Executive Director, Strategic Policy

Executive Director, Strategic Policy

XM1 Senior Manager 1


Department of Sport, Culture and Heritage

Strategic Policy Branch, Culture and Sport Programs

Winnipeg MB

Advertisement Number: 37441

Salary(s):   XM1 $88,267.00 – $108,429.00 per year

Closing Date:   May 3, 2021

The Manitoba government recognizes the importance of building an exemplary public service reflective of the citizens it serves, where diverse abilities, backgrounds, cultures, identities, languages and perspectives drives a high standard of service and innovation. The Manitoba government supports equitable employment practices and promotes representation of designated groups (women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, visible minorities).

Employment Equity is a factor in selection for this competition. Consideration will be given to Indigenous people, visible minorities and persons with disabilities.

An eligibility list may be created for similar positions and will remain in effect for 12 months.

Our vision is to build a province where all Manitobans have rich opportunities to express themselves creatively, explore and understand our history, celebrate together in communities and access a wide array of powerful arts and cultural experiences – to be a province where culture is valued, recognized and supported for its contribution to individual, social and economic vitality. 

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Must provide and maintain a satisfactory Criminal Record Check


  • Post secondary education in public administration, an arts or management-related field.  An equivalent combination of other education, training and experience may be considered
  • Extensive experience working in the Culture sector
  • Experience leading the development, review and delivery of policy and programs
  • Proven ability as a leader with a commitment to create, support and sustain a diverse environment that enables staff to achieve results and to develop for the future
  • Demonstrated ability to leverage opportunities for innovation, find creative solutions to issues, and successfully manage change
  • Management experience with responsibility for human and financial resources
  • Experience translating strategic priorities into clear operational and business plans, and experience with strategic performance management and measurement systems (e.g. Key Performance Indicators, Balanced Scorecards)
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with experience managing internal and external stakeholder relationships
  • Political acumen demonstrated through experience providing strategic advice to senior leaders on complex topics and sensitive issues
  • Strong financial acumen with experience in budgeting and financial management
  • Experience providing leadership and direction in the design and implementation of legislation, policies and programs
  • Experience building relationships with Indigenous people and implementing the principles of reconciliation

As a member of the department’s management team, the Executive Director is responsible to lead and manage the Strategic Policy Branch, provide advice and support to the Assistant Deputy Minister. The position leads the Poilicy Branch, which is responsible for providing direction and expertise in various areas including strategic planning, policy and program development, risk management, change management, public engagement and coordination of intra- and inter-departmental work. This branch is the division’s primary resource for research and analysis to support progress on the division’s objectives, measurement of that progress and evidence-based decision-making.

The position oversees the implementation and application of the Public Libraries Act, the Manitoba Multiculturalism Act and the Combative Sports Act, and leads the design, implementation, delivery and evaluation of policies and programs within the context of the Cultural Policy and Action Plan.

Apply to:

Advertisement # 37441

Service Centre 4

Human Resource Services

600-259 Portage Avenue

Winnipeg, MB , R3B 2A9

Phone:  204-945-7518

Fax: 204-945-0601

Applicants may request reasonable accommodation related to the materials or activities used throughout the selection process. When applying to this position, please indicate the advertisement number and position title in the subject line and/or body of your email. Your cover letter, resumé and/or application must clearly indicate how you meet the qualifications.

Please be advised that job competitions may be grieved and appealed. Should a selection grievance be filed, information from the competition file will be provided to the grievor’s representative or the grievor, if unrepresented. Personal information irrelevant to the grievance and other information protected under legislation will be redacted.

We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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