Ministry of Education: Senior Enterprise Project Lead

November 6, 2008

The Ministry of Education is looking for a Senior Enterprise Project Lead:

In this challenging role, you will: plan, co-ordinate and control multiple concurrent projects and enterprise initiatives that address major business needs of client ministries and agency program areas; provide leadership and technical expertise in identifying solutions and deliverables, implementation of common approaches, technologies and standards; manage the development of comprehensive, integrated and detailed master project plans; monitor and track detailed technical aspects of projects and providing project management expertise, advice and guidance to clients; monitor deliverables for contract compliance; prepare Request for Services, Request for Proposals, and Request for Quotations, (RFSs, RFPs and RFQs), and evaluate proposals.

The Good
A senior role in the public sector in a visible organization — the Ontario Government.  A stable employer going into a downturn of unknown length and severity.  Working in the public sector gives you the opportunity to focus on helping your fellow citizens rather than maximizing profit.

The Bad
It sounds like you’re going to spend more time working with proposals than working with technology. 

What’s Missing
What projects would you be leading?  Are you going to be doing actual implementation work, or just making sure that it gets done?  Are you working with an in-house development team, or just working with vendors?  What’s the local organizational structure in which you’d find yourself?  What are your near-term goals?  If you’re working with local teams, what are their sizes and compositions?

Your mileage may vary when it comes to working in the public sector, and even though this sounds more  hands-on than the Manager, Applications and Business Services Office at the Ministry of Transportation, it still doesn’t sound like a really hands-on technical role. 

In Summary
If a senior role working for the Ontario government sounds appealing, then perhaps this is your gig.


Ministry of Transportation: Manager, Applications and Business Solutions Office

November 6, 2008

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation is looking for a Manager, Applications and Business Solutions Office:

You will: lead the analysis of Ministry business systems and define client requirements; lead and manage multiple, long range systems for development and maintenance projects; direct project planning, develop Request For Proposals (RFPs) and develop performance measures; provide regular updates to program management and clients; coordinate projects within the division, ministry and across ministries and/or with industry; direct the development, review and approval of systems design for projects involving the application and implementation of new and innovative technologies and methods; coordinate market research to identify and evaluate innovative technology trends, productivity tools and methods; develop partnerships with clients, other ministries and jurisdictions and inter-disciplinary colleagues.

The Good
It’s a senior role in a visible organization — the Ontario government.  Although I don’t know the specifics, it’s likely that the pay is below average for a particular role but that the compensation is made up for in other ways, like what might be a good pension plan, and a stable employer.  That said, the pay range suggested for this particular role doesn’t seem horribly substandard, and the government is a good employer during a downturn. 

The Bad
It sounds to me like the Ministry of Transportation outsources a lot of the development work.  In my experience, this tends to lead to adverserial relationships and problems, but perhaps the Ministry of Transportation is better at it than organizations with which I’ve previously worked, or perhaps the outsourcing side is over-emphasized.   It’s something to think about and talk about.  It’s also true sometimes that the desire for transparent, repeatable, arguable processes results in governments being somewhat slow-moving.

What’s Missing?
What are the projects you’d be managing?  Who do you report to, and who are you managing?  What’s the mix of internal development resources and external consultants?  What kind of relationship have they built up with their vendors?  What would be your near-term goals?  What technologies are being employed on these projects?

Not everyone wants to work in the public sector.  Not everyone wants a role that isn’t very hands-on.   If you’d rather something more hands on, perhaps you want to look into the Senior Enterprise Project Lead position which follows.

In Summary
If you’d like a senior, visible role in the public sector, a reasonably well-paid managerial role in the Ontario Ministry of Transportation seems like it could be a good fit.

Little Bites: ‘Teach’ Lead, Sapient, Rails, Police

April 22, 2008

Agilon puts a lot of effort into their job postings.  For instance, they’re looking for a Teach Lead in TorontoUS, ON, CA which is apparently another way to say ‘Detroit, MI’.

Sapient is always looking for people in Toronto, it seems.  They’re still looking for a Solutions Architect and a Manager, Technology, both of whom should apparently be open to frequent overnight travel.

Someone is looking for Rails developers with PHP experience in Toronto.  If I had to guess, I’d say this sounds like Avid Life Media still.

Being a senior developer for the Toronto Police sounds like an odd but possibly interesting experience in its own way.  Unfortunately, it’s public-sector, so senior developer means $70-$80k here.

Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion: Chief Information Officer

April 21, 2008

The Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (OAHPP) is looking for a Chief Information Officer via Knightsbridge:

The Chief Information Officer (CIO) is an essential position within the Ontario Agency for Health Protection & Promotion with a significant information technology mandate. It is responsible for leading the creation and maintenance of the physical information-systems architecture to support the Agency’s operations.

The CIO has an expert understanding of information technology and systems and their multi-site configuration for medium-large sized high-reliability organizations (HROs), industry-specific knowledge in public health and laboratory-information systems, managing information projects from conception to execution to support organizations’ performance-reporting and operating information needs, and advancing organizations’ information systems capabilities.

If you’re willing to read through the not-so-subtle marketing, the agency is:

[A] cornerstone of the Ontario government’s intricate and bold plan for public health renewal in Ontario. Established by special legislation with an independent Board of Directors, it has a mandate to protect and promote the health of all Ontarians.

The Agency will serve as a hub, linking researchers, practitioners and front-line health care workers to the best scientific intelligence from around the world. Putting science into practice, it has a broad mandate that includes infectious disease prevention and control, health promotion, chronic disease and injury prevention, and occupational and environmental health. The Agency will conduct original research, and with a highly effective transfer of knowledge, will ensure timely advice and best practices as well as on-going professional development.

The Good
Public-sector work for health, seems worthwhile.  It’s a new government agency, so it hasn’t had a chance to get all screwed up by successive governments monkeying around with it for years.  It’s a pretty senior role, and probably a formative one due to the newness of the agency.

The Bad
It’s public-sector, so that typically means the salary’s lower than a comparative private-sector job, although the compensation as a whole often makes up in other ways.

There isn’t a ton of information.  What’s the location, the compensation, the work?

In Summary
If you’ve got the background, the interest and the skill-set to be CIO for OAHPP, this might not be an opportunity that comes around every day.

Canadian Air Transport Security Authority: VP/CTO

April 18, 2008

The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) is looking for a vice-president/cto.  Although they have a workopolis posting, that’s just a teaser leading to the website, where you have to dig about to find the actual job posting.  This is not a good start.

Very senior position in a public (government) and public (visible) organization.  It may be true that the equivalent private-sector job would be more highly paid, the public-sector version is still nothing to complain about, with $160k-$190k salary.

It is, however, in Ottawa, so I won’t go into more detail; those of you who are interested can follow the links above.