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Assistant Deputy Minister (Amendment)

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Type of employment: 
Union Status: 
This position is not included in the Nunavut Employees Union
$136,090 to $194,414 per annum, 37.5 hour/week
Northern Allowance: 
$15,016 per annum
Subsidized staff housing available
Closing Date: 
21 September 2018


Amendment to previous job ad with the closing date of August 21, 2018          NOTE:  Candidates who have already applied to this process will not be required to resubmit their application.

A high-impact career opportunity for a proven, effective educational leader to facilitate the efficient operation of safe and secure, student-centred schools that are grounded in Nunavut’s unique language and culture.

Officially a territory as of 1999, Nunavut exists where tradition meets progress. The territory has inherited millennia of the history and culture of Inuit. Rooted in this rich tradition, the Government of Nunavut (GN) prepares for a prosperous future by investing in high-quality education, healthcare, culture, environmental protection, and industry growth.

The Government of Nunavut is seeking an Assistant Deputy Minister, Education, who will report to the Deputy Minister, Education in overseeing the implementation of the Education Act and supporting regulations, as well as the Child Day Care Act and regulations. In this role, the successful candidate will be part of the Department of Education’s core leadership team and will be tasked with the leadership and effective operation of schools, ensuring the provision of the highest educational standards and services.

With students in mind, the incumbent will set the strategic direction for the Department’s school operations and supporting activities, ensuring that legislated and policy-based responsibilities are achieved. In this vital leadership role, the incumbent will be instrumental in setting the Department’s strategic direction, goals, objectives, principles, and priorities. The incumbent will support the success of students navigating the Education Program and curriculum by ensuring that responsive support services are provided. As well, overseeing the Nunavut Adult Learning Strategy, as well as the Education Act as it relates to adult education, and supporting Early Learning and Child Care will be key parts of this mandate.

In this significant leadership role, the Assistant Deputy Minister will have oversight and provide direction and leadership to 43 schools in Nunavut through three Regional Offices (Qikiqtani, Kivalliq, and Kitikmeot) including approximately 1,100 staff who serve approximately 8,500 full-time equivalent students.  A demonstrated understanding of Nunavut’s education system, educational programs, curriculum, student assessment, in-service training, guidance, and resources will be required to oversee the work of 122 staff working in the 10 divisions of the School Services to deliver education programs and services for K-12 students, adult learners, early learners and students participating in French education. 

This is an exceptional opportunity for a leader with a Master’s degree in Education, Business or Public Administration to provide meaningful direction in guiding Nunavut’s future. A minimum of five (5) years of experience as an educational systems leader, and a minimum of five (5) years of senior management experience are required.  An understanding of Nunavut’s education system, educational programs and curriculum, as well as knowledge of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit and how to apply it to educational initiatives would be beneficial.

Knowledge of Departmental philosophy and principles, as well as prevailing theories, trends and best practices in education, proven effectiveness in administration and experience managing staff in a multi-tiered, regulatory environment will be balanced with a sensitivity to working in cross-cultural situations. In executing the Department’s mandate, the incumbent will communicate in a bilingual and bicultural environment, engaging with a range of stakeholders and audiences. The successful candidate is an experienced program manager who builds consensus and mobilizes staff, inspiring his/her team to meet the Department’s organizational goals, objectives, and commitments. This candidate also possesses an invaluable, on-the-ground knowledge of Nunavut.

This senior leadership position offers the opportunity to support the success and ensure the resilience of children, youth, and adult learners.  This is a Highly Sensitive Position and a satisfactory Criminal Record Check, along with a clear Vulnerable Sector Check is required.

This position comes with an attractive compensation and benefits package. To apply, submit your résumé and cover letter in confidence, as a single PDF file, quoting the job title, by September 21, 2018, to


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