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Manager, Equity and Human Rights
Job Type: Full Time
Location: Oakville, ON, CANADA; Brampton, ON, CANADA; Mississauga, ON, CANADA; Toronto, ON, CANADA;
Job Category: Training and Education ; Other Training and Education Jobs
Job Industry: Education
Job Career Level: Experienced
Year(s) of Experience: 7
Date Posted: Feb 20, 2013

Sheridan College is one of Canada's leading postsecondary institutions dedicated to the provision of outstanding academic programs and the support of student and graduate success. We deliver an exceptional educational experience in an environment renowned for innovation and creativity. Program options range from one-year certificates to four-year degrees in the arts, business, community service and technology fields. Sheridan serves 18,000 full-time and 35,000 continuing education students at our campuses in Oakville, Brampton and Mississauga.

Sheridan employees will enjoy:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Generous vacation entitlement
  • Excellent benefits package with Sun Life
  • Defined benefit pension plan
  • Employee assistance programs
  • On-site fitness facilities include: weight rooms, cardio rooms, and squash courts, as well as karate, yoga, pilates, rock climbing and other instructional activities.

In addition, we offer professional development opportunities to promote career development and success in the workplace, including:

  • Professional Development funding
  • Reduced fees for Continuing Education courses
  • Tuition Reimbursement


Please note Sheridan College only accepts applications using Resume Basic. Please refer to our online application guide and FAQ section to learn more about the application process. Sheridan's Online Application Guide & FAQs

Note: Credentials obtained outside of Canada require an evaluation to determine the Canadian educational equivalence. This evaluation must support the educational requirements for the position as a condition of employment. For further information, visit:
World Education Services

Reporting to the Director, Centre for Respectful and Healthy Workplaces, the Manager, Equity and Human Rights provides leadership and expertise in  promoting a positive working and learning culture that values diversity and fosters equity, fairness, respect, cross-cultural understanding and inclusion. He/she develops and coordinates programs, policies and initiatives that support Sheridan’s organizational and legislative commitments and increase awareness or and sensitivity to harassment, diversity and equity issues. The Manager provides professional guidance, resource information and training on human rights, equity and cultural change issues to all members of the Sheridan community. The Manager receives, investigates and addresses workplace harassment and human rights complaints and assists with dispute resolution. He/she is also Sheridan’s key contact for external human rights complaints and other matters before the Human Rights Tribunal.

Responsibilities include:
• Leading initiatives to ensure compliance with the Legislation and Code;
• Researching best practices, information, strategies and programs relating to workplace harassment, human rights, equity and diversity;
• Conducting needs analysis, and developing programs, policies, procedures and guidelines;
• Maintaining current knowledge with respect to changes in legislation, regulations in general, and emerging trends in practices and complaint resolution/tribunal decision processes;
• Developing, delivering, or arranging learning programs to ensure that all staff are aware of their responsibilities under Human Rights legislation, the Labour Relations Act and the collective agreements, in addition to developing, coordinating and facilitating educational awareness programs in areas of equity and human rights;
• Analyzing trends in complaints or violations of policies and recommending appropriate follow-up;
• Providing expert consulting advice on human rights, equity, diversity issues;
• Creating informal mediation between parties who have complaints or concerns to try to find resolution without the investigation process;
• Assessing complaints, initiating investigations, gathering relevant facts, obtaining and examining documentation, making determinations as to whether complaints are substantiated, and formulating appropriate recommendations based on findings for the operating leaders;
• Preparing statistical reports and data analysis of cases handed;
• Representing the College at Human Rights Tribunal mediations and hearings, and participating in the grievance arbitration processes;
• Maintaining thorough and current understanding of relevant legislation, case law and policies;
• Consulting with stakeholders and facilitating partnerships with community organizations to advance access and equity initiatives;
• Developing and administering the legislative requirement for receiving enquiries and responding to requests for feedback;
• Participating in department decisions and planning for future directions and activities, as a member of the HR management team;
• Forecasting the budget requirements based on the current programs and anticipating new initiatives, and monitoring the equity and human rights related expenditures of the College;
• Sitting on various committees that require expertise in his/her functional area, and representing the College with external representatives;
• Other duties as assigned.
The successful candidate will possess 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or 3 year degree + post graduate certificate in related field) in HR, Psychology or Business with specialization in Equity or Diversity studies preferred.  Alternative Dispute Resolution Certification and training in investigation techniques & practices is required. The successful candidate will have a minimum of 7 years of progressive experience in Human Resources with an in-depth experience as a senior practitioner and sound management experience (An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered). The incumbent will possess proven leadership experience managing human rights, workplace harassment, equity and diversity in a multi-union environment, with a track record of successful dispute resolution and promotion of diversity, equity and human rights.  Proven success in obtaining cooperation and innovation solutions to complex problems along with experience working in a matrix environment, building/managing relationship (preferably in a post-secondary environment) is necessary. Previous experience in developing targeted training to diverse groups, and developing and implementing organizational wide and departmental policies and procedures, is required. Previous project management experience is preferred. Thorough working knowledge of current trends, legislation, acts and regulations in Human Rights, workplace harassment and labour/management issues is essential.  The incumbent must have knowledge skill and experience in investigations, negotiations, mediation, dispute resolution and group facilitation. Required for this position is the ability to manage difficult and emotionally charged interactions, strong communication and influencing skills, an open and creative approach to problem solving, a high level of cultural competency and highly developed research/analytical skills. The successful candidate will have experience in complex report writing, have outstanding organization, an ability to be flexible, adaptable and maintain a high level of effectiveness while working independently and with others.

Appointment Details:
Employee Group: Administrative
School/Department: Human Resources
Campus: Trafalgar (May be assigned activity at any Sheridan campus)
Reference #: 13/A/04
Payband: NN
Target Hiring Range: $91,560-$97,282
Salary Range: $91,560-114,450
Application Deadline: Open until filled. Please note that initial screening will take place as of March 6, 2013.

To be considered for this position, an on-line application is required. Please click on the "Apply for this job" button to proceed with your application. Please review Sheridan's Online Application Guide & FAQs; before you begin.

Note: Credentials obtained outside of Canada require an evaluation to determine the Canadian educational equivalence. This evaluation must support the educational requirements for the position as a condition of employment. For further information, visit:
World Education Services

Sheridan welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including visible minorities, Aboriginal People, and persons with disabilities.
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