Toronto Catholic District School Board
Toronto (Region), Ontario
April 10, 2019
April 26, 2019
Employment Type
Full time
Designations Required/Preferred


The Toronto Catholic District School Board invites applications from qualified candidates for the position of Equity and Human Rights Advisor. This is a one year contract position with the possibility of an extension 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 Equity and Human Rights Advisor has executive level responsibilities and reports to the Director of Education. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • fostering cultures of respect for equity and human rights within a large Catholic School Board;
  • building networks of support for equity and human rights within the Toronto Catholic District School Board consistent with the Board’s Three-Year Equity Action Plan;
  • building and maintaining networks of support for equity and human rights across the school board and in school communities;
  • working with system leaders within the board to develop a comprehensive equity and human rights strategy focused on the development and implementation of a board-level system response to promote equity and human rights, and appropriately address equity and human rights issues;
  • providing equity and human rights compliance training to senior school board staff and trustees of the Board;
  • working with Human Resources staff to provide training and information in relation to workplace discrimination, harassment, and workplace violence;
  • working with the Board’s Conflict Resolution Department to resolve conflicts through a Catholic lens;
  • 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 equity and human rights activities, trends, and findings to meet reporting requirements.

The Equity and Human Rights 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 contributing to the execution of the Board’s Multi-Year Strategic Plan, the Board’s Learning and Improvement Plan, and the Board’s Equity Action Plan.

The ideal candidate is an energetic, self-motivated and visionary 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.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • a post-secondary degree, diploma or certificate in an Equity/Human Rights 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 Equity and Human Rights;
  • 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 at least three years’ experience in an Equity and Human Rights-Related field.

Barrier-Free Recruitment
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.

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

Applications will be received until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 26, 2019.

Applications should be addressed to Adrian Della Mora, Superintendent of Human Resources and submitted online through Apply To Education [www.applytoeducation.com/Applicant/AttJobPosting.aspx?JOB_POSTING_ID=8b4ce64f-745e-4ea6-bc06-9b2d2e27aa36&PAGE=1&locale=en&MAF=0].

We thank all applicants, however, only those applicants granted interviews will be contacted.

Please note, candidates selected for an interview will be required to provide original applicable education documents

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