Government of Saskatchewan

Assistant Deputy Minister Opportunities (BB-9541A)

Found in: Talent CA


Building a Stronger Saskatchewan

The Government of Saskatchewan is committed to build a better quality of life for Saskatchewan people, to build strong communities and strong families, and grow a stronger Saskatchewan. By sustaining growth and opportunities for Saskatchewan people we are ensuring our economy is productive and competitive on the world stage.

Saskatchewan has always been a province of abundance and opportunity. The economy depends on Saskatchewan's combination of natural resources and strong human capital. As a result, Saskatchewan has one of the strongest economies in Canada, low unemployment rates, record exports and is ideally positioned for long-term prosperity.

Saskatchewan is well-positioned to meet the challenges presented by the global COVID-19 pandemic and to recover through the strength of our people. Saskatchewan’s fiscal foundation remains solid. Our economy is resilient and our people are strong.

About the Ministry

The Ministry of Highways is committed to providing a safe, reliable transportation system that supports Saskatchewan’s growth agenda and optimizes the role of transportation and infrastructure in Saskatchewan.

Make a Difference

If you are looking for an opportunity to help shape an innovative, sustainable transportation infrastructure network to improve the quality of life for Saskatchewan’s citizens and support economic growth, this is the place for you.

Based in Regina, the position will allow you to leverage your strategic leadership skills, passion, and technical expertise with a Ministry that holds deep rooted values of Respect and Integrity, Serving Citizens, Excellence and Innovation, and Acting as One Team.

The Opportunities

The Ministry of Highways is seeking collaborative and innovative senior leaders for two available Assistant Deputy Minister roles in the Ministry. Working directly with the Deputy Minister, these positions are a part of the senior executive team that shares responsibility for the development, planning and implementation of a strategic direction that is aligned with government direction and ensures a ministry-wide perspective is incorporated into the delivery of programs and services.


Reporting to the Deputy Minister, the Assistant Deputy Minister roles are responsible for:

  • Participating as a member of the Ministry executive team by contributing to program and policy development, strategic planning and implementation of Ministry initiatives;
  • Providing strategic options, comprehensive policy advice, briefing papers, recommendations and perspectives to the Deputy Minister on functions, activities and issues;
  • Developing, implementing and maintaining effective policy, programs and services for the people of Saskatchewan;
  • Analyzing existing systems and structure for efficiency and effectiveness, and developing integration strategies across divisions and with other government and non-government systems;
  • Initiating and leading transformational change to policy, programs and services involving a wide range of service providers and stakeholders;
  • Building strategic, collaborative relationships with key ministries/agencies across government and industry sector partners to ensure the implementation of the Ministry’s capital plan;
  • Demonstrating exceptional diplomacy through written and oral communication including the ability to work with, and influence, a variety of stakeholders;
  • Managing fiscal and human resources to ensure the effective use of resources in meeting ministry objectives; and
  • Representing the Ministry and province on various federal/provincial/territorial councils to provide input and perspective on policies and standards.
  • Design and Construction

    The Assistant Deputy Minister, Design and Construction will provide strategic leadership for all aspects of functional planning, design and construction for all provincial highways, airports and bridges. You will be the Ministry’s chief engineer responsible for certifying engineering standards, and be responsible for managing the design and construction administration of more than $400 million worth of provincial highway and bridge upgrading and preservation projects delivered by 200 employees located across the province.

    Completion of post-secondary education in engineering combined with a Professional Engineering status and membership in good standing with the Association of Professional Engineer and Geoscientists (APEGS) is required. Civil Engineering would be an asset.

    As the Assistant Deputy Minister for Design and Construction, you will be responsible for:

  • Providing strategic leadership and management to a team of professional engineers, technologists and project managers focused on the design and construction of all provincial highways, airports and bridges;
  • Overall management of a more than$400 million capital program including the management and delivery of provincial highway, bridge and airport upgrading and preservation projects;
  • Approving the Ministry’s engineering standards and plans related to transportation facility design and construction and performing the duties of chief engineer; and
  • Ensuring best value procurement practices are embedded into the Ministry’s procurement process.
  • Policy, Planning and Regulation

    The Assistant Deputy Minister for Policy, Planning and Regulation is responsible to lead and direct the planning and policy function relating to transportation policies and regulations, major infrastructure projects, urban and rural highway strategies, and government and stakeholder relations to meet the Government’s strategic goals.

    The ideal candidate for this position will have extensive experience leading public policy development and planning processes combined with senior management experience. Extensive knowledge of transportation, supply chain or logistics sectors would be an asset.

    As the Assistant Deputy Minister for Policy, Planning and Regulation, you will be responsible for:

  • Developing Saskatchewan’s transportation system into a robust system that supports the inter-jurisdictional movement of goods and people in a safe and effective manner;
  • Providing strategic leadership to a team of three directors and indirect leadership to approximately 90 employees;
  • Providing strategic direction and oversight for the Saskatchewan Highway Patrol that is responsible for the ministry’s commercial vehicle safety and weight enforcement activities, and is part of the province’s protective response team;
  • Oversight of policies and programs related to transportation, including the highway network, provincial rail network, provincial airports and trucking;
  • Leading initiatives relating to highways and infrastructure planning and policies;
  • Providing strategic direction for developing and implementing rural and urban municipal transportation infrastructure funding programs, as well as, federal transportation funding agreements;
  • Providing strategic guidance and oversight in planning the provincial transportation system, including long range capital plans; and
  • Negotiating and collaborating with numerous transportation industry stakeholders at the provincial, federal, regional and local level.
  • Background and Competency Requirements

    The Assistant Deputy Minister opportunities are for experienced senior executives with an exceptional history of achieving results in collaborative environments, ideally within the field of public policy development, strategic planning, program or service operations and/or public financial management. In addition, you will have:

  • Leadership strengths that promote inclusion, engagement and foster an innovative, collaborative environment;
  • A solid track record of building and maintaining credible relationships across a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders;
  • In-depth knowledge of government legislative and regulatory processes and protocols, in particular as it relates to public policy development and financial management;
  • Proven capability to identify and deliver key strategic insights, counsel and policy to ensure decision making is made with the best possible advice;
  • Demonstrated ability to build commitment through collaboration, consultation and consideration of citizen and stakeholder impacts;
  • Well established consensus-building skills, strong leadership and team-building skills, with an ability to mentor and develop staff to a high level of accountability; and
  • Exceptional diplomacy, with well-developed written and oral communication skills and the ability to work with, and influence, a variety of stakeholders.
  • What We Offer

    The Saskatchewan public service offers an attractive compensation package that includes competitive salary; comprehensive health and dental benefits; and pension plan.


    Should you have any questions regarding the above opportunity, please contact Karen Jellicoe, Executive Services by phone: (306) 798-5150 or by email:

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    info Permanent Full-time

    location_on Regina, Canada

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