Human Rights and Equity Advisor (HREA) Position – Waterloo – Deadline October 4, 2019

September 13, 2019
Posting #19.053
Human Rights and Equity Advisor (HREA)
Corporate Services / Human Rights and Equity Division
The Waterloo Region District School Board is inviting applications for the position of Human Rights and Equity
Advisor. The successful candidate for this temporary HREA position will commence as soon as possible to August
31, 2020, with the possibility of renewal subject to funding.
The Waterloo Region District School Board is situated in Canada’s innovation heartland, where we are innovating
tomorrow by educating today. The Board provides a comprehensive educational program for approximately
64,000 students in the Region of Waterloo. The Board is the seventh largest public school district in Ontario with
16 secondary schools, 105 elementary schools and approximately 8,500 staff members. Additional information
regarding the Board is available on the Board’s website at

Position Summary
Reporting to the Director of Education, the Human Rights Equity Advisor will support the Waterloo District School
Board in advancing the principles of Human Rights and Equity through inclusive programs, curriculum, services,
and operations. The Waterloo Region District School Board is committed to the Ontario’s Human Rights Code, the
Education Act and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In direct collaboration with the Human Rights
and Equity Department and senior officials, the Human Rights and Equity Advisor will provide advice and support
for the development of a human rights culture, equity consciousness and inclusive practice across the

This experienced individual will be responsible and accountable for providing professional expertise, direction,
and guidance to the organization concerning human rights and equity, diversity and inclusion and the
identification and elimination of systemic bias and barriers. This person will lead, manage and champion the
development of Human Rights and equity and initiatives, establish partnerships with all stakeholders, and
provide expertise, insight, consultation and assistance to the entire Board.

The individual will work collaboratively with members of the Human Rights and Equity Department and other
system leaders to develop and integrate Ontario’s Education Equity Action Plan as it relates to WRDSB’s Equity
and Indigenous Action Plan. The individual will cultivate and maintain productive working relationships with all
stakeholders, including Human Resources Services, Learning Support Services, Business Services, academic and
support staff, unions, principals, vice principals, managers, and senior leaders.

Responsibilities include modeling the principles of equity and inclusion as articulated in Ontario’s Education
Equity Action Plan; leading, developing; planning and managing aspects related to diversity and inclusion
initiatives; communicating with internal and external stakeholders; monitoring internal and external diversity
trends, other organizations’ best practices, and legal developments impacting policies and procedures of the
Board; providing leadership in the design and development of resource materials, programs and activities for
the enhancement of inclusion awareness and learning, which may include workshops, presentations, webinars
and other opportunities to engage with members of Waterloo’s diverse communities; maintaining collaborative
relationships with government agency counterparts and representatives of other school boards.

Superior understanding of the Ontario Human Rights Code and human rights case law and emerging trends and
Demonstrated work‐related expertise in applying human rights law and analyzing issues using the Human Rights
Code and relevant policies to prevent and address discrimination and harassment, including:
 University degree related to equity studies, diversity and inclusion, human rights, human resources, law
or social work
 3 ‐ 5 years of experience in human rights investigations, complaint resolution, and restorative justice
 Experience in designing and delivering human rights education and training programs, including
conducting training on complaints resolution, investigation, report‐writing, etc.
 Demonstrated experience providing advice and expertise on human rights‐related strategic policy issues
to senior level administration
 Excellent managerial skills with respect to planning, communication, decision‐making, motivating and
problem‐solving, and professional experience at a senior level managing complex and/or high‐profile
 Demonstrated experience working with external and internal stakeholders, including senior
management, to develop human rights‐related policies and procedures
 Excellent relationship‐building skills, sound judgment, sensitivity and an inclusive approach to building
consensus and solving problems
 Strong cultural competence and demonstrated commitment to working in a diverse school community
and/or work environment
 Outstanding interpersonal skills, with the ability to foster team‐work and to work effectively with all
levels of the organization
 Excellent knowledge of data collection to support planning and decision‐making.
 Excellent organizational and administrative skills
 Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills
 Proficiency with relevant computer programs
 Knowledge of human resource policies and procedures is an asset
 Record of satisfactory on‐the‐job experience

SALARY: $135,729 ‐ $149,552 per annum (commensurate with education and experience)

Candidates are asked to electronically submit their covering letter and resume quoting posting #19.053 ‐ Human
Rights and Equity Advisor (HREA), no later than 4:00 p.m., October 4, 2019, to Karly Baker, Human Resource
Services at

We appreciate the interest of all applicants but will only be interviewing selected candidates based on job specific
criteria. For the safety of students, all school board staff require a criminal record check prior to the
commencement of employment.

The WRDSB is committed to equity for all students and staff, and to delivering the highest quality education
through a qualified workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve. Upon request, we will provide
reasonable accommodations in the hiring process to support applicants with disabilities.
John Bryant Jayne Herring
Director of Education and Secretary Chairperson of the Board


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