Director, Diversity, Inclusivity and Professionalism
Description: The Director, Diversity, Inclusivity and Professionalism works to ensure that every member of the Engineering community is afforded the right to study and work in an environment free of biases based on race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship or creed, sexual diversity, age, gender and ability. Reporting to the Dean in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering and to the Vice-President, HR & Equity, the Director, Diversity, Inclusivity and Professionalism will work collaboratively with the senior academic and administrative leaders across the Faculty to develop, lead and implement initiatives to promote diversity and inclusion within the learning, living and working environments for faculty, staff, and students in the Faculty. Working closely and collaboratively with the Vice-Dean, First Year, and liaising with organizations such as Professional Engineers Ontario, and the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers, the incumbent will also lead and implement training and awareness initiatives to prepare students on critical aspects of ethics and professionalism in the field of engineering.
The Director, Diversity, Inclusivity and Professionalism will be the main point of contact for equity concerns for faculty, staff and students, and will work closely with the Engineering HR Office and the University’s equity officers and the University’s Office of Workplace Investigations to ensure appropriate and timely resolution of reported incidents. The incumbent provides advice and makes recommendations to the FASE leadership team on matters of policy interpretation and practice concerning diversity, accessibility, equity, inclusion, freedom of speech and freedom of expression for students, staff, faculty and visitors.
The Director, Diversity, Inclusivity and Professionalism coordinates related professional development and educational initiatives for all levels of the FASE community, in collaboration with the Vice Dean, First Year, Faculty Registrar, Chairs and Directors and the Engineering HR Office. The incumbent represents FASE on relevant committees inside and outside the FASE community. The incumbent will also identify gaps and areas for improvement in relation to equitable practices and bring them forward for review to equity outcomes appropriate parties; advise and work with departments and units on strategies to improve diversity and; ensure that strategies and programs to improve diversity are supported by research into what has worked effectively at other institutions.
Graduate degree in an engineering related discipline or equivalent experience and undergraduate degree in engineering related discipline. Professional Engineering designation is required.
Several years of professional experience in, and understanding of, complex issues related to equity and diversity as they relate to the student experience and the workplace. A thorough understanding of diversity frameworks is essential. Familiarity with the role of human resources and equity within the organizational structure. Proven experience as an organizational leader, particularly around initiatives that promote diversity, access, and inclusion. Experience designing and delivering educational programs is required. Experience working with professional engineering organizations and understanding aspects of ethics and professionalism as applied to engineering. Experience working with students and an appreciation for the diverse backgrounds and experiences of the University’s student body. Thorough understanding of the Ontario Human Rights Code and relevant legislation/case law. Experience working within a post-secondary context is strongly preferred.
Highly proficient computer skills including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Internet research skills.
Excellent interpersonal, communication, facilitation and mediation skills. Collaborative and team-oriented leadership style. Ability to make appropriate connections and build synergies. An open and creative approach to problem solving and a willingness to address issues without territoriality. Ability to understand and enable diverse viewpoints and approaches to achieve university goals. An innovative and strategic thinker with a broad vision for the role of diversity in achieving institutional excellence. Demonstrated experience and competence in developing and delivering targeted training sessions to diverse groups. Ability to engage with various stakeholders and members of the FASE community and connect and build rapport with student groups. Demonstrated ability to introduce and implement change within an organizational structure. Ability to work independently and within a team environment. Ability to operate at the strategic, policy and operational levels. Highly developed organizational and program development skills. Commitment and sensitivity to matters related to the student experience, educational opportunity and employment. Demonstrated analytical ability and ability to use initiative and good judgment in decision making.