Director, Strategic Policy

Full-time @The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) in Government
  • Post Date : November 23, 2022
  • Apply Before : December 9, 2022
  • Salary: $120.74 - $150.93 / Yearly
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  • Job ID 19184

Job Description

Are you a seasoned leader who is passionate about public policy and ready to tackle complex regulatory policy issues? Do you enjoy creative problem-solving, teamwork and working collaboratively across an organization to address policy and program issues? Are you interested in continuing to foster a strong workplace culture, which is centred on the principles of innovation, inclusion, diversity, accessibility, trust, accountability, service excellence, and a digital-first mindset? If you answered yes to all these questions, then we want to hear from you.

The Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is a dynamic and inclusive employer, providing a progressive learning and coaching environment within a hybrid work model. It prioritizes the empowerment and growth of its people, while fostering a strong culture of trust that is guided by the values of respect, public interest, innovation, accountability and integrity. Its people-first focus is about shaping and transforming the AGCO into a modern employer for the 21st century, centred on individuals, leadership, culture, and being nimble, responsive, flexible and outcomes-based to support its role as a modern regulator.

The AGCO is responsible for regulating the alcohol, gaming (i.e., internet gaming, casinos, lottery and charitable gaming), horse racing and private cannabis retail sectors in accordance with the principles of honesty and integrity, and in the public interest. The industries that the AGCO regulates are subject to constant change from a social, economic, political and legal standpoint. It is in this context that you will be tasked with providing strategic advice and support to the Chief Strategy Officer, C-Suite and senior management on a wide range of complex and politically sensitive regulatory policy issues.

Reporting to the Chief Strategy Officer, as the Director, Strategic Policy, you will:

  • Lead a high-performing team and work closely with senior management in prioritizing and setting the agency’s regulatory policy agenda
  • Be responsible for the development of Registrar’s Standards along with the analysis of strategic policy options and recommendations to inform decision-making and ensure the alcohol, gaming, horse racing and cannabis retail sectors in Ontario continue to be regulated in the public interest
  • Be required to support and foster relationships within the agency, throughout government and with industry stakeholders to facilitate the development of effective policy initiatives.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Exceptional collaborative, flexible and progressive leadership skills with outstanding political and strategic acuity and communication skills
  • Keen ability to work in partnership with diverse internal and external stakeholders, and build productive relationships
  • Strong ability to work in a fast-paced, complex and ever-changing environment, managing several diverse and concurrent projects at the same time
  • Demonstrated experience with public policy processes and knowledge of government
  • Well-developed, insightful and sound decision-making in complex situations and environments
  • Adeptness at navigating legislation and regulatory frameworks
  • Knowledge of the AGCO’s governing legislation (Liquor Licence Act, Gaming Control Act, Cannabis Licence Act, Horse Racing Licence Act and Registrar’s Standards, rules, policies and procedures) considered an asset.

The successful candidate must be eligible to work in Canada and will be subject to a criminal background check.

To apply to this vacancy, please submit your application online at our Careers Webpage, located at, by Friday, December 9, 2022.

The AGCO is an inclusive and equal opportunity employer.

The AGCO/iGO has the responsibility to lead by example in advancing racial equity and to build a diverse, inclusive, accessible and respectful workplace where every employee has a voice and the opportunity to fully contribute. To this effect, you are encouraged to reflect upon the diversity you would bring to the role within your application including, but not limited to, individuals identifying with one or more of the under-represented groups identified within Ontario’s Human Rights Code.

Disability-related accommodation during the recruitment process is available upon request.

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