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Manager, Equity, Diversity & Inclusivity Initiatives

University of Toronto
St. George (Downtown Toronto)
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Manager, Equity, Diversity & Inclusivity Initiatives

Date Posted: 05/13/2022
Req ID: 24212
Faculty/Division: Vice-Provost, Students
Department: Student Experience
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


Working under the direction of the Executive Director, Student Experience and with senior leadership in Student Life, the Manager, EDI Initiatives is responsible for identifying Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) issues, advising on strategy options, recommending solutions, implementing project plans, and responding to the objectives and priorities of Student Life. The Manager will also work with Indigenous U of T in supporting the advancement of the commitments of both Student Life and the University of Toronto. The Manager is responsible for project management and implementation of initiatives that advance EDI within Student Life.

Such project management and implementation includes: (a) providing strategic advice and administrative support and coordination of recommendations from the EDIA Advisory Committee, policy matters and other related EDI topics related to staff engagement and staff development in service of students in Student Life (b) facilitating project work to ensure deliverables are met within the required timeline, (c) connecting Student Life initiatives to institutional efforts, (d) assisting with unit-level EDIA initiatives, (e) advising on draft policies and proposals, (f) undertaking detailed research on a wide variety of issues and topics, (g) following-up on decisions related to staffing and strategic priorities impacting Student Life units, (h) developing draft communications such as reports, remarks, presentations, and correspondence, (i) ensuring maintenance of existing resources and support development of new resources as required, (j) engage in program/project evaluation to measure and assess the impact of EDIA initiatives, and (k) ensuring ongoing maintenance of the highest level of pro-activity and service for the portfolio.

The Manager, EDI Initiatives will coordinate, assist with and advance projects, initiatives and daily activities across the Student Life portfolio, including Student Experience, Student Life Programs & Services, Health & Wellness, and International Experience that require knowledge of confidential information about staffing, priorities, and other strategic institutional initiatives. The role of the Manager, EDIA Initiatives will continue to evolve and the individual must be willing to respond to the given priorities of the day and be willing to work cooperatively in a challenging and dynamic environment.

The Manager will work with Student Life Leadership and be responsible for the development and delivery of education/training sessions for staff pertaining to equity, diversity, inclusion, discrimination, and harassment. The incumbent will also work collaboratively with other University of Toronto Equity Officers to participate in the development and delivery of education, training and programming on broader issues of equity, diversity & inclusion. The Manager will also work closely with members of the Division of People Strategy, Equity, & Culture, and other university colleagues responsible for developing educational and outreach initiatives related to equity, diversity, inclusion, discrimination, and harassment.

The Manager will act as a resource and will provide confidential assistance with case consultation and referral for unionized and non-unionized staff, and students. This may include providing information about services, options, relevant policies, and appropriate referrals.

Essential Qualifications:


University degree required, post graduate degree (Master’s or Ph.D) an asset, in relevant area of study, preferably with a focus on dispute resolution, human rights, diversity, equity and inclusion an asset, or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Minimum four (4) years’ experience in progressively senior management positions. Extensive experience and knowledge of EDIA principles, with proven experience as an organizational leader, particularly around initiatives that promote diversity, access, and inclusion. Demonstrated commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and possess a strong understanding of related issues, including: anti-oppression, anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism, microaggressions, accessibility, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, and sexual violence issues. knowledge of University policies and procedures, governance structure, educational priorities, policy formation, and an understanding of the University’s organizational structure. Demonstrated understanding in how international students and staff experience EDIA principles and initiatives and an ability to be inclusive in the support of EDIA work with these populations. Demonstrated experience and competence in developing targeted training to diverse groups. Experience designing and delivering educational programs is required. Experience developing strategic and operational plans. Knowledge, skill and experience in mediation, and group facilitation. Experience leading complex and multi-stakeholder projects. Knowledge about media (including traditional, new and social media), protocol, diplomacy, and an excellent understanding of the University’s mission and intersection with the broader community. Demonstrated success in the design and implementation of new initiatives and processes. Demonstrated experience in liaising with senior administrators, responding to and handling matters of a complex, confidential and sensitive nature. Demonstrated professional experience in the application of EDIA principles to guide organizational strategy. Proven effective leadership and participation in committee work.


Thorough understanding of EDIA-related frameworks is essential. 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. Advanced computer skills in Microsoft Office (must be able to set up templates and macros in Word and Excel, set up Excel spreadsheets including complex formulas, and prepare sophisticated PowerPoint presentations) and scheduling software; Design and maintenance of Microsoft Access databases and other database software; Familiarity with Microsoft SharePoint an asset; Familiarity with Acrobat and other Adobe software an asset.


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 Strong research, writing, communication, presentation and interpersonal skills; knowledge of quantitative and qualitative statistical analysis procedures; high degree of political acuity and judgment; ability to deal with senior University Officers in a manner which facilitates cooperation and consensus building; ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative, discretion, and tact; ability to work under pressure; superior organizational skills in planning, project management and task coordination; flexibility and problem solver orientation; and strong leadership capabilities.

Closing Date: 05/25/2022, 11:59PM ET
Employee Group: Salaried
Appointment Type: Budget - Continuing
Schedule: Full-Time May be required to work extended hours as a result of strict deadlines which could include evenings/weekends.
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: PM 4 -- Hiring Zone: $93,345 - $108,904 -- Broadband Salary Range: $93,345 - $155,575
Job Category: Administrative / Managerial

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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, LGBTQ2S+ 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].

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Established in 1827, the University of Toronto is Canada's largest university, recognized as a global leader in research and teaching. U of T's distinguished faculty, institutional record of groundbreaking scholarship and wealth of innovative academic opportunities continually attract outstanding students and academics from around the world.

U of T is committed to providing a learning experience that benefits from both a scale almost unparalleled in North America and from the close-knit learning communities made possible through its college system and academic divisions. Located in and around Toronto, one of the world's most diverse regions, U of T's vibrant academic life is defined by a unique degree of cultural diversity in its learning community.The University is sustained environmentally by three green campuses, where renowned heritage buildings stand beside award-winning innovations in architectural design.


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  • On-site support for training and career development;
  • Flexible work arrangements;
  • Childcare subsidy;
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  • Scholarships and/or tuition waivers for dependants;
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