Term: 1 year
Reporting to the Director of Equity, the Equity Specialist is a member of the Equity Office responsible for planning, implementing and monitoring equity initiatives. The Specialist provides campus members support and guidance on navigating University procedures. The Specialist manages initiatives in line with the institutional equity plan; builds strong partnerships with students, staff and faculty; researches best practices to support developing and implementing initiatives including learning and development to meet the needs of campus community members. The Specialist is responsible for the day-to-day activities with respect to program delivery in the Equity Office.
Strategic Development of Equity Initiatives
Manages projects, information and logistics of project deliverables
Supports the Director of Equity with the planning, implementation, delivery and monitoring of equity related initiatives
Plans and implements assigned initiatives, prepares communications
Organizes meetings, prepares minutes and documents progress and challenges
Updates the Director of Equity on initiatives and prepares reports to track progress
Maintains detailed documentation according to program requirements
Evaluates initiatives and prepares reports to track progress
Prepares necessary resources and tools, based on relevant legislation and best practices, to support the successful implementation of equity initiatives
Engagement and Outreach
Consults, advises, and guides campus members on equity and escalates sensitive issues to the Director of Equity as needed
Liaises with departments and groups in the university community on equity related topics
Builds relationships with student groups, staff and faculty, facilitates input on key equity initiatives
Sits on campus committees where appropriate
Equity Response and Support
Responds to individual disclosures of equity related concerns from staff and faculty (e.g. racism, transphobia, homophobia, ableism) by providing support and referrals based on individual needs
Utilizes anti-oppressive and trauma-informed approaches to support campus stakeholders who often present in distress
Maintains an understanding of the legal and reporting requirements in order to provide accurate advice, support and resources
Advocates on behalf of marginalized campus members where appropriate
Collaborates with internal support units and external organizations to meet needs of diverse members of the campus community
Remains current with pertinent ethical requirements and research relevant to responding to equity concerns
Engages in case management when required, particularly with cases presenting with more complex needs
Provides secondary support to the Student Experience Specialist, Equity Initiatives when needed
Research and Analysis
Works with the Director to identify equity issues and conducts related research (e.g. literature reviews, needs assessments, data collection and analysis)
Prepares research reports on equity matters
Prepares communication materials pertaining to strategic priorities
Consults with students, staff and faculty to prepare educational and training resource materials
University degree (Social Work, Gender Studies, Equity and Human Rights, Sociology) or equivalent education and experience. Lived expertise and institutional/systemic knowledge of equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism is required.
A minimum of 3 years’ experience: demonstrated experience successfully implementing equity initiatives; project management experience; demonstrated understanding of human rights, equity issues and anti-oppressive frameworks and ability to apply them to an institutional setting; ability to interpret and communicate human rights and equity concepts; proven ability to align work priorities and realize strategic goals. Knowledge and expertise in disability justice and trans inclusion.
Demonstrated knowledge the concepts of equity, human rights, inclusion, diversity, disability justice, de-colonization and anti-oppressive frameworks. Working knowledge of the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, and other relevant legislation
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral for the preparation of reports and making presentations
Good facilitation skills to lead groups to productive outcomes
Excellent organizational and project management skills
Ability to work on confidential and sensitive matters with tact and discretion
Ability to manage challenging conversations with stakeholders
Ability to work well independently or in a team setting, with diverse individuals
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