Director, Diversity, Equity and Human Rights

Director, Diversity, Equity and Human Rights

DIVISION: Human Resources, Diversity, Equity and Human Rights Office
HIRING RANGE: $96,787 – $129,046 per year
BAND: 13 CAMPUS: Casa Loma
STATUS: Contract Admin
EFFECTIVE DATE: June 16, 2018 – August 31, 2019

At George Brown College, we have established a reputation for equipping our students with the skills, industry experience and credentials to pursue the careers of their choice. As employees, we are committed to creating an enriching learning community for our students, delivering excellence in what we do, holding ourselves accountable for our work and demonstrating diversity and respect for one another.

What responsibilities will you have in this role?

Reporting to the Vice President, Human Resources & Organizational Development, the Director, Diversity, Equity and Human Rights (DEHRS) is responsible for planning, partnering and executing various College initiatives that create and promote an inclusive environment that positions the College as a leader in diversity, equity and human rights. The position’s mandate is to help support a positive learning and working culture that promotes an environment free of harassment, discrimination and sexual violence, while promoting and valuing the diversity of our students, employees and community members. The incumbent acts as a strategic partner and advisor to the leadership and community of the College to support and build consensus in promoting and fostering a respectful, inclusive and diverse environment.

The Director, DEHRS is responsible for providing expert direction and leadership in the creation and execution of organization wide inclusive strategies and initiatives that promote the College’s commitment to diversity. The incumbent is responsible for developing procedures and metrics to track trends and increase accountability through qualitative and quantitative assessments, surveys and reporting of programs, policies and services. In addition, the Director, DEHRS, manages and engages a team of Human Rights Advisors / Investigators, the Sexual Violence Response Advisor, the College’s AODA Coordinator, the Positive Space Coordinator and the ASL Interpreter in the development and execution of the deliverables of the department.

  • Acts as a trusted and knowledgeable advisor, resource and proactive catalyst to advance strategies for diversity and inclusion for all employee groups, students and community members.
  • Makes recommendations to the Senior Management team and Human Resources which focus on improving organizational effectiveness in alignment with the College’s value of diversity and respect.
  • Consults with all levels of management, faculty and staff on issues relating to diversity and inclusion, including initiatives and complaints.
  • Advises cross College functions on a variety of complex issues and provides expertise in the areas of diversity and inclusion.
  • Develops, Implements, amends and administers all policies governed under this office, and oversees the administrative responsibilities of the office, as well as legal obligations related to all formal complaints against the College in the area of diversity, inclusion and sexual violence, including those through the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.
  • Responsible for required reporting, including the filing of an annual FOI report, an annual Sexual Violence report, and an AODA report in accordance with mandatory reporting timelines.
  • Liaises with administrators and faculty to promote diversity and inclusion as essential elements to the development of planning for education and training initiatives.
  • Monitors new trends in diversity and inclusion as they pertain to a post-secondary institution.
  • Leads the College with respect to the Accessibility with Ontarians with Disabilities Act and ensures that compliance to all regulations is adhered to.
  • Responsible for oversight of the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act; advises and consults on requests for information by external parties, including the determination of what information may be released in accordance with the requirements under the Act.
  • Oversees and actively provides case management as it pertains to complaints filed within the College, as well as with the Human Rights Tribunal and civil proceedings that may fall under breach of the Human Rights and Discrimination Policy.
  • Makes recommendations by way of sanctions based on expertise in procedural fairness and practice direction in post-secondary complaint matters.
  • Acts as a member of the Human Resource leadership team charged with determining the overall strategic direction of the function in the organization, including building a culture of inclusion and respect for all employees and students of the College.
  • Functions as a strategic partner and liaison with the Talent Management team to develop inclusive guidelines for recruitment, performance management and succession management.
  • What qualifications do you need for this role?

    • Master’s degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in the areas of law, education or social sciences, with advanced mediation and negotiation training is required.
    • Nine years’ working in the area of diversity, equity and human rights, with experience in understanding the laws and regulations related to Human Rights, Accessibility, Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence, including OHRC laws, Sexual Assault, Sexual Violence, AODA, FOI.
    • Proven ability to resolve conflict, work with senior administrators in a consultative manner and support employees and students through understanding rights and responsibilities as they apply to cases within any of the aforementioned laws.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of diversity issues, with a clear understanding of the importance of a diverse and inclusive environment in a post-secondary institution.
    • Ability to conduct research to develop programming that aligns with the global direction of diversity and inclusion, and the ability to develop metrics and procedures to drive the delivery of programming.
    • Knowledgeable and experienced working in the field of human rights, and having the ability to draft policies and procedures using a collaborative communication style.
    • Demonstrated experience as a mediator with advanced conflict resolution skills.
    • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations.
    • In-depth knowledge of union collective agreements, OHRC laws and processes in Ontario.
    • Proficient in consulting organizational leaders in developing and integrating diversity and inclusion management initiatives into all business and planning processes and practices.
    • Ability to translate strategic direction into specific actions with clear accountability.
    • Demonstrated leadership in partnering and in delivering excellent service to others, as this is key in supporting the success of our students and our College.
    • Strong communications (written and oral), collaboration and teamwork skills.
    • Effective ability to interact with others and deal with situations in ways that respect diverse backgrounds, experience and styles.
    • Flexible and able to manage / lead change.
    • Strong people leadership and a demonstrated ability to manage and motivate a high performing team.
    • Travel between campuses is required within the GTA.


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    • Please ensure your resume highlights all relevant education, training and experience that are applicable to the qualifications for this role.
    • The College requires proof of degrees, credentials or equivalencies from accredited regional or federal post secondary institutions and/or their international equivalents. Credentials may require validation at the time of interviews.

    Closing: Open until filled Competition: REQ 1641

    George Brown College is dedicated to employment equity and encourages applications from people of all genders, persons with disabilities, racial/visible minorities and indigenous peoples. George Brown College is committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process, in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The Human Resources representative responsible for the recruitment for this position will work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of the hiring process.

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