Director, Mineral Development Branch

Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry. Sudbury , ON.

Closing Date September 20,2021 Location Sudbury, ON Work Type


Salary Range $130,930 - $175,070 per year Experience Level  - Job ID  168913

Job Description

Consider this leadership opportunity, where you will support the Ontario Public Service in positioning Ontario as a leader in sustainable mineral development. 

The Mines and Minerals Division is seeking a strategic leader to promote and facilitate the sustained economic development of the province’s mineral resources, in a manner that is consistent with the recognition and affirmation of existing Aboriginal and treaty rights, while also minimizing the impact of these activities on the environment and the health and safety of Ontarians. The Director will provide leadership and strategic vision for the branch’s operations, including administration of Ontario’s Mining Act, and abandoned mines rehabilitation. 

This is an exciting opportunity for a leader looking to lead a large geographically dispersed operational and regulatory branch. As a dynamic and resilient leader who is committed to cultivating an environment that is highly engaged, collaborative and inclusive, you will prioritize client-focused service delivery and education of stakeholders to promote and improve compliance across the province. As a leader of the ministry’s executive team, you will model commitment and action towards cultivating a diverse, inclusive and anti-racist workplace.

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 continuous learning and encourages development and integration. A collaborative leader focuses on helping others to grow, drives people-centered 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. 

OPS commitment to diversity, inclusion, accessibility and anti-racism

The OPS is an innovative, responsive, and accountable public service that works hard to be diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable. Diversifying leadership teams is a top OPS priority with the goal to achieve parity with the Ontario labour force by 2025 for the most underrepresented groups (Indigenous, racialized and persons with disabilities) in leadership positions.

You are invited to complete the voluntary survey and contribute to building a more diverse, anti-racist, inclusive and accessible OPS.

The OPS invites all interested individuals to apply and encourages applications from Indigenous and racialized individuals and persons with disabilities.

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.

The OPS offers employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario's Human Rights Code. Refer to the application instructions below if you require a disability-related accommodation.

What can I expect to do in this role?

The Mineral Development Branch’s goal is to provide the mining community with a one-window approach for early and advanced mineral development. The Director will oversee:  
The issuance and oversight of mineral development plans and permits
Indigenous consultations to respect existing Aboriginal and treaty rights, share the benefits of mining-related activity and develop partnerships 
Abandoned mine and contaminated site reclamation and rehabilitation
Mine Closures, including Financial Assurance and the filing and approval of Mine Closure Plans
Offline dam tailings, ensuring public health & safety and preventing environmental impacts

As the Director, you will: 
Set the vision for the Branch through strategic planning and the development and implementation of operational plans that align with Government and stakeholder priorities and expectations
Oversee the delivery of leading-edge administration of legislation and regulation that support Ontario’s exploration, mine development and mining sectors, including the development of critical minerals
Establish collaborative relationships and partnerships with other levels of government, Indigenous communities, agencies and the private sector through the provision of strategic policy advice and technical expertise
Provide strategic oversight in the development and implementation of policies, programs and opportunities to address current and anticipated future needs

How do I qualify?
Executive Leadership
You are an inclusive and values-based leader who fosters and creates a culture of diversity, inclusion, anti-racism and equity in the workplace
You have demonstrated ability to lead and engage a geographically dispersed and diverse team within a complex operational, client focused and regulatory environment
You demonstrate resiliency and determination to deliver in a highly visible and demanding environment
You foster a healthy, positive and productive work environment, where team members are empowered to be their best

Job Specific Experience and Knowledge
You have leadership experience in large field operations and the field of regulatory compliance, including inspections, investigations and enforcement 
You have a strong client service orientation and in-depth experience with continuous service improvement and modernization initiatives
You have, or can quickly acquire, an understanding of the mineral development sector 
You have existing knowledge of, or demonstrated skills to quickly understand, the intent, interpretation and application of relevant legislation and regulations including the Mining Act, Aggregate Resource Act and Public Lands Act 

Relationship Management and Communication
You effectively establish and maintain partnerships with internal/external stakeholders, linkages across government and other jurisdictions 
You have demonstrated success in engaging and promoting partnerships with Indigenous communities and organizations
You have proven interpersonal, negotiation, and consultation skills to work effectively with diverse internal and external stakeholders

Political Acuity and Issues Management
You are politically astute and have strong communication, analytical and problem-solving skills
You have significant experience in issues management, including the ability to effectively advise senior management on emerging issues, crises, and emergency situations
You have proven political acuity and ability to manage complex issues in an organization with high public profile and scrutiny


How to Apply

Location: Sudbury, ON 
Salary: $130,930 - $175,070 Per Year
Duration: 1 Permanent position

Please apply online, only, by Monday, September 20, 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.