Director, Human Rights and Equity

University of Guelph

Location: Ontario
Date posted: 2013-01-07

The University of Guelph invites applications, nominations and expressions of interest for the position of Director, Human Rights and Equity, with the appointment to be effective ideally by July 2013.

The University of Guelph has achieved prominence in Canada and around the world as a research-intensive and learner-centred university, playing a key role in agricultural, veterinary, engineering, social, humanities and life sciences research and training. Approximately 18,000 undergraduate and 2,400 graduate students attend the University of Guelph to pursue 11 undergraduate and 45 graduate degree programs housed within its seven colleges. In addition, three regional campuses and 12 research stations are spread across the province of Ontario. With about 800 full-time faculty and approximately 2,100 full-time staff, Guelph's annual operating budget exceeds $750 million. More information about the University of Guelph can be found at

Established in 1996, the role of the Human Rights and Equity Office is to help promote and to maintain an environment in which all persons, regardless of their personal characteristics, feel that they are treated with dignity and respect. The Office's staff, together with many interested University community members, work toward meeting the University of Guelph's commitments to protecting and upholding the human rights of every individual, to providing special programs to end the effects of historical disadvantage and to achieving equity in all areas of University life. Reporting to the President, and supporting the Provost and Vice-President Academic in the area of educational equity, the Director, Human Rights and Equity will build upon the Office's strong foundation by continuing to successfully promote and lead its mandate. S/he will play a central role in education initiatives; expand partnerships within the University and the broader community; and provide expertise, insight, consultation, and assistance to the entire University.

The successful candidate will have in-depth knowledge of, and demonstrated commitment to, the principles and issues of equity and human rights, and a track record of success with these issues in a complex, diverse and ideally academic environment. Strong organizational and administrative abilities, an understanding of relevant legislative frameworks related to accessibility, diversity, equity and human rights, and familiarity with creating consultative and collaborative networks will be essential. In addition, the ideal candidate will have a post-graduate education, demonstrated initiative, strategic leadership and advocacy skills on equity, diversity, accessibility and related issues, and a track record of effecting policy, procedural and behavioural change at an organization-wide level.

The University of Guelph is committed to equity in its policies, practices, and programs, supports diversity in its teaching, learning and work environments, and ensures that applications for members of underrepresented groups are seriously considered under its employment equity policy. All qualified individuals who would contribute to the further diversification of the University community are encouraged to apply.

The search committee will begin consideration of candidates immediately and will continue until the role is successfully filled. Applications should include a letter of introduction, curriculum vitae and the names of three references (who will not be contacted without the consent of the candidate), and be submitted electronically, in confidence, to:

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