Program Advisor - Ottawa

Application deadline: January 29, 2018

Do you have a strong understanding of child development, pedagogy and the role of educators in supporting early learning?

If so, this is your opportunity to join the Ministry of Education and support the implementation and evaluation of early years programs and services that contribute to healthy child development in Ontario.

What can I expect to do in this role?

You will:

  • conduct site visits to inspect, evaluate and monitor child care operations for compliance with legislative requirements and ministry policies
  • identify corrective actions for identified issues
  • identify and address immediate health and safety issues
  • provide recommendations to enhance the quality of child care
  • investigate complaints and serious occurrences related to child care
  • liaise with community agencies and municipal services
  • serve as a technical resource for the public, potential licensees and agencies on licensing requirements and program information
  • when appropriate, participate in enforcement action
  • participate on projects and project committees

Location: Ottawa


How do I qualify?

Mandatory requirements:

  • You are proficient in English as well as advanced level oral and written French.
  • You have the ability to travel on a regular basis.

Knowledge of child development:

  • You have knowledge of child learning and development theories and best practices, including an understanding of the special needs of children with developmental and physical disabilities.
  • You have knowledge of child care programming and services available to families in the community.
  • You have the ability to interpret and apply child care legislation and regulations (e.g. the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014).

Analytical and problem-solving skills:

  • You have analytical skills to identify risks and situations of non-compliance.
  • You have problem-solving skills to develop corrective action plans based on identified risks and issues.
  • You have analytical skills to review operational information (budgets, receipts, etc.) and make recommendations regarding licensing approvals, renewals and revocations.

Communication and relationship management skills:

  • You have oral communication and presentation skills to explain technical information, legislative requirements and child care best practices to the parents, community groups and child care centre licensees.
  • You have interpersonal skills to promote and influence compliance with legislation and best practices.
  • You have relationship management skills to build and maintain collaborative working relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • You have written communication and computer skills (email, word processing, spreadsheet and database software) to prepare reports, education materials and various other documents.

Salary Range: $1,239.33 - $1,519.79 per week

Additional information:

  • 1 Bilingual Temporary, duration up to 12 months, 347 Preston St, Ottawa, East Region, General Screening Requirement


  • This ad is also available in French.
  • The successful candidate will be required to undergo a satisfactory criminal reference check prior to the commencement of employment.
  • In accordance with the Ontario Public Service Employment Screening Checks Policy, the top candidate(s) may be required to undergo a security screening check. Please refer to the Additional Information / Address section above to determine the screening checks that are required for this position.

You will be responsible for obtaining the criminal record check at your own expense and provide it, along with your written consent, to the Transition and Security Office (TSO), HR Service Delivery Division to evaluate the results. If applicable, the TSO, with your written consent, will request and obtain any additional screening checks as indicated in the Additional Information / Address section above that were not obtained directly by you. (Note: If a Vulnerable Sector Screening/Check is required, it must also be obtained in person at your local police service.)

A record under the Criminal Code and/or other federal offence record(s) does not automatically mean you will be ineligible for the position. The screening check(s) will only be reviewed and evaluated by the TSO for the purpose of making a security clearance decision. The details of an individual's screening check(s) will be considered in specific relation to the duties and responsibilities of the position being filled. Screening check records will be maintained by the TSO and kept strictly confidential.

Please apply online, only, at, quoting Job ID 118138, by Monday, January 29, 2018. 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 us at to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours. 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.

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