Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

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Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Date Posted: 10/16/2020
Req ID:1520
Faculty/Division: John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design
Department: John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)



The Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion works collaboratively with academic, administrative and student leaders to develop and implement initiatives aimed at advancing equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) within the learning and working environments across the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design (DFALD). With a comprehensive understanding of a range of diversity issues and resources related to the protected grounds as identified in the Ontario Human Rights Code, the incumbent educates, informs and advances principles and values of equity, diversity and inclusivity through training, outreach and the provision of advice and information.

Reporting to the Dean and also (dotted line) to the Executive Director, EDI, the Director acts as a key point of contact and expert resource for staff, faculty and learners across DFALD and works closely with the Faculty CAO, the Professional Faculties Human Resources Office, the University’s equity representatives and the University’s Office of Workplace Investigations to ensure appropriate and timely resolution of reported issues, concerns and/or violations of the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Human Resources Civility Guidelines and Guidelines for Complaints of Prohibited Discrimination and Discriminatory Harassment. The incumbent provides strategic guidance and advice to the Dean’s executive team on matters of policy interpretation and practice concerning diversity, accessibility, equity, inclusion, freedom of speech and freedom of expression for learners, staff, faculty and visitors.

The Director works on related professional development and educational and mentorship initiatives for all levels of the DFALD community, in collaboration with staff and academic administrators in the Faculty. The incumbent represents the Faculty and the Dean’s Office on EDI matters.

The Director is also responsible for identifying gaps and making recommendations for improving EDI practices.


Graduate degree in a relevant area of study, preferably with a focus on dispute resolution, human rights, diversity, equity and inclusion or acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience.


Minimum five (5) years of professional experience (or several years’ progressive experience) in complex institutional organizations, preferably post-secondary education institutions. Proven experience as an organizational leader. Successful record of advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion within a complex organization. Experience with complex report writing at a senior level. Experience leading or facilitating significant organizational change. Proven success in obtaining cooperation and innovative solutions to complex problems. Demonstrated experience and competence in developing targeted training to diverse groups. Experience developing strategic and operational plans. A thorough understanding of the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act, Ontario Human Rights Code and relevant legislation/case law.


Highly proficient computer skills including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Internet research skills.


Excellent command of contemporary diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts, paradigms and issues (e.g., recruitment and retention, access and equity, the educational impact of diversity, policy and legal dynamics of diversity). Ability to critically analyze the range of EDI paradigms, their strengths and limitations, and to articulate these to a diverse audience. Ability to research, identify and implement best practices of equity, diversity and inclusion. Knowledge, skill and experience in mediation, investigations, and group facilitation. Knowledge of current trends, legislation, and regulations in Human Rights in the context of higher education. Research, analytical skills (including statistical analysis and interpretation). Demonstrated ability to serve as an internal resource and consultant, working collaboratively with multiple stakeholders in a politically sensitive context often complicated by the presence of competing perspectives or interests. Demonstrated understanding of the elements and dynamics of organizational change. Excellent communications skills, interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence. Ability to manage difficult and emotionally charged interactions. Demonstrated ability to cross organizational and cultural boundaries with ease, adapting language and style to the context both in person and at a distance. Demonstrated judgment, analysis and decision-making skills.

Closing Date: 10/29/2020, 11:59PM EDT
Employee Group: Salaried
Appointment Type: Budget - Continuing
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: PM 5 -- Hiring Zone: $103,334 - $120,556 -- Broadband Salary Range: $103,334 - $172,224
Job Category: Administrative / Managerial

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact [email protected].
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Posted: 10/17/2020
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