Assistant Deputy Minister - Operations

Reporting to the Deputy Minister and part of the Executive Team, the Assistant Deputy Minister – Operations is focused on the delivery of the Ministry’s occupational health and safety Mission Zero vision, operations and maintenance services for highways, bridges, airports, and  ferries.  You are the public face of the Ministry with responsibility for front-line staff who maintain and operate transportation infrastructure.  Travel and extensive interaction with various stakeholders is required in this role to ensure the smooth delivery of operations and services.  Providing advice and direction on all aspects of the annual and long range plans for upgrading, operating, and preserving provincial highways, airports and bridges; your input is critical to ensuring the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure meets its objectives.


An integral part of Saskatchewan’s Plan for Growth, the mission of the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure is to optimize the role of transportation as it relates to the economic and social development of Saskatchewan. Consistent with the transportation policy objectives of the government, the Ministry is focused on investing in safe and sustainable transportation infrastructure to help ensure the growth of the Saskatchewan economy.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide strong strategic leadership to a large contingent of front-line crews who are responsible for maintenance and operation of all provincial highways, airports, bridges and ferries.
  • Provide strategic leadership to fleet services who are responsible for the procurement, maintenance and repair of the ministry’s fleet.
  • Represent the Ministry as the Safety Champion promoting zero deaths, zero injuries and zero pain and suffering.
  • Promote and encourage a culture of service excellence as it relates to clients and stakeholders.
  • Lead and manage Ministry programs to be effective and responsive in implementing strategies that address client needs and align with government policy.
  • Manage fiscal and human resources to ensure effective use of resources in meeting Ministry plan objectives.
  • Provide strategic options, advice, recommendations and perspectives to the Deputy Minister on functions, activities and issues.
  • Provide collaboration and support to the Deputy Ministry on cross-Ministry initiatives.
  • Represent the Ministry and Province on various committees and task forces to provide input and perspectives on program initiatives.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with external organizations, including open and consultative relationships with clients and stakeholders.
  • Take a strategic approach on opportunities for innovation and find creative solutions to issues.
  • Support and sustain an environment that enables staff to achieve results and develop and build organizational capacity for the future.
  • Encourage new approaches and question existing ones to ensure that efficient and effective outcomes are achieved.


Qualifications & Experience:

  • Post-secondary education in a related area or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required. 
  • Previous responsibility managing large crews ideally in an industrial setting such as construction, maintenance or manufacturing production.
  • Demonstrated experience in providing advice and direction on implementing various legislation, policies and programs.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of utilizing influence, networks, and complex information to anticipate impact of decisions, solve problems, and advance opportunities.
  • Strong political acumen skills, demonstrated through experience providing strategic advice to senior leaders and officials on politically sensitive issues.
  • Several years’ experience in preparing large and complex budgets complimented with knowledge of government protocol and the estimates process.
  • Thorough knowledge of strategic issues, public expectations related to highways in Saskatchewan and legislation and policy affecting transportation in the Province.
  • Proven track record in driving strategic initiatives; recognized as innovative, a change agent and true influencer.
  • An excellent leader and people person with several years’ experience in managing a large complement of staff. Extensive knowledge of human resource management and planning.
  • Strong business acumen and an appreciation for policy and how it drives government business.
  • Strong verbal communication skills, demonstrated ability to communicate to all levels of the organization and external stakeholders, whether in the office or out in the field. 
  • Ability to work within a unionized environment with an understanding of collective bargaining.
  • Highly organized with the ability to manage multiple priorities and meet a variety of deadlines.
  • Proven track record in sound decision making within tight timeframes.
  • A professional designation would be an asset.


Just some of the benefits of working for the Government of Saskatchewan:

  • Employee recognition programs
  • Pension and Insured Benefits
  • Payment of Professional Fees
  • Be an integral part of moving the growth plan forward
  • Giving back to the community through public contribution


About the Government of Saskatchewan:

The Government of Saskatchewan’s vision is to be “The Best Public Service in Canada” and their Public Service Renewal initiative is evidence of this commitment. Dedicated to service excellence, innovation, collaboration and transparency, effective and accountable use of resources and promoting engagement and leadership at all levels, the Government of Saskatchewan is truly an exciting place to work. The public service is one of the largest employers in Saskatchewan – employing approximately 10,000 people year-round and offers dynamic, challenging work for talented individuals.


Be part of a values-based “One Team” corporate culture comprised of 10,000 employees focused on continuous improvement, guided by lean initiatives, and committed to excellence.  Experience a new corporate culture and be part of the change that is driving Saskatchewan, as an integral part of Saskatchewan’s Plan for Growth.


How to Apply:

Please apply online by emailing your resume in confidence to Annette Kohut at akohut@peoplefirsthr.comAny questions regarding this opportunity may be directed to Karin Pooley, Vice President of Recruitment & Executive Search at (204) 940-3939.