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Ontario Digital Service
The Ontario Digital Service (ODS) is a hub of technologists, designers and digital government experts who deliver user-centred products and digital policies using agile processes and data-driven methods. We collaborate with ministry partners to deliver services that make interacting with the government simpler and easier for people and businesses. We are responsible for leading the digital and data transformation of our province's public sector — a transformation that has become even more important since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. We tackle complex public problems, from digital identity to responsible use of AI technology, by building a people-centred approach to the design and delivery of government services, programs and policy.
The ODS is helping transform the Ontario Public Service (OPS) into a digital organization, and as a co-op you will apply your data analytics expertise within a variety of digital products, services and policies.
The ODS is relentless about diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, and applies that lens to every piece of work. We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.
As a Data co-op you will be directly involved in developing new, forward-looking training resources. On any given day you may:
- develop trainings for emerging digital and data tools
- review literature, conduct research and scans on data bias and algorithmic audits
- analyze data and create reports/infographic
- organize events and communicate with internal/external groups
- help people across government think about responsible use of AI
Our co-op students are interested in complex policy challenges, civic technology, open data and have a collaborative and early-adopter mindset and enthusiasm.
You will help ensure that the work we do to deliver services for Ontarians is done using evidence, data and a focus on the needs of users. You will support public servants across government to learn new tools and understand how their programs, policies, and processes can be made better by engaging end users and following Ontario’s Digital and Data Directive and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Guidance.
You will learn how efficient and effective training resources and people-centred approaches impact how people use data and make decisions within the government. You will contribute evaluation and policy perspectives on leveraging data as a strategic asset.
You will contribute to building a culture of open communication and participatory methods to share, critique, and improve not only our work, but our way of working. Most of all, you will inspire your colleagues across the government to improve the experience for the people of Ontario.
What you bring to the team
- You are enthusiastic and eager to learn.
- You are willing to pitch in where needed and can manage your time to provide support to a variety of different projects, with a variety of different tasks.
- You can familiarize yourself with the Ontario’s Digital and Data Directive, digital and data trends, and willingly embrace new ideas that put service users first to find the best solutions.
- You are eager to work in new ways and understand how technology and digital approaches can impact government service delivery and the changing demand for government services.
- You are collaborative by nature and have experience seeking knowledge from a variety of sources and perspectives.
- You believe diversity and inclusion help create the best conditions for people to achieve the best results. Good government services are built to support all users and diverse perspectives, ideas and opinions are essential to doing that.
Requirements of the job
- You must be enrolled in a co-operative education program approved by a college or university.
- You must be eligible to work in Canada.
- You must be available to work from a location within the province of Ontario.
Research and analysis
- You have a basic understanding of data analysis and visualization techniques with the ability to extract meaningful insights to inform decision making.
- You have strong research and analysis skills to develop evidence-based policy options.
- You are comfortable and experienced in conducting literature reviews and researching complex topics.
Subject matter expertise
- You have some knowledge of – or an interest in – how digital approaches and technologies (e.g. agile, people-centred design, service design, etc.) can be applied to the design, development and implementation of new forward-looking policy.
- You have an understanding of – or an interest in learning about – how bias in data can impact evidence-informed decision making.
- You have some knowledge of – or an interest in learning about – algorithmic bias and risks.
Collaboration and partnerships
- You can work as a part of a multidisciplinary team. This requires strong communication and collaboration skills to balance and mitigate tensions within team members as well as competing interests across a broad range of internal and external partners.
- You can develop and maintain strong partnerships with other parts of the OPS, other jurisdictions and external colleagues to share best practices and identify issues.
- You work in the open: sharing information, ideas, solutions and encouraging discussion.
- You work as part of a team, but can execute tasks thoroughly and independently.
- You take initiative and step up to support the team; no task is too big or small.
Why join the team
The policy and data teams at the ODS are an enthusiastic, supportive and collaborative group of individuals making government work better for people by delivering effective and simple digital services and products and having fun while doing it.
- work that makes an impact on people
- learning and development opportunities
- open and inclusive work environment
- flexible work arrangements
- Job title: Data co-op
- Area of government: Ontario Digital Service
- Location: Toronto, Ontario (currently remote)
- Salary: $669.57 - $892.75 weekly before tax, depending on work term
- Job term: Temporary, generally four months or eight months (January 2 - April 26, 2024)
- Hours of work: 36.25/week (Schedule 6)
How to apply
If you’re interested, send us an email with:
- Your cover letter and resume in one attached file
- Highlight your experience in data governance and ethical application of AI
Submit your application by email to ODS.Data.Talent@ontario.ca – put “Data co-op” as the subject line.
We’re accepting submissions until Friday, November 10th, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.
All applications will be kept on file, and considered for future roles. If you do not want us to keep you on file, please let us know in your application email. We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Inclusion and accessibility
The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer.
Accommodation is available under the Ontario Human Rights Code.
If you require a disability-related accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please let us know via email at ODS.Data.Talent@ontario.ca.