector check.

Early Resolutions Officer - French Language Services Unit

As part of the Early Resolutions team, you will be the first contact for people coming to the Ontario Ombudsman’s office, French Language Services Unit with complaints about the delivery of governmental services in French as described in Ontario’s French Language Services Act.

Early Resolution Officers (EROs), French Language Services, analyze complaints to clearly identify issues and determine how to resolve them or when to escalate them. EROs must be able to capably frame issues for escalation and for regular reporting to senior management. Each ERO manages a caseload of files, as well as assists with trend analysis to identify complaint patterns and potential systemic issues. Complaints are received through email, phone and letter.  EROs use their active listening and interviewing skills to take complaints over the phone and in person. At times, complainants may require special accommodation, or who may be frustrated and distressed by their experience with the government.

This opportunity will appeal to people who are keen to develop innovative solutions supporting individual rights identified in the French Language Services Act while respecting existing processes and procedures. Successful candidates are both analytical and empathetic, and enjoy working independently as well as collaboratively.
 

ABOUT YOU

Successful candidates will have the following:

  • A minimum of two years’ experience providing intake and complaint handling services in a similar organization

  • Post-secondary education in social sciences or related field

  • Proficiency in oral and written communication in both English and French languages at the superior level.

  • Demonstrated experience in analyzing and identifying issues without injecting opinion or acting as an advocate

  • Ability to bring innovative thinking to an issue, while working within a prescribed framework

  • Capable of multitasking, balancing the need to resolve issues quickly with an effective and thorough analysis which includes researching the relevant legislation, regulations and policy

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with individuals who are distressed, emotionally distraught or who may require special accommodation

  • Excellent verbal and written skills at a superior level to communicate effectively and efficiently with individuals at all levels. Successful candidates’ proficiency will be evaluated.

  • Self-starter with a proven ability to work independently and with a team

  • Knowledge or experience working with provincial government organizations or broader public sector organizations

  • Excellent knowledge of Francophone communities in Ontario, other Francophone key stakeholders as well as linguistic and cultural issues, to develop and manage relationships, partnerships and liaison initiatives with Francophone communities and support the Ombudsman and Commissioner’s interest in the enhancement and development of the Francophone population of Ontario.

Some travel may be required.

We are hiring both permanent and contract positions.

Our recruitment practices reflect the Ontario Ombudsman’s continuing goal of encouraging a diverse and inclusive workplace.  Accommodations will be provided in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

All applications must be received by 11:59 pm on Friday, July 31, 2020.

Please Note: Only applicants selected to participate in the recruitment process will be contacted. Moving expenses will not be paid. This is a unionized position.

Policy and Issues Analyst (Bilingual) - French Language Services Unit

The Policy and Issues Analyst takes a lead role in the collection of information and analysis of issues of importance to the French Language Services Unit and the Commissioner. The Analyst is accountable for keeping abreast of legislative bills and other governmental initiatives, maintaining a network with policy experts, and remaining current through other sources of information, within Ontario and across Canada.

This opportunity will appeal to people who are committed to contributing to the advancement of language rights and obligations to provide services in French.

Successful candidates will have knowledge of the Ontario government’s French language services commitments and the issues affecting francophones in Ontario in accessing services in French. The incumbent will have a demonstrated record of accomplishments with informing policy development and strategic planning through initiating independent or collaborative research studies. The incumbent must keep abreast of legislative bills and other governmental initiatives that may have an impact on the provision of services, particularly French language services, and on the development of the Franco-Ontarian community.
 

ABOUT YOU

Successful candidates will have the following:

  • Proven and recent experience (within last three years) in researching and analyzing policy in a similar organization

  • University degree in a field related to one or more of the following: communications, law, political science, or public administration or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience

  • Superior verbal and written communications skills in French and English, with the ability to deliver information with tact, clarity, and accuracy

  • Knowledge of the Ontario government’s French language services policies and legislative goals

  • Knowledge of principals, methods, and techniques for analyzing policies

  • Knowledge of relevant data sources including statistical information related to the Inclusive Definition of Francophone

  • Knowledge of applications and tools to manage information and ensure reliability and appropriateness of information upon which strategic decisions are made

  • Knowledge of principles, methods and techniques for developing and analyzing strategic policies, and for developing, qualifying and defending recommendations to support decision making and implementation  

  • Excellent knowledge of consultations, networking, presentations and writing/editing methods, techniques and practices, and methods for adapting technical information into terms that are understood by non-technical audiences

  • Excellent consultation and collaboration skills, with the ability to contribute analytical insight and a strategic policy perspective in the identification, assessment and handling of key issues and document support

  • Expert knowledge of the FLSA, its interpretation and application; knowledge of the legislative roles of the Ombudsman, Commissioner and French Language Services Unit and understands the historical background of French language services delivery, and the political sensitivity and issues that surround it, to: lead and manage the development and implementation of a strategic framework supporting the delivery of French language services in Ontario and compliance with the FLSA

  • Excellent knowledge of Francophone communities in Ontario, other Francophone key stakeholders as well as linguistic and cultural issues, to: develop and manage relationships, partnerships and liaison initiatives with Francophone communities and support the Ombudsman and Commissioner’s interest in the enhancement and development of the Francophone population of Ontario

  • Review incoming complaints, resolutions and identification and analysis of complaint trends to identify potential trends to help support the research and policy analysis, as well as other elements of  the work

  • Self-starter with a proven ability to work independently and on a team

  • Knowledge or experience working with provincial government organizations or broader public sector organization

Some travel may be required.

Our recruitment practices reflect the Ontario Ombudsman’s continuing goal of encouraging a diverse and inclusive workplace.  Accommodations will be provided in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

All applications must be received by 11:59 pm on Monday, August 31, 2020.

Please Note: Only applicants selected to participate in the recruitment process will be contacted. Moving expenses will not be paid. This is a unionized position.