Manager, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

University of Victoria - Victoria, BC (30+ days ago)

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The University of Victoria is one of Victoria's largest employers and one of Canada’s best diversity employers. Together we are more than 5,000 dedicated faculty, librarians and staff supporting the University of Victoria’s diverse academic programs, world-class research and commitment to civic engagement.

The salary range for this position is:
Recruitment range: $82,869- $103,586 maximum starting salary is determined through knowledge, experience and internal equity.

Performance range: starting salary to max of $119,123 is available through annual performance increases.

Job Summary

The Equity and Human Rights Office [EQHR] champions and advances the university’s commitment to practices of equity, diversity and inclusion and supports achievement of the Strategic Framework’s objective to cultivate an extraordinary academic environment. EQHR works with students, staff, faculty and senior management:

providing advice, education, resources and facilitation;
receiving, investigating and resolving disclosures, reports and complaints of discrimination, harassment, and sexualized violence;
providing strategic leadership, development and ongoing renewal, implementation and communication of the university’s employment equity plans;
developing policy and programming that supports a diverse, inclusive and respectful environment.

EQHR collects information and compiles statistics and reports on complaints and on the representativeness of UVic’s workforce. The university’s Strategic Framework goals regarding equity, diversity and inclusion are realized through the building of partnerships and networks that encourage capacity building for individuals, groups and communities. EQHR engages in dialogue, consultations and collaborations on and off-campus and organizes events and the work of university committees that advance these goals.

Mandate or core purpose of role
The Manager, Equity Diversity and Inclusion (Manager, EDI ) is a key member of a highly visible team of professionals. The Manager, EDI holds leadership responsibility for the implementation of a comprehensive outreach program to embed equity initiatives across the university. With lead responsibility for the team on matters of planning, implementing and supporting evaluating and reporting on the effectiveness of the university strategic framework goals and EQHR’s service plan objectives on EDI. The Manager leads the EDI education, communications and events portfolios in addition to holding their own dynamic portfolio of projects and initiatives, leading the development and implementation of strategic university programs designed to achieve equity and inclusion in all aspects of the employment experience for faculty and staff and to advance inclusion for marginalized groups on campus.

Summary of roles, functions and areas of focus
Reporting to the Executive Director, EQHR, the Manager Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion will manage multi-faced portfolios and programs.

The Manager EDI will coordinate monitoring, progress, data collection, and reporting on UVic’s employment equity data, including evaluating methods and recommending changes.

The Manager EDI provides advice on issues related to employment equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives for members of the senior executive and works closely with academic and administrative leaders across the university. The manager responds to enquiries on equity and diversity issues and advocates for equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the university, across academic and administrative units, promoting the recognition of both the benefits of equity for all and the sharing of responsibility for equity among all members of the university community. Some of this promotion will be achieved by the design and delivery of workshops on equity and diversity issues as well as directly supporting hiring committees through the provision of advice and training. Some work will involve communications or development of shared projects with other interested units.
The Manager EDI leads collaborative efforts between EQHR and other key campus units to develop annual initiatives flowing from the university’s strategic plan that relate to the promotion of equity, diversity and inclusion on campus.

The Manager, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion will, as appropriate, support casework for complaints where the casework intersects with work in the Manager’s primary portfolio, or to support the workload of the EQHR team.

Job Requirements

Qualifications and experience
This position requires an individual with a minimum of 7 years work related to equity and/or human rights, preferably in a university environment. Experience teaching within an academic setting is highly valued. A degree is required, preferably a graduate degree in a related discipline.

Key job-specific competencies
Knowledge and experience

A demonstrated understanding and ability to apply employment equity legislation, human rights code requirements and related policies
Experience designing, developing and implementing programs and practices that advance equity, diversity and inclusion Familiarity with the academic environment and knowledge of academic search, hiring and personnel processes and practices. Capacity to communicate effectively with academic and other administrators
Interpretation of legislation
Knowledgeable of issues and concerns of equity-seeking groups; contextual understanding of the dynamics of prejudice and discrimination
Personal insight into one’s own multiple social locations and the impact they may have on others
Ability to align work priorities, processes and practices to realize strategic plan goals
Experience with policy review and revision
A demonstrated understanding and ability to apply human rights legislation, administrative law, and harassment policies
Knowledge of fair and equitable hiring practices is required
Knowledge of the university culture and governance is a significant asset

Analytical/Technical Skills

Planning, monitoring results and reporting
Statistical analysis, understanding, interpretation and translation of results
Management and problem solving with respect to data
Proven ability in survey design and interpreting results
Systemic and strategic thinker
Capable of sound analysis of range of equity and human rights issues
Critical thinker

Problem Solving/ Organizational skills

Sound judgment and decision making
Multi-tasks effectively; effective time manager
Works well under pressure
Works well with ambiguity; flexible, adaptable
Creative and innovative
Takes initiative

Communication and Interpersonal skills

Listens thoroughly to allow others to fully express themselves and to discern underlying issues
Verbal skills: adapts speaking style for the intended audience; tailors presentations to audience
Writes clearly and to the point; ensures written communication is appropriate for the audience
Able to influence and persuade
Able to communicate decisions effectively
Articulate spokesperson for equity, human rights and the EQHR office
Enthusiastic; positive approach
Inspires trust in the minds of others
Patient, diplomatic, tactful, discreet; shows courtesy, respect
Consultative working style
Team player - establishes collaborative partnerships which build on strength of each party
Fosters a culture of trust and respect by being open, honest and maintaining confidences
Values the differing perspectives diverse membership brings to a team
Shares information and ideas
Comfortable working with diversity; Sensitive to others’ needs
Establishes personal and professional networks and contacts both internally and externally


Effective supervisory skills; empowers others through the use of positive feedback and recognition
Committed to continuous learning and supporting the development of self as well as unit staff
Able to lead staff through change and transition particularly change that accompanies increasing diversity
Able to develop annual programs of support for diversity initiatives including application processes, adjudication of applications and allocation of funds
Understands budget process and resource allocation
Ensures accuracy of unit record keeping


Maintains confidentiality
Models ethical, equitable and respectful behavior
Able to set aside own views, handle matters without bias and recognize when that is not possible

Unusual working conditions
This position is unique in many ways. The scope of the position is broad, demanding interaction with and accountability to students, staff, faculty, librarians and senior administrators. The position requires a clear understanding of both the challenges and strengths of the university in relation to current state and espoused aspirations for achieving goals in relation to equity and diversity. The AD EDI must be able to point out weaknesses in the university’s current achievements and, at the same time, express and offer positive and creative approaches to meeting aspirational goals.

UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity.

Read our full equity statement here:

Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process may contact Belinda Fontes, HR Programs and Project Manager, at Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.
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