Senior Advisor, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonization (English application) - Two (2) year term

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As Senior Advisor, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonization (EDID), you will work closely with the Senior Management Team to continue developing an organizational culture that celebrates, prioritizes, and actively supports EDID throughout our activities and membership.


Reporting to the President and CEO, you will be responsible for the successful project management, tracking, reporting and implementation of “Igniting Change[1] the ground-breaking final report and recommendations of the Congress Advisory Committee on EDID. As a valued advisor, you will take part in Senior Management Team discussions and you will provide insights and analysis on a broad range of strategic and operational questions. You will work with your colleagues to support continuous learning within the organization and to advance the Federation’s commitment to centre EDID in its operations, decision-making, and member services.

You have a demonstrated ability to apply an accessibility and inclusion lens, and anti-racist, anti-oppression and decolonization principles, frameworks and promising practices to the work of organizations. You are collaborative and resourceful, with a strong capacity to work effectively with colleagues, stakeholders, and member organizations, and to deliver thoughtful, timely, evidence-based advice and support.


The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences promotes research and teaching for the advancement of an inclusive, democratic and prosperous society. With a membership now comprising over 160 universities, colleges and scholarly associations, the Federation represents a diverse community of 91,000 researchers and graduate students across Canada. The Federation organizes Canada’s largest academic gathering, the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, bringing together more than 8,000 participants each year. For more information about the Federation, visit www.ideas-idees.ca.

What you will do:

In this multi-function portfolio, you will work closely with the President and CEO, a new standing committee on EDID, and with colleagues, members and external stakeholders.

Your specific responsibilities include the following:


· Manage the implementation of the Federation’s 2021-2022 EDID action plan.

· Lead the development of a multi-year plan to implement the recommendations of “Igniting Change”, the final report of the Congress Advisory Committee on EDID.

· Consult colleagues, members, and stakeholders to determine budget requirements, develop detailed annual work plans and deliverables, and a dashboard for tracking and reporting on progress.

· Advise colleagues on plans and activities to support EDID in Canada’s largest academic conference – the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences – and in other areas of the organization’s work, including events, governance, communications, programs, policy, research, and human resources.

· Identify opportunities and risks for the Federation, and recommend strategies to address them.

· Support the Board of Directors’ new Standing Committee on EDID. Draft memos and briefing materials to inform recommendations to the Board on EDID-related strategies, priorities and policies. Plan and attend meetings, develop agendas in consultation with the Chair, and serve as the primary staff contact for committee members.

· Support outreach to equity-deserving groups, and liaise with key stakeholders on EDID issues.

· Work collaboratively with senior management to create awareness and efficiencies and recommend service improvements, helping to ensure that we follow promising practice EDID policies and procedures.

· Support a people-centred culture that emphasizes EDID, promising practices, high performance, continuous learning and improvement, and compliance with all legislated requirements including Employment Equity Act, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Human Rights Code, and Labour Relations Act.

· Work with Federation members to build their EDID capacity through information sessions, webinars, member forums and an EDID toolkit.


What you need:

· Graduate Degree in a related field (Human Rights, Gender Studies, Equity Studies, Indigenous Studies), with a focus on human rights, diversity, equity and inclusion, or acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience.

· At least 5+ years of work experience in advising, consulting, educating and/or coaching on EDID issues.

· Demonstrated knowledge and experience applying current EDID theories, principles and promising practices in developing organizational culture.

· Demonstrated knowledge and experience applying an accessibility and inclusion lens and anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and decolonization frameworks, principles and promising practices in organizational policies

· Demonstrated knowledge and experience applying principles and frameworks that value Indigenous knowledge, contribute to reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, and support the critical role of post secondary education, and the humanities and social sciences specifically, in the process of research, understanding and action towards reconciliation.

· Knowledge and experience in a non-profit organization and corresponding governance model and practices.

· Knowledge and understanding of legislative and regulatory requirements of applicable provincial and Canadian legislation such as Human Rights, Health and Safety, Employment Equity and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

· Experience in a post-secondary academic environment as well as a strong understanding of the importance of universities and the value of the humanities and social sciences

· Lived experience with the impacts of colonization, racism and other forms of systemic oppression as well as experience working in community with equity-deserving groups.


We will consider the following skills to be assets:

· Additional certification/training in EDID.

· Change Management training and experience.

· Understanding of how people and organizations advance through continuous learning.

· Written and oral communications skills in French.

· Detailed knowledge of issues related to the humanities and social sciences scholarly communities.


What you bring:

· An understanding that EDID involves continuous practice requiring ongoing self-reflection, learning and relationship building.

· A well-developed capacity to work independently or as part of a team.

· A goal-oriented mindset, with a strong sense of urgency to tackle projects in a proactive manner, understanding the details while leading and motivating matrixed teams to execute on deliverables.

· Demonstrated superior judgement, tact and diplomacy required to address sensitive topics and effectively build and manage relationships.

· A commitment to continuous learning and improvement along with a coaching approach.

· Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, including writing in an engaging manner for a public audience.

· Effective presentation skills for a wide variety of audiences including Executives, Board of Directors, members, staff and other stakeholders.

· Advanced public speaking and facilitation skills.

· Experience managing program/project management processes.

· Demonstrated ability to effectively organize tasks and prioritize the complex demands of multiple stakeholders and diverse portfolios.

· Ability and willingness to operate in a highly collaborative, matrix environment.

· High ethical standards and a desire to work with a variety of different thoughts/opinions along with the ability to understand, enable and amplify diverse viewpoints and approaches.

· A sense of ownership of tasks and the motivation to follow through to achieve personal and organizational goals and manage multiple priorities.

· Establishment of strong and trusted relationships with colleagues and external partners and the ability to manage multiple stakeholder groups.

· A sincere respect for the values and differences that all members of a small team bring to an office environment; adaptability to different approaches and flexibility to move in new directions as needed.

· Commitment to Federation values, vision, and direction.

· Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel), and SharePoint.


What success looks like:

· Managed the implementation of the Federation’s 2021-22 EDID action plan.

· Developed a multi-year plan to implement the recommendations of the “Igniting Change” report.

· Planned, designed and attended meetings of the standing Committee on EDID, in consultation with the chair, and served as the primary staff contact for committee members.

· Build the EDID capacity of our members through information sessions, webinars, member forums and the development of an EDID toolkit.

· Drafted memos and briefing materials to inform Standing Committee recommendations to the Board on EDID-related strategies, priorities and policies.

· Identified additional opportunities, potential challenges, and sources of risk for the Federation.

· Served as an information resource for staff and Federation members.


What we have to offer:

The position comes with an annual salary range of $81,900 to $115,500. Your placement in the range will be determined based on your proven experience and skills/competencies to fulfill the role. We offer a great total compensation package, which includes health/dental benefits, participation in the employer’s defined contribution pension plan, and a generous vacation and holiday policy. We offer a fast paced, yet fun, collegial and supportive work environment, where work-life balance is highly valued!


Work location:

The Federation office is located in Ottawa, Ontario; however, the incumbent may be located anywhere in Canada and work remotely. They must also be willing and able to travel on occasion as needed. During our annual Congress, the travel component may be up to 2 weeks at a time.


To apply:

If this opportunity intrigues you and relates to your experience, then we want to hear from you. Please take the time to tell us about yourself in a cover letter – we want to hear your story – your background, your accomplishments, and why this role is a good fit for you and your career at this time.


The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including, but not limited to women; persons with disabilities; racialized persons; First Nations, Inuit, and Métis; and persons of any gender identity and sexual orientation. The Federation is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free recruitment process and work environment.


You must be legally allowed to work in Canada in order to be eligible for this position. Please note that all applications will be acknowledged. Those selected for an interview will be contacted directly. We hope to start interviews the week of September 13, 2021. However, the posting will remain active on our website until we successfully fill the position.


[1] http://www.ideas-idees.ca/sites/default/files/sites/default/uploads/congress/igniting-change-final-report-and-recommendations-en.pdf - released April 9, 2021