Bilingual Coordinator, Early Learning and and Elementary-Secondary Education

THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS OF EDUCATION, CANADA (CMEC) is an intergovernmental body providing leadership in policy development, program administration, and research at the pan-Canadian and international levels. Located in the heart of Toronto (steps from the St. Clair subway), CMEC is seeking a:

BILINGUAL COORDINATOR, Early Learning and Elementary-Secondary Education (EL-ESE)

Full-time position 

Current salary range: $100,391–$114,740, depending on experience and qualifications

Work arrangement can be remote, in-person, or hybrid

In joining CMEC, you will be part of a dynamic, intellectually stimulating, and collegial environment, in an organization that is focused on enhancing the quality of education for all Canadians. You will work with government officials, international partners, and colleagues from across the organization and around the country.

The Coordinator, EL-ESE, is a member of CMEC’s leadership team and reports to the Director, Policy. The Coordinator brings their strategic expertise to CMEC’s work across school levels, from early learning to elementary and secondary education. In addition, the Coordinator, EL-ESE collaborates with other coordinators, directors, and the executive director to ensure the achievement of other CMEC and organizational priorities and to identify and mitigate risk.

Key responsibilities

1. Provides senior-level leadership and expertise on the work of CMEC with respect to Policy, with a focus on Early Learning and Elementary-Secondary Education. 

2. Oversees the planning, resourcing, and implementation of strategic plan activities under their responsibility. 

3. Engages in strategic thinking while ensuring effective communications with provincial and territorial members and staff to meet the strategic plan objectives of CMEC. 

4. Supervises a team to achieve annual workplan deliverables.

5. Contributes to the identification and mitigation of risk and to the leadership of the overall organization.

You will manage a team of 3–5 unionized employees. You will report to the Director, Policy, who is a member of the organization’s senior leadership team.

 You will work directly with senior representatives of international and pan-Canadian education committees; international organizations, such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); federal government departments; and other relevant partners. 

Key qualifications 
Superior command of French and English (both written and spoken) 

Graduate degree (master’s or PhD) in education, or equivalent work experience 

A strong background in education is required, which includes teaching and/or administration experience 

Demonstrated leadership and at least four years of experience in a management position  (or equivalent), managing projects and employees, preferably in a unionized environment

Demonstrated experience providing ongoing feedback and coaching to colleagues and teams, and leading work through partners who are outside the Coordinator’s direct supervision 

Experience developing, monitoring, and reporting against operational and project-specific budgets 

At least three years of experience in a government or similar setting in policy development, analysis, and advice  

Ease with public speaking to a broad range of audiences

Exceptional relationship-building skills

Ability to delegate tasks and coach and develop others

Advanced project-management skills

Strong research skills, including ability to obtain critical information through live and virtual networks

Understanding of education systems in Canada

The position offers a competitive salary based on experience, as well as a full benefits package, including: 

Competitive vacation allotment

Twelve (12) paid statutory holidays

Ten (10) paid sick days

Five (5) paid personal days

Personal wellness and professional development account ($600 annually)

Contribution equal to 10 percent of the employee’s annual salary in lieu of a group pension plan 

Health benefits

Flexible work schedule, with the opportunity for hybrid or remote work

Please send an electronic version of your cover letter and résumé to the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) by 4:00 p.m. EDT, August 31, 2023. For more information, visit us at  

CMEC is committed to fostering an inclusive, diverse, and accessible environment, where all employees, business partners, and clients feel valued, respected, and supported. If you require accommodation during the recruitment and selection process, please let our Human Resources team know. 

CMEC thanks all candidates for their interest in this position. Only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted. Candidates must be legally entitled to work in Canada.

CMEC is an equal-opportunity employer.

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