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Assistant Vice-President, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging

Ontario Tech University

Ontario Tech University (“Ontario Tech”) is one of Canada’s fastest-growing universities and is on an inspiring upward trajectory. A national leader in energy, health care, data informatics and ed tech, Ontario Tech combines a culture of innovative, technology-enabled learning with strong industry partnerships, world-class research, and a focus on student experiential learning. Ontario Tech’s ‘can-do’ culture attracts incredibly talented and diverse faculty, students and staff who keep the University at the cutting edge of innovation and discovery. Aspiring to improve the human condition and our planet, Ontario Tech is committed to encouraging students, staff, faculty and community to embrace a collaborative approach that champions diversity, inclusion and belonging while reimagining higher learning as an ongoing pursuit to fuel Canada’s knowledge economy. In 2021, for the first time in its 18-year history, Ontario Tech appeared in the world’s most influential global university rankings: the Times Higher Education World University Rankings as well as ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

As an institution focused on “Technology with a Conscience” located in Ontario’s most rapidly growing region, diversity and inclusion are a key driver of that equation. Ontario Tech is seeking an inspiring and proactive equity, diversity, inclusion and decolonization (“EDID”) leader to champion and support authentic belonging in everything Ontario Tech does. Reporting to the Ontario Tech Provost and Vice-President, Academic and working closely with Deans and non-faculty leaders across the campus, the Assistant Vice-President, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging (“Assistant Vice-President” or “AVP”) leads all of Ontario Tech’s EDID initiatives, including strategy development and operational implementation, research, learning and training, EDID-related communication and community partnerships in alignment with Ontario Tech’s mission, vision and values. Bringing best-in-class policies and processes and real-world experience building an EDID function, the AVP builds and scales an effective framework for the balanced analysis of diversity and inclusion initiatives to create meaningful, lasting systemic change across the University.

The ideal Assistant Vice-President, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging is an action-oriented leader who has worked with diverse groups to align them to a greater goal. An empathetic relationship builder who develops rapport at all levels, the AVP earns trust and respect among a wide range of internal and external influencers and decision-makers. Knowledgeable about how public sector organizations work, the persuasive AVP knows how to move initiatives forward through both formal and informal channels, designing and implementing strategic business plans that ensure EDID excellence, strengthen Ontario Tech’s welcoming culture, and firmly position Ontario Tech at the forefront of diversity and inclusion leaders in Canada. The Assistant Vice-President’s successful leadership will develop and foster a campus culture of true belonging at Ontario Tech University.

With 10+ years of progressive post-graduate experience designing and implementing equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives in Canadian organizations from the ground up, the incoming Assistant Vice-President, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging brings the ability to evaluate, design and implement a diversity and inclusion strategy, applying best-practice approaches in evaluating research, analyzing data, setting metrics, and fostering long-term and meaningful relationships within the University and the community to drive Ontario Tech’s culture of belonging.

The successful candidate will have a university degree combined with practical, tested, real-world experience developing and successfully implementing effective EDID strategies and/or programs. A graduate degree, human resources credentials, student affairs experience, EDID studies, higher and/or K-12 education, government and labour relations experience are each valuable assets.

This is an outstanding opportunity for an experienced EDID leader to accelerate Ontario Tech’s growth and continued transformation through an inspiring and inclusive EDID strategy and action plan that will have a positive impact on Ontario Tech, now and for many years to come.

How to Apply

If you are interested in further exploring this exciting Assistant Vice-President, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging opportunity at Ontario Tech, please provide your resume and a detailed cover letter. Please address your cover letter to Lisa Heidman, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Arlington Partners International and the Ontario Tech Selection Committee and send your confidential materials directly to Lisa Heidman at lisaheidman@arlingtonpartnersinc.com. We look forward to exploring your candidacy.

Ontario Tech University is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, while especially encouraging applications from women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous Peoples in Canada will be given priority.

Ontario Tech University respects people's different needs and therefore will take all reasonable steps to ensure accommodation for applicants where appropriate. The University is also committed to ensuring that confidentiality is maintained throughout all aspects of the recruitment cycle.

Prior to May 1, 2022, the University required all students, faculty, staff and visitors (including contractors) to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as defined by its mandatory vaccine directive. This directive was paused, effective May 1, 2022, but may be reinstated at any point in the future depending on public health guidelines and the recommendations of experts. All employees of the university will be expected to comply with the requirements of this directive.

The University recognizes faculty and staff may require accommodations. Ontario Tech is committed to an accommodation process in which individualized needs (e.g. for medical and religious/creed grounds) are appropriately addressed under the Ontario Human Rights Code. A COVID-19 Vaccination Accommodation Application Form is available. For more information about the University’s policies for accommodating employees with disabilities please review the university’s Accessibility Policy.

The University acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation which is covered under the Williams Treaties. The University is situated on the Traditional Territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation which includes Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi.