Commissioner, Social Services (Region of Durham)

The Region of Durham, dedicated to maintaining outstanding standards of service, relies on the expertise and commitment of its employees. Durham is one of Ontario’s fastest growing areas to live, work and play, with a population of over 685,000 people in some of Ontario’s most beautiful settings. Durham Region is geographically, culturally and economically diverse. Durham has large urban cities, smaller towns and quaint villages that support both a bustling urban environment, and a prosperous rural and agricultural base. Durham is transforming and evolving, and today has an ideal mix of businesses, affordability, accessibility and connectivity. Durham has it all: major infrastructure investments, an accessible and specialized talent pool, world-class education institutions, and a well-established enterprise-driven business community.

The Commissioner reports to the Chief Administrative Officer and is responsible for providing advice and recommendations for consideration of the CAO on all matters and policies pertaining to the Social Services Department as well as a member of the corporate leadership team. The Commissioner attends Committee and Council providing information and advice to Council to assist them in the execution of their responsibilities. You will provide strategic leadership and direction to the wide range of operational programs and services offered within the Social Services Department consisting of Income Support, Housing Services, Business Affairs and Financial Management, Children’s Services, Family Services and Long Term Care & Services for Seniors to ensure the goals and outcomes achieved in the Department align with the Region’s broader strategic framework. The Commissioner oversees integrated services delivery systems that provide the highest quality of service excellence while achieving financial viability to sustain all programs in the most cost-effective manner.

With your University degree in a social service related discipline and more than 15 years’ progressive experience, you bring a forward-thinking approach and ability to develop and implement value-added programs in a changing delivery environment. Your strengths include demonstrated change management skills and the ability to be confident and effective in a political environment.

To explore this opportunity further, please contact Amanda Bugatto in Odgers Berndtson’s Toronto office at 416-366-1990 or submit your resume and related information online by June 12th, 2019 to

The Region of Durham is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005), upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and the Region of Durham throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.