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Renison University College

Director of Equity


Waterloo, Ontario Posted Jan 15Equity-1556156

Job Description

Renison University College, affiliated with the University of Waterloo, and located on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Attawandaron (Neutral) peoples, invites applications for the full-time, ongoing position of Director of Equity.

Respected as an inclusive community that values the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students, Renison is committed to engaged education for the well-being of the world, offering degree programs reflecting social engagement through the School of Social Work, and the Social Development Studies Department; global engagement through our Culture and Language Studies Department and Studies in Islam Program; and community engagement in our non-degree programs, including the English Language Institute, through the Centre for Continuing and Professional Education. 


Reporting to the President and Vice-Chancellor, this senior level position possesses significant knowledge of and demonstrated commitment to equity.  The incumbent is responsible for a proactive approach intended to eliminate barriers to equity throughout the college community (students, faculty and staff). This role will provide strategic leadership and will work with the entire university community to lead, articulate and effect change in equity through policies, programs, practice, and the development of educational initiatives in support of the equity mandate.  The overall purpose is to cultivate the core values of respect, equity and inclusivity at Renison University College.

The Director works collaboratively with other senior leadership, the Board of Governors, and the Healthy Climate Taskforce to achieve equity goals for and with the organization.

Additionally, the incumbent will represent Renison in a manner consistent with the values, goals, and strategic directions of the University College.



  • University degree, ideally, a Master’s in a related discipline, LLB or J.D. degree or higher


  • Several years of experience and a track record of demonstrably improving equity within the non-profit or higher education world
  • The professional confidence and communication skills to effectively engage senior college leaders and external bodies on what can often be contentious or delicate issues;
  • A strong understanding of systemic issues and analysis, and of the legal and legislative frameworks related to equity and human rights;
  • The ability, with team members, to develop and communicate a compelling and credible vision for the equity agenda;
  • Experience effecting organizational change, including policy, procedural, practical and behavioural change;
  • A high level of interpersonal skills and the capacity to listen effectively and sensitively to a broad range of diverse stakeholders, including students, faculty and staff members;
  • Experience working with members of a senior leadership team working on organization-wide committees and collaboratively with multiple stakeholders;
  • Substantial experience creating and leading change for policies, programs and practices with the framework of equity;
  • The ability to interpret and apply research of superior quality on improving equity;
  • Experience as a change agent, equity advocate and collaborator; 
  • The ability to establish and monitor metrics associated with equity programs towards continuous evaluation and improvement;
  • Competent user of MS Office Suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook

Renison University College respects, appreciates, and actively encourages diversity. As part of Renison’s commitment to a leadership team which reflects its broader commitment to equity within the College, we welcome and encourage applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, ethnic origin, religion, age, colour, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ability or disability including women, Indigenous people, and other visible minorities. Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Renison is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities.  Accommodations are available upon request for candidates participating in all parts of the selection process. Please contact a member of Renison’s Human Resources department with accommodation requests.

Applications will be treated confidentially. Application materials should be addressed to the President, Dr. Wendy Fletcher, and submitted online as PDF files through Interfolio at: https://apply.interfolio.com/48284. At minimum, a resume and three references should be provided. Please note that only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Review of applications will begin on February 12, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

A full job description is available upon request by contacting Tegan Preston at tegan.preston@uwaterloo.ca.

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