The Ontario Arts Council is a publicly funded agency of Ontario’s Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. OAC’s primary purpose is to award grants to professional artists and arts organizations.
Competition number: 1-22
Reporting to the CEO and dotted line to Human Resources, the newly created Manager of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Accessibility will be a key member of the management team, and will provide leadership, strategic direction, guidance and expertise in equity, diversity, inclusion (EDI), human rights, anti-racism, anti-oppression and accessibility. The incumbent will promote and lead the implementation of OAC’s EDI strategies and action plan and Multi-Year Accessibility Plan and will partner with OAC leadership to strengthen work culture, support organizational achievement and staff well-being.
• Provide leadership and expertise in the design, development and implementation of organization-wide EDI and Accessibility strategies, frameworks and multi-year action plans that include short-term and long-term goals, and metrics.
• Responsible for coordinating and guiding all EDI efforts to review, evaluate, define, understand, assess, foster, and identify opportunities and strategies to embed EDI in all facets of business, employee and stakeholder experiences.
• Serve as a thought leader, trusted advisor and partner, and consultant to the senior leadership team in support of their EDI goals and objectives and provide subject matter expertise, relevant data and/or information, guidance and advice to management on matters of OAC’s policy interpretation and practice concerning accessibility, diversity, equity, inclusion, accommodation, and respect in the workplace.
• Utilize your expertise and apply your extensive knowledge of employment and human rights legislation, to partner with Human Resources on gathering, investigating, collecting and assessing information related to requests for accommodation, reported incidents of discrimination or harassment, and/or any other EDI-related initiatives or concerns.
• Propose, implement, review and monitor confidential staff surveys and design and implement metrics to ensure OAC has the information it needs to support a diverse workforce in an equitable and inclusive way.
• Lead the design, development and sustainment of core EDI and anti-racism training and education programs and initiatives to advance the awareness and understanding of EDI concepts across the organization and build understanding of systemic discrimination and cultural competency for all staff.
• Coordinate, chair and co-chair OAC committees that are specifically mandated to address equity, accessibility, diversity and inclusion.
• As a skilled facilitator, bring people to the table and create a safe space for open, insightful dialogue that propels EDI work forward.
• A post-secondary degree in a related discipline such as law, human rights and equity, humanities, social sciences, or education and/or a combination of relevant education and experience.
• Minimum eight (8) years of professional experience in the EDI field in a role with the scope and responsibilities for developing, leading and executing EDI strategies and initiatives, and training programs, as they relate to the workplace.
• Demonstrated experience working with senior-level leadership in bringing about positive, meaningful and sustainable organizational change and producing measurable results.
• Experience designing and developing EDI programs and leading and supporting the professional learning of adult learners.
• Previous experience in a not-for-profit EDI environment, preferably in arts and culture, government arts funder, and in a unionized context is strongly preferred.
• Demonstrated strong understanding of equity, accessibility, intersectionality, anti-racism, decolonization, inclusion, anti-oppression, the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, and their application in an organizational context.
• In-depth knowledge and understanding of systemic barriers and experiences of Indigenous peoples and members of the equity-deserving groups.
• Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in the development of processes and procedures, program evaluation and research methods.
• Demonstrated leadership and change management skills and experience to inspire, engage, motivate and develop staff.
• Innovative and strategic thinking. Able to operate at the strategic, policy and operational levels with a broad vision for the role of equity in achieving results.
• Excellent interpersonal, facilitation and mediation skills, including the strong ability to address sensitive topics and contentious issues with confidentiality, tact, and discretion.
• Strong collaboration and teamwork skills, including demonstrated ability to participate in consultative decision making that enables diverse viewpoints and approaches to achieve OAC goals.
• Strong organizational and time management skills to manage and prioritize multiple initiatives and projects concurrently and deliver desired results in a timely fashion and adapt to changing priorities.
• Strong research and analytical skills to conceptualize long term strategic and resources planning needs to meet EDI program mandates, and anticipate, assess, plan and lead the design and evaluation of programs.
• Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication and presentation skills in English, with extensive experience communicating with a diverse audience.
• Demonstrated superior judgement, tact and political acuity required to address sensitive topics, effectively manage relationships and make decisions.
Qualified candidates are invited to submit a cover letter and resume (please note that applications that do not include a cover letter will not be considered):
Ontario Arts Council is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce. Applications from all qualified candidates are welcome and individuals from equity-seeking groups are encouraged to apply and indicate this in your application. OAC values a diversity of perspectives, ideas and lived experiences as an asset in serving Ontario’s communities. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those selected for interview will be contacted.
Please contact Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are unable to apply on-line and/or require accommodations during the recruitment process due to a disability.