HUMAN RIGHTS AND EQUITY OFFICER (THE DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD OF NIAGARA)

Posted on:
March 31, 2021

Reporting to the Superintendent of Human Resources, the incumbent will lead transformational change toexpand cultures of respect for human rights and equity and champion the identification and elimination ofsystemic barriers. The Human Rights and Equity Officer will lead the implementation of the District SchoolBoard of Niagara (DSBN's) Education Equity Action Plan in support of student achievement and well-being,while continuing to build a culture of respect for the principles of human rights and equity throughout DSBN.In collaboration with DSBN’s senior team, the Human Rights and Equity Officer will influence stakeholders toidentify and address systemically based human rights and equity issues.Duties include but are not limited to:• Build and maintain networks ofsupport for human rights and equity acrossthe Board andwithinschool communities.• Work with system leaders within the Board to develop a comprehensive human rights andequity strategy focused on the promotion of human rights and equity and the elimination ofsystematic barriers.• Collaborate with a variety of board staff and stakeholders to lead and implement equity andinclusion strategies.• Advise on the implementation of Policy Program Memorandum: School Board Teaching HiringPractices.• Collection and analysis of workforce data and leading Employment System Reviews, WorkforceCensus and Student Survey.• Oversee the collection of teacher workforce demographic data through Workforce Census.• When applicable, create Special Programs to address the effects of systemic discrimination,based on Ontario Human Rights Code.• Creation and maintenance of the Administrative Procedures and Policies with an equity lens.• Create a monitoring and evaluation plan to review the effectiveness of hiring policies.• Lead human rights and equity compliance training programs for staff.• CollaboratewithHumanResourcesstafftoprovide recruitment,workplace harassment, andviolence preventiontrainingand informationforstakeholders.• Collaborate with community partners including Ministry of Education staff.• Facilitate a wide variety of activitiesto builda culture of respectfor human rights and equitywithin the community including but not limited to:

  • Collaborate with staff, unions, and stakeholders to promote employment equity.
  • Enhance data gathering, analysis, metrics and program planningto identify and addresssystemic organizational and attitudinal barriers.
  • Collaborate with senior officials to identify and respond to human rights and equityrelated risks.
  • Develop resources to support human rights and equity throughout the Board.

Qualifications:• University degree related to Equity Studies, Human Rights, Human Resources, Law, Humanities or SocialSciences; or approved equivalent as determined by the Board.• Minimum 5 years of related experience in human rights, equity, diversity/workplace inclusion or anti-racism.• Demonstrated expertise in the application of human rights law.• Superior understanding of Ontario Human Rights case law; the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Actas it relates to the Workplace Harassment, the Education Act and regulations; and associated legislation,regulations and policies related to human rights and equity.• Knowledge of Ontario's publicly funded schools and education employment equity issues.• Extensive managerial and professional experience at a senior level and the ability to manage in a complexand diverse environment.• Excellent skills and experience in interpersonal, communications and problem-solving skills.• Strong data analysis skills, sound judgment and sensitivity, broad understanding and an inclusive approachto building consensus, solving problems and relationship building.• Demonstrated ability to build rapport with various stakeholders, motivate people, diffuse escalatingsituations and put people at ease.• Experience handling contentious issues with sensitivity, confidentiality and discretion.• Superior time management and organizational skills and the ability to manage competing priorities.• Excellent written and oral communication skills and the demonstrated ability to deal effectively withinternal and external stakeholders.• Strong cultural awareness and demonstrated commitment to working within diverse school communitiesand work environments.Other Preference:• Lived experience as a member of an equity seeking group.• Demonstrated leadership in working with historically oppressed communities, navigating institutionalresistance and leading equity and anti-oppression work and/or demonstrated experience influencingpositive change in the field of equity, diversity, inclusion and Indigeneity, preferably within a comparableorganizational structure.Salary range: $104,003 – 117,680 (This is a full-time position and is part of the board’s union-exemptAdministrative Management Group).Applications including cover letter, resume and three professional references must be submitted via email tocareers@dsbn.org by Friday, January 8, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. Please reference Human Rights and Equity Officerin the subject line.Lora Courtois, Superintendent of Human ResourcesThe District School Board of Niagara is welcoming of candidates from diverse communities, backgrounds an identities and encourages applications from qualified members of these groups. Applicants are invited to self-identify if you are First Nations, Metis, Inuit, a member of a visible minority group(s) or a person with disabilities. This information is collected under the authority of the Ontario Human Rights Code and will beused to keep track of recruitment information. No personal information will be included.The District School Board of Niagara is committed to equity and inclusion in the recruitment and hiring ofqualified staff who reflect the diversity of our region. We encourage submissions from candidates whorepresent the various dimensions of diversity. We will make interview and employment accommodationsduring the selection process, based on any of the human rights protected grounds. Please notify us in advanceand we will work with you to meet your needs. All personal information is collected under the authority of theMunicipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be used to determine qualificationsfor employment. Applicants are thanked for making known their interest in working for the District SchoolBoard of Niagara. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals; however, only those underconsideration will be contacted.

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