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Digital is hiring!

Hi, I’m Amy and one of my jobs as Assistant Director of Ontario.ca, the government’s flagship website, is to uncover super-smart, wicked-skilled tech people, often in hard-to-find places, and invite them to work with us on a one-of-a-kind team that designs and builds the best online experience for people across this province.

I start with a simple, but fundamental question: do you care about making government services simpler, faster and better?

If you do, can I tell you about some jobs you may not know you want — yet?

Full disclosure: I never had “public service” as a career goal. I started my career in Silicon Valley, programming java for a B2B eCommerce startup. I was a technical Business Analyst for a leading web design agency in Alberta, working with some pretty cool clients. I started a retail business and wrote a few knitting books.

When my wife and I decided to move to Ontario, I applied for this “government job” a bit on a whim, not knowing it would be my dream job. I got hooked on the team, the passion to improve how Ontarians interact with their government.

That was 9 years ago.

What we do

Government made simpler, that’s Digital.

Consider Ontario.ca — our government’s core web platform — the heart of Digital. Literally millions of people visit the site each week to find information, learn about a new program or get something done with government. We are the front-door into government information and services — our goal is to greet you with respect, grace and simplicity.

To do this, we:

  1. work with teams across and outside government to unpack complex problems
  2. work fast and fun, in cutting-edge technologies
  3. have the stability of an enterprise organization with the agility (and sense of humour) of a start-up
  4. encourage team members to experiment, try new things, learn and prototype
  5. thrive on turning something that didn’t work into something that does.
Members of the Ontario.ca team at work. Photo: Jennifer Lee.

Who we are

Our people hail from all walks of life. No two people are the same. We are technologists, programmers, philosophers, artists, anthropologists, designers, data nerds, bureaucracy hackers, cat lovers, dog lovers, big thinkers, rebels, dreamers, learners, parents and kids at heart.

I don’t mind bragging that our team is among the most clever, passionate and creative in the digital business. I’m incredibly proud of the work we do, every day.

Our values

A lot could be said about what makes a great digital team. Ours is:

  • Deliberate about diversity — of people and perspective
  • Self-organizing and collaborative
  • Radically open
  • Creative and expressive
  • Unconventional
  • Driven to seek, learn, do, help, create, build and execute

Why choose government

The Ontario Public Service is where you come to make a meaningful difference in the lives of people across this province. We exist to serve the public. But this isn’t the government you think you know.

Our workplace is fast-paced, lively and (dare I say) fun!

Our technology is on par with the best in the business as we look to industry leaders like Google, Facebook, Twitter and Amazon.

Plus, we offer a slew of best-in-class benefits that allow you to take care of yourself and your family.

Members of the Ontario.ca team at work. Photo: Matthew Gray

An offer in 21 days

With these job postings, we’re kicking off a new way of hiring. To make the process more open and transparent, we’ve published it online at ontario.ca/digitaljobs. We’re also testing a new standard to help improve the overall experience for candidates.

Our goal: to make an offer within 21 days (once an application window closes).

For those of you not familiar with the usual process, if this works, it will cut down the recruitment time by half, helping our hiring managers get great people in the door, sooner. We hope it helps connect our opportunities with the best talent, and we hope it feels more like us: agile, responsive and human-focused.

Job openings

Currently, we’re focusing on hiring for three key technical roles to support our platform’s stability and growth.

Web Editor: help make it easier for people to interact with government by building and publishing content on Ontario.ca.

Senior DevOps: build and maintain cloud environments that make it possible for the team to deliver high-quality digital products.

Application Architect: bring your expertise in modern web and open source technologies to help us lay the technology foundation for how government delivers Ontario.ca.

Find out more and apply at Ontario.ca/digitaljobs.

Spread the word

We’re always looking for great people to join the team. If you know of someone who is curious, tenacious and amazing, please let us know. More jobs will be posted in the coming weeks.

Have you applied yet?

Amy Swenson is the Assistant Director of Ontario.ca. She is passionate about public service, user-focused design, web technologies, and using wOBA as a measure of a hitter’s true ability.