Position Title

Human Rights and Equity Advisor

  • Type: Full Time
  • City: Burlington, ON
  • Wage ($/hr): $155,688/ year
  • Employer Type: Business
  • Published on: 2022-06-24
  • Application Deadline: 2022-12-24
  • Job ID: 120900622
  • Job Category: Other
  • Views: 64
  • Retrieved on: 2022 September 28 06:58:50 PM EDT

Website Halton District School Board

Human Rights and Equity Advisor

Job Description

Position: Human Rights and Equity Advisor (HREA)
Salary: $155,688.
Location: J.W. Singleton Education Centre, Burlington, ON
Effective Date: July 1, 2022

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Director of Education of the Halton District School Board the Human Rights and Equity Advisor will have senior level responsibilities and work alongside senior board staff to further foster cultures of respect for human rights and equity.

Key Responsibilities:

The HREA has two broad areas of responsibility:
Through leadership, education and training, relationship-building and participating in system-level decision-making, the HREA supports the board to identify and address systemically-based human rights and equity issues and build the board’s capacity to ensure compliance with the Ontario Human Rights Code. Responsibilities in this aspect of the role include:
Building/maintaining networks of support for human rights and equity across the school board and in school communities
Providing education and information on human rights issues across the school board, including providing for human rights compliance training to senior school board staff
Working with senior school board officials to identify and respond to human rights and equity related risks
Providing guidance and advice to the board on its strategic goals in all areas toward fostering a culture free of harassment and discrimination
Working with senior school board officials on developing, coordinating, providing guidance on and implementing plans, policies and procedures related to human rights, including any employment and educational equity plans
Consulting and working with staff, unions, students, parents, Indigenous partners, other local community partners and ministry staff
Working with staff in the Equity and Inclusive Education department to support equitable teaching and learning for all students, including promoting culturally responsive and relevant pedagogy
Serving as a resource to senior team on the collection of identity-based data, as well as information related to human rights and equity activities, trends and findings to meet reporting requirements

Utilizing their expertise and proven experience in human rights, alternative forms of dispute resolution and restorative justice, the HREA will work with senior level staff to:
Assist in the response to human rights issues and complaints
Assist in establishing an accessible web presence, and ensuring board complaints procedures are widely communicated and accessible to all staff, students and communities of the board
Assist in training superintendents, school administrators, managers, and other senior level staff on how to respond to human rights issues
Assist in gathering statistical information and trend data
Assist in determining appropriate methods of dispute resolution and contracting services (e.g. investigators) where needed
Assist in mediation or other alternative dispute resolution where needed
On an as-needed basis, support the resolution of disputes concerning additional fees/supports for students receiving education services under a proposed or existing agreement under ss. 185 or 188 of the Education Act.

Required Competencies:

The Human Rights and Equity Advisor will have the following expertise and experience:
Post-secondary degree, diploma or certificate in a human rights-related discipline, Humanities or Social Sciences
Superior understanding of the Ontario Human Rights Code and human rights case law. Sound understanding of the Education Act, its regulations and associated legislation such as the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act, and other regulations and policies related to human rights and equity
Demonstrated work-related expertise in applying human rights law and analyzing issues using the Human Rights Code and relevant policies to prevent and address discrimination and harassment, including
Direct experience (3+ years recommended) successfully resolving human rights- related harassment and discrimination complaints through mediation, investigation and/or other dispute resolution methods
Experience in designing and delivering human rights education and training programs, including conducting training on alternative dispute resolution, investigation, report- writing, etc
Demonstrated experience providing advice and expertise on human rights-related strategic policy issues to senior level administration
Knowledge of emerging human rights trends and issues
Extensive managerial and professional experience at a senior level and the ability to manage in a complex and diverse environment
Demonstrated experience working with internal and external stakeholders to develop human rights-related policies and procedures
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Excellent skills and experience in interpersonal communications and problem-solving, sound judgment and sensitivity, broad understanding and an inclusive approach to building consensus, solving problems and relationship building
Demonstrated ability to build rapport with various stakeholders, motivate people, diffuse escalating situations and put people at ease
Experience handling contentious issues with sensitivity, confidentiality and discretion
Strong cultural competence and demonstrated commitment to working in a diverse school community and/or work environment
Ability to manage a caseload, prioritize and organize work effectively, manage multiple high priorities and deadlines, and maintain detailed records in a fast-paced environment

We thank all applicants for their interest in opportunities with the Halton District School Board. Contact will only be made with those who are shortlisted for an interview.

The HDSB is committed to providing a respectful and healthy work environment.

Applications, along with your resume and other supporting documents must be submitted through Apply to Education – www.applytoeducation.com by 4:00 pm on Monday July 4, 2022.

Job Category: Management & Professionals – Job Code #3277396

We thank all applicants for their interest in opportunities with the Halton District School Board. Contact will only be made with those who are shortlisted for an interview.

Equity:

The Halton District School Board recognizes that, consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, employment practices and procedures at all levels should reflect, demonstrate understanding of and respond to a diverse population. The Board is committed to providing a workplace environment that is fair and equitable to all.

In our efforts to ensure an inclusive, diverse and representative workforce, we will:
value, promote and encourage the hiring of staff from under-represented communities;
grant first consideration, where the skills, ability, and qualifications of the applicants are relatively equal, to applicants who self-identify as members of historically under-represented communities. Where a collective agreement or terms and conditions govern the hiring or promotional process, this will be done in a manner that is consistent with the School Board’s obligations.

Applicant Self Identification Questions:
As part of the recruitment and selection function, the HDSB will collect voluntary self identification data from applicants in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, HDSB’s Teacher Hiring Practices Administrative Procedure, HDSB’s Employment Equity Policy and Ontario’s Anti Racism Data Standards:

Personal information on this form is collected under the authority of the Anti-Racism Act, 2017, S.O. 2017, c. 15, in compliance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. M.56. In accordance with HDSB’s Employment Equity Policy, personal information collected on this form will aim to achieve an inclusive, diverse and representative workforce. It works to intentionally identify and remove barriers for equity-deserving communities at each stage of the hiring process. Encouraging diversity of the workforce in the school board is vital because the workforce should be reflective and representative of the community.
Although hiring policies must adhere to the qualification requirements set out in applicable Regulations (eg. Regulation 298, “Operation of Schools – General”) and any applicable collective agreement provisions, the Board recognizes the importance of the following when developing its selection and evaluation criteria:

valuing applicants’ additional experience, lived experience, skills, backgrounds and perspectives; and

granting first consideration, where the skills, ability, and qualifications of the applicants are relatively equal, to applicants who self-identify as members of historically under-represented communities.

We encourage you to respond to our voluntary applicant self-identification questions. This data will inform our understanding of the diversity of our applicant pool as well as the progress of applicants throughout the hiring process. This data will inform our goals, strategies and actions and our progress towards creating and sustaining an inclusive and equitable workforce. Any information that you provide in response to these questions will be referred to during the hiring process for this position, and will be shared with the hiring manager and/or committee members responsible for the hiring process.
The section includes questions from Ontario’s Anti-Racism Data Standards (Standards, 2017). The Standards were established to help identify and monitor systemic racism and racial disparities within the public sector. The Standards establish consistent, effective practices for producing reliable information to support evidence-based decision-making and public accountability to help eliminate systemic racism and promote racial equity (adapted from Ontario’s Anti-Racism Data Standards, 2017).
Questions about this collection may be directed to Marsha Sulewski, Supervisor of Staffing and Recruiting at sulewskim@hdsb.ca.
Accommodation:

Upon request, we will provide reasonable accommodations for candidates who have temporary or permanent disability, or who otherwise require accommodations based on the protected grounds highlighted in the Ontario Human Rights Code in respect to the recruitment and selection process.

Wellness:

The HDSB is committed to providing a respectful and healthy work environment.

Required languages: English

Education level: Post-secondary degree, diploma or certificate in a human rights-related discipline, Humanities or Social Sciences

Required skills: Superior understanding of the Ontario Human Rights Code and human rights case law. Sound understanding of the Education Act, its regulations and associated legislation such as the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act, and other regulations and policies related to human rights and equity Demonstrated work-related expertise in applying human rights law and analyzing issues using the Human Rights Code and relevant policies to prevent and address discrimination and harassment, including Direct experience (3+ years recommended) successfully resolving human rights- related harassment and discrimination complaints through mediation, investigation and/or other dispute resolution methods Experience in designing and delivering human rights education and training programs, including conducting training on alternative dispute resolution, investigation, report- writing, etc Demonstrated experience providing advice and expertise on human rights-related strategic policy issues to senior level administration Knowl

Closest intersection: Guelph Line and Upper Middle Road

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