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Join The Ontario Digital Service (ODS) to design and deliver the future of government services.

People are at the heart of our mission to ensure that the government works for everyone. Be a part of an impactful public service and help improve the lives of over 14 million people of Ontario, through our work using modern design, data and technology tools and practices.

Help us scale impact across the public sector, tackling some of the most important challenges of our time. We work in an agile multidisciplinary, inclusive, collaborative team.

The Opportunity

As an Engineering Lead at the Ontario Digital Service you will be presented with the opportunity to support digital transformation of top government priorities. You will be part of a multi-disciplinary, high-impact team that fosters digital transformation within government while using user-centric design strategies and new technology trends. We are looking for people with a proven background and hands-on experience in leading complex IT solutions.

The ideal candidate should have exceptional hands-on experience in all aspects of leading software development life cycle, architecting, coding and delivering digital products

Please note: These positions are located in Toronto, however alternate work arrangements are available.

What can I expect to do in this role?

As an Engineering Lead, you will:

  • Lead the delivery of user-centric solution design, development and implementation of cost-effective, high-performing, reliable and simple to use IT solutions.
  • Have a unique opportunity to contribute in delivery of the top digital government priorities that have a high impact on lives of the people of Ontario.
  • Build technical roadmaps for ambitious enterprise-level product visions by identifying priorities and opportunities for alignment while managing technical debt.
  • Research new technology trends and develop proof of concept.
  • Provide guidance to cross-functional, agile teams in solution development and modern web frameworks related to open source technology solutions that ensure our solutions are available anytime, anywhere and on any device.
  • Be a pioneer for the development and implementation of forward-thinking standards and technologies to support transforming the digital experience for Ontarians interacting with the government.
  • Provide guidance in problem-solving that involves people, tech, and processes using logic and common sense.

Your impact

You will:

  • Have the opportunity to support digital transformation of top government priorities.
  • Create a safe, open, and accessible environment where debate is encouraged and opinions are respected to facilitate consensus in decision making.
  • Enable teams to own their work while ensuring responsibility and deadlines are clear.
  • Develop strategies and resolve issues focusing on user needs and data to reveal solutions.
  • Remove barriers to the team's progress, ensuring teams are comfortable with failure as they iterate, demonstrate, learn, and grow together.

How do I qualify?

What you bring to the team

  • You possess proven technical skills and expertise and are not afraid to communicate new ideas and guide the product strategy.
  • You are proactive, take initiative and thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative, empowered work environment.
  • You possess exceptional analytical thinking needed for fast problem resolution of technical nature.
  • You have experience negotiating and influencing others by persuasion rather than authority.
  • You are committed to sustaining the culture of equality, diversity and inclusion where teams are supported to achieve the best results for everyone to advance and thrive.

Architecture and design

  • You have solid understanding of modern architectural standards for cloud-based solutions.
  • You have demonstrated experience designing modern architectural patterns to support delivery of complex large-scale IT solutions that are stable, secure, responsive, and scalable.
  • You have proven experience applying software engineering best practices and architectural principles to product delivery using emerging delivery methodologies.
  • You have experience conducting feasibility studies, reviewing new application system architecture or re-engineering legacy systems or enterprise level platforms.
  • You can develop architectural solutions to meet complex, multi-year plans, spanning multiple internal/external stakeholders and broadly defined business objectives.
  • You can resolve significant integration and technical issues to address multiple systems/applications linkages, interdependencies and impacts where requirements are not initially clear.
  • You can research and recommend innovative systems solution alternatives and integration strategies.
  • You can develop appropriate performance measures that are adaptive and responsive to address the continuous introduction of new and emerging technologies, use of unfamiliar or unproven technology, broadly defined or undefined business and systems requirements.

Technology knowledge

  • You have knowledge of and hands-on experience with open source technologies, mobile development and databases.
  • You have knowledge, and hands-on experience implementing IT solutions and working with variety of modern JavaScript-based technologies (React, Node.js, etc.), MERN stack and semantic accessible languages (HTML5, CSS/SCSS).
  • You have written automated test scripts for unit, integration, end-to-end, cross-browser, device, and accessibility testing.
  • You have knowledge of common authentication technologies, browser-based security controls and standard web application security tools.
  • You have experience with code version control systems (e.g. Git), DevOps practices, cloud delivery / deployment models, virtualization, and container solutions (e.g. docker, Kubernetes).
  • You have advanced knowledge and understanding of best practices for developing web-based applications that meet the AODA compliance standards.
  • You have expertise in architecture with superior knowledge in Technical, Application design, implementation, deployments, technology strategies, policies, plans, current and emerging architecture principles.
  • You have knowledge of technical security and product management best practices.
  • You have knowledge of current industry standards and practices particularly to architect, automate and integrate the processes that would enable teams to build, test and release product's features faster (e.g such as Git, CI/CD, and others).
  • You are seasoned in analysing systems requirements, architecting, designing and implementing IT solutions that conform to IT standards and best practices.
  • You have designed and built complex API driven solutions and transactional systems for enterprise-wide solutions.
  • You have designed and built complex and effective UI design, accessibility, web standards, and design systems.

Leadership and organizational skills

  • You have led by example via taking ownership, writing code, being proactive and advocating for a collaborative environment.
  • You have steered teams on large scale, complex enterprise IT projects and initiatives with high levels of autonomy.
  • You have experience providing mentorship, and guiding the work of team members/colleagues.
  • You foster a culture of ownership and technical excellence.
  • You can provide guidance and training to the development teams in all aspects of platform or product design and delivery.
  • You can provide technical leadership and guidance to the teams and partners; schedule activities and explain/document procedures related to the solution architecture and integrations.
  • You can establish effective working relationships, obtain buy-in for systems development, promote systems to partners, senior management and stakeholders.
  • You can lead planning, walk throughs and status meetings and similar briefing activities.
  • You have mentored and led software developers and lead developers with the goal to improve their design and development skills.
  • You are able to articulate methods for build/buy decisions on project components, identify common IT risks and address them with contingency plans and backup options.
  • You energize and motivate the team by recognizing successes and learning from past failures.

Project and digital expertise

  • You have proven judgement and prioritization skills to supervise developers and perform code reviews/quality assurance activities.
  • You can define technical approaches to understand the user story, breakdown the tasks and guide others in doing so.
  • You have demonstrated the ability to get buy-in from a team to implement new and improved ways of doing things.
  • You have championed technology expertise around product development, shared best practices and tools with your peers across the organization, collaborated and shared insights and opinions with other developers, and shared lessons learned from your work with peers and leaders to help guide your approach to digital transformation.
  • You thrive on feedback and are comfortable transforming ideas generated through user research and data to create a better user experience.
  • You have worked closely with agile product teams in planning product design and development, assist in formulating product strategy, building a technology roadmap and setting timelines.
  • You can encourage participation in the systems design process.
  • You can negotiate service agreements with client management and other technology groups to minimize delivery issues and exceed service expectations.
  • You can provide advice and recommendations regarding most effective implementation strategies.


  • You can work in a multi-disciplinary team environment to sell your ideas to colleagues, both technical and non-technical.
  • You are adept at navigating complex issues, handling partners and stakeholder interactions.
  • You have worked with partners to establish relationships with their security, operations, and IT teams.
  • You have guided enterprise-level technical, business and people-related initiatives that improved productivity, performance and quality.
  • You have developed processes to improve the efficiency of teams and taken steps to help others resolve the conflict and maintain trusting relationships.
  • You can consult with multiple stakeholders and clients to advise on technical issues.
  • You can facilitate discussions among stakeholders with different interests.
  • You can present technology strategies and solutions to management.
  • You can advise regarding approaches to complex system or platform issues.
  • You can deliver presentations to clients and stakeholders.

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

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

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.

Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.

We offer 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.

Job details

  • Job title: Engineering Lead
  • Job ID: 170596
  • Organization: Ministry of Finance
  • Division: Ontario Digital Service / Technology Chapter
  • Location: 595 Bay Street, Toronto, Toronto region or any city, anywhere in Ontario
  • Salary: $80,595.00 - $117,142.00 Per Year
  • Job term: 2 Temporary, duration up to 12 months, 595 Bay St, Toronto, Toronto Region
  • Schedule: 6
  • Compensation group: Association of Management, Administrative and Professional Crown Employees of Ontario
  • Job code: 7A003 - InformationTechnology07

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How to apply

  • You must apply online.
  • Your cover letter and resume combined should not exceed five (5) pages. For tips and tools on how to write a concise cover letter and resume, review the writing a cover letter and resume: tips, tools and resources.
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We’re accepting submissions until Tuesday, December 7, 2021 11:59 pm EDT.
Late applications will not be accepted.

All external applicants (including former employees of the Ontario Public Service) applying to a competition in a ministry or Commission public body must disclose (either in the cover letter or resume) previous employment with the Ontario Public Service. Disclosure must include positions held, dates of employment and any active restrictions as applicable from being rehired by the Ontario Public Service. Active restrictions can include time and/or ministry-specific restrictions currently in force, and may preclude a former employee from being offered a position with the Ontario Public Service for a specific time period (e.g. one year), or from being offered a position with a specific ministry (either for a pre-determined time period or indefinitely). The circumstances around an employee's exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment.

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