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Senior EDI Advisor, Human Rights and Equity, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Provost and VP Academic

Job ID: 21747

Updated: November 18, 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, Human Rights and Equity. 

Equity, diversity and inclusion are important values, practices, and priorities at the University of Calgary, and they are highlighted in many existing initiatives, policies 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 and ensure an inclusive and respectful environment for all. They strengthen the university 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 OEDI 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. By setting EDI objectives and measurement strategies, positive support structures and services are implemented for our CRC program and greater research enterprise. Dedicated personnel are needed to advance this important initiative.

Working in the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion with the Vice Provost (EDI), the Senior EDI Advisor will provide expertise in support of strengthening EDI education and awareness, policies and practices, and public engagement. The planned term for this new fixed-term position is three years, with potential for extension depending on budget. This position will reside in the OEDI, working closely with our Dimensions EDI initiative and the EDI Advisor in the CRC program. It is anticipated that this position will require strong organizational skills working across portfolios and coordinating tasks and timelines.

The nature of work requires the handling of complex and confidential issues, and in some cases conflicts, that require direct involvement and resolution. The Senior EDI Advisor liaises with staff from within the Offices of the Provost, Research Services and the Vice-President (Research), as well as resources across campus, including the Writing Symbols Lodge, Women's Centre, Staff Wellness, and Human Resources units. The incumbent must have a demonstrated ability to set priorities, act decisively and to exercise a high degree of initiative and judgment on a wide range of issues, using discretion and maintaining confidentiality in the execution of their duties

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 the strategic institutional EDI action plan
  • Develop and implement processes and frameworks to achieve and monitor EDI progress
  • Support equitable and inclusive recruitment practices in consultation with Human Resources
  • Maintain in-depth understanding of EDI requirements, in particular as it relates to innovations in educational equity, inclusive excellence, Dimensions EDI, and the CRC program
  • Develop 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%)

  • Support the development and implementation of processes related to EDI data gathering and processes
  • Develop and conduct environmental scans to identify barriers for equity deserving groups and evaluate their access/barriers to institutional opportunities and resources;
  • Research, write and deliver strategic documentation and supporting policies, practices and actions
  • Inform the need for new actions and track progress in sustaining a healthy and inclusive environment for equity-deserving groups

Guidance and Training (20%)

  • Prepare and deliver presentations to communicate EDI processes across various levels of administration including senior leadership
  • Initiate and lead the development of guidance and training resources on such topics as EDI, intersectionality, unconscious bias, Gender Based Analysis (GBA+) and strategies to support equity and inclusion in higher education
  • Develop, plan, facilitate, and evaluate workshops and training related to EDI

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 internal stakeholders including faculties and schools, the Provost Office, Research Services, various EDI-related committees, and external stakeholders
  • Act as a senior resource to peers in the OEDI, including providing ongoing coaching and mentorship

Other Duties as Assigned (5%)

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • A minimum of a Bachelors Degree required, and a Masters Degree is preferred
  • Postgraduate studies/experience in the areas of EDI and human rights
  • Minimum of 5 years experience developing and facilitating EDI programs is required, preferably in the postsecondary sector
  • Demonstrated track record of working effectively with and for members of equity groups
  • Demonstrated commitment, proactive efforts, and positive outcomes in implementing EDI actions and strategies
  • Knowledge of EDI, accessibility and human rights policies and provincial/federal legislation and best practices
  • Experience in EDI programs for post-secondary initiatives
  • 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 to deliver EDI-related objectives
  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity
  • 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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