Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Stephen J. R. Smith School of Business (Smith) is one of the world’s premier business schools, with an international presence and reputation for innovative programs, talented faculty and exceptional students.   Smith is committed to cultivating a vibrant, diverse and inclusive academic and work environment rooted in a culture of mutual respect and equity such that all members of our community feel safe, possess a strong sense of belonging, and are empowered to thrive.

Reporting to the Dean, Smith School of Business, the Director Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion is a critical member of the Dean’s Executive Committee, which advises and contributes to the strategy and direction of the School. The Director will manage the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Indigenization (EDII) portfolio and the execution of Smith’s EDII strategy and action plan. The Director will be a member of the Smith EDII Task Force, and will be involved with similar University level entities. The Director will work closely with the school’s administrative, academic and student leaders to advance EDII in the teaching, learning and work environments and will be a senior point of contact and expert resource for staff and faculty with EDII-related responsibilities.

This Director will have a comprehensive understanding of a range of diversity issues and will contribute to advancing principles and values of EDII through education, training, mentorship, and dialogue with students, staff, faculty and alumni groups.


  • Lead the implementation and execution of Smith’s EDII Strategy and Action Plan
  • Establish collaborations and partnerships across the university to advance EDII and contribute to driving change toward a culture of inclusion and belonging.
  • Serve as an internal expert resource and advisor to staff, faculty and student leaders on EDII-related matters.
  • Serve as Smith’s EDII spokesperson and expert as appropriate
  • Advise and empower faculty and staff who are less experienced in leading conversations about equity, diversity and inclusion to build capacity in EDII
  • Build a network of relationships with university partners including the Human Rights and Equity Office, the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, and colleagues across Queen’s in similar leadership roles
  • Develop and maintain detailed knowledge of university policies and procedures that impact student, staff, and faculty well-being and EDII related matters.
  • Review Smith policies and practices through an EDII lens and advise on revisions to eliminate biases and barriers to equity and inclusion.
  • Cultivate strategic partnerships with individuals and organizations outside of the School to help further its engagement and EDII goals.
  • Collaborate with the Advancement team, the Career Advancement Centre, and the Centre for International Management to establish structures and opportunities for under-represented undergraduate and graduate students.


  • A Graduate degree in a related field.*
  • A Minimum of 5 years strategic EDII leadership experience and a demonstrated record of advancing EDII in a complex organization.*
  • Comprehensive knowledge and proven ability to develop and implement organizational change with an emphasis on equity and diversity.
  • Proven management and leadership experience with a demonstrated ability to organize, motivate and influence within and beyond the portfolio of responsibility.
  • Proven ability to serve as an internal resource and to work collaboratively and objectively with multiple stakeholder groups in the presence of competing interests, perspectives and occasionally in emotive situations.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated experience working directly with Black, Indigenous and racialized communities on matters of social justice, equity and inclusion

*Consideration will be given to equivalent combination of education and experience


  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to foster and cultivate relationships with, students, alumni, faculty, staff, industry and professional counterparts
  • Superior cross-cultural communication skills (both verbal and written).
  • Excellent business insight – able to place EDII objectives in a larger organizational context and use this knowledge to make strategic choices in developing and managing a variety of projects.
  • Analytical and interpretive skills with the ability to synthesize information from a wide variety of sources to arrive at data-informed solutions and option.
  • Ability to cope with multiple demands and resolve priority conflicts while working under time constraints and deadlines.
  • Ability to rally people around a common vision, build consensus and motivate action.


  • As the senior leader for EDII at Smith and a member of Smith’s Senior Management Team, the incumbent will:
    • Implement and evaluate EDII strategies and plans to meet school objectives
    • Determine appropriate methods to communicate and implement strategies
    • Determine appropriate management of resources and prioritization of requests for additional resources
    • Make recommendations regarding EDII needs to further progress at Smith