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Senior EDI Advisor, Institutional Analysis, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Provost and VP Academic

Job ID: 21746

Updated: November 20, 2020

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion within the Provost and VP Academic portfolio is currently seeking a Full-time Regular Senior EDI Advisor, Institutional Analysis. 

Advancing equity, diversity and inclusion are important values, practices, and priorities at the University of Calgary, and they are highlighted in many existing initiatives and strategic plans. Through our Eyes High Strategy 2017-22, respect for equity, diversity and inclusion support our commitment to inclusive excellence in learning, teaching, research, and community engagement. EDI principles and practices inform our Academic and Research Plans, with the aim of ensuring an inclusive and respectful environment for all. They strengthen the university's vision and mission to be recognized as one of the top five research universities in Canada, and this commitment is at the centre of our work, locally, nationally and globally.

The University of Calgary is one of 17 Dimensions Equity, Diversity and Inclusion pilot universities. It has developed an institutional Canada Research Chair (CRC) Equity Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, which is intended to guide efforts for sustaining the participation of and/or addressing the underrepresentation of individuals from the four federally designated groups (FDGs) women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, as well as members of LGBTQ2S.

The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion is committed to identifying institutional practices and equity gaps and barriers that may have an adverse effect on the recruitment and retention of individuals from the FDGs and LGBTQ2S. By setting EDI objectives and measurement strategies, positive support structures and services are implemented for our Dimensions EDI program, complement our Canada Research Chair Action Plan, and a more inclusive teaching, learning, research and working environment. Dedicated personnel are needed to advance this whole systems approach.

Working in the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and reporting to the Vice Provost (EDI), the Senior EDI Advisor for Institutional Analysis, Research and Special Projects, will support the institutional EDI strategic direction through research, data analysis, and policy development. The Senior Advisor will provide expertise in EDI audits and data, planning and strategy, and project evaluation. They will research, plan, design and conduct various complex analyses to inform the institutional EDI strategic direction, programming and policy making.

The nature of work requires the handling of complex and confidential data and the Senior EDI Advisor will have expertise in research ethics. The Senior EDI Advisor liaises with staff from across the institution for EDI related data and analysis to inform evidence-based policy making.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

Process Development and Program Support (30%)

  • Support the Vice Provost (EDI) in developing and conducting institutional equity audits, and the strategic institutional EDI action plan
  • Work in collaboration with the Office of Institutional Analysis to develop EDI data processes and frameworks to achieve and monitor EDI progress
  • Analyze data and provide reporting to support equitable and inclusive recruitment, hiring and retention practices in consultation with Human Resources
  • Analyze data to support equitable and inclusive admissions in collaboration with Student Experience
  • Maintain in-depth understanding of EDI data requirements, in particular on the importance of disaggregated data
  • Develop and update data content for the OEDI administrative webpages and other communication materials
  • Facilitate the broader development of EDI practices and resources applicable across the campus community

Analysis and Reporting (30%)

  • Lead the development of processes related to EDI data gathering and analysis
  • Develop and conduct environmental scans to identify barriers for all equity deserving groups and evaluate their access/barriers to institutional opportunities and resources
  • Research, write and deliver evidence-based strategic documentation and supporting policies, practices and actions
  • Provide reporting to a variety of levels of administration, including senior leadership
  • Inform the need and provide recommendations for new actions to track progress in sustaining a healthy and inclusive environment for all equity-deserving groups

Guidance and Training (20%)

  • Prepare and deliver presentations to communicate EDI data gathering and analyses  across various units and levels of administration including senior leadership
  • Initiate and lead the development of guidance and training resources on such topics as equity audits
  • Develop, plan facilitate, and evaluate workshops and training related to importance of equity audits, disaggregated data, and relationship between EDI data and evidence-based policy making

Leadership (15%)

  • Support the Vice Provost (EDI) in leading and implementing organizational change to support adoption of best practices and program
  • Represent the OEDI team to relevant stakeholders including faculties and schools, the Provost Office, Research Services, and various EDI-related committees
  • Act as a senior resource to peers in the OED and other university units

Other Duties as Assigned (5%)

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • A minimum of a Bachelors Degree required, and a Masters Degree is preferred
  • Knowledge of EDI, accessibility and human rights policies and provincial/federal legislation and best practices
  • Excellent quantitative and qualitative research skills
  • A minimum of 5 years experience working with EDI and related data is required, preferably in the postsecondary sector
  • Advanced programming/analyst skills and in-depth knowledge of statistical software, data management software, and experience with data visualization and infographics
  • A record of working to development and implement EDI actions and strategies; experience in the post-secondary sector an asset
  • Experience in developing process and monitoring frameworks, and proficient in evaluation methods to measure effectiveness of EDI approaches
  • Experience in organizational change management and communication planning
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and effectively with EDI teams
  • Excellent presentation and training skills
  • Ability to work independently, planning and prioritizing own work, in a team setting
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to convey EDI priorities and build relationships in a variety of settings across diverse demographics of stakeholders
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Expectation to be willing to learn about and implement university and relevant external processes

Application Deadline:  December 1, 2020

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Specialist/Advisor Job Family, Phase III.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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