Human Rights Officer (2 positions)

Peel District School Board - Mississauga, ON (4 months ago)

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We are currently accepting applications for a Human Rights Officer (2 Positions).

Are you a human rights professional fully prepared to promote a healthy learning and working environment across the complex, diverse and multi-stakeholder organization that is the Peel District School Board (PDSB)? Do you have the experience, expertise and confidence to act as the initial point of contact for complaints within your assigned portfolio? If so, read on.

Job Duties/Responsibilities and Details

Reporting to the Human Rights Commissioner, you will manage a caseload of files regarding human rights, and harassment and discrimination complaints, from receiving, analyzing and triaging the initial complaints to conducting or overseeing formal investigations, from identifying issues to recommending appropriate next steps. One of your top priorities will be to facilitate early resolution by communicating with complainants and respondents using appropriate coaching, problem-solving, mediation, conflict resolution and ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) strategies. Preparing well-documented reports in accordance with the Human Rights Code and other applicable legislation, as well as Board policies and procedures, will also be an integral part of your role.

Your skills and insight as a Human Rights Officer will be front and centre as you assist in analyzing trends to identify patterns and potential systemic issues, and provide support and training to a variety of stakeholders to develop awareness and understanding of human rights. In so doing, you will make a valuable contribution to fostering and maintaining a culture of respect for human rights, equity and inclusion for students, parents, employees and all stakeholders within the Board community.

Experience and Qualifications

Candidates must have the following qualifications/experience:
Post-secondary degree in Law, Human Rights/Equity or related field
Minimum three years’ of experience in human rights in a unionized public sector or educational setting, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
Minimum three years’ experience in complaints resolution related to human rights/workplace harassment issues; conducting intake, mediations, investigations, documentation and reporting
Knowledge of progressive human rights and workplace harassment prevention practices
In-depth understanding of case-management, mediation and conflict resolution/ADR processes
Knowledge and experience in conducting and overseeing harassment/discrimination investigations
Knowledge of administrative law and practice and laws relating to education, equity, human rights, child youth justice, child welfare, employment and labour
Experience and knowledge of techniques for designing and delivering training and education programs for staff, students and the broader school community related to human rights and equity
Demonstrated effectiveness and success in case management, analyzing and identifying issues, providing mediation and conflict resolution services, achieving early resolution and determining appropriate recommendations, required
Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication, problem solving and data analytical skills
Sound judgment and sensitivity, broad understanding and inclusive approach to building consensus and solving problems, required
Must have a valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle
Ability to take initiative and be proactive in identifying gaps and potential requirements for education and training programs to promote a healthy learning and working environment
Demonstrated commitment to working in a diverse school community and/or work environment
Record of satisfactory on-the-job performance while employed by the Peel District School Board

Preferred qualifications/experience include:
License to practice law is an asset

Commitment to Equity

The Peel District School Board is committed to equity in employment. We are committed to equitable hiring practices that allow us to hire qualified staff who reflect the full diversity of the Region of Peel. We will make any reasonable accommodation, based on any of the human rights protected grounds, to support candidates to participate in the hiring process.

When contacted, candidates will be provided with an overview of the various elements of the selection process, such as test and skill demonstrations. We will provide employment accommodation (i.e. an accessible location, rescheduling of interviews that fall on holy days) if we are advised of an applicant's needs in advance of any part of the selection process.

Criminal Record Check

Successful candidates must provide a satisfactory Criminal Record Check (CRC) prior to commencing employment. Please review the requirements at the CRC link.

Recruitment Process

We appreciate the interest of all applicants, but will only be contacting candidates whose skills, experience and qualifications best meet the requirements of the position. All communication to applicants regarding this job posting, including an invitation to complete skills assessments and/or a job interview if applicable, will be made through email. Candidates are encouraged to regularly check their email as listed on their account.