Manager, Information Systems & Technology

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Closing date: Mar 23, 2018

Location: Yellowknife

Department: LND IS & IT

Job Code: 15243

Salary: $114,524 - $136,715

Job: Full-Time

Term: Temporary

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About the Job

Limited Competition

This Job Opening is limited to employees with the GNWT/WSCC in indeterminate and term positions.

Department Information

At the Department of Lands, we strive to be leaders and innovators in Northern land and resource management. We provide land management decisions and recommendations on the acquisition, lease, sale, or other dispositions of public lands while respecting the principles of land use sustainability, and ecological, social, cultural, and economic values.

The Department of Lands advances the territorial vision of land and resource management in the NWT through the legislative, regulatory and policy system and through the delivery of a robust and effective enforcement and compliance program. The Department’s reach is broad because the use of land impacts the operations and mandates of other departments, and private sector development. It engages in large-scale planning, and conducts broad legislative and policy reviews to inform government-wide strategic advice about land and resource management. Together these functions enhance the planning, management, and administration of land in a sustainable way.

The Department works closely with NWT resource management boards because it coordinates inter- and intra- department and government processes including environmental assessments (EAs), reclamation securities, GNWT input on federal legislative amendments and regulatory activities affecting land and water management, environmental assessment policy reviews and land use planning.

The Department’s Informatics division also leads the planning, development and implementation of information and technology related services, including geomatics services, to three departments: Lands, Industry, Tourism and Investment, and Environment and Natural Resources.

Job Information

The Manager, Information Systems and Technology is responsible for the provision of expertise, leadership and vision to ensure the effective and efficient operations and enhancements of Information Systems and their underlying Technologies to support the delivery of programs and services, effective information management and sound decision making within the Departments of Lands, Environment and Natural Resources and Industry, Tourism and Investment.

Reporting to the Executive Director, SSC Informatics, the incumbent is responsible for the management of 7 technical professionals including:

  • Database Administrator (x2)
  • Database Architect/Systems Analyst
  • Database and Systems Technician
  • Senior Systems Analyst (x1)
  • Systems Analyst (x2)

In addition to internal resources, the Manager may engage private contractors to augment capacity during times of peak activity or on urgent initiatives.

The incumbent is responsible for an operating budget of approximately $1,650,000. In addition, the manager is also responsible for managing the budgets for capital and O&M system maintenance and upgrade projects ranging in value from several thousand, to over a million dollars.

The incumbent is responsible for a current portfolio of approximately 52 information systems and databases, including several mission critical systems enabling effective management and administration of essential programs for Lands, Environment and Natural Resources and Industry, Tourism and Investment. The unit is also responsible for the maintenance and operations of departmental websites, portals and intranet sites.

The position operates within the policy framework, established by the GNWT Informatics Policy Council, as they relate to the management of information, information systems and technology services.

Required knowledge, skills and abilities for this position are:

  • Expert knowledge of information systems and technology services, including systems development, integration and operations;
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of IT Service Management (ITIL Certification an asset);
  • Working knowledge of various computer applications (word processing, spread sheets and presentation software);
  • In-depth knowledge of data models and database architectures;
  • Knowledge of Systems Development and Life Cycle (SDLC) and Agile methodologies;
  • Working knowledge of financial planning, budgeting and administration systems;
  • Expert knowledge of Information Systems and Technology options and alternatives to assess suitability for solving problems;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to understand and effectively communicate, to both professional and lay audiences, complex technical ideas;
  • Strong consensus building skills;
  • Analytical and policy making skills needed to set appropriate direction, analyze evidence to form expert opinions and provide correct advice to various stakeholders;
  • Excellent management and leadership skills needed to manage a team of professionals and technical staff and consultants and to interact in a positive manner with stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and articulate a vision and inspire others;
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze complex issues, identify options and support sound decision making;
  • Ability to successfully manage various projects related to Information Systems and Technology;
  • Ability to generate viable new approaches and solutions to differing situations and problems as they arise;
  • Demonstrated ability to administer budgets, estimate project costs and make financial projections;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a high stress environment with tight deadlines;
  • Ability to facilitate meetings and workshops;
  • Ability to develop and build positive effective external and internal working relationships and partnerships;
  • Ability to initiate, anticipate, shape and adapt emerging technology opportunities;
  • Ability to advocate and encourage the innovative use of Information Systems and Technology in the GNWT;
  • Ability to work with politically sensitive issues where a high degree of sensitivity, tact and diplomacy are required.

These skills are typically acquired by the successful completion of a university degree in a relevant Information Systems or Technology discipline combined with eight (8) years of progressive experience including two (2) years experience managing staff and budgets.


More Information

Transfer Assignments

Transfer (Developmental) Assignments may be considered.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.



Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $58.73 per hour to $70.11 per hour (approximately $114,524-$136,715.) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,450.



Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.


Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.


Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 15243       

Closing Date: March 23, 2018 - 23:59, Mountain Standard Time


GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Management and Recruitment Services
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Yellowknife Centre 5th Floor  
P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9
Fax: (867) 873-0445

Term Position

This job opening is for a Term to March 29, 2019.