We are currently accepting applications for the position of Student Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Strategist (EDI).
Reporting to the Manager, Learner Access & Inclusion, Learner Success Services, the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Strategist is responsible for coordinating and implementing student DEI programming with a focus on education, and creating a safe, inclusive campus environment for equity-deserving student groups. The Student EDI Strategist advises the College Community on student accommodations & issues related to Human Rights protected grounds for the prevention of discrimination, harassment, and human rights legislation violations.
Specifically, the incumbent is responsible for:
o Development, Coordination and Evaluation of student-focused Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) programming
o Consulting, education and advising employees and students on human rights legislation as it impacts the student experience
o Grant Research/Writing to support student-focused EDI activities, initiatives, programs and services.
The incumbent is expected to build and maintain understanding of relevant legislation and best practices on matters related to equity, diversity, and inclusion as it relates to students.
Development, Coordination and Evaluation of student-focused Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) programming
- Researches student EDI programs and initiatives across post-secondary institutions in Canada and North America.
- Researches and understand the unique needs of Bow Valley College students in all campuses and across all learning modalities.
- Analyzes and utilize College student survey results to isolate diversity and inclusion needs and subsequent strategies to address gaps and opportunities.
- Creates surveys, focus groups and other research methods to capture student needs and inform future programming.
- Researches best practices and current academic literature in the EDI field to assess the fit for Bow Valley College students.
- Collaborates with a wide range of campus stakeholders, including students, staff and faculty to inform programming content, gather resources and identify needs and opportunities for EDI programming.
- Directs and works in collaboration with LSS colleagues to develop a suite of EDI initiatives and programs that are relevant to the student population and focus on equity-deserving groups (e.g., LGBTQ2S+, racialized groups, faith-based groups, students with disabilities etc..). Programming may include
o Student training programs
o Outreach booths
o Classroom presentations
o Written bulletins, brochures, posters
o Social media campaigns
o Presentations to faculty & staff
- Directs the participation and activities of employees from other College departments, in relation to a coordinated approach to EDI programming across the College.
- Creates and maintains a workplan for all programming which details tasks, identification of delegated staff for task, outcomes, timelines for completion and briefings.
- Leads, in collaboration with MarCom, the development of a marketing plan for EDI programming and awareness across the College.
- Responds to new requests for student events and workshops in a timely and professional manner.
- Lends strategic expertise to existing working groups to help ensure a EDI lens is considered for coordinated action.
- Chairs the Student Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Advisory Committee and represents Student Services on relevant College committees as appropriate (e.g., Pride Committee).
- Seeks and collaborates on opportunities with other Post-Secondary institutions, as well as community agencies/organizations where doing so will achieve better, fairer outcomes for students, or where required.
- Liaises with the Students’ Association of Bow Valley College to support their involvement and leadership in designated EDI initiatives.
- Recruits, trains and supervises student volunteers to support student development and EDI programming.
- Works in collaboration with Student Events & Engagement Specialist to train all student volunteers on integrating EDI principles and considerations into their volunteering experiences
- Identifies and evaluates programming to ensure needs of Bow Valley College students are met including designing measurement tools to measure success.
- Supports the creation of spaces for equity-deserving groups to share feedback, offer thoughts, and provide direction/input on EDI initiatives.
- Designs methodologies to correlate EDI programming with other student success, satisfaction, and retention rates.
- Identifies and work closely with the College community to ensure that student concerns are thoroughly understood and addressed as necessary.
- Ensures key stakeholders are included in planning and administration to assess process and outcomes.
- Maintains accurate records of student interactions, workshop attendance, resources distributed, evaluation summaries etc.
Human Rights Legislation Advising, Consultation & Education
- Responsible for the determination and provision of student accommodations based on protected grounds (other than disability protected ground).
- Meets with students and employees to discuss requests for student accommodations on human rights protected grounds.
- Requests, collects, and evaluates documentation & case law information to determine student accommodations.
- Researches and provides direction to the College regarding the developments in human rights legislation and case law as it pertains to student accommodations.
- Liaises with legal counsel, when necessary, around issues related to protected grounds for students
- Reviews (or responds to) student complaints related to protected grounds, human rights, discrimination and harassment including referring students to report through the Student Code of Conduct policy, Human Resources or through alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.
- Ensures the protection and storage of highly sensitive and confidential student information and documentation, particularly as it relates to complex investigations of respectful environment issues, involving collection and assessment of information from multiple stakeholders.
- Provides advice and assistance to members of the College community on issues of student equity, discrimination, harassment, human rights legislation, and accommodations.
- Serves as a subject matter expert or conduit on issues and concerns related to equity-deserving student groups (e.g., LGBTQ2S+, racialized groups, faith-based groups, students with disabilities etc.).
- Provides advice to the College on future amendments to student policy and procedures to ensure an integration of DEI principles.
- Prepares annual reports documenting activity relating to College’s student accommodation requests, trends and efforts.
- Establishes a multi-year plan in student services that aims to implement the recommendations for building inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility across the student body.
- Responsible for developing and implementing program and presentations to train and educate the College community regarding institutional and individual's obligations under relevant legislation.
- Prepares and delivers presentations to communicate the College’s accommodation policy and procedure across various levels of administration including senior leadership.
- Aids in identifying patterns that would guide educational and other proactive initiatives directed at systemic responsiveness.
- Develops and directs the creation of guidelines & resources to assist the College community in understanding the College’s duty to accommodate across all protected ground.
Grant Research/Writing to support student-focused EDI activities, initiatives, programs and services
- Responsible for researching and writing grant proposals to foundations and other grant-making organizations that support initiatives related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. This may include
- Consults with LSS staff and managers to determine EDI grant funding opportunities across student services areas
- Works with Fund Development to consider grant opportunities and proposal submissions, where appropriate.
- Assembles and prepares grant requests, including letters, scorecards, proposals, budgets and presentations
- Conducts prospect research to ensure promptness and completeness of applications when funding opportunities arise.
- Thorough knowledge of Alberta Human Rights Legislation
- Thorough knowledge of concepts and best practices related to diversity, equity, and inclusion across the Post-Secondary landscape
- Demonstrated success in the development and implementation of EDI programming
- Ability to identify and implement innovative and appropriate change within a dynamic, collaborative, multi-stakeholder environment
- Strong knowledge of marketing, communications, and event management
- Strong project management skills
- Ability to research, assess and apply new equity models with students
- Good ability to manage resources and generate grant revenue
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders, employees, and students
- Ability to identify problems and determine appropriate solutions, often in a complex working and learning environment
- Ability to manage multiple projects and deal with competing of changing priorities
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced, service-based environment
- Experience in development of business cases and grant proposal writing
- Superior sense of control, fairness, equity, and good judgement
- Bachelor’s Degree
- 4 years of directly related experience
- An equivalent combination of directly related education and experience may be considered
- Master’s Degree strongly preferred
- Experience in interpreting Alberta Human Rights Legislation and implementing accommodations
- Broad knowledge of and understanding of issues impacting equity-deserving groups
- Demonstrated success in development and implementation of EDI programs and initiatives
- Strong project management skills
- Good ability to manage resources
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders, employees and students
- Excellent communication and presentation skills
- Ability to seek and write grant applications
- Preference will be given to candidates with directly related post-secondary experience
Minimum Education Requirements
BVC CALGARY - CA (Primary)
FTE Per Individual (%)
61, 368 - 84, 012