Human Rights and Equity Advisor, York CDSB

Job Title:
Human Rights and Equity Advisor, York CDSB
Job Location:
Catholic Education Centre
320 Bloomington Road West
Aurora, Ontario L4G 0M1
York Catholic District School Board
Description-Job Posting:

Under the direction of the Director of Education, the Human Rights and Equity Advisor will work proactively among various stakeholders to develop, implement and address human rights matters as well as employment and educational equity risks.

The Human Rights and Equity Advisor will make a significant contribution to human rights, equity, diversity and inclusion in our schools and workplaces with a commitment to increasing the Board’s capacity to meet and exceed it’s legal obligations in support of the Mission, Vision, Core Values and Strategic Commitments as outlined in the York Catholic District School Board Multi-Year Strategic Plan.

Major Responsibilities:
– Lead and conduct formal and fair investigations, effectively managing complex issues and mediated resolutions of human rights complaints under the Board’s Human Rights Policy.
– Develop, direct and implement system-wide policies, procedures and guidelines related to human rights, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
– Provide strategic consultation, advice and interpretation to senior management and external legal counsel on all matters related to human rights and equity.
– Provide instruction to Board staff to ensure compliance with the Board’s policies, procedures and guidelines related to human rights, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
– Serve as a resource to the Human Resources Department investigations of workplace harassment complaints.
– Actively build and promote effective system networks to promote an equitable and inclusive culture respecting human rights in our schools and board community.
– Work collaboratively with key stakeholders to develop and implement a comprehensive board wide human rights, equity and inclusion awareness strategy.
– Research, analyze and identify trend data to improve access to human rights and equity program information for all staff as well as develop effective solutions to address and eliminate systemic barriers.
– Develop professional learning and training activities to improve human rights knowledge and awareness that lead to more equitable and inclusive schools and workplaces.
– In collaboration with the Manager, Communications and Marketing, develop and implement information campaigns to promote public awareness and deepen understanding of the Board’s human rights and equity programs, policies and procedures.
– Manage correspondence, media requests, conference presentations/speaking engagements and similar requests on behalf of the Director and/or Board, related to human rights and equity initiatives.

Qualifications and Experience:
– University degree with a focus on Human Rights, Public Administration, Law, Human Resources or related discipline.
– A proven human rights professional with 5 – 7 years investigating and resolving human rights complaints, complex equity issues and promoting equitable and inclusionary practices in a unionized environment.
– In-depth knowledge of Human Rights case law, Policy and Procedures, Workplace Harassment Policy and Procedures, as well as collective agreements in a highly unionized workplace.
– Superior understanding of progressive employment equity, human resources practices, and labour relations issues within Ontario’s school boards and public education sectors.
– Extensive experience applying human rights legislation and related case law and emerging trends/issues in human rights.
– Experience in designing and delivering human rights learning and training programs.

Skills and Competencies:
– Proven ability to establish and maintain effective, professional and respectful working relationships to build consensus and collaboratively solve problems with a variety of stakeholders.
– Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to build human rights related policies and procedures.
– Excellent verbal, written, dispute resolution, facilitation and interpersonal communication skills.
– Skills in judgement, sensitivity and an inclusive approach to building consensus and solving problems.
– Demonstrate a commitment to the preservation and strengthening of publicly-funded Catholic education.
– Strong cultural competence and demonstrated commitment to working in a diverse school community and/or environment.

Interested applicants may apply by Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at 5:00 pm through the Careers page, Management & Professional

Thank you for taking the time to apply for this position. We appreciate your interest in the York Catholic District School Board, however, only applicants selected to continue to the interview process will be contacted by Human Resources.

Commitment to Equity
YCDSB is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing an environment of diversity and employment equity and is dedicated to creating a workplace culture of inclusiveness that reflects the diverse communities that we serve.

We are proud to have built a culture that thrives on idea-sharing and collaboration, always finding ways to continue to create a warm, welcoming and inclusive work environment. We are committed to being an equitable employer, providing an inclusive environment for a diverse workforce, including but not limited to, women, persons with visible and invisible disabilities, Indigenous persons, and ethnic visible minorities.

The Board is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive workplace. We are committed to providing barrier-free and accessible employment practices in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Should you require Code-protected accommodation through any stage of the recruitment process, please make them known when contacted and we will work with you to meet your needs. Disability-related accommodation during the application process is available upon request.

Vulnerable Sector Screening
As a condition of employment with the York Catholic District School Board, successful candidates will be required to submit a satisfactory “Vulnerable Sector Screening” prior to the commencement of any employment duties.

Catholic Education Centre
320 Bloomington Road West, Aurora, Ontario L4G 0M1 – (905) 713-1211

Dominic Mazzotta
Chair of the Board

Domenic Scuglia
Director of Education