Human Rights and Equity Advisor


Human Rights and Equity Advisor

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Posted: November 24th 2019
Deadline: December 2nd, 2019
Salary: $127,635 to $146,730 per annum

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) is a dynamic, creative learning organization that fosters the achievement, well-being and dignity of every student. The OCDSB is the largest school district in Eastern Ontario, serving 73,000 students in 147 schools.

We are seeking a dynamic, committed professional to join our senior team as a Human Rights and Equity Advisor (HREA). This is an 18-month contract with the possibility of renewal.

Reporting to the Director of Education, the Human Rights and Equity Advisor (HREA) will work alongside senior system leaders to proactively address human rights concerns and foster cultures of respect for human rights and equity. The HREA’s key responsibilities include:

  • supporting the district’s efforts to identify and address systemically-based human rights and equity issues and build capacity to ensure compliance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, through leadership, education and training, relationship-building, and participating in system-level decision-making, and
  • overseeing the OCDSB’s internal human rights complaint procedure, including conducting investigations.

The ideal candidate will have

  • a post-secondary degree in a related discipline such as law, human rights and equity, humanities, social sciences;
  • a minimum of three years direct experience in human rights and equity, developing human rights-related policies and procedures and managing human rights complaints, or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • superior knowledge and understanding of the Ontario Human Rights Code and human rights case law, and emerging issues and trends;
  • knowledge and understanding of the Education Act, associated regulations and legislation
  • qualifications to practice law in Ontario is considered an asset
  • ability to apply human rights law and analyze issues using the code and relevant policies and procedures to prevent and address discrimination and harassment;
  • ability to manage in a complex and diverse environment;
  • strong written and oral communication skills, interpersonal skills and problem-solving
  • an inclusive approach to building consensus and solving problems;
  • experience handling contentious issues with sensitivity, confidentiality, tact  and discretion;
  • strong cultural competence and demonstrated commitment to working in a diverse school community and/or work environment
  • ability to manage a large caseload, prioritize and organize work effectively, manage multiple priorities and deadlines, and maintain detailed records in a fast-paced environment
Additional Information

Qualified and interested candidates are invited to submit a detailed resume and cover letter on or before December 2, 2019 by 4:00 pm. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board is committed to equity for all students and staff and to delivering the highest quality education through a qualified workforce that reflects the diversity of the students and communities it serves. For applicants who require accommodations at any point in the selection process are invited to contact

Contact Information
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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