Equity and Diversity Advisor - Office of the Vice President Administration and Finance

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Staff Position
Closing Date: 
Friday, October 14, 2016
Date of Posting: 
October 6, 2016
Office of the Vice President Administration and Finance
Equity and Diversity Advisor
Part-Time Term Position
Hours of Work: 

18.75 hours per week

Commensurate with qualifications and experience

As soon as possible for two year term (Term may be reduced or extended depending on performance, available funding and departmental requirements)

The University of Prince Edward is seeking an Equity and Diversity Advisor, who will lead the university community in fostering an inclusive and respectful learning and working environment for all students, staff and faculty.   This position provides expertise, guidance, advice and counsel to members of the University community in order to ensure compliance with policies and legislation.  The position is responsible for the administration of the University’s Fair Treatment Policy and will act as the Fair Treatment Advocate to facilitate complaint resolution from students, faculty or staff as appropriate.

Essential Functions

The successful applicant, reporting to the Vice President Administration and Finance will provide the following:

• Delivery and execution of the University’s diversity, equity and human rights goals and objectives
• Review and make recommendations regarding the Fair Treatment Policy
• Create and implement training initiatives related to equity, human rights and diversity
• Work with the Vice President Academic and Research, Deans and Directors to deliver training and advice regarding equity, diversity and human rights
• Ensure faculty, staff and students an effective enablement of a safe, diverse and culturally aware environment


• Evaluates existing program and needs assessment for improvement to ensure maximum effectiveness of initiatives
• Provides leadership and oversight to ensure compliance with policies and legislation.  Conducts investigations of formal complaints and adheres to process found in the Fair Treatment Policy.  Facilitates informal complaint resolution when appropriate
• Collaborates with and provides assistance to supervisors and Human Resources to support innovative strategies to successfully recruit, employ and retain a diverse workforce.  Collaborates with Human Resource professionals to ensure search committees receive appropriate diversity training and support throughout the hiring process
• Designs, promotes and facilitates educational training programs
• Analyzes trends and issues identifying patterns and systemic problems and provides recommendations
• Works with groups, programs and services such as Student Affairs, Student Union, Residence, Human Resources and faculty and staff in order to promote a respectful workplace
• Prepare annual reports
• Collaborates with the office of the VP Administration and Finance in the development of budget, including budget projections
• Other duties as assigned


• Law degree
• Certification from a recognized conflict management program with an emphasis on organizational conflict management would be an asset
• A minimum of three- five years’ experience in mediation and conflict resolution 
• Experience in post-secondary institutions is preferable
• Demonstrated knowledge of current laws, regulations and policies
• Experience investigating complaints and facilitating conflict resolution through counsel, coaching and mediation.  Demonstrated judgment, analysis and decision-making skills
• Current knowledge of cultural, harassment, discrimination and equity issues and concepts especially as they apply to higher education in accordance with Federal and Provincial Human Rights legislation
• Demonstrated leadership and experience in advancing equity, diversity and multiculturalism within a complex organization
• Ability to research, identify and implement best practices of equity, diversity and inclusion
• Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills
• Demonstrated ability to exercise discretion regarding confidential matters

Application Instructions: 

Please submit electronically a cover letter, quoting the competition number, a resume and reference list to be received no later than the closing date via the link posted on the UPEI Human Resources website (www.upei.ca/hr).

If you are unable to apply online, you can drop off your resume to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, Fax Number (902) 894-2895.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Prince Edward Island is committed to gender equity in employment.

Only those applicants who are invited to an interview will be acknowledged.

UPEI encourages all qualified applicants to apply for job openings; however, in keeping with the terms and provisions of the university’s various employment and collective agreements, first priority will be given to internal candidates.
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