Deputy Attorney General

As the most senior executive legal counsel in the Ontario Public Service, the Deputy Attorney General leads the Ministry of the Attorney General which is responsible for providing a fair and accessible justice system which reflects the needs of the diverse communities it serves across government and the province. It strives to manage the justice system in an equitable, affordable and accessible way throughout the province.

The Ministry delivers and administers a wide range of justice services including:

  • administering approximately 146 statutes;
  • conducting criminal proceedings throughout Ontario (The ministry protects community and personal safety through timely, fair and effective prosecution of offences across the province. Nearly 1000 Crown attorneys prosecute approximately 600,000 charges each year);
  • supporting victims throughout the Criminal Justice System (The ministry is committed to a justice system that responds to the needs of victims of crime and gives victims a stronger voice. The ministry provides or supports services for victims of crime through community-based initiatives such as the Victim Crisis and Referral Service (VCARS), the court-based Victim/Witness Assistance Program (V/WAP) and Crown attorneys involved with victims and witnesses in preparing cases);
  • providing legal advice to, and conducting litigation on behalf of, all government ministries and many agencies, boards and tribunals;
  • providing advice on, and drafting, all legislation and regulations; and
  • coordinating and administering court services throughout Ontario (The ministry provides a range of services that support Ontario’s family, civil and criminal courts. More than 250 court offices around the province serve the public, litigants, judges, lawyers, Crown attorneys and police).

The Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee, the Children’s Lawyer (formerly called the Official Guardian), and the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) all fall within MAG’s responsibilities. The Ministry also funds Legal Aid Ontario which is administered by an independent Board.

Reporting to the Secretary of the Cabinet, as a trusted advisor, the Deputy Attorney General’s role is to provide strategic advice to enable informed policy and program decisions. In this critical leadership role and as a member of the executive team of the Ontario Public Service, the Deputy Attorney General will:

    • Be a visionary:  by transforming the future of the Ministry through the development of annual and longer-term business plans and change strategies in an environment of changing demographics, advances in technology, digital government, competitive markets and budget pressures.
    • Champion service excellence:  by creating a culture that builds commitment to excellence in the Ministry/OPS and takes accountability to deliver results using diverse capabilities of OPS employees.
    • Model inclusive leadership:  by providing direction for the achievement of OPS and Ministry business goals and priorities through values-based leadership and modeling extraordinary public service leadership and values to help promote inclusion and diversity.


  • Enhance partnerships:  by promoting an integrated and collaborative approach and by fostering strong relationships with external and internal stakeholders.


  • Be responsive:  by addressing changing needs and directions quickly, being resilient and able to adapt to shifting priorities while balancing between delivery and people leadership.


How do I qualify?

Senior Leadership

  • You are a proven change leader versed in organizational transformation with the demonstrated ability to deliver results in a complex and constantly changing environment.
  • You have exceptional executive experience leading senior executive teams to deliver results in a complex, customer facing organizational environment.
  • You are an inspirational and inclusive leader with a distinguished record of accomplishment in a related sector and have demonstrated experience in coaching and developing leaders to cultivate growth
  • You have successfully fostered organizational cultures that are diverse, inclusive and accessible.


Strategic Policy, Planning and Decision Making

  • You have exceptional executive experience with policy development, strategic planning, financial and resource management utilizing a solutions-oriented approach
  • You have led business operations in new directions with awareness and management of risk.
  • You can anticipate new directions, issues and trends and provide advice to establish organizational policies, programs and priorities to meet the expectations of various stakeholders.
  • You have a solid understanding of MAG issues, challenges and opportunities to help guide the creation and implementation of leading edge strategies, policies and programs.  


Relationship Management and Communication


  • You are a sophisticated communicator with the ability to effectively engage in complex and multiple stakeholder negotiations and influence peers, stakeholders and decision-makers.
  • You have superior communication skills and can effectively lead by example, gaining consensus and motivating people to action.
  • You have proven ability to foster collaborative relationships with partners across sectors and jurisdictions
  • You have highly developed relationship building skills to develop and sustain effective partnerships with sector stakeholders, government officials, communities across the province including Indigenous communities and the private sector.
  • You act with integrity and are self-aware of your impact on people and organizations.


The successful candidate must be a person licensed by the Law Society to practise law as a barrister and solicitor in Ontario.


Security Clearance Requirement: CPIC Check

Post Ad:  July 2, 2017

Review of applications will begin on August 1, 2017.

To be considered, please submit your resume and related information in confidence to Boyden Global Executive Search at

The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer.

Accommodation is available under the Ontario Human Rights Code.


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