Special Advisor, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) campuses are situated on the traditional lands of the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc (Kamloops campus) and the T’exelc (Williams Lake campus) within Secwépemc'ulucw, the traditional and unceded territory of the Secwépemc.
At TRU, student success is our priority. Students are empowered to reach their goals with many paths to learning, an applied approach and a supportive, inclusive environment. TRU is committed to both academic excellence and accessibility for all, opening doors and opening minds. TRU is a comprehensive, learner-centered, environmentally responsible institution that serves its regional, national, and international learners and their communities through high quality and flexible education, training, research and scholarship. From traditional academics to trades, from certificates to graduate degrees, TRU offers students choice from over 140 on-campus programs and 60 online or by distance programs. More than 28,900 students study on campuses in Kamloops and Williams Lake and in regional centres throughout the interior, or in distance or online courses and programs through Open Learning. Research, knowledge creation and innovation thrive in TRU’s open, flexible learning environment.
Community-minded with a global conscience, TRU boldly redefines the university as a place of belonging – Kw’seltktnéws (we are all related and interconnected with nature, each other, and all things) – where all people are empowered to transform themselves, their communities and the world. Within this context, TRU is seeking a dynamic and collaborative Special Advisor, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). As a key strategic leader and influencer, the Special Advisor, EDI is a member of the senior leadership team, and reports to the Provost and Vice-President Academic with dotted-line reporting to the Associate Vice-President People and Culture. The Special Advisor, EDI will work collegially across the university and externally to plan, develop and support the implementation of a collective vision, values and alignment for EDI services, policies and programs at TRU.
The Special Advisor, EDI will bring a strong knowledge of anti-oppression, EDI principles and practices and a background in providing training to diverse audiences. The successful candidate will demonstrate strong interpersonal, communication, and strategic skills as well as the ability to handle sensitive issues while maintaining the respect and confidentiality of all involved. Experience developing and delivering related programs and initiatives is paramount to success. The ideal candidate will possess an earned doctoral or terminal degree; however, a combination of a Master’s degree and relevant experience in the field, preferably within a university environment, will be considered.
Thompson Rivers University is strongly committed to hiring based on merit with a focus on fostering diversity of thought within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, Indigenous peoples, black and people of colour, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply however applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
TRU is being assisted in this search by The Geldart Group. To learn more about this exciting leadership opportunity, please connect with Cameron Geldart at firstname.lastname@example.org. To apply, please forward your CV, a letter of introduction, and the names and contact information for three referees in strictest confidence to the same email address.