Director of Equity
University of Waterloo - Waterloo, ON

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In just half a century, the University of Waterloo, located at the heart of Canada’s technology hub, has become a leading comprehensive university with 34,000 full- and part-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Consistently ranked Canada’s most innovative university, Waterloo is home to advanced research and teaching in science, engineering, mathematics, applied health sciences, environment and arts. From quantum computing and nanotechnology to clinical psychology and health sciences research, Waterloo brings ideas and brilliant minds together, inspiring innovations with real impact today and in the future.

The University of Waterloo is seeking a highly collaborative individual for the new position of Director of Equity. In this portfolio, the Director will build the equity agenda at the University of Waterloo, from the ground up, with significant input from the President, senior executive team, faculty, staff and students. Reporting to the Secretary of the University, the Director will work with the entire university community to lead, articulate and effect change for equity through policies, programs and practice. The overall purpose is to cultivate the core values of respect, equity and diversity at the University of Waterloo.

The ideal candidate will have significant knowledge of and demonstrated commitment to equity and will have 5-7 years of experience leading and advancing equity within a post-secondary environment or a similarly complex organization and will also hold a Master’s, LLB or J.D. degree or higher. This is a staff position, but candidates eligible for a faculty appointment will also be considered.

The successful candidate will have experience as a change agent, equity advocate and collaborator. They must have a high level of interpersonal skills and the capacity to listen effectively and sensitively to a broad range of diverse stakeholders, including students, faculty and staff members. During their career, the ideal candidate has gained significant respect from members of a senior leadership team working on organization-wide committees and collaboratively with multiple stakeholders. The capacity to operate on an independent basis in the context of a multifaceted organization is essential. In addition, a deep understanding of equity issues and substantial experience creating and leading policies, programs and practices is required. To request a copy of the position profile or to apply for this exciting opportunity, please connect directly with Logan Atkinson, Secretary of the University of Waterloo at logan.atkinson@uwaterloo .ca or 519-888-4567 x84012. Applications must include a cover letter describing your fit with the position and a detailed resume. Review of applications will begin June 3rd.

The university respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. Applications from all qualified individuals are encouraged.


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