Human Rights and Equity Advisor

Toronto Catholic District School Board
Toronto Catholic District School Board
Non-Union Level 5: $104,442 - $125,323
June 29, 2018
July 20, 2018
Job Level
Employment Type
Full time
Designations Required/Preferred


Non-Union Level 5: $104,442 - $125,323

The Toronto Catholic District School Board invites applications from qualified candidates for the position of Human Rights and Equity Advisor. This position is a two-year positon with the potential of becoming permanent depending on government funding.

Candidates are to be actively practicing Catholics with a dedication to the goals and objectives of Catholic Education. They support the worth and dignity of every person and promote Gospel Values, social  justice, environmental responsibility, human solidarity and the common good with a commitment to equity of outcomes at all levels of the organization. The ideal candidate is an energetic, self-motivated and visionary team leader who is ethical and caring. The candidate should demonstrate excellent communication skills; strong, proven leadership skills; a positive attitude; competency with technology; and the ability to build effective relationships with all stakeholders.

The Human Rights and Equity Advisor has executive level responsibilities and reports to the Director of Education. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • further fostering cultures of respect for human rights and equity;
  • building networks of support for human rights and equity within the Toronto Catholic District School;
  • building and maintaining networks of support for human rights and equity across the school board and in school communities;
  • working with system leaders within the board to develop a comprehensive human rights and equity strategy focused on the development and implementation of a board-level system response to promote human rights and equity, and appropriately address human rights issues;
  • providing human rights and equity compliance training to senior school board staff and governors of the Board;
  • working with Human Resources staff to provide training and information in relation to workplace harassment and violence;
  • working collaboratively with schools by providing equity-related support to students, parents and school board staff;
  • collaborating with regional ministry human rights staff and with local Indigenous and equity-seeking communities; and
  • supporting the collection of data and information on board Human Rights and Equity activities, trends and findings to meet reporting requirements.

The Human Rights and Equity Advisor will provide exemplary leadership and work proactively with the Board’s senior team in supporting the Board’s Mission and Vision as well as developing and executing the Board’s Multi-Year Strategic Plan, the Board’s Learning and Improvement Plan and the Boards Equity Action Plan.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • a post-secondary degree, diploma or certificate in a Human Rights/Equity related discipline, Humanities or Social Sciences, or a clearly demonstrated equivalent work-related experience;
  • demonstrated expertise in the application of human rights law;
  • superior understanding of Ontario Human Rights case law; the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act (as it relates to the Workplace Harassment, the Education Act and regulations) and associated legislation, regulations and policies related to Human Rights and equity;
  • knowledge of Ontario’s publicly funded schools and education employment equity issues;
  • excellent skills and experience in interpersonal, communications and, problem-solving skills, strong data analysis skills, sound judgment and sensitivity, broad understanding and an inclusive approach to building consensus, solving problems and relationship building;
  • demonstrated ability to build rapport with various stakeholders, motivate people, diffuse escalating situations and put people at ease;
  • experience handling contentious issues with sensitivity, confidentiality and discretion;

Preference will be given to candidates with a degree in law and extensive experience in a Human Rights-Related field.

Candidates must be practicing Catholics. Qualified candidates are requested to submit a cover letter, updated Certificates of Qualifications and a complete curriculum vitae. The curriculum vitae must include four letters of reference; one of which is a current pastoral reference.  It must also include an authorization to contact all references.

Barrier-Free Recruitment and Selection
The TCDSB is committed to creating an inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection process. Please inform the Human Resources Department, at the time of your application, of any requirement for accommodation in order for us to assess all candidates in a fair and equitable manner. Documentation to support the accommodation may be requested as required prior to the implementation of the accommodation measures.

Completed résumé, together with supporting educational documents and references, referring to Human Rights and Equity Advisor, are to be received from interested candidates no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, July 20th, 2018 and should be submitted by e-mail or hardcopy to:

Rory McGuckin, Director of Education
80 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario M2N 6E8

Only those applicants granted interviews will be contacted.

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