Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

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Join Georgian College of Applied Arts & Technology (Georgian) in the exciting inaugural role of Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)!

Georgian is home to 13,000 full-time students – including 4,500 international students from over 85 countries. More than 130 career-focused programs are taught by faculty with industry expertise across seven locations in Central Ontario: Barrie, Midland, Muskoka (Bracebridge), Orangeville, Orillia, Owen Sound and South Georgian Bay (Collingwood). 

Georgian is proud to be a recognized leader in student work experience with the support of 6,200 employer partners. We work with industry and community partners to offer relevant, cutting-edge curriculum, quality work placements and co-op experiences with top employers. Georgian has one of the highest graduate employment rates among Ontario colleges. According to 2019-20 key performance indicators, 90.2% of our alumni found work within six months of graduation, well above the provincial average, which we’ve exceeded for more than 20 years. When asked to rate how well the college has prepared Georgian grads, employers reported 100% satisfaction.  

Reporting to Vice President, Human Resources, the incumbent is an expert in equity, diversity, inclusion and human rights, change management, and works as a senior advisor to the College community on matters relating to change/transformation, human rights, equity, diversity and inclusion.  The overarching goal of this position is to build capacity at Georgian College in equity, diversity, inclusion through structural and cultural change.

The Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion will work with College leaders to develop, implement, promote, and maintain transformational equity, diversity and inclusion strategies, policies, practices and programs across the College. The Director will establish and manage an equity, diversity and inclusion Centre at the College that advances EDI across the College. The Director will also develop internal and external stakeholder engagement plans to ensure authentic engagement and will play a key role in advancing equity, diversity and inclusion goals and related programming. The Director will work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to plan and implement EDI initiatives, working closely with the Human Resources Department to build organizational capacity and to provide guidance in implementing inclusive hiring, evaluation and promotion policies and procedures.

As the Ideal Candidate, you are a strategic thinker who thrives on fostering a culture free of discrimination and harassment, while empowering senior management with information and advice on EDI, human rights and social justice issues. You are a skilled networker and relationship builder, with a proven track record of collaboration and partnerships across diverse organizations. You are committed to a hands-on approach, both in management of the team and in interactions with the community. Georgian is committed to transparency and dialogue, and the successful candidate will be required to demonstrate empathy and exercise patience in helping community members to increase awareness of EDI and to follow related policies, practices and procedures. You have a 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 and sexual violence issues.

A Master’s degree in a related field is preferrable or a combination of education and experience. You have at least seven years of experience managing and leading EDI related change in a complex organization. You possess excellent analytical, mediation, negotiation and problem-solving skills and an ability to work in a fast-paced environment. Experience in change management, teaching, training and community engagement are desired skills.  Experience in post-secondary education settings is considered an asset.

If you’re interested in this opportunity, contact Amorell Saunders N’Daw at asaundersndaw@kbrs.ca or Debra Clinton at dclinton@kbrs.ca or submit your application online at: www.kbrs.ca/Career/14578

Georgian College supports diversity, equity and a workplace free from harassment and discrimination. Georgian College is committed to an inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection process and workplace. If you are contacted to participate in the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, please advise the interview coordinator of any accommodations needed with respect to any materials or processes used to ensure you have access to a fair and equitable process. Alternate formats will be provided upon request throughout the recruitment and selection process. If you require accommodation in order to participate as a candidate in the recruitment process, please contact accommodate@kbrs.ca or communicate your needs to the recruitment professional named in the job description.