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Director, Early Learning and Child Care

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This employment opportunity is restricted to Government of Nunavut employees residing in Iqaluit only.
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$111,566 - $159,380
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Closing Date: 
Friday, December 3, 2021 - 11:59pm

This employment opportunity is restricted to Government of Nunavut employees residing in Iqaluit only.

Reporting to the Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM), Education Programs, the Director, Early Learning and Child Care (Director) is accountable for the leadership, oversight, administration, and management of the programs and services provided by the Early Learning & Child Care Division and ensuring the mandate of the Division is met in the most efficient and effective way possible. The Director supports the Department in the application of its Project Management Process Administrative Directive and participates in both departmental, government and intergovernmental committees (as and when required) that pertain to the activities of the Division and / or the Department as a whole.

The incumbent leads, manages, and is accountable for the following broad areas which are critical to facilitating / enabling the Department to be responsive to its mandate and commitments. This position works within the Government of Nunavut’s Legislative and Policy framework(s) and carries out its responsibilities in accordance with Government Nunavut Acts, regulations, policies departmental procedures and directives most critically the Nunavut Agreement and Inuit Language Protection Act.

The Director is responsible and accountable for:

  • Contributing to the planning of strategic initiatives designed to improve the delivery of Education programs across the Territory.
  • Providing strategic insight / input / advice to the senior management team on the status of early learning and childcare incentive programs, programs, and facilities in Nunavut.
  • Establishing priorities, goals, objectives, and indicators for the Early Learning & Child Care Division.
  • Overseeing the drafting of policy directives and guidelines for program and service delivery and resource development.
  • Performing general supervisory tasks and associated mentorship / on-the-job coaching support at regular intervals.

The knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this job are to successfully respond to the requirements of this position would normally be acquired through a (at a minimum): Master’s Degree in Public, Business Administration, or another applicable field; minimum five (5) years of experience in a management/supervisory role. A minimum of three (3) years of experience in program planning and development, preferably in an Early Childhood setting and experience with project management, program implementation, and evaluation is also required. Knowledge of research design and methodologies is seen as an asset.

This is a Highly Sensitive Position and a satisfactory Criminal Record Check, along with a clear Vulnerable Sector Check is required.

The Official Languages of Nunavut are Inuktut, English and French. Applicants may submit their resume in any of the official languages of Nunavut. Fluency in more than one of Nunavut’s official languages would be considered an asset. Knowledge of Inuit communities, culture, land, Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, Inuktut and experience working in a northern cross-cultural environment are also considered assets.

Acceptable combinations of education and experience may be considered for this position. We encourage you to apply if you have equivalent years of education and/or experience equal to the education and experience requirements listed above.

An eligibility list may be created to fill future vacancies

If you are interested in applying for this job, please email your cover letter and resume to Please include the REFERENCE # in the subject line of your email.

  • The Government of Nunavut is committed to creating a representative workforce, therefore priority will be given to Nunavut Inuit who self-identify as being enrolled under the Nunavut Agreement in accordance with the Priority Hiring Policy.
  • Government of Nunavut employees serving a probationary period must obtain and provide written authorization from the deputy head of their employing department. The authorization from the deputy head must accompany your application for your application to be considered. 
  • Possession of a criminal record may not disqualify candidates from being considered. An assessment of the criminal record will be measured against the scope and duties of the position. This is only a requirement for positions that require a satisfactory criminal record or vulnerable sector check. 
  • Applicants may submit their resume in any of the Official Languages of Nunavut.
  • Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
  • The onus is on candidates in receipt of foreign post-secondary education credentials to have their foreign credentials assessed through a recognized Canadian education institution.  Failure to do so may result in the rejection of their application. 


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